April 26, 2017

Yu Cai Wins National Security Agency Grant

Yu Cai (CyberS) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $49,728 research and development grant from the National Security Agency. The project is entitled, “Developing Hands-On Cybersecurity Curriculum with Real-World Case Analysis.” This is a one-year project.

April 24, 2017

Shane Mueller Awarded DARPA Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) Grant

Shane Mueller (HCC) was awarded DARPA’s Explainable AI (XAI) Grant to develop naturalistic theories of explanation with AI systems and a computational cognitive model of explanatory reasoning. This is a four-year grant in the amount of $808,450.

April 21, 2017

2017 ICC Achievement Awards Presented at ICC Annual Retreat

ICC Annual Retreat was held on April 21. Co-Director Dan Fuhrmann presented ICC Achievement Awards to two researchers for their outstanding research and honorable contributions to the ICC in 2017. Zhuo Feng from the Center for Scalable Architectures and Systems (SAS) and Shane Mueller from the Center for Human-Centered Computing (HCC) were this year’s recipients.

Shane Mueller is Associate Professor in the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences with an expertise in Cognitive and Computational Modeling. He has recently been awarded DARPA’s Explainable AI (XAI) Grant to develop naturalistic theories of explanation with AI systems and to develop a computational cognitive model of explanatory reasoning.  In addition to this effort, he has served as Co-PI of  several proposals in collaboration with other HCC members from the KIP, CS, and Math departments. He has continuously published his works in top journals and conferences, such as IEEE and Cognitive Modeling Communities and organized several conferences. Another significant achievement is developing PEBL: The Free Psychology Experiment Building Language for HCI and Psychology Researchers, which is widely used across the world.

Zhuo Feng is Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Zhuo has received funding as the sole PI on three National Science Foundation (NSF) grants since 2014 with a total of $1.1 million. He received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from NSF in 2014, a Best Paper Award from ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC) in 2013, and two Best Paper Award Nominations from IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD) in 2006 and 2008. His publications include 16 journal papers (14 IEEE/ACM Transactions) and 34 ACM/IEEE conference papers.

Dan Fuhrmann (right) presents ICC Achievement Award to Zhuo Feng (left).
Members gathered to celebrate ICC accomplishments at the 2017 Annual Retreat.
Dan Fuhrmann (right) presents ICC Achievement Award to Shane Mueller (left).

April 6, 2017

Zhaohui Wang Wins NSF CAREER Award

Zhaohui Wang (CPS) is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award for her research in underwater communication networks. Wang plans to improve underwater acoustics networks to maximize information delivery. ICC Co-Director, Dan Fuhrmann commented, “Her research activity is quite remarkable. In this proposal, Wang describes an ambitious plan to bring state-of-the-art tools in signal processing and machine learning to the difficult problem of underwater acoustic communication.”

Read more about Wang’s research in the Michigan Tech News.

March 30, 2017

ICC Members Secure Contract from MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Timothy Havens (DataS) and Timothy Schulz (DataS) were recently awarded a $15,000 contract from MIT Lincoln Laboratory to 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 project spearheads a collaboration with Dr. Jon Doane (BS and MS from MTU) in MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s RF Technology Group. Ian Cummings, an NSF Graduate Research Fellow who is co-advised by Havens and Schulz, is undertaking this research for his PhD dissertation and will spend the summers at MIT Lincoln Laboratory as part of the project.

February 7, 2017

Three ICC Members are Nominated for the 2017 Distinguished Teaching Awards

Three ICC members are finalists in the 2017 Distinguished Teaching Awards presented by The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning. Nominees are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the instructional mission of the University. Based on more than 50,000 student ratings of instruction responses, ten finalists have been identified for the 2017 awards. The ICC member finalists are:

Associate Professor / Professor Category
  • Mari Buche (DataS), Associate Professor
  • Yu Cai (CyberS), Associate Professor
Assistant Professor / Lecturer / Professor of Practice Category
  • Jeffrey Wall (CyberS), Assistant Professor

January 27, 2017

Jeremy Bos Awarded Young Investigator Research Program Grant

Only 58 scientists and engineers were invited to join the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) this year. Jeremy Bos (DataS) is the recipient of this prestigious award. The three-year YIP grant is for his project entitled, “Imaging Theory and Mitigation in Extreme Turbulence-Induced Anisoplanatism.”  This project will explore the nature of imaging in conditions characterized by extreme anisoplanatism.  Under these conditions each point in an image may be affected by a locally unique blurring kernel implying a violation of the linear shift invariance. Bos and his students will use a combination analysis and extensive experimental data to develop new models and new understanding of this phenomenon. Bos has also proposed using angular diversity as a means of mitigating the effects of extreme anisoplanatism on imaging and beam control problems. 

