- 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 place 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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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 a National Science Foundation (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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- Bridging Neuroscience and AI: Brain-Inspired AI To Make Machines Perceive Emotion Like Humans
Dr. Ruogu Fang and collaborators have secured a significant National Science Foundation 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.
- New $1 Million NSF 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 ...
- Undergraduate Research Program Sparks Interest in Secure, Accessible, and Sustainable Transportation
This past summer, nine undergraduate students visiting from institutions around the country spent 10 weeks conducting research at the University of Florida (UF) on the topic of Secure, Accessible, and Sustainable Transportation (SAST).
Through an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site grant, the undergraduate students worked alongside UF faculty and graduate student researchers at the ...
- Dr. Md Jahidul Islam Leads Project to Improve Underwater Robot Localization and Navigation
A project led by Dr. Md Jahidul Islam titled “Underwater Robot Navigation and Localization During Recovery by Optical Homing and Penning” received $600K in funding by the NSF Foundational Research in Robotics (FRR) program. Along with collaborators Dr. Sanjeev Koppal (ECE) and Dr. Jane Shin (MAE), this project will solve the foundational problem of underwater ...
- Dr. Sanjeev Koppal Uses Bio-Inspired Cameras to Improve UAV Imaging
ECE Florida Associate Professor Sanjeev J. Koppal has received $1M in funding from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in support of his project “Rapid High-Resolution Target Aerial Detection and Tracking through Deep Foveated Imaging.” The project seeks to improve the imaging abilities of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), allowing them to quickly and efficiently detect ...
- Dr. Yan Wang and Team Receive NSF Grant to Study Small Business Adaptation Through the Lens of Spatial Planning
Dr. Yan Wang, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, has received a $457k award from National Science Foundation (NSF) in support of the project, “Spatial Explanation and Planning for Resilience of Community-Based Small Businesses to Environmental Shocks.” This project aims to gain a better understanding of how spatial factors affect ...
- Student Team Places 3rd in HACK@DAC Competition
Team Bitwise Bandits, comprised of students from the University of Florida (UF) and the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur), has won 3rd Place in the 6th HACK@DAC Hardware Security Capture-the-Flag (CTF) Competition. The members of the team are: Sudipta Paria and Aritra Dasgupta (UF), and Rajat Sadhukhan and Arnab Bag (IIT Kharagpur). The ...
- Mobile Vehicle Charging Research Published in IEEE Internet of Things Magazine
Battery-related concerns are one of the major hurdles to the wide adoption of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV). A newly published paper by Warren B. Nelms Institute researchers aims to address these concerns with SAVIOR, an innovative Internet-of-Things (IoT) framework for replenishing BEV batteries on-the-go with the help of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and mobile charging ...
- Dr. Roozbeh Tabrizian Named Nelms Rising Star Professor
The Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World has named a new Nelms Rising Star Professor, Roozbeh Tabrizian, PhD. This endowment was made possible thanks to a generous donation by David Nelms and the Nelms family.
The Nelms Rising Star Professorship is awarded to junior faculty (assistant and associate professors) who have shown extraordinary promise ...
- 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 ...
- 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. Before joining the Nelms Institute, he worked as a research and development engineer (level 2) in the defense industry, where he served as a technical lead in developing advanced systems to ...
- 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. ...
- 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 ...
- SCALES Consortium Virtual Panels on Workforce Development
Throughout March, April and May, 2023, the Southeastern Consortium for Assured and Leading-Edge Semiconductors (SCALES) hosted a series of four virtual panel discussions on workforce development in various engineering technology areas. Each panel brought together experts across many disciplines, applications and perspectives to share their viewpoints, answer questions, debate approaches, and possibly find mutually beneficial ...
- Dr. Jie Fu Named Nelms Rising Star Professor
The Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World has named a new Nelms Rising Star Professor. This endowment was made possible thanks to a generous donation by David Nelms and the Nelms family.
The Nelms Rising Star Professorship is awarded to junior faculty (assistant and associate professors) who have shown extraordinary promise early in their ...
- Nelms Institute Students Showcase Research at Gator Day 2023
On April 12, 2023, University of Florida students, faculty, staff and alumni gathered at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee for Gator Day.
The annual event provides an opportunity for UF faculty and students to present their research and engage in conversations with legislators and esteemed leaders from throughout the state of Florida. The event included presentations ...
