Warren B. Nelms Institute Newsletter, July 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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Roozbeh Tabrizian Named Nelms Rising Star Professor

The Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World has named a new Nelms Rising Star Professor, Dr. Roozbeh Tabrizian, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Nelms Rising Star Professorship is awarded to junior faculty (assistant and associate professors) who have shown extraordinary promise early in their career in research, education, workforce development, broadening participation, or other outreach activities, relevant to the mission of the institute.


Dr. My T. Thai Featured in ‘Government Technology News’ Article About Call for Pause on AI Research

Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World Associate Director, Dr. My T. Thai, UF Research Foundation Professor in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Department, was quoted in a new article from Government Technology about the call for a pause on AI development to allow for more responsible, trustworthy, and safer AI systems. Much of Dr. Thai’s research centers on fair and explainable AI. The article also featured perspectives from faculty at Emory University, University of Texas at Austin, and Case Western Reserve University.


Dr. Mostafa Reisi Gahrooei Receives $1.18M in Funding from NSF to Develop Collaborative Smart Farming Framework

Dr. Mostafa Reisi Gahrooei, Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has received $1.18M in funding from National Science Foundation (NSF) in support of his project, “CPS: Medium: Connected Federated Farms: Privacy-Preserving Cyber Infrastructure for Collaborative Smart Farming.” This project aims to develop a novel holistic framework that allows for collaboration between farms, preserves privacy, and encourages simultaneous collaboration and personalization in the data-driven modeling of agricultural farms.


Multi-Access Edge Computing System for Remote Locations

New technology is available for licensing by Drs. Aaron Costin and Janise McNair, faculty members of the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World. This multi-access edge computing system connects and coordinates signals from multiple smart devices to provide real-time monitoring on remote construction work sites. The U.S. construction industry, valued at $2.1 trillion, is one of the largest markets in the nation. However, the industry is one of the least productive, operating in a high-risk environment.


Student Spotlight: Archit Jaiswal

Archit Jaiswal is a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Florida and a researcher at the Nelms Nanoscape lab. Currently, he is researching solutions to address the range anxiety in electric vehicles and drones while also exploring innovative techniques of utilizing natural intelligence from insects and animals. He was recently elected as the president of the IoT Students Club.


Nelms Distinguished Seminar Series

On June 16, 2023, the Warren B. Nelms Institute was honored to host José Alvarez and David Kehlet of Intel Corporation for Nelms Distinguished Seminars.

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Mindfulness Matters: Student-Led Panel Emphasizes Importance of Mental Health in Academia

In March of 2023, the Internet of Things (IoT) Students Club hosted a group of panelists that tackled prioritizing mental health in academia. The student-run event touched on various topics such as mindfulness, navigating social media, preventing burnout, and acclimating to new environments. Among the panelists were Sabine Grunwald, Ph.D., director of the UF Mindfulness Program and professor for the UF Soil & Water Sciences Department, Mallory Rubek, wellness manager for UF Health, Angelique Vela, a UF graduate student, and John B. Williamson, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at UF.

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