Warren B. Nelms Institute Newsletter, May 2022

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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The IoT Design Competition is an exciting and prestigious contest in which undergraduate and graduate students will compete in either software or hardware categories to target a specific real-world application. The competition is hosted by the University of Florida IoT Students Club and sponsored by Texas Instruments and the Warren B. Nelms Institute. The registration deadline is June 12th. The competition phase will last until September 2022.

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Nelms Lightning Talks: “One size ai does not fit all: a step towards geoai”

Presented by Dr. Zhe Jiang, Assistant Professor, CISE

Learn more about the smart and connected world through talks presented by Warren B. Nelms Institute and University of Florida researchers. These short 15-minute presentations will cover IoT technology and applications in diverse fields, such as healthcare, agriculture, climate, transportation, and education, and reflect the diverse areas of study researched in the Warren B. Nelms Institute.
Abstract: In this short presentation, Dr. Jiang introduces his research on GeoAI, an emerging area at the intersection of AI and Geoscience domains. The talk covers the societal needs, unique technical challenges, as well as several ongoing research projects that address some of these challenges.

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The Art of the Design: UF Computer Engineers’ Baked-In ‘Security Brain’ Technology has Microchips Defending Themselves

With the rapid proliferation of all things IoT, a necessary, cost-effective microchip security solution has followed. The answer posed by Dr. Bhunia, Ph.D., director of Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World and Semmoto Endowed Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), and Dr. Ray, Ph.D., Endowed IoT Term Professor in ECE, seemed an impossibility, or at least a misnomer: ‘patchable hardware.’ But the breakthrough may actually be what the industry was waiting for.


Dr. Antonenko Receives nsf grant to develop curriculum to teach computing hardware fundamentals

Pasha Antonenko, an associate professor of educational technology and director of the NeurAL Lab, was recently awarded a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to design gamified curriculum to teach computing hardware fundamentals. This collaborative grant also includes Mary Jo Koroly, research associate professor, and Swarup Bhunia, Semmoto endowed professor, at the University of Florida.


Prabuddha chakraborty wins first place in semifinals, advances to finals in doctoral thesis competition

Prabuddha Chakraborty, a PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida, has won first place in the semifinals of TTTC’s E. J. McCluskey Best Doctoral Thesis Award at IEEE VLSI Test Symposium 2022 (VTS 22). Chakraborty will now advance to the finals round of the competition, which will take place at the International Test Conference (ITC) 2022 in September.


High School students from sarasota visit the nelms institute iot lab

On April 13, 2022, around 40 students from North Port High School in Sarasota visited the Warren B. Nelms Institute IoT Lab. The students saw and participated in hands-on demos and short tutorials by eight Nelms Institute Graduate Students.


Nelms Institute Bowling event

The Nelms Institute Bowling Event on March 27, 2022 at the Reitz Union Game Room gave us a great time to meet in person and socialize with each other. Nelms Institute students, staff, and faculty members enjoyed bowling, pizza, and networking during the event.


Recruiting for UF GenCyber Summer Camp

We are pleased to launch the first GenCyber Summer Camp for security training of high school students at University of Florida (UF). For this camp, we are looking for six UF undergraduate students to help with UF GenCyber Summer Camp activities. This is a paid opportunity for about 50 total hours over a two week period from July 11th – July 22nd, 2022. It is preferred that candidates have a basic understanding of hardware security/cybersecurity. Candidates will mainly help to facilitate team activities in virtual break out rooms Monday-Thursday, and provide help for on-campus activities on Fridays. For more information and to apply, please email gencyberuf2022@gmail.com.

Celebrating Five Years of the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World

The Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World celebrated its 5th Anniversary in January 2022. Since its inception in 2017, the institute has become a national leader in the education and research on Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation. Under the leadership of Dr. Swarup Bhunia, Director, and Dr. My T. Thai, Associate Director, the Warren B. Nelms Institute has developed broad IoT technologies and applications to create more secure, efficient, and connected communities.


Research Portfolio

Warren B. 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 Warren B. Nelms Institute research projects. Many of these projects are collaborative, interdisciplinary, and showcase our unique expertise on IoT.

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