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Dr. Saad Receives Award from NSF


Delivering bandwidth-intensive wireless services to trillions of mobile devices requires a significant transformation to today's wireless cellular networks. Hyper-dense heterogeneous networks (HDHNs), enabled via a viral and large-scale deployment of small cell base stations and mobile devices, are seen as one of the cornerstones of this transformation. However, most existing network design and optimization techniques fall short in handling the scale, density, sustainability, and dynamics of such HDHNs.

The goal of this NSF project, entitled "Energy-Efficient Hyper-Dense Wireless Networks with Trillions of Devices" is to overcome this challenge by introducing a novel framework to manage, operate, and optimize such hyper-dense, dynamic networks in an energy-efficient manner. In particular, this project will address the key issues pertaining to mobility management and self-organization in HDHNs via an interdisciplinary mix of techniques that will lay the foundation of tomorrow's sustainable, large-scale wireless systems. The project will also catalyze and foster a new US-Japan collaboration between the partnering institutions.





Dr. Tigli Receives CAREER Award from NSF


Dr. Onur Tigli, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Miami, has received the prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his proposal "CAREER: Acoustics Lab on a Chip for Comprehensive Biophysical Studies of Tumor Cells: Towards Personalized Cancer Diagnosis and Therapeutics". This research will explore the development of a lab-on-a-chip platform that will integrate novel electronic, acoustic, and magnetic components for comprehensive biophysical studies through cell interrogation. Novel microchip technologies along with new cellular level diagnostic and therapeutic modalities in cancer are expected to be revealed. NSF CAREER award is National Science Foundation's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Dr. Tigli is recognized for his patented research on CMOS-SAW biosensors for early diagnosis of cancer. His primary research is in the fields of MEMS/NEMS and biomedical nanotechnology to develop smart point-of-care diagnostic tools for clinical applications. This work involves the use of micro/nano fabrication methods, microfluidics, micro/nano sensor and actuator development, and their respective applications in clinical medicine, neuroscience, genomics, proteomics, and cell and tissue engineering. Dr. Tigli is a faculty member of Dr. John T. MacDonald Foundation Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute of University of Miami (BioNIUM) and holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Pathology, Miller School of Medicine.











Game Theory for Communication Networks


Game theory is a solid analytical framework that has become a prevalent tool for studying the decision making processes of a number of interdependent players, such as firms, individual players, or more recently, communication devices. For more than half a century, game theory has led to revolutionary changes in economics, and it has found a number of important applications in politics, sociology, psychology, control, computing, and transportation, to list only a few. During the past decade, there has been a surge in research activities that employ game theory to model and analyze modern communication systems. This is mainly due to: (1) the emergence of the Internet as a global platform for computation and communication, which has sparked the development of large scale, distributed, and heterogeneous communication systems; (2) the deregulation of the telecommunication industry, and the dramatic improvement in computation power, which has made it possible for various network entities to make independent and selfish decisions; (3) the need for robust designs against uncertainties, e.g., in security situations that can sometimes be modeled as games of users with a malicious nature. The goal of this course is to introduce the basics of game theory in its two branches: noncooperative and cooperative games, as they apply to the design of future engineering systems. For each game type the course will present the fundamental components, introduce the key solution concepts, and describe the challenges and methods for applying these games in a variety of emerging fields in communication networks, such as cellular systems, cognitive radio networks, network security, and related areas.











BioNanotechnology


This course will be conducted in a seminar style (lectures accompanied by weekly scientific discussion on cutting edge Nanotechnology topics). There will be one in-class midterm exam and one final project presentation. There will be a term papers. Student will be required to complete as groups of two. Paper will involve a theoretical study of a nanotechnology application. Training on state-of-the-art FEM modeling tools for design and simulation will be provided. Term Paper: 40%, Homework: 15%, Midterm: 25%, Participation: 20%. For more information please see course flyer.


Prof. Zonouz Receives the DoE’s ARPA-E Grant


The Department of Energy has announced that the "Cyber-Physical Modeling and Analysis for a Smart and Resilient Grid" project is among the transformational energy proposals to receive the DoE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) “OPEN 2012” grant. In a press release, ARPA-E stated that selected projects “have the potential to produce game-changing breakthroughs in energy technology, form the foundation for entirely new industries, and have large commercial impacts." The team will also include researchers from the University of Illinois and PowerWorld Corporation. The project's objective is to develop critical power grid modeling, monitoring, and analysis tools that increase the resiliency and reliability of the grid during cyber-attacks. Electrical infrastructure modeling will be combined with cyber analysis to examine the impact of failures and malicious threats to grid infrastructure. These tools and analysis could lead to higher reliability, improved efficiency, and facilitate renewable technology deployment.



