Warren B. Nelms IoT Summer Newsletter, 2020

The Warren B. Nelms Institute is strongly committed to inclusion, diversity, equity and access in engineering and education and there is no place for hatred and discrimination in our institute. For more information on our shared position with the University of Florida’s position and commitments, we refer you to the statements of UF President and our affiliated college deans:

    University of Florida President   Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Levin College of Law    College of Education    UF IFAS Dean (ASABE Letter)

The newsletter will highlight your ongoing activities and accomplishments, not only on the research front but also on education and outreach. We hope to keep you up-to-date on the broad research activities within the Institute, as well as provide opportunities for collaboration. We look forward to connecting with you.

Swarup Bhunia, Director, Semmoto Endowed Professor, ECE
My T. Thai, Associate Director, UF Research Foundation Professor, CISE​

UF Announces $70 Million Artificial intelligence Partnership with NVIDIA

The University of Florida announced a public-private partnership with NVIDIA that will catapult UF’s research strength to address some of the world’s most formidable challenges, create unprecedented access to AI training and tools for underrepresented communities, and build momentum for transforming the future of the workforce. The partnership will be central to UF’s vision to be a national leader in the application of AI, including an expansive plan to elevate its reach and impact in research, teaching, and economic development. It provides a replicable framework for future public-private cooperation, and a model for addressing society’s grand challenges through interdisciplinary collaboration.

Dr. Xiaochen Xian Receives Funding to Develop Mass COVID-19 Testing Strategies

Xiaochen Xian, Ph.D., an assistant professor for the ISE Department and a new faculty member of the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World, recently received funding from the National Science Foundation in support of her research to develop adaptive sampling strategies for administering mass testing for COVID-19.

New COVID-19 Research Initiative: Ultra-Low Cost Social Distancing Band

Members in UF’s Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World, Department of CISE, and Department of ECE are developing an affordable wearable device that indicates appropriate social distancing. This project addresses the issue of social distancing in traditionally crowded settings, such as K-12 schools, and universities, among others. The research team members include: Yier Jin, My T. Thai, and Ahmed Helmy.

Professor Mishra Named UF Research Foundation Professor

The University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) has named Dr. Prabhat Mishra, a UFRF Professor for 2020-2023. Dr. Mishra, Director of Research Programs for the Nelms Institute, focuses his research on embedded and cyber-physical systems, energy-aware computing, formal verification, hardware security and trust, post-silicon debug, and system-on-chip validation.

Dr. Lili Du Leads ASCE Artificial Intelligence Task Committee

Dr. Lili Du, Nelms Institute member and associate professor in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering, recently received approval to create the Artificial Intelligence Task Committee under the Emerging Technologies Council of Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). This committee will serve as a forum for ideas and knowledge exchange among researchers, engineers, and operators from academia, industry, and government with interests in developing and promoting artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and their applications in transportation. If you are interested in joining or contributing to the committee, please contact Dr. Lili Du at lilidu@ufl.edu .


Welcome, Dr. Shreya Saxena!

Dr. Shreya Saxena has recently joined the Warren B. Nelms for the Connected World, and she will start as an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida in the Department of ECE on October 1st, 2020. She is broadly interested in the neural control of coordinated, complex behavior. Her current research focuses on data-driven modeling of large-scale neural activity and ensuing movements, with an application towards rehabilitation.

Skylar Stolte’s paper now published in Medical Image Analysis

Congratulations to Skylar Stolte, whose paper with Dr. Ruogu Fang, “A Survey on Medical Image Analysis in Diabetic Retinopathy”, was recently published in Medical Image Analysis. Skylar’s paper focuses on using deep learning systems that offer the revolutionary potential to DR identification and prevention of vision loss.

PostDoc Spotlight: Patanjali Sristi Lakshmiprasanna Sriramakumara

Dr. Patanjali SLPSK is a postdoctoral research scholar working with the Nelms Institute under the mentorship of Dr. Swarup Bhunia. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras where he was advised by Dr. Kamakoti. He earned his Master’s degree from IIT Madras after completing undergraduate education in Pondicherry Engineering College, Puducherry, India.

Recent SMILE Lab Grad Selected as HWCOE Commencement Student Speaker

Yao Xiao earned her Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Florida in 2020. Yao’s research interests are the fields of biomedical image analysis and computational health informatics. Her future work will focus on machine learning, deep learning, and computer vision to provide more reliable, feasible, and affordable solutions for assisting disease diagnosis and treatment decisions.

Women In IoT Workshop

The inaugural Women in IoT Workshop will be held virtually via the Zoom platform, on Monday, Oct. 12. Led by members of the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World, in collaboration with other Florida universities, the workshop will be free of charge and open to all. We welcome all participants from academia and industry.

Dr. Daniela Oliveira Co-Leading Enigma 2021: Call for Participation by Aug. 26

Dr. Daniela Oliveira, IoT Term Professor of UF Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will co-chair ENIGMA 2021, to be held Feb. 1-3 in Oakland, CA. She will be joined by Dr. Lea Kissner, Global Lead of Privacy Technologies from Google. They will facilitate engaging talks on emerging security, privacy threats and defenses at the growing intersection of technology and society.