Warren B. Nelms Institute Newsletter, March 2023

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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Dr. My T. Thai, Associate Director of the Warren B. Nelms Institute, and Team Receive Distinguished Paper Award at AAAI 2023 Conference

A paper authored by Warren B. Nelms Institute Associate Director, Dr. My T. Thai, and a team of researchers at University of Florida and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), has won Distinguished Paper Award at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) 2023 Conference, held February 7-14, 2023. The paper is titled “XRand: Differentially Private Defense against Explanation-Guided Attacks.”


New ‘invisible finger’ technology poses potential phone-hacking threats, researchers say

When a team of researchers from the University of Florida unveiled new technology that allows someone to hack into a nearby touchscreen-enabled device using what they call an “invisible finger,” those in the field of cybersecurity took notice. The discovery, publicly recognized by the Institute of Electrical and Computer Engineering during its 2022 Symposium on Security and Privacy, was reported in dozens of trade publications, including PC Magazine and Digital Information World. And leading device manufacturers quickly reached out to the researchers, inviting input on how they could get ahead of the potential security threat.


Summer 2023 Application Now Open for Undergraduate Student Researchers: REU Site on Secure, Accessible, and Sustainable Transportation

Are you an undergraduate interested in autonomous & sustainable transportation? Apply now to participate in the Summer 2023 cohort of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site on Secure, Accessible, and Sustainable Transportation, led by Dr. Sandip Ray and faculty at the University of Florida. For more information or to apply, click the button below or visit https://go.ufl.edu/pzlr1ft.

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Timing is everything for UF team creating hyper-accurate synchronization for DoD readiness

Funded by a $4.5 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), UF researchers from the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering are leading the project to produce a microchip-sized tactical-grade clock that maintains accuracy on the magnitude of billionths of a second over time. The research is aligned with DARPA’s ongoing mission to stay ahead of an October Surprise — a reference to the unanticipated 1957 launch of Sputnik by the U.S.S.R. — to ensure ubiquitous national readiness for a potentially global theater of conflict.


Mind over Matter: A Panel on Mental Health in Academia

Presented by IoT Students Club at University of Florida
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm
Location: Larsen Hall 234 OR virtual

Join us for an informative and engaging event focused on mental health awareness. You’ll hear from experts in the field and people who have struggled with mental health challenges themselves, giving you a unique perspective on the issues that affect us all. Please RSVP by clicking the button below or go to: https://go.ufl.edu/0jzqrxs


Second Annual Student IoT Design Competition Comes to a Close

The second annual student Internet of Things (IoT) Design Competition recently wrapped up after a busy semester of competition. The international competition, hosted by the IoT Students Club at University of Florida, is sponsored by Texas Instruments, Microsoft, and the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World. A total of 25 teams from around the globe took part, competing for over $6,000 in cash and prizes.
“The goal for this competition was to encourage students to design customized IoT solutions for different application domains,” said Dr. Swarup Bhunia, Director of the Warren B. Nelms Institute. “With that goal, we invited the students to take up the challenge and participate in this competition to help in solving problems in unprecedented ways. And we have quite a few exciting projects this year.”


IoT Students Club Hosts Student-Led Panel on Getting Internships and Jobs at Top Companies

On Thursday February 2, 2023, the IoT Students Club at the University of Florida hosted a panel workshop titled “How to Get Internships/Jobs at Top Companies.” The workshop featured a panel of seven current students who have secured internships or jobs at top companies in the IoT and security sectors. The student panelists offered tips and answered questions about their experiences getting internships and jobs at companies such as MIT Lincoln Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, Intel, Sandia National Laboratories, Infosys, Raytheon, and Elbit Systems of America.



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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