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Dr. Onur Tığlı's research was featured at NSF Science360, under Technology and Engineering:


This research explores the development of a lab-on-a-chip platform that integrates 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. This video is produced by Dr. Onur Tığlı's BioCMOS/MEMS/NANO Research Team at University of Miami. For more information, please visit his academic site.

Dr. Shyu elected as the chair


Dr. Mei-Ling Shyu has been elected as the Chair of the IEEE Computer Society's Technical Committee on Multimedia Computing (TCMC), effective September 1, 2015, for a two year term. The responsibility of a TC Chair is to see that the TC conducts and continues a program of varied activities that satisfy the needs of TC members, Computer Society members, and the computing profession. A TC Chair is also a member of the IEEE Computer Society's Technical Activities Committee (TAC).

Dr. Kubat's new book has been published


An Introduction to Machine Learning
  • Supplies frequent opportunities to practice techniques at the end of each chapter with control questions, exercises, thought experiments, and computer assignments
  • Reinforces principles using well-selected toy domains and interesting real-world applications
  • Supplementary material will be provided including an instructor's manual with PowerPoint slides

This book presents basic ideas of machine learning in a way that is easy to understand, by providing hands-on practical advice, using simple examples, and motivating students with discussions of interesting applications. The main topics include Bayesian classifiers, nearest-neighbor classifiers, linear and polynomial classifiers, decision trees, neural networks, and support vector machines. Later chapters show how to combine these simple tools by way of "boosting," how to exploit them in more complicated domains, and how to deal with diverse advanced practical issues. One chapter is dedicated to the popular genetic algorithms. For more information please contact Dr. Kubat








Dr. Michael Wang Elected SPIE Fellow


BELLINGHAM, WA, USA — 24 February 2016 -- SPIE will promote 32 new Fellows of the Society this year, to recognize the significant scientific and technical contributions of each in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging. SPIE Fellows are honored for their technical achievements and for their service to the general optics community and to SPIE in particular. More than 1,200 SPIE members have become Fellows since the Society's inception in 1955.

The annual recognition of Fellows provides an opportunity for SPIE to acknowledge Members for their outstanding technical contributions and service to SPIE.

Dr. Michael Wang, University of Miami, United States, for achievements in spectral imaging, optical tomography, integrated optics, and holography.

Wang is an expert in a wide spectrum of technical areas, covering integrated optics, lithography, holography, spectral imaging, and optical coherence tomography. He is a pioneer in gray-level lithography and prism-assisted inclined three-dimensional ultraviolet lithography. His research has provided a significant contribution to human tear thickness measurement, inventing a technique based on optical reflectometry to accurately measure the tear film to 0.3 μm minimum thickness with measurement resolution of 12 nm. He also invented a remarkable spectral zooming technique that can achieve spectral imaging in real time with adjustable spectral band and spectral bandwidth.

His service to the optical community includes teaching many courses related to electromagnetics, solid state electronics, optics communication, electro-optics, integrated optics, and optical imaging. He has promoted technical collaboration with life science faculties in medical schools in the U.S. and China. He served as a committee member for multiple university activities, as a proposal reviewer, a guest editor, journal reviewer, and conference committee and session chair. He has made various technical presentations at conferences and seminars, in particular to the U.S. government on funded projects.

Wang's service to SPIE extends back to 1996. He has served as a committee member and active contributor in the Optical Interconnects session at Photonics West. He has reviewed for Optical Engineering and published his research in SPIE journals and proceedings.

His awards and honors include a University of Miami Provost Research Award in 2015 and a University of Miami CRI Award in 2012.

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves more than 235,000 constituents from approximately 155 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional growth, and patent precedent.





Dr. Kim receives Provost's Research Award


The proposed research focuses on an efficient plasmon energy conversion for the detection beyond the semiconductor energy bandgap. The objective of the proposed research is to develop an integrated plasmonic field effect device that enables ultra wide spectral response from visible to infrared wavelengths. The aims of the proposed research are: 1) Design and fabrication of a plasmon FET device using a silicon-on-insulator substrate, and 2) fundamental study on operation speed, design parameters, detection limit and underlying physics on the proposed quantum tunneling mechanism. The proposed research can be dramatic implications for the realization of the plasmonic bridge device that can be integrated with conventional electronics on the same substrate.


Dr. Premaratne receives Johnson A. Edosomwan Researcher of the Year Award


Dr. Kamal Premaratne was the Johnson A. Edosomwan Researcher of the Year Award recipient during the annual College of Engineering Recognition Dinner on Saturday, December 5, 2014. This award recognizes a full-time faculty member's research productivity during the prior fiscal year and evidence of prior history and future potential for research productivity.

Dr. Tigli receives 2014 Eliahu I. Jury Early Career Research Award


Dr. Onur Tigli was the 2014 Eliahu I. Jury Early Career Research Award recipient during the annual College of Engineering Recognition Dinner on Saturday, December 5, 2014. This award is given to recognize outstanding research and scholarship for a pre-tenured faculty member. Dr. Tigli received this award for obtaining major research grants, including an NSF CAREER award for research in microchip technologies for cancer diagnostics and therapeutics.

Prof. Shyu receives Best Paper Award from IEEE


Prof. Mei-Ling Shyu, together with her Ph.D. and undergraduate students, Mr. Yilin Yan and Mr. Yang Liu, and her collaborator. Dr. Min Chen, received the "Best Paper Award" from the 15th IEEE International Conference on Information Integration and Reuse (IEEE IRI 2014) in August 2014.

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.


Dr. Wang receives Provost�s Research Award


Dr. Wang receives 2015 Provost�s Research Award on his research on Band and Resolution Tunable Real-Time Spectral Imaging for Glaucoma Study. This project will study fast spectral imaging with spectral band and spectral resolution tuning capabilities. Dual scan will facilitate reduced image aberration while achieving fast spectral scan. The spectral imaging will benefit early detection of glaucoma through finding spectral changes on retinal nerve fiber layer.

Dr. Tigli receives Provost's Research Award


Dr. Onur Tigli is the recipient of The Provost Research Award for FY2016. The Provost's Research Awards (PRAs) are designed to foster excellence in research, scholarship and creative activities at the University of Miami. As stated in the award letter: This award reflects the high opinion of the faculty peers concerning the quality of Dr. Tigli's research in Micron Scale Energy Harvesters for Self Sustained Systems.

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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