- 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. Visit UF Innovate for more information.
Multi-Access Edge Computing System for Remote Locations
Provides Real-Time Monitoring and Communications for Construction Project Job Sites
This multi-access edge computing system connects and coordinates signals from ...
- Dr. Kejun Huang to Use Career Award to Tackle AI’s Unsupervised Learning Challenges
Kejun Huang, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE), has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). His project, “Principled Unsupervised Learning via Minimum Volume Polytopic Embedding,” will focus on machine learning that addresses the challenges of unsupervised learning, which teaches the machine, or ...
- Research on Traffic Sign Recognition Security Wins Two Awards at Vehicle Security and Privacy Symposium 2023
With advancement in Connected, Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technology, comes new concerns for safety and security. Researchers have developed a new kind of attack which affects a CAV’s ability to accurately recognize a traffic sign.
The collaborative project, “WIP: Infrared Laser Reflection Attack Against Traffic Sign Recognition Systems,” received two awards at the Inaugural Symposium on Vehicle ...
- Dr. My T. Thai 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: ...
- 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.
“IoT and its convergence with AI can help ...
- 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 ...
- Timing is everything for UF team creating hyper-accurate synchronization for DoD readiness
In the age of ancient British mariners, the calculated standard of Greenwich Mean Time forever changed the world of circumnavigation in the 1700s by using a shipboard chronometer to help establish position relative to the Greenwich meridian, which represented zero degrees longitude. Now, a research team from the University of Florida has been tasked with ...
- 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 ...
- Student Spotlight: Tre’ R. Jeter
Tre’ R. Jeter is a PhD Student of Computer Science working in the Adaptive Learning and Optimization Lab since Fall 2021. He is advised by Dr. My T. Thai, UF Research Foundation Professor of Computer & Information Sciences & Engineering and Associate Director of Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World at the University ...
- Dr. Sandip Ray Leads $500K Project to Raise Awareness of Automotive Security Risks
Imagine: your car starts behaving strangely while driving. The engine stalls or the car starts veering to one side. It’s likely you’d suspect that something is amiss in the engine, or transmission, or the steering mechanism. Less likely is that you think, “My car has been hacked.” In fact, most of us rarely think of ...
- Shuo Wang and Team Warn Against the Dangers of The ‘Invisible Finger’
Add the ‘invisible finger’ to the growing list of potential hacking attacks against which our devices need to be defended. ECE researcher Dr. Shuo Wang and his security research group at the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World have been making the rounds of late, showcasing their research to Apple, Intel, Google and the like. They also ...
- Dr. Janise McNair Gives Talk at IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things
Dr. Janise McNair, associate professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, gave an invited talk entitled, “IoT in Agriculture: Creating Access and Opportunity” at the IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things in the Vertical: Agriculture Track, in Yokohama, Japan.
The 2022 IEEE 8th World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT 2022) brings the latest from the ...
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- Dr. 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 ...
- New Faculty Member Spotlight: 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. About 45% ...
- 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, ...
- 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 ...
- Dr. Janise McNair’s 6G Spectrum-Sharing Article Published in Nature Magazine
Dr. Janise McNair, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Warren B. Nelms Institute member, recently authored a News & Views article published in Nature Magazine (Nature Portfolio). Dr. McNair’s article, titled “The 6G frequency switch that spares scientific services” is about sixth-generation (6G) spectrum-sharing and an experiment published in the ...
- Research Spotlight: An Affordable, Wearable Skin Temperature Monitoring Device for Early Detection of Infections
Dr. Swarup Bhunia, Director of the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World and Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recently featured in a CNET article about new smartwatch technologies. Dr. Bhunia discussed research of his team on the development of an affordable wearable device on the wrist that measures skin ...
- STEPUP Engineering Students Visit the Warren B. Nelms Institute IoT Lab
University of Florida first-year engineering students in STEPUP (Successful Transition and Enhanced Preparation for Undergraduates Program) visited the Warren B. Nelms Institute IoT Lab in July 2022 for a lab tour and research demos.
STEPUP is a student success program sponsored through the Office of Student Transition and Retention, a unit of the Herbert Wertheim College ...
- Congratulations, Dr. Chakraborty!
