Day: January 14, 2020

Tim Havens Receives $120K Award from Signature Research, Inc.

Tim Havens, College of Computing associate dean for research, has been awarded an 18-month, $120,000 grant by Signature Research, Inc. The project, “Machine Learning for Human-Based Visual Detection Metrics,” contributes to an effort to develop a methodology that predicts the impact to human vision due to the existence of atmospheric particles. Havens is also the director of the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems and the William and Gloria Jackson Associate Professor of Computer Systems.

Abstract: This project contributes to an effort to develop a methodology that predicts the impact to human vision due to the existence of atmospheric particles. Due to the variability of atmospheric conditions and particulate matter (dust, ice, etc.) extensive field test campaigns to characterize the impacts to human vision are impractical. As a result, a model-based approach must be developed in order to evaluate all possible conditions in a virtual environment. It is envisioned that this approach will incorporate both human in-the-loop evaluations as well as generation of machine learning algorithms to serve as an in-situ human observer.

Signature Research, Inc. provides solutions to DoD and the Intelligence Community, specializing in Signature Phenomenology, Analysis, and Modeling of items of military interest covering the breadth of the electromagnetic spectrum. Signature Research, Inc. engineers and scientists have developed methodologies, tools and products to help visualize and interpret electromagnetic signatures, and Signature Research, Inc. staff are recognized experts within the various communities in which they work. SGR’s corporate headquarters is located in Calumet, Michigan, with a second operating location in Navarre, Florida near Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field.

Lunch with LaShana Lewis Tuesday, January 21, 12-1 pm

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the College of Computing invite College of Computing faculty and graduate students to join LaShana Lewis for a build-your-own-sandwich lunch on Tuesday, January 21, 12-1 pm, in Rekhi 218. Please RSVP here:


Ms. Lewis is a systems engineer at MasterCard and has been working in the diversity space for over 20 years. She is currently the CEO of L.M. Lewis Consulting, a company which aims to make employer’s companies more diverse through assistance with recruitment, hiring, and retention best practices.

Ms. Lewis is the keynote speaker for Michigan Tech’s 31st Annual MLK Banquet the evening of Monday, January 20, 2020, at 6 pm.  Please RSVP for this dinner at

Leadership Panel Friday, Jan. 17

From 10 to 11 a.m. Friday (Jan. 17) Women in the Academy (WIA), formally WISE, and co-hosted by ADVANCE, will host a Leadership Panel in MUB Alumni Lounge A.

Joining us will be Adrienne Minerick, dean of the College of Computing, Audra Morse, chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Kim Ogden, interim VPR at the University of Arizona and President of AIChE.

Anyone interested in advice on how to pursue leadership positions in academia is invited to join us.