Associate Professor Tim Havens received a $15,000 contract from MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Tim and his team will investigate signal processing for active phased array systems with simultaneous transmit and receive capability. While this capability offers increased performance in communications, radar, and electronic warfare applications, the challenging aspect is that a high-level of isolation must be achieved between the transmit and receive antennas in order to mitigate self-interference in the array. This is a half-year project. Timothy Schulz at ECE is the co-PI of the project. Excellent work Tim!
Michigan Tech Associate Professor Laura Brown (co-PI) and Robert Minerick (PI) of Microdevice Engineering, Inc. were granted a new award funded by the National Science Foundation regarding the broader impact/commercial potential of development of a portable, low cost blood typing and anemia screening device for use in blood donation centers, hospitals, humanitarian efforts and the military.
This device provides the ability to pre-screen donors by blood type and selectively direct the donation process (i.e. plasma, red cells) to reduce blood product waste and better match supply with hospital demand. This portable technology could also be translated to remote geographical locations for disaster relief applications.
The proposed project will advance knowledge across multiple fields including: microfluidics and the use of electric fields to characterize cells to identify the molecular expression on blood cells responsible for ABO-Rh blood type and rapidly measure cell concentration. This project includes the development of software for real time tracking of cell population motion and adapts advanced pattern recognition tools like machine learning and statistical analysis for identification of features and prediction of blood types.
Scott Kuhl received the C2E2 award in the amount of $1,600. The award will help Scott purchase affordable head-mounted displays (HMDs) to support research, education, and outreach. The Michigan Tech Century II Endowed Equipment Fund (C2E2) is a program aimed at providing equipment money to improve the lives of faculty, students, and staff campus-wide. The program is supported by the Michigan Tech Fund, through donations by individuals and organizations in the Fund.
Each semster Computer Science graduate students are invited to meet with faculty to share their views about the department and the graduate programs, ask questions, and discuss anything else that is of interest. It is a good time to build connections between faculty and students, and create a collaborative environment.
Associate Professor Philart Jeon received a research award from Hyundai Motor Company in the amount of $130,236.
The project is entitled, “Novel In-vehicle Interaction Design and Evaluation”.
Philart and his students will investigate the effectiveness of an in-vehicle control system and culture-specific sound preference.
Associate Professor Timothy Havens received a DoD Army Research Office research award with a budget of $99,779 during the first year.
This is also a 3-year project with a total budget of $1,066,799. The project is titled “Multisensor Analysis and Algorithm Development for Detection and Classification of Buried and Obscured Targets.”
Tim and his students will develop new algorithms to detect and classify buried objects, one of the important research areas for ARO.
Professor Zhenlin Wang received an NSF research award with a total budget of $375,000.
This is a 3-year project with a title of “CSR:Small: Effective Sampling-Based Miss Ratio Curves: Theory and Practice”. In this project, Zhenlin and his students will use miss ratio curves (MRCs), which relate cache miss ratio to cache size, to model working set and cache locality.
The project develops a new cache locality theory to construct MRCs effectively and then applies it to several caching or memory management systems.
Associate Professor Charles Wallace received NSF funding through a 5-year project that has a total budget of $2,983,358 and involves researchers from Michigan Tech, Arizona State, Penn State, and Rutgers.
The project is titled “Climate Change Mitigation via Reducing Household Food, Energy and Water Consumption: A Quantitative Analysis of Interventions and Impacts of Conservation.” The PI is David Watkins in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan Tech. Associate Professor Charles Wallace’s share of the budget is approximately $105,529 and includes grad student support in the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years, as well as four years of undergraduate student support.
He and his students will develop a software application that allows homeowners to monitor the environmental costs of their consumption.
This collaborative project not only supports our graduate and undergraduate students, but also helps promote the department’s internal and external visibility.
Professor Soner Onder received an REU award in the amount of $15,876. This is a supplemental award to Soner’s NSF grant received last fall. Soner will support and guide two undergraduate students, in addition to his current PhD students.
Soner’s project will focus on the development of a new program execution paradigm and the establishment of a critical compiler and micro-architecture so that one can design processors that can be easily programmed using existing programming languages and at the same time surpass the performance of existing parallel computers.
The founder of the Houghton Energy Efficiency Team (HEET), Abhi Kantamneni, won the Heart and Hands of the Keweenaw Award for his concern to help his fellow community members understand the aspects of alternative energy. Abhi will be continuing his graduate studies in Guelph, Ontario and will pursue his passion to help others. Please read the full article here.