Eric Vasey (CS) presented a research paper, “Development and usability testing of a remote control app for an interactive robot” in the Computer Systems Technical Group and Maryam Fakhr Hosseini (CLS) presented “Robot theater with children for STEAM education” in the Children’s Issues Technical Group.
Philart’s grant is a 4-year award with a total budget of $350,000 from Korea Automobile Testing & Research Institute. Two graduate students will be supported by this grant each year. The project is titled “Development of the safety assessment technique for take‐over in automated vehicles.”
The goal of the project is to design and evaluate intelligent auditory interactions for improving safety and user experience in the automated vehicles. Research tasks include developing a driving simulator for automated driving model, modelling driver states in automated vehicles, design and evaluating discrete auditory alerts for safety purpose, and the development of real-time sonification systems for overall user experience. Congratulations Philart!
Congratulations to Jimmy Roznick! Jimmy is the recipient of the DOD SMART Scholarship. “The SMART scholarship is a Department of Defense scholarship for service program aimed at supporting students in STEM fields. The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition and provides students with a monthly stipend. In return, students intern and work at a sponsoring facility for a number of years, equal to the amount of schooling sponsored. I am very excited to be putting what I’ve learned at Michigan Tech to use for national security purposes.”, Jimmy said. He will soon be graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering as well as pursuing a master’s in CS.
Congratulations to Keith Vertanen for having been identified as one of only 71 instructors who received an exceptional “Average of 7 Dimensions” student evaluation score during Spring semester 2017. Keith’s score is 4.53 with an enrollment of 105. Keith received the same recognition in Spring 2016 with a score of 4.49 with an enrollment of 85.
Congratulations Keith! Please keep up the good work!
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.
The 2017 Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC) was held on February 15-16 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. There were oral and poster presentation. The banquet was held on the evening of February 16
ABC 10’s Keweenaw Bureau Reporter Rick Allen reported on the colloquium. Read more and watch the video at ABC10 UP, by Rick Allen.
Complete list of winners:
Oral Presentation Competition
- 1st Place: Kevin Sunderland, Department of Biomedical Engineering
- 2nd Place: Teresa Wilson, Department of Physics
- 3rd Place: Andrew Chapp, Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
- Most Attended: Muraleekrishnan Menon, Department of Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics
- Most Attended: Niranjan Miganakallu, Department of Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics
Poster Presentation Competition
- 1st Place: Matthew Kilgas, Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
- 2nd Place: Brian Page, Department of Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics
- 3rd Place: Zichen Qian, Department of Biomedical Engineering
- People’s Choice: Mugdha Priyadarshini, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Graduate Student Service Awards
- Gorkem Asilioglu, Department of Computer Science
- Hossein Tavakoli, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Kate Glodowski, Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
- Erin Pischke, Department of Social Sciences
The GRC is held each year by the Graduate Student Government at Michigan Tech.
Associate Professor, Dr. Nilufer Onder has been identified as one of only 91 instructors on campus who received an exceptional “Average of 7 dimensions” from student evaluations this fall. Students in Nilufer’s classes felt she deserved a 4.95 (out of 5.0) on the question, ‘Taking everything into account, I consider this instructor to be an excellent teacher’.
This achievement reflects the tremendous efforts that Nilufer has devoted to teaching and the excellence of her teaching performance. Way to go, Nilufer!
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.