Read more on Michigan Tech News.

January 19, 2017

Nilufer Onder Recognized for Exceptional Teaching Performance

Nilufer Onder (DataS), has been identified as one of only 91 instructors at Michigan Tech who received an exceptional “Average of 7 dimensions” student evaluation score during fall semester 2016. 

Onder’s scores were 4.95 (Excellent Teacher) and 4.71 (Average of 7 dimensions). These are in the top 10% of similarly sized sections across all courses/sections on campus. Only 111 sections university-wide (out of more than 1050 evaluated) were rated this highly by students.

January 9, 2017

Center Director Shiyan Hu Publishes Keynote Paper in IEEE Transactions on CAD

CPS Center Director, Shiyan Hu and collaborators, published a keynote paper in IEEE Transactions on CAD, entitled, “Design Automation of Cyber-Physical Systems: Challenges, Advances, and Opportunities”. Their work was featured in the Michigan Tech News story, “Streamlining the Internet of Things and Other Cyber-Physical Systems”. The article highlights how their work lays the groundwork for better design in cyber-physical systems and was featured as a headline on NSF Science360 and the NSF Computer and Network Systems (CNS) website.

January 4, 2017

HCC Center Director’s Lab Featured in the ACM Magazine, Interactions

The ACM magazine, Interactions, is featuring HCC Center Director, Philart Jeon’s, Mind Music Machine (tri-M) Lab this month. The Tri-M Lab is a transdisciplinary research group based in the departments of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at Michigan Tech. The research goal of the lab is understanding the mechanisms of the human mind and designing better interactions between people and technologies. Researchers utilize various instruments, including computer vision technologies, display wall, digital audio workstation, driving simulators, neurophysiological equipment, and robots. To learn more visit ACM’s Interactions.

December 20, 2016

Professional Service Updates

Chee-Wooi Ten (CPS) has recently served as Editor for the following publications: IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and Elsevier Journal Sustainable Energy, Grids and Networks (SEGAN).

Min Song (CyberS) has recently been invited to join the Editorial Board of the Journal of Computer Networks. Computer Networks is an international, archival journal providing a publication vehicle for complete coverage of all topics of interest to those involved in the computer communications networking area.

November 2, 2016

The Center for Human-Centered Computing to Host World Usability Day 2016

The Center for Human-Centered Computing will be hosting World Usability Day at Michigan Tech on November 10, 2016. Across campus researchers who “design with humans in mind” will be showcasing their work to the community through a series of demos, lectures and tours.

On World Usability Day those who are working to ensure that “services and products important to life are easier to access and simpler to use” will gather around the world. It is a chance for advocates, students, professionals, government officials and leaders to showcase their work, exchange information, and share critical feedback.

For more information see the Schedule of Events

November 1, 2016

HCC Center Director, Philart Jeon, Presents at AutomotiveUI 2106

Jeon and students hosted a tutorial on “in-vehicle auditory interactions: Design and Application of Auditory Displays, Speech, Sonification and Music,” while Jeon and international collaborators hosted a workshop on “Ethically Inspired User Interfaces for Decision Making in Automated Driving.”

They had two demos at the conference: “Listen to Your Drive: An In-vehicle Sonification Prototyping Tool for Driver State and Performance Data” and “Development Tool for Rapid Evaluation of Eyes-free In-Vehicle Gesture Controls.”

*taken from Tech Today

October 31, 2016

CPS Center Director, Shiyan Hu Receives Paul Williams Seed Grant

Michigan Tech alumnus and benefactor, Paul Williams donated $50K in 2016 and pledged another $100K per year moving forward to be used for research. This year Mr. Williams requested that his support go towards robotics and artificial intelligence. Honoring his request, the ICC has awarded Shiyan Hu, Director of the Center for Cyber-Physical Systems, a grant for his proposal entitled, “Establishing Assistive Driving Cyber-Physical System Infrastructure through Leveraging Wearable Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.”  This award will go toward helping Hu and his team advance their research in the hopes of attracting external funding to sustain a longer-term project. In the future, the ICC plans to hold two internal proposal competitions per year to determine the recipients of the seed grants.   

October 12, 2016

CPS Center Director, Shiyan Hu, Delivers Keynote Talk

Shiyan Hu, Director of the Center for Cyber-Physical Systems, is delivering a keynote talk at the Ninth IEEE International Conference on Cyber, Physical and Social Computing (CPSCom 2016). CPSCom, sponsored by IEEE Computer Society, is a major CPS technical conference in IEEE and is a premier forum to bring together researchers to present the state-of-the-art research results and exchange ideas in the area of CPS. In the ninth year of the successful CPSCom conference series, the organizing committee invited three world-leading CPS experts to deliver the keynote speeches.

