Warren B. Nelms Institute Newsletter, May 2021

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​

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In Memoriam – Warren B. Nelms, 1937 – 2021

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Warren B. Nelms, an outstanding alumnus from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. He is forever honored and remembered by the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World, thanks to a generous gift made by his son and daughter-in-law, David and Daryl Nelms and the Nelms family in 2017.

From the Director’s Desk: Battling COVID-19 with Smart Wearables

When COVID-19 upended our lives in early 2020, some of the brightest engineering minds across the globe got to work. Members of the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World came forward to join this global task force to fight the pandemic. Using our research expertise and creativity, we implemented smart connected systems to monitor, detect, and prevent the spread of infection through smart wearable devices.

IoT Design Contest

The IoT Design Competition is an exciting and prestigious contest where students design, build and demonstrate the functionality of an IoT Device to solve real-world problems. The competition is hosted by the University of Florida IoT Students Club and sponsored by Texas Instruments, Microsoft, and the Warren B. Nelms Institute. We are accepting registrations until Friday, June 4th, then the students will begin the approximately two-month competition phase.

Coker’s Research on Air Pollution in Uganda to be Published in Environmental Research Journal

There is a lack of air pollution monitoring in sub-Saharan Africa. Developing a low-cost and efficient method to conduct air monitoring in the region can help estimate exposure to air pollution for epidemiology research. Dr. Eric S. Coker, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Global Health, and faculty member of the Warren B. Nelms Institute, has addressed this issue in the paper titled “A Land Use Regression Model using Machine Learning and Locally Developed Low Cost Particulate Matter Sensors in Uganda.

Biron Awarded Collaborative Seed Award Grant For Microgrid Security Research

Dr. Zoleikha Biron has been awarded a Collaborative Seed Award from the Florida Center for Cybersecurity (Cyber Florida) to fund her research “Decentralized Detection of Cyber Attacks against Microgrid Energy Management Systems.” The project aims to develop the scientific foundations and the design methodologies for autonomous detection of cyber-attacks against energy management systems in microgrids.

Tabrizian Recieves DARPA Director’s Fellowship Award

Dr. Roozbeh Tabrizian has been awarded the prestigious Director’s Fellowship from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Tabrizian, an assistant professor at the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and member of the Warren B. Nelms Institute, is the first University of Florida faculty member to receive the award. Director’s Fellowships are awarded to only a few exceptional performers among recent recipients of the DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA).

Bernstein Receives ECE Undergraduate Student Research Excellence Award

Electrical Engineering student Joshua Bernstein is the recipient of the ECE Undergraduate Student Research Excellence award. The award is given yearly to the top ECE undergraduate student who excelled in his/her research during the academic year.

Welcome, Dr. Piyush Jain!

Dr. Piyush Jain, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has recently joined the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World. His background is in pharmaceutical sciences and biomolecular engineering. Jain’s research interests include: Bioengineering, Gene Editing, CRISPR/Cas, Nucleic acids & Protein Engineering, Nanomaterials, and Responsive Systems.