Prabuddha Chakraborty, a graduate student in the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World, successfully defended his dissertation and earned his PhD. Dr. Chakraborty has been advised by Dr. Swarup Bhunia, Director of the Warren B. Nelms Institute.
In Fall 2022, he will join the University of Maine as an assistant professor in the Electrical ...
- New Faculty Member Spotlight: Dr. Ivan Ruchkin
Dr. Ivan Ruchkin will be joining the University of Florida as an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) in Fall 2022. Dr. Ruchkin will also join the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World. He received his PhD in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2019.
Dr. Ruchkin’s research ...
- Two Warren B. Nelms Institute Faculty Members Receive UF Excellence Awards for Assistant Professors
Two Warren B. Nelms Institute faculty members from two different colleges at University of Florida received the Excellence Awards for Assistant Professors this spring. Matthew Hale, assistant professor in the College of Engineering and Yan Wang, assistant professor in the College of Design, Construction and Planning are among the winners. The prestigious award is only ...
- Dr. Shuo Wang and Team Receive Distinguished Paper Award at IEEE Security and Privacy Conference 2022
A paper authored by Warren B. Nelms Institute faculty and PhD students has won Distinguished Paper Award at IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy 2022, held May 23-26, 2022. The paper, titled “Invisible Finger: Practical Electromagnetic Interference Attack on Touchscreen-based Electronic Devices” was authored by UF doctoral students Haoqi Shan, Boyi Zhang, Zihao Zhan; UF ...
- ECE Researchers Use AI to Quantify Ecosystem Services
As land managers and policy-makers around the state of Florida look for ways to mitigate the effects of climate change, it is becoming increasingly clear that ecosystem services—benefits provided by agricultural and natural systems—have a critical part to play. Researchers in UF’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, along with collaborators from UF/IFAS, are developing AI ...
- Researchers Aim to Address Range Anxiety of Battery Electric Vehicles with Peer-to-Peer Charging En Route
Battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) are becoming more and more common on the roads. With rising concerns over fossil fuel depletion and the impact of traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles on the climate, electric mobility is widely considered as the future of sustainable transportation. However, drawbacks over several important battery-related issues, such as limited range, long ...
- Professor Matthew Hale Earns Two Government-Funded Awards for Research
While most of us were spending our quarantine time picking up new hobbies or exploring the hidden depths of Netflix, Professor Matthew Hale was writing proposals that would eventually earn him both a Young Investigator Program (YIP) award and a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grant this year.
The YIP will be for $510,000 over ...
- Prabuddha Chakraborty Wins First Place in Semifinals, Advances to Finals in Doctoral Thesis Competition
Prabuddha Chakraborty, a PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida, has won first place in the semifinals of TTTC’s E. J. McCluskey Best Doctoral Thesis Award at IEEE VLSI Test Symposium 2022 (VTS 22).
Chakraborty will now advance to the finals round of the competition, which will take ...
- Nelms Institute Bowling Event
A great time was had by all at the Nelms Institute Bowling Event on March 27, 2022 at the Reitz Union Game Room. Nelms Institute students, faculty, and their families enjoyed bowling, pizza, and networking during the event. Thanks to everyone who came out! We can’t wait to host another bowling event soon.
- High School Students from Sarasota Visit the Nelms Institute IoT Lab
On April 13, 2022, around 40 students from North Port High School in Sarasota visited the Warren B. Nelms Institute IoT Lab. The students saw and participated in hands-on demos from eight Nelms Institute Graduate Students. The projects demos included secure RFID technology, a wearable health-monitoring device, automotive simulator, drone network experimentation, a fake medicine ...
- UF researcher receives NSF grant to develop curriculum to teach computing hardware fundamentals
Dr. Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko, an associate professor of educational technology and director of the NeurAL Lab, was recently awarded a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to design gamified curriculum to teach computing hardware fundamentals.
This collaborative grant, which includes Dr. Mary Jo Koroly, Research Associate Professor, and Dr. Swarup Bhunia, Semmoto Endowed Professor, at ...
- The Art of the Design: UF Computer Engineers’ Baked-In ‘Security Brain’ Technology Has Microchips Defending Themselves
The epiphany that emerged from UF engineering professors Swarup Bhunia and Sandip Ray was such a game-changing proposal that IEEE Spectrum, the flagship news magazine of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, insisted that they coauthor an October 2017 feature article to unveil the concept to their two million print and online subscribers.
