Warren B. Nelms Institute Newsletter, July 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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Research Portfolio 2021

Nelms Institute research addresses major world challenges relating to public health, energy, education, transportation, and more. Together with our esteemed group of multi-disciplinary faculty members, we are developing broad Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and applications to create more secure and connected communities. We invite you to browse our current and ongoing Nelms Institute research projects. Many of these projects are collaborative, interdisciplinary, and showcase our unique expertise on IoT.

Upcoming event: ai and IoT Workshop Series

Join innovators and industry experts for a FREE 5-part interactive workshop series exploring the benefits and challenges of implementing AI and IoT for small to medium-sized manufacturers. Come away with new perspectives, knowledge, and tools for enhancing your continuous improvement process using AI and digital technologies. We’ll explore topics such as security in IoT, workforce development and change management in the digital age. The first workshop will be held virtually on September 15, 2021.
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student IoT design competition underway

The 1st annual IoT Creative “Things” Design Competition is underway! Ten student teams from universities around the nation are competing to design, build and demonstrate the functionality of an IoT Device to solve real-world problems. Two teams’ projects are shown to the left.
Shown in figures A and B, a team is designing a remote chessboard for online play to make connecting with friends easier across long distances. Shown in figures C and D, a team is designing a smart dog tracker with GPS and camera.

Upcoming event: women in iot workshop 2021

The 2nd annual Women in IoT (WIT) Workshop will be held on September 22, 2021. This year’s event theme will be “AI on the Edge.” The goal of the WIT Workshop is the bring together women leaders from all sectors of IoT and students interested in the field of IoT. The workshop will promote and enable increasing participation of women and address the gender gap issue in the field of IoT. The workshop is organized by members of the Warren B. Nelms Institute at University of Florida, in collaboration with several other universities in the state of Florida. It will be held virtually, and is open to all with free registration.
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Dr. Ruogu fang and uf researchers use ai to develop individualized treatment for alzheimer’s

UF researchers are using AI to understand individual differences in treatment response and develop a first-of-its-kind precision dosing system for remediating age-related cognitive decline. The research aims to enhance the effects of tDCS treatment by tailoring it to each individual patient. A $2.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Institute on Aging (NIA) will fund the study.

Hale receives onr funding for reactive swarm control

Dr. Matthew Hale, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida, recently received funding from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) for his project “Reactive Swarm Control for Dynamic Environments.” This project will develop novel decentralized feedback optimization strategies that use an online optimization algorithm as a controller to maneuver swarms in real time.

ph.d. student troy tharpe wins transducers 2021 outstanding paper award

Troy Tharpe has received the Outstanding Paper Award in the Oral Presentation category at the Transducers 2021 Conference. Tharpe is a Ph.D. student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Florida (ECE Florida). He is advised by Dr. Roozbeh Tabrizian, an assistant professor in ECE Florida and Warren B. Nelms Institute faculty member.

ph.d. student dennis agnew jr. awarded l3harris graduate fellowship

Dennis Agnew Jr., a Ph.D. Student in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Florida, was recently awarded the L3Harris Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship is funded by L3Harris Corporation’s generous donation to the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering to support research collaborations between the ECE and Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) departments. The fellowship supports domestic PhD students working on topics related to L3Harris Corporation’s research interests.

college of engineering commencement graduate speaker yao xiao speaks at graduation one year later

Yao Xiao earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Florida in spring 2020. She was selected as the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering Commencement Student Speaker. However, due to COVID-19, commencement ceremonies were held virtually, and Xiao was not able to give her speech. One year later, in spring 2021, UF held its first in-person commencement ceremonies since 2019. Xiao was finally given the chance to deliver her speech for the Class of 2020.