Warren B. Nelms Institute Newsletter, September 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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ai and IoT Workshop Series: 1st Workshop This wednesday, sept. 15


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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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.” IoT, in convergence with artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analytics, is rapidly changing our lives and society at large. For the 2021 workshop, we have invited leading industry researchers, academics, and government funding program managers to give their perspective on the future of this trend. It will be held virtually, and is open to all with free registration.
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Student IoT Design Competition

The student teams have completed their projects, and the judging phase of the 1st annual IoT Creative “Things” Design Competition is underway! Ten student teams from universities around the nation are designing, building and demonstrating the functionality of an IoT Device to solve a real-world problem.

Four of the projects are shown here:
A: Remote LED chessboard for connected play
B: Smart dog tracker with GPS and camera
C: IoT-enabled urban farming/gardening assistant
D: Wearable IoT Curiosity Detector for connected learning
Capturing a world of data

Computing power is the key to analyzing a changing environment

A multidisciplinary team of UF Researchers, including Nelms Institute faculty Dr. Aditya Singh, Dr. Daisy Wang, and Dr. Alina Zare, are using AI, remote sensing, and data science to aid in collecting & analyzing ecological data to preserve biodiversity. “Our efforts are among the first to apply data science to the field of ecology,” Wang says.


Bhunia and Stitt Aim to Extend Security Education to All

“Understanding the innards of an Internet of Things (IoT) endpoint device, such as a smart camera or a smart thermostat, and their security issues, is becoming essential for our students. This is because hardware-based attacks and security solutions are growing rapidly in the IoT era,” Bhunia said.

PhD Student Daniel Alabi Awarded Chateaubriand Fellowship For Research in France

Daniel J. Alabi, PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), has been awarded a prestigious Chateaubriand Fellowship.  The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. It supports outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France.


Dr. Zhe Jiang joined UF in August 2021 as assistant professor in the department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE), also affiliated with Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World. His broad research areas are data science and artificial intelligence, with a particular focus on geospatial and spatiotemporal data in the context of interdisciplinary applications in Earth sciences, agriculture, transportation, public health, and public safety.

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.