Warren B. Nelms Institute IoT Newsletter, March 2021

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​

IoT Design Contest

Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World is delighted to announce the inaugural Annual IoT Design Contest. The competition is sponsored by Texas Instruments and Microsoft. It is hosted by the University of Florida IoT Students Club. This contest promotes the participation of our undergraduate student population in the application of IoT technology to solve real-life problems, enhancing their understanding and creating awareness about the enormous prospect the IoT technology brings. We expect the contest, run by a student body, would help stimulate students’ interest in the broad field of IoT and contribute towards creating a well-trained future workforce in the nation.

Hacking in Style: Using Program Analysis Tools for Detecting Vulnerabilities in the IoT Ecosystem

In our continuing celebration of women’s history month, Prof. Tuba Yavuz, member of #IoTNelms is hosting a workshop in which she will be presenting some of the ethical hacking efforts within the Systems Reliability Lab (SysRel) at the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department of University of Florida.

Bringing AI to the edge for a smarter IoT

Three leading researchers at the Warren B. Nelms institute for the Connected World are using artificial intelligence (AI) to make the Internet of Things (IoT) more secure and more efficient. They have invited us into their laboratories to take a peek at the leading edge of AI applications.

Handheld IoT Edge Device to Identify Counterfeit Drugs or Illegal Substances

Researchers at the institute have developed a handheld chemical analyzer that can identify a substance in the field without needing to bring a sample back to a lab. The portable device measures nuclear quadrupole resonance signatures to determine what is in the sample, reliably identifying counterfeit drugs and specific illegal materials.

Tabrizian’s novel ferroelectric device enables low-power information storage and high-speed wireless communication for future IoT

In a recently funded research project, a University of Florida team led by ECE Assistant Professor Dr. Roozbeh Tabrizian, member of Warren B. Nelms Institute, is developing novel integrated ferroelectric device technologies to address the urgent need for low-power information storage and high-speed wireless communication in the IoT era.

Exposing the shortcuts: Improving fairness of AI

My T. Thai, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering and associate director of the Institute, is developing software technologies that can explain how bias can creep into artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms. Her work is helping users who work with AI technology to extract analyses and predictions that are accurate and as close to reality as possible, as opposed to nominal, or worse, prejudiced and unfair.


Welcome, Dr. Eric S Coker!

Eric S. Coker, MS, Ph.D. is a Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Global Health. Dr. Coker’s research interests are at the intersection of social determinants of health, population susceptibility, and environmental chemical exposures, and investigating how these factors combine to cause health effects and drive health disparities in maternal and child health.

Welcome, Joshua Bernstein

Joshua Bernstein is a fifth year ECE undergraduate student who is working in UF’s ICSP lab under Dr. Swarup Bhunia and Dr. Soumyajit Mandal, as well as graduate student Naren Masna. Joshua’s research interests include integrated circuit and embedded system design.