Prof. Saad Receives Career Award from NSF


Professor Walid Saad, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UM, has received the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for his proposal "CAREER: Towards Context-Aware, Self-Organizing Wireless Small Cell Networks''. Research within the scope of this project focuses on the development of the next-generation of self-configuring wireless communication systems via interdisciplinary research that lies at the interface of communication theory, machine learning, game theory, micro-economics, and social sciences. The NSF CAREER award is one of the foundation's most prestigious grants awarded to promising junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Prof. Mei-Ling Shyu receives the 2012 ACM Distinguished Scientist Award


ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society. ACM's Distinguished Member Grade recognizes those ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous professional membership who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the computing field. Read the press release.

Professor Lask Receives the Alexander Orr Excellence in Teaching Award


This award is presented each year to a faculty member of the College of Engineering. As part of the selection process, a voting ballot was prepared which included the names of 5 teaching faculty excluding those who won the award within the prior 5 years. The 5 faculty names included on the ballot were chosen from those who obtained the highest student evaluations with faculty representations from each of the 5 departments in the college. The ballot with the top 5 faculty names were then sent for voting to those CoE alumni who graduated within the past 10 years.
The Alexander Orr Excellence in Teaching Award was established through an endowment within the College in honor of Alexander Orr, Jr., a prominent South Floridian.


Professor Xiaodong Cai (PI) received a National Institute of Health RO1 grant


Professor Xiaodong Cai (PI) received a National Institute of Health RO1 grant of more than $1.8 million along with Professor Gennaro D’urso (Co-PI) in the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami and Professors Chad Myers(Co-PI) and Georgios Giannakis (Co-PI) at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. The project title is “Sparse Structural Equation Models for Gene Network and Chemical Genomics”. Successful completion of the project will have a broad impact on the fields of statistical learning, systems biology, and medicine, as it will advance high-dimensional modeling and statistical inference to a new frontier, help to understand the role of genes and their interactions in various diseases, and enable the construction of more comprehensive small molecule libraries with well-defined molecular targets for use in new therapeutics.



Prof. Shyu receives Best Paper Award from IEEE


Prof. Mei-Ling Shyu and her Ph.D. student, Mr. Tao Meng, received the "Best Paper Award" from the 13th IEEE International Conference on Information Integration and Reuse (IEEE IRI2012) in August 2012.

Prof. Shyu receives IEEE Technical Achievement


Prof. Mei-Ling Shyu receives the 2012 Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Computer Society for her pioneering contributions to multimedia data mining, management and retrieval.

The IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award honors outstanding and innovative contributions to computer and information science and engineering or computer technology, usually within the past 10 years, and not more than fifteen years.
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ECE Students rank 3rd at the 2012 IEEE Southeast Conference


Out of over 90 schools in the region, a University of Miami team composed of Alan Goldman (Computer Engineer and Physics), Andy Mok (Electrical Engineer and Mathematics), and Frank Rodriguez (Computer Engineer and Computer Science) represented the University of Miami in the Software Competition. The team was given a series of mathematical and algorithm oriented problems and 4 hours to solve as many as possible. After the dust settled, the University of Miami team was ranked 3rd overall, edging out the 4th place University of Kentucky in a close tiebreaker.

Prof. Negahdaripour named IEEE Fellow


Prof. Negahdaripour has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) "for contributions to underwater computer vision," effective Jan. 1, 2012.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow - one of the institute's most prestigious awards - is conferred by the IEEE board of directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number of fellows selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one percent of IEEE's total voting Institute membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

Prof. Abdel-Mottaleb named IEEE Fellow


Prof. Abdel-Mottaleb, chair of the ECE department, has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) "for contributions to biometrics, content-based image and video retrieval, and digital mammography," effective Jan. 1, 2011.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow - one of the institute's most prestigious awards - is conferred by the IEEE board of directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number of fellows selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one percent of IEEE's total voting Institute membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

 

 

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