Warren B. Nelms Institute Newsletter, March 2024

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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Hands-On Engineering Course Introduces First-Year Students to AI

In Fall 2023, the course EGN1935 – Special Topics in Freshmen Engineering: Adventures in ECE Design provided students with an immersive, hands-on experience in exploring AI hardware principles and applications. It was instructed by Dr. Swarup Bhunia and PhD students Andrea Ramírez-Salgado and Atri Chatterjee. The course was designed with the goal of making AI education accessible and immersive for first-year engineering students, even without prior knowledge of AI or hardware concepts.


Warren B. Nelms Institute Researchers Work to Combat the Spread of Misinformation in the Digital Age

Researchers Dr. My T. Thai, Dr. Yan Wang, and Dr. Sylvia Chan-Olmsted have received a new National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. The project, titled, “Collaborative Research: SaTC: CORE: Medium: Information Integrity: A User-centric Intervention,” will work towards increasing information integrity and reducing misinformation at the user level. But the spread of misinformation online is not a new issue. Dr. Thai has been working towards combating this concern for over a decade.

Dr. Roozbeh Tabrizian’s Work On 3D Resonators Featured on Cover of Nature Electronics

Recent research by Dr. Roozbeh Tabrizian and his team has been featured on the cover of the February issue of Nature Electronics. The research was published in a paper, titled “A ferroelectric-gate fin microwave acoustic spectral processor,” which explores the use of 3D nanomechanical resonators to enhance the efficiency of ultrawide-band wireless communication. Dr. Tabrizian is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a Nelms Rising Star Endowed Professor.


IoT Students Club Leads Hands-On Hardware Workshop

The IoT Students Club hosted a Hands-On Hardware Workshop for fellow students on February 26, 2024. The goal of the workshop was to help students learn about sensor fusion and gain hands-on experience designing an IoT system with AI capabilities. IoT Students Club, an organization affiliated with the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World, promotes the advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT) among the undergraduate and graduate populations at the University of Florida.


Welcome, Dr. Yuheng Bu!

Dr. Yuheng Bu is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) and a new member of the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World. Dr. Bu’s research interests lie in the intersection of machine learning, information theory and signal processing. He leverages the tools from information theory and signal processing to develop theoretically justified learning algorithms for diverse applications, including fair machine learning, uncertainty quantification, model compression, and anomaly detection.


Nelms Institute Students Showcase Research at Gator Day 2024

University of Florida students, faculty, staff and alumni gathered at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee for Gator Day on February 14th. Faculty and students from the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering showcased various research projects. Among them were two exciting IoT projects from the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World: AI & IoT Hands-On Learning System and Medicine and Illegal Substance Detection in Mail Packaging Using NQR Spectroscopy.


Mark Your Calendar for the 2024 Warren B. Nelms Annual IoT Conference!

The Warren B. Nelms Annual IoT Conference will be returning this Fall. The conference will have a variety of keynote speakers, industry panels, student poster and demo sessions, and the co-located Women in IoT Workshop.

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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