With the rapid ...
- Celebrating Five Years of the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World
The Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World celebrated its 5th Anniversary in January 2022.
Since its inception in 2017, the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World 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. ...
- Research Spotlight: Improving Data Sampling Methods
Dr. Xiaochen Xian, assistant professor in the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering and Warren B. Nelms Institute faculty member, and her students are currently researching new methods that can make sampling and monitoring data more efficient. These methods have significant real-world applications including COVID-19 pandemic surveillance and faster wildfire detection.
Spatial Rank-Based Augmentation for Nonparametric ...
- Research Spotlight: “SaccadeCam: Adaptive Visual Attention for Monocular Depth Sensing”
Brevin Tilmon, PhD Student at University of Florida, and Dr. Sanjeev Koppal, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, are researching adaptive resolution, which allows cameras to distribute higher resolution onto parts of images that matter most. While most other efforts on this topic apply attention within network training and testing after ...
- Nelms Institute Students Showcase Research Projects at Gator Day
On February 15, 2022, University of Florida students, faculty, staff and alumni gathered at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee for Gator Day.
The annual event provides an opportunity for UF faculty and students to present their research and engage in conversations with legislators and esteemed leaders from throughout the state of Florida. The event included presentations ...
- Dr. Sandip Ray Awarded Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Grant
Dr. Sandip Ray, endowed IoT term professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Nelms Institute faculty member, has been awarded a research grant by the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). The three-year grant funds research on the project “Security Assurance for Multi-tenant Accelerators.”
Computing has been moving into the cloud. We are no ...
- Dr. Janise McNair Recognized as Network Research and Service “Star”
In December 2021, Janise McNair, Ph.D., UF Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Warren B. Nelms Institute faculty member, was named one of 13 2021 Stars in Networking and Communications by the N2Women (Networking Networking Women) group of the IEEE Communications Society. The N2Women’s Stars List recognizes researchers who have displayed outstanding research ...
- CryptoComics Introduces Elementary Students to Cryptology and Cybersecurity
A team of educators and researchers are working to cultivate elementary school students’ interest in cybersecurity and cryptography, the art of making and breaking codes. The interdisciplinary research team includes Dr. Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko, Associate Professor of Educational Technology in the School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida; Dr. Kara Dawson, Professor of Educational ...
- Dr. Jie Fu Awarded Grant through the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program
Dr. Jie Fu, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received a 2021 Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Research Award for her project, “Towards Preference-Aware Autonomy: Specification, Synthesis, and Interactive Planning.”
The goal of the AFOSR Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) is to foster creative research in science ...
- Researchers Win Top Picks in Hardware and Embedded Security 2021 by IEEE HSTTC
A team of researchers at UF Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World were awarded Top Picks in Hardware and Embedded Security 2021 by IEEE Hardware Security and Trust Technical Committee (HSTTC) for their work “SAIL: Machine Learning Guided Structural Analysis Attack on Hardware Obfuscation.’’ The research team includes Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) ...
- 2nd Annual Women in IoT Workshop Brings Together Women Leaders to Discuss “AI on the Edge”
The second annual Women in IoT (WIT) Workshop, “AI on the Edge,” was held virtually on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. The women-led workshop was hosted by the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World and involved a team of organizers from multiple universities. The co-chairs of the workshop were Dr. Janise McNair, ECE, University ...
- New Faculty Member Spotlight: Dr. Yan Wang
Dr. Yan Wang is an assistant professor at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, U.S.A. She is also the founding faculty of the Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience (FIBER) and directs Urban Agility and Resilience Laboratory at FIBER. Dr. Wang received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at ...
- Researchers Seek to Build Confidence into AI for Healthcare Under NSF Grant
A team of researchers at the University of Florida will explore ways to increase trustworthiness and interpretability of artificial machine learning in healthcare under a new $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The team will also investigate ways to use AI to diagnose neurodegenerative diseases earlier.
The project will provide a paradigm shift for ...
- UF Faculty will Host Hardware Security Education Summer Camp for High School Students
University of Florida researchers have received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop and host a two-week GenCyber summer camp program for high school students on the topic of hardware security. The project, titled “Hardware Security for High School Students” is a three-year project led by Dr. Wanli Xing, Assistant Professor in the School ...
