Warren B. Nelms Institute Newsletter, September 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: “Teaching and Learning at the Human-Technology Frontier: The Power of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data”

Presented by Dr. Wanli Xing, Assistant Professor, School of Teaching and Learning

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 presentation, we focus on the role of AI in education. Specifically, we discuss the general landscape of AI in education, designing and developing AI for STEM education, and teaching AI for future workforce development. Several ongoing research projects that address key AI challenges in education are presented.

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Research Spotlight: An Affordable, Wearable Skin Temperature Monitoring Device for Early Detection of Infections

Dr. Swarup Bhunia, Director of the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World and Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recently featured in a CNET article about new smartwatch technologies. Dr. Bhunia discussed research of his team comprising of Dr. Soumyajit Mandal, Dr. Nikolaus Gravensten, and graduate students Junjun Huan, Joshua Bernstein, Parker Difuntorum, and Naren Masna, on the development of an affordable wearable device on the wrist that measures skin temperature to predict infection, such as COVID-19, or other medical conditions. This research was published in IEEE Sensors Journal in January 2022.


Janise McNair’s 6G Spectrum-Sharing Article Published in Nature Magazine

Dr. Janise McNair, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Warren B. Nelms Institute member, recently authored a News & Views article published in Nature Magazine (Nature Portfolio). Dr. McNair’s article, titled “The 6G frequency switch that spares scientific services” is about sixth-generation (6G) spectrum-sharing and an experiment published in the new Nature Communications Engineering Journal.


Congratulations, Dr. Chakraborty!

Prabuddha Chakraborty, a graduate student in the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World, successfully defended his dissertation and earned his PhD. Dr. Chakraborty has been advised by Dr. Swarup Bhunia, Director of the Warren B. Nelms Institute. In Fall 2022, he will join the University of Maine as an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.


STEPUP Engineering Students Visit the Nelms Institute IoT Lab

University of Florida first-year engineering students in STEPUP (Successful Transition and Enhanced Preparation for Undergraduates Program) visited the Warren B. Nelms Institute IoT Lab in July 2022 for a lab tour and research demos. The students observed and participated in hands-on demos from eight Nelms Institute Graduate Students.


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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