- 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 Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko, Associate Professor of Educational Technology in the School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida; Kara Dawson, Professor of Educational Technology in ...
- Jie Fu Awarded Grant through the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program
Dr. Jie Fu 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 and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, ...
- 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 University of Florida IoT Students Club, required teams to design, build, and demonstrate the functionality of an IoT edge device to solve a real-world problem. A total of ten teams ...
- 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 ...
- Bhunia and Stitt Aim to Extend Security Education to All
Dr. Swarup Bhunia, Director of the Warren B. Nelms Institute, and Gregory 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 the ...
- 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 ...
- 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.
- 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 ...
- 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.