- UF IoT Students Club Hosts First Annual IoT Design Competition
The first annual student Internet of Things (IoT) Design Competition recently wrapped up after nearly two months of competition. The national competition, hosted by the IoT Students Club at University of Florida, required teams to design, build, and demonstrate the functionality of an IoT edge device to solve a real-world problem. A total of ten ...
- PhD Student Daniel Alabi Awarded Chateaubriand Fellowship for Research in France
Daniel J. Alabi, PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), has been awarded a prestigious Chateaubriand Fellowship.
The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. It supports outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France. Chateaubriand fellows are selected ...
- New Faculty Member Spotlight: Dr. Zhe Jiang
Dr. Zhe Jiang joined UF in August 2021 as assistant professor in the department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE), also affiliated with Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World. His broad research areas are data science and artificial intelligence, with a particular focus on geospatial and spatiotemporal data in the context ...
- Dr. Swarup Bhunia and Dr. Greg Stitt Aim to Extend Security Education to All
Dr. Swarup Bhunia, Director of the Warren B. Nelms Institute, and Dr. Greg Stitt, both professors in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, are working to make hardware security education more accessible to undergraduate engineering students.
The collaborative, three-year project, titled “Hardware Security Education for All Through Seamless Extension of Existing Curricula” is funded by ...
- Dr. Matthew Hale Receives ONR Funding for Reactive Swarm Control Research
Dr. Matthew Hale, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida, recently received funding from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) for his project “Reactive Swarm Control for Dynamic Environments.”
Swarm robotics is an approach to the coordination of multiple autonomous robots as a system which consists of a ...
- Dr. Ruogu Fang and UF Researchers Use AI to Develop Individualized Treatment for Alzheimer’s
UF researchers are using artificial intelligence (AI) to understand individual differences in treatment response and develop a first-of-its-kind precision dosing system for remediating age-related cognitive decline. The research aims to enhance the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) treatment by tailoring the treatment to each individual patient.
Dr. Ruogu Fang (PI), Dr. Adam Woods (PI) ...
- Ph.D. Student Dennis Agnew Jr. Awarded L3Harris Graduate Fellowship
Dennis Agnew Jr., a Ph.D. Student in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Florida, was recently awarded the L3Harris Graduate Fellowship.
The fellowship is funded by L3Harris Corporation’s generous donation to the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering to support research collaborations between the ECE and Computer and Information Science and Engineering ...
- College of Engineering Commencement Graduate Student Speaker Yao Xiao Speaks at Graduation One Year Later
Yao Xiao earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Florida in spring 2020. She was selected as the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering Commencement Student Speaker.
However, due to COVID-19, commencement ceremonies were held virtually, and Xiao was not able to give her speech.
One year later, in spring 2021, UF held its first ...
- Ph.D. Student Troy Tharpe Wins Transducers 2021 Outstanding Paper Award
Troy Tharpe has received the Outstanding Paper Award in the Oral Presentation category at the Transducers 2021 Conference. Tharpe is a Ph.D. student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Florida (ECE Florida). He is advised by Dr. Roozbeh Tabrizian, an assistant professor in ECE Florida and Warren B. Nelms Institute ...
- In Memoriam – Warren B. Nelms, 1937-2021
It is with deep sorrow and great respect that we announce that Warren B. Nelms, the namesake of our institute, passed away on May 16 at the age of 83.
Warren Nelms was born on July 31, 1937, in Brooksville, FL, and grew up in nearby Lakeland, graduating from Lakeland High School in 1955. His innovative spirit ...
- New Faculty Member Highlight: Dr. Piyush Jain
Dr. Piyush Jain, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has recently joined the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World. His background is in pharmaceutical sciences and biomolecular engineering.
In March 2021, Jain was named as holder of the Shah Rising Star Professorship for his contributions to developing a multi-scale biomolecular engineering ...
- Dr. Zoleikha Biron Awarded Collaborative Seed Award Grant for Microgrid Security Research
Dr. Zoleikha Biron has been awarded a Collaborative Seed Award from the Florida Center for Cybersecurity (Cyber Florida) to fund her research “Decentralized Detection of Cyber Attacks against Microgrid Energy Management Systems.” The project aims to develop the scientific foundations and the design methodologies for autonomous detection of cyber-attacks against energy management systems in microgrids.
