Warren B. Nelms Institute Newsletter, November 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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Nelms Institute Students Showcase IoT Research Demos at the Malachowsky Hall Ribbon Cutting Event

On November 3, 2023 the University of Florida held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Malachowsky Hall for Data Science & Information Technology. Malachowsky Hall will serve as a multidisciplinary space for medicine, pharmacy and engineering, and will further support UF’s work to integrate AI across the curriculum. As the new headquarters of the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World, institute students were invited to demonstrate their research projects at the event for university leaders, alumni, and esteemed guests. Six exciting Internet of Things (IoT) projects from the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World were showcased by undergraduate and graduate students in the institute.


Research portfolio

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 and students, we are developing broad Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and their applications to create more secure, sustainable, and connected communities. With billions of IoT-connected devices al-ready in the world today—and billions more in the coming years—the institute remains at the forefront of this burgeoning field while creating a critical mass of expertise at the convergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and IoT. We invite you to browse our current and ongoing Warren B. Nelms Institute research projects.

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$1 Million Funded Project Aims to Help Veterans Build Skills in Hardware Security

A new project led by Warren B. Nelms Institute researchers has received $1 million in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Experiential Learning for Emerging and Novel Technologies (ExLENT) Program. The project, titled “Pivots: VETS-HASTE: Veterans SkillBridge through Industry based Hardware Security Training and Education,” is led by Principal Investigator Dr. Wanli Xing (College of Education) and Co-Principal Investigator Dr. Sandip Ray (ECE). This three-year project will develop an experiential hardware security training program to actively involve veterans, a significantly underserved population in STEM.

Bridging Neuroscience and AI: Brain-Inspired AI to Make Machines Perceive Emotion Like Humans

Dr. Ruogu Fang and collaborators have secured a significant NSF grant for their project, “NCS-FO: Brain-Inspired Goal-Oriented and Bidirectional Deep Emotion Inference.” This pioneering initiative at the intersection of neuroscience and AI will explore groundbreaking advancements in both fields by building neuroscience-informed, brain-inspired AI systems to sense emotion as the human brain does.


Dr. Mostafa Reisi Gahrooei Develops Adaptive Framework for Rapid Post-Disaster Damage Assessment

Dr. Mostafa Reisi Gahrooei, Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has received an NSF grant to fund the project, “Collaborative Research: Multi-Agent Adaptive Data Collection for Automated Post-Disaster Rapid Damage Assessment.” This project aims to develop a novel framework for data collection that is able to constantly analyze observations to dynamically and adaptively determine the trajectories of data collector agents to maximize information gain in the shortest possible time. This framework can be applied to scenarios like the aftermath of a disaster, when efforts to identify building damage is critical and time-sensitive.


Nelms Institute Student Teams Place 1st and 2nd in Events at CSAW 2023

Students from the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World have placed 1st and 2nd in competition events at CSAW 2023. CSAW (see-SAW) is the world’s most comprehensive student-run cybersecurity event. It serves as an engaging platform for experiential learning and aims to inspire students to pursue education and careers in the field of cybersecurity. There were 3,142 annual competitors this year, ranging from high school students to doctoral candidates.


Novel On-Chip Distributed Battery Research Published in IEEE Access Journal

As the growing demand for portable consumer electronics increases, researchers are faced with the challenge of having to fit more power into less space on a device. Limitations on the physical size, complexity, efficiency, and manufacturability of small-scale transistors introduce even more obstacles. A newly published paper by Warren B. Nelms Institute researchers aims to address these concerns using the concept of distributed batteries within a heterogeneous 3D integrated circuit (IC). This approach involves utilizing multiple smaller batteries with different specifications among different modules of 3D ICs. This optimizes performance and overcomes limitations associated with both 3D ICs and conventional power delivery methods.


Dr. Swarup Bhunia Inducted Into HOST Hall of Fame

Dr. Swarup Bhunia, Director of the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World, has been inducted into the HOST Hall of Fame. The IEEE International Symposium on Hardware Oriented Security and Trust (HOST) Hall of Fame was created to honor individuals who have significantly contributed to HOST and hardware security. Dr. Bhunia has been recognized for his contribution to IEEE technical events and supporting the hardware security community.