Warren B. Nelms Institute Newsletter, November 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: “Ensuring Robust Visual Perception for Underwater Robots”

Presented by Dr. Md Jahidul Islam, Assistant Professor, ECE

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 talk, Dr. Islam will delineate his research attempts to address challenges faced by visually-guided underwater robots in marine environments, such as poor visibility, lighting variation, and the scarcity of salient features, by designing novel and improved visual learning-based solutions. Dr. Islam will further provide a broad overview of how these perception solutions enable underwater robots to ‘see better’ in noisy conditions and ‘do better’ with limited onboard computational resources and real-time constraints.

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Education and Workforce Development Grants Exceed $5M in the Warren B. Nelms Institute

The Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World has successfully secured more than $5 million in funding for education and preparation of students for careers in Internet of Things (IoT) technology, hardware security, and cybersecurity. These grants are helping to expand Warren B. Nelms Institute-led research meant to address the national skills shortage in IoT fields by providing research, professional development for students, and K-12 outreach.


UF-Led Multidisciplinary Team Receives $2M Grant for Quantum Engineering Research and Education

Faculty members from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE) are collaborating with researchers from the Engineering Education Department (EED) and the College of Education (CoE) on a new National Science Foundation (NSF) project, Innovating Quantum-Inspired Learning for Undergraduates in Research and Engineering (INQUIRE). The project is led by UF and includes researchers from the University of Minnesota. The 5-year project is funded for a total of $2M. The UF team is composed of ECE researchers Dr. Philip Feng and Dr. Jing Guo, EED researcher Dr. Gloria Kim, and CoE researcher Dr. Wanli Xing. Dr. Feng, Dr. Guo, and Dr. Xing are members of the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World. The University of Minnesota team consists of two ECE faculty members, Dr. Chris Kim and Dr. Ulya Karpuzcu.


Swarup Bhunia Wins Invention of the Year for Electric Vehicle Charging Technology

Dr. Swarup Bhunia, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World at the University of Florida, was honored at UF Innovate | Tech Licensing’s fifth annual Standing InnOvation event with Invention of the Year for SAVIOR: A Sustainable Network of Vehicles with Near-Perpetual Mobility. Created with PhD students Prabuddha Chakraborty and Reiner Dizon-Paradis, SAVIOR is an innovative framework for replenishing the batteries of battery-powered electric vehicles which enables remote charging on-the-go with the help of drones & mobile charging stations.


Dr. Jennifer Bridge Named Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World Faculty Fellow

Jennifer A. Bridge, PhD, University Term Associate Professor in the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment (ESSIE), has been named a Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World Faculty Fellow. This prestigious endowed position is awarded to select faculty members at the University of Florida in recognition of outstanding service within the Institute in research, education, workforce development, broadening participation, or other outreach activities, relevant to the mission of the institute. Dr. Bridge’s research centers around IoT-Driven Infrastructure Health Monitoring.


Welcome, Dr. Baoyun Ge!

Dr. Baoyun Ge joined the University of Florida in May 2022 as an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and is a new member of the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World. Dr. Ge’s group focuses on reducing carbon footprint and promoting the sustainability of energy conversion systems.


Graduate Student Kelsey Horace-Herron Receives Poster Award at WISE 2022

Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate student Kelsey Horace-Herron was awarded Best Poster Award Honorable Mention at the 5th Workshop for Women in Hardware and Systems Security (WISE) on October 14, 2022 at the University of New Hampshire.
Horace-Herron, who is advised by Dr. Swarup Bhunia, Director of the Nelms Institute, presented her poster on her research, “Non-invasive Authentication of Mail Packages using Nuclear Quadrupolar Resonance Spectroscopy.” This project aims to use Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance (NQR) technology to screen mailed packages to detect illegal substances such as narcotics.


2nd Annual Student IoT Design Competition

Our 2nd annual student-led IoT Design Competition, organized by the IoT Students Club at University of Florida, is underway. 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 through November 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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