- Dr. Coker’s Research on Monitoring Air Pollution in Africa to be Published in “Environmental Research” Journal
There is a lack of air pollution monitoring in sub-Saharan Africa. Developing a low-cost and efficient method to conduct air monitoring in the region can help estimate exposure to air pollution for epidemiology research.
Dr. Eric S. Coker, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Global Health, and faculty member of the Warren B. Nelms ...
- Dr. Roozbeh Tabrizian Selected for DARPA Director’s Fellowship Award
Dr. Roozbeh Tabrizian has been awarded the prestigious Director’s Fellowship from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Tabrizian, an assistant professor at the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and member of the Warren B. Nelms Institute, is the first University of Florida faculty member to receive the award. Director’s Fellowships are awarded to only ...
- Joshua Bernstein Wins ECE Undergraduate Student Research Excellence Award
Electrical Engineering undergraduate student Joshua Bernstein is the recipient of the 2021 ECE Undergraduate Student Research Excellence award. The award is given yearly to the top ECE undergraduate student who excelled in his/her research during the academic year. Students are nominated by their faculty advisor.
Bernstein has worked on two projects in the UF Integrated Circuits ...
- From the Directors’ Desk: Battling COVID-19 with Smart Wearables
When COVID-19 upended our lives in early 2020, some of the brightest engineering minds across the globe got to work. Members of the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World came forward to join this global task force to fight the pandemic. Using our research expertise and creativity, we implemented smart connected systems to monitor, ...
- New Faculty Member Highlight: Eric S Coker
Eric S. Coker, MS, Ph.D. is a Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Global Health. Dr. Coker’s research interests are at the intersection of social determinants of health, population susceptibility, and environmental chemical exposures, and investigating how these factors combine to cause health effects and drive health disparities in maternal and child health.
- New Student Member Highlight: Joshua Bernstein
Joshua Bernstein is a fifth year ECE undergraduate student who is working in UF’s ICSP lab under Dr. Swarup Bhunia and Dr. Soumyajit Mandal, as well as graduate student Naren Masna.
- Tabrizian’s novel ferroelectric device addresses the urgent need for low-power information storage
Under a DARPA project, a UF team led by ECE Assistant Professor Dr. Roozbeh Tabrizian is developing novel integrated ferroelectric device technologies to address the urgent need for low-power information storage and high-speed wireless communication in the IoT era.
- Exposing the Shortcuts: Improving Fairness of AI
My T. Thai, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering and associate director of the Institute, is developing software technologies that can explain how bias can creep into artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms.
- BRINGING AI TO THE EDGE FOR A SMARTER INTERNET OF THINGS
Three leading researchers at the Warren B. Nelms institute for the Connected World are using artificial intelligence (AI) to make the Internet of Things (IoT) more secure and more efficient.
- New Student Member Highlight: Bo Pei
Bo Pei is a doctoral student in the Educational Technology program in College of Education at the University of Florida and a new student member of the Warren B. Nelms institute. Bo is working with Prof. Wanli Xing.
- Prof. Thai, Associate Director of the Institute, has been named a 2021 Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Congratulations to My T. Thai, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering and an associate director of the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World, who has been named a 2021 Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Thai is recognized for her contributions ...
- New Faculty Member Highlight: Dr. Angelina Bernier
Dr Bernier who is a Pediatric Endocrinologist with research focus on the care and treatment of children with diabetes, obesity and comorbidities has recently joined the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World
- Graduate Student Keerthiraj wins awards in Coding and Hack-a-thon competitions
UF-ECE PhD candidate and Nelms Institute student Keerthiraj Nagaraj was awarded an ‘Advanced Achievement’ digital badge for successful completion of all the exercises in the third “IBM Quantum Challenge”, a global competitive coding contest involving 2000 students, researchers, and industry professionals from all over the world.
