Warren B. Nelms Institute Newsletter, November 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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2nd Annual Women in IoT Workshop Brings Together Women Leaders TO Discuss “AI on the Edge”

The second annual Women in IoT (WIT) Workshop, “AI on the Edge,” was held virtually on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. The women-led workshop was hosted by the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World and involved a team of organizers from multiple universities. “The WIT2021 Workshop was a great success,” said Janise McNair, co-chair of the workshop. “Our goal was to foster connection, collaboration, and enhanced research knowledge for female researchers in academia, industry, and government agencies. We had over 270 registered attendees from all over the world.”

UF IoT Students Club Hosts First Annual IoT Design Competition

The first annual student Internet of Things (IoT) Design Competition recently wrapped up after nearly two months of competition. The national competition, hosted by the University of Florida IoT Students Club, required teams to design, build, and demonstrate the functionality of an IoT edge device to solve a real-world problem. A total of ten teams from around the US took part, competing for $6,000 in cash and prizes. Each team was provided with a starter kit including a Texas Instruments LaunchPad, Sensor Module, and USB battery pack. The competition was sponsored by Texas Instruments, Microsoft, and the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World.

AI and IOT Smart Manufacturing Workshop
The first workshop in the AI & IoT Smart Manufacturing Workshop Series was held on September 15, 2021. This workshop focused on Return on Investment for IoT-Driven Automation. With over 120 registrants, multiple guest speakers, and small group interactive breakout sessions, this was a very successful workshop. We are looking forward to hosting the next session in Spring 2022.
Researchers Seek to Build Confidence into AI for Healthcare Under NSF Grant

A team of UF researchers, including Dr. My T. Thai and Dr. Ruogu Fang, will explore ways to increase trustworthiness and interpretability of artificial machine learning in healthcare under a new $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The team will also investigate ways to use AI to diagnose neurodegenerative diseases earlier.

UF Faculty Develop GenCyber Hardware Security Summer Camp for High School Students

University of Florida researchers have received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop and host a two-week GenCyber summer camp program for high school students on the topic of hardware security. The project, titled “Hardware Security for High School Students” is a three-year project led by Dr. Wanli Xing, Assistant Professor in the School of Teaching and Learning.

UF Faculty Receive NSF Grant to Develop a Novel, AI-Enhanced Gaze-Driven Learning Technology

Dr. Pasha Antonenko and a team of researchers have received an $821K grant from the National Science Foundation to design and test a novel, artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled gaze-driven adaptive learning technology. It will analyze and predict effective visual attention strategies individualized for each student based on differences in their working memory capacity and visual attention patterns.

WELCOME, DR. Yan Wang!

Dr. Yan Wang is an assistant professor at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at University of Florida. She is also the founding faculty of the Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience (FIBER) and directs Urban Agility and Resilience Laboratory at FIBER. Dr. Wang’s research concerns resilient, safe, equitable and smart cities. She develops cutting-edge AI-based data analytical and geo-visualization techniques to detect crises, assess damage, and coordinate urban 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.
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