Warren B. Nelms Institute Newsletter, July 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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NELMS LIGHTNING TALKS: “Tensor analytics for systems for systems of federated systems”

Presented by Dr. Mostafa Reisi Gahrooei, Assistant Professor, ISE

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: This presentation introduces a “system of federated systems (SoFSy)” approach for modeling high-dimensional and high-variety data that are common in modern IoT-enabled applications such as manufacturing and agriculture. A tensor regression model is briefly presented to address some of the challenges of SoFSy.

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Addressing Range Anxiety of Battery Electric Vehicles With Peer-to-Peer Charging En Route

Battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) are becoming more and more common on the roads. However, drawbacks over several important battery-related issues, such as limited range, long charging time, and lack of charging stations, have made some consumers wary of purchasing a BEV. To address this issue, Warren B. Nelms Institute researchers have proposed a peer-to-peer charging system for BEVs to share charge among each other while driving down the road.


Researchers Use AI to Quantify Ecosystem Services

As land managers and policy-makers around the state of Florida look for ways to mitigate the effects of climate change, it is becoming increasingly clear that ecosystem services—benefits provided by agricultural and natural systems—have a critical part to play. Researchers in UF’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, along with collaborators from UF/IFAS, are developing AI systems for the purpose of more accurately measuring ecosystem services and how they are impacted by various land management practices.


Professor Matthew Hale Earns Two Government-Funded Awards For Research

Professor Matthew Hale, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Warren B. Nelms Institute faculty member, has earned both a prestigious Young Investigator Program (YIP) award and a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grant this year, totaling over $600k. Dr. Hale’s research focuses on autonomy in multi-agent systems, such as robots, drones, legged vehicles, and more.


Dr. Shuo Wang and Team Receive Distinguished Paper Award at IEEE Security and Privacy Conference 2022

A paper authored by Warren B. Nelms Institute faculty and PhD students has won a Distinguished Paper Award at IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy 2022, held May 23-26, 2022. The paper, titled “Invisible Finger: Practical Electromagnetic Interference Attack on Touchscreen-based Electronic Devices” shows that touchscreen-based electronic devices are vulnerable to intentional electromagnetic interference (IEMI) attacks.


Two Warren B. Nelms Institute Faculty Members Receive UF Excellence Awards for Assistant Professors

Two Warren B. Nelms Institute faculty members from two different colleges at University of Florida have received the Excellence Awards for Assistant Professors this spring. Matthew Hale, assistant professor in the College of Engineering and Yan Wang, assistant professor in the College of Design, Construction and Planning are among the winners. The prestigious award is only given to ten assistant professors at University of Florida each year.


Welcome, Dr. Ivan Ruchkin!

Dr. Ivan Ruchkin is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Florida. His research focuses on developing integrated high-assurance methods for modeling, analyzing, and monitoring modern cyber-physical systems.

2nd Annual Student IoT Design Competition

We are excited to announce the start of our 2nd annual student-led IoT Design Competition, organized by the IoT Students Club at University of Florida. We currently have 25 participating teams from universities across four different countries.
The competition is sponsored by Texas Instruments, Microsoft, and the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World. In this competition, teams across the world will create their own IoT project, in either a hardware or software category, to target a specific real-world application. The competition phase will last until September 2022.

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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.



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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