- New NSF Award in Formal Methods in the Field: Distributed Platform Monitoring for In-situ Networks
This project focuses on addressing this crucial problem. The project will develop a flexible, powerful distributed platform for monitoring deployed networks, and analysis tools that use this data to certify safe and robust protocol operations in field. The project is funded by National Science Foundation
- Tabrizian and Bhunia Develop Clandestine Wireless ID Tags
In a new paper published in Nature’s Microsystems and Nanoengineering, a team led by Dr. Roozbeh Tabrizian and Dr. Swarup Bhunia has demonstrated a novel product-labeling approach based on resonant nano-electro-mechanical systems (NEMS). This technology substantially surpasses fundamental limitations of current labeling systems for product identification and authentication
- Inaugural Women in IoT Workshop Highlighted Leadership in the World of IoT
Hosted by the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World, the first annual Women in IoT Workshop, “Leading through Change,” took place virtually on Monday, Oct. 12 via the Zoom videoconferencing platform. With a keynote speaker, panel discussions, and student poster sessions, the densely packed workshop was more like a mini-conference. More than 200 registrants ...
- Graduate Student Atul wins the outstanding achievement award from the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
Atul Prasad Deb Nath, a doctoral student at the Warren B. Nelms Institute, wins the Outstanding Achievement Award 2020 from the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, University of Florida.
- New Faculty Member Highlight: Dr. Sara Rampazzi
Dr. Sara Rampazzi has recently joined the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World, and she will start as an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida in the Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering on January 1st, 2021.
- New Student Member Highlight: Kelsey Horace-Herron
Kelsey Horace-Herron is a first year ECE Ph.D. student who is a member of the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World under the supervision and mentorship of Professor Swarup Bhunia and fellow graduate student Naren Masna.
- New NSF Award in Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI): Elements
This project will develop a robust cyberinfrastructure (CI) system and service for construction research and applications to address the current challenges faced in the construction industry.
- Prof. Jin Wins IEEE CEDA Ernest S. Kuh Early Career Award
Professor Yier Jin, member and lead of the education program of the Warren B. Nelms Institute wins the prestigious 2020 IEEE CEDA Ernest S. Kuh Early Career Award.
- ADAPT Smart Mask – A Wearable Protective Device that Goes After the Virus
Members of the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World have put smart connected systems into use to monitor, detect, and prevent the spread of infection – the ADAPT smart mask – aims to extend the functions of a traditional mask to render stronger protection.
- Eisenstadt Introduces Smart Mosquito Cages to Safely, Effectively Test Insecticides
Recent work by Professor William Eisenstadt, supported by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control, seeks to equip the traditional mosquito ‘bioassay’ cages with networked sensors.
- UF announces $70 million artificial intelligence partnership with NVIDIA
The University of Florida today announced a public-private partnership with NVIDIA that will catapult UF’s research strength to address some of the world’s most formidable challenges, create unprecedented access to AI training and tools for underrepresented communities, and build momentum for transforming the future of the workforce.
- UF Nelms Institute and ECE IoT Term Professor Oliveira Leading ENIGMA 2021 Program
Enigma Conference is known for facilitating engaging talks on emerging security & privacy threats & defenses at the growing intersection of tech & society. Dr. Oliveira is co-chairing this highly anticipated event among academic, industry and policy researchers for ENIGMA 2021 now calling for participation due on August 26, 2020.
- Skylar Stolte’s Paper Accepted for Publication in Medical Image Analysis
Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) represents a highly-prevalent complication of diabetes in which individuals suffer from damage to the blood vessels in the retina. Skylar’s paper focuses on using deep learning systems that offer the revolutionary potential to DR identification and prevention of vision loss.
- Postdoctoral Scholar Spotlight: Patanjali Sristi Lakshmiprasanna Sriramakumara
Dr. Patanjali SLPSK is a postdoctoral research scholar working with the Nelms Institute for the Connected World, mentored by Director Dr. Swarup Bhunia. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras where he was advised by Dr. Kamakoti.
- Dr. Xiaochen Xian Receives Funding to Develop Mass COVID-19 Testing Strategies
New faculty member Dr. Xiaochen Xian recently received funding from the National Science Foundation in support of her research to develop adaptive sampling strategies for administering mass testing for COVID-19.
- New Faculty Member Highlight: Dr. Shreya Saxena
Dr. Shreya Saxena is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience at the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University and will start as an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department on October 1st, 2020.