Hu will deliver the talk of “Smart Energy Cyber-Physical System Security: Threat Analysis and Defense Technologies.” In addition to directing the Center for Cyber-Physical Systems on campus, he is an ACM Distinguished Speaker, an IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitor, an invited participant for U.S. National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, and a recipient of National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. He is a Fellow of IET and the Editor-In-Chief of IET Cyber-Physical Systems: Theory & Applications. More information about his keynote speech can be found on the CPSCom 2016 website.

*taken from Tech Today

October 5, 2016

ICC Ph.D. Graduate Dr. Yang Liu joins Carnegie Mellon University as a Postdoc Researcher

A recent Ph.D. graduate, Dr. Yang Liu, who studied under Prof. Shiyan Hu, Director of the Center for Cyber-Physical Systems, has joined Carnegie Mellon University as a Postdoctoral Researcher. Yang Liu joined the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan Tech as a Ph.D. student after he received his B.S. degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China. Under the supervision of Prof. Shiyan Hu, his research focuses on smart home cyber-physical energy systems. The massive deployment of smart devices offers significant convenience on the remote and automatic control of the homes. Yet, it also makes the home vulnerable to cyberattacks. Yang has analyzed various cyberattacks to hack smart home systems for electricity pricing manipulation and energy theft. His work shows how these attacks could generate huge impacts to the power grid including the drastic increase of cost, interference of energy load and frequency, and even the large area blackout.

In addition to the cyberthreat analysis, Yang has developed advanced control theoretic and algorithmic defense techniques. In his research on smart home cybersecurity, Partially Observable Markov Decision Process (POMDP) is a crucial technique for cyberattack detection, which accounts the long term impact of the future events. This technique is computationally very expensive due to the large space of belief states. Yang discovered that the states are not of equivalent importance in terms of their impacts. Based on this critical observation, he has developed a cross entropy optimization based state reduction technique and a Fourier belief state approximation technique to significantly improve the time efficiency of POMDP.

Yang’s outstanding contributions have resulted in a few high-quality research papers. Among them, 7 papers appeared in premier IEEE Transactions such as IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing and IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems. After receiving his Ph.D. degree, Yang has joined Carnegie Mellon University as a Postdoctoral Researcher working with Prof. Xin Li. At CMU, his research focuses on big data analytics for advanced manufacturing. For more information about him, please refer to his website.

August 10, 2016

Zhenlin Wang Receives National Science Foundation Funding

Zhenlin Wang (SAS) received a 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.

August 10, 2016

Shiyan Hu Named Editor-In-Chief for IET Cyber-Physical Systems: Theory and Application

By Allison Mills
Cyber-physical systems include smart washing machines, self-driving cars, medical devices and smart grid meters. As our digital worlds become more than handheld, researchers seek to get a better understanding of the interface between cyberspace and tangible elements.

Shiyan Hu is an expert in cyber-physical systems and cybersecurity, and is Director of Center for Cyber-Physical Systems at Michigan Tech Institute of Computer and Cybersystems. Recently, the Institute of Technology (IET) launched a new journal Cyber-Physical Systems: Theory & Application, and appointed Hu as the founding editor-in-chief. IET is the largest engineering society in Europe with more than 180,000 members and Hu will lead a team of associate editors who are leading experts worldwide, including several from Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, University of Illinois, National Taiwan University and University of Tokyo.

Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) addresses the close interactions and feedback loop between the cyber components (such as embedded sensing systems) and the physical components (such as energy systems) in a system. The exemplary CPS research topics include smart energy systems, smart home/building/community/city, connected and autonomous vehicle system, smart health, etc. This IET journal is dedicated to all aspects of the fundamental and applied research in the design, implementation and operation of CPS systems, considering performance, energy, user experience, security, reliability, fault tolerance, flexibility and extensibility. Its scope also includes innovative big data analytics for cyber-physical systems such as large-scale analytical modeling, complex stochastic optimization, statistical machine learning, formal methods and verification, and real-time intelligent control which are all critical to the success of CPS developments.

As an elected Fellow of IET, Prof. Hu leads this journal and also chairs IEEE Technical Committee on Cyber-Physical Systems (www.ieee-cps.org), an authoritative constituency overseeing all CPS related activities within IEEE. He has published more than 100 research papers (about 30 in the premier IEEE Transactions), received numerous awards recognizing his research impact to the field, and served as associate editor or guest editor for 7 IEEE/ACM Transactions.

July 19, 2016

Philart Jeon Receives Funding from Hyundai Motor Company

Philart Jeon, Director of the Center for Human-Centered Computing (HCC