- Nelms Faculty Member Leads ASCE Artificial Intelligence Task Committee
Dr. Lili Du, Nelms Institute affiliate faculty and associate professor in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering, recently received approval to set up and co-lead the Artificial Intelligence Task Committee under the Emerging Technologies Council of Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
- New COVID-19 Research Initiative: Ultra-Low Cost Social Distancing Band
In this new project in response to COVID-19, we use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) communication protocol to sense and measure the distance between two people wearing wristbands that help estimating exposure risks.
- Mishra Named UF Research Foundation Professor
The University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) has named Prabhat Mishra, Ph.D., the Director of Research Programs of the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World, a UFRF Professor for 2020-2023.
- Graduate Student Scheduled to join as Tenure-Track Faculty at University of Kansas
Tamzidul Hoque, graduate student of Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) . He will be joining the EECS Department of the University of Kansas (KU) as an Assistant Professor, starting in Fall 2020.
- Novel Peer-to-Peer Car Charging System Proposes to Automate, Mobilize EV Charging
A novel system proposed by Dr. Swarup Bhunia and researchers at the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World aims to remove the limiting factor by combining cloud computing, 5G connectivity, machine learning, and automotive automation systems to create what we call Peer-to-Peer Car Charging.
- COVID-19 Research Overview: TRIDENT System
Engineering researchers in UF’s Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World are developing TRIDENT, a tri-modal sensory system for detecting onset of an infection such as COVID-19.
- Award from National Science Foundation and Amazon to Improve AI Fairness
Professor My T. Thai, in collaboration with professors Hanghang Tong from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Ross Maciejewski from Arizona State University, recently received a three year award for over $1 million from the National Science Foundation and Amazon to improve AI Fairness.
- Sharon Lynn Chu receives NSF CAREER Award: Wearable Technologies for K-12
Sharon Lynn Chu, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE), has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Her project will investigate the design of wearable technologies to connect learning across formal and informal contexts, especially for elementary and middle school students.
- Tuba Yavuz Receives NSF CAREER Award: Secure and Reliable IoT through Automated Model Extraction and Analysis
Assistant Professor Tuba Yavuz has been awarded a 2020 NSF CAREER Award for her project, “Towards a Secure and Reliable Internet of Things through Automated Model Extraction and Analysis.” The project will additionally help broaden participation of women and other underrepresented groups in IoT security, formal methods, and software engineering research.
- Award-Winning Paper at IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine Awards
A paper co-authored by ECE Florida faculty and Ph.D. students has won First Best Paper Award at the 2019 IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine (CEM) Awards. It was authored by ECE Florida faculty members Dr. Swarup Bhunia and Dr. Soumyajit Mandal, along with ECE Ph.D. students Shubhra Deb Paul and Naren Vikram Raj Masna.
- Warren B. Nelms Annual IoT Conference
The Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World at University of Florida stays is pleased to announce our inaugural Annual IoT Conference to be held on Dec 3-4,2019.The Nelms Institute stays at the forefront of research, education and outreach activities on core IoT technologies, including security, safety, machine intelligence, and interoperability.
- Tabrizian to Receive DARPA Young Faculty Award
ECE Assistant Professor Dr. Roozbeh Tabrizian is set to receive a 2019 DARPA Young Faculty Award for his proposal, “Ferroelectrically Transduced Ge Nano-Fin Bulk Acoustic Resonators for Chip-Scale Instinctually Adaptive RF Spectral Processing.” The prestigious $500K award will support Tabrizian’s efforts to protect cutting-edge civilian and military communication systems from jamming and interference using a ...
- Xiaolong Guo, Yier Jin Awarded Best Paper at DATE 2019
Xiaolong Guo and Dr. Yier Jin are co-authors on a paper that has been awarded 2019 Best Paper Award at the Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) Conference.
- The Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World Names Leaders
Swarup Bhunia, Ph.D., has been named as Director of the Institute and the Sachio Semmoto Professor. Dr. Bhunia is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Florida. My T. Thai, Ph.D., a UF Research Foundation Professor, has been selected as the Associate Director of the Institute.
- Nelms Institute Hosts Sachio Semmoto
The Nelms Institute hosted distinguished ECE Alumnus Dr. Sachio Semmoto, who has continued to support the institute with a generous gift of $1.5M.
- Nelms Institute Unveils IoT Demos
Timed to coincide with Dr. Sachio Semmoto’s visit to UF, the Nelms Institute for the Connected World opened its doors on March 1, showing off a number of exciting and innovative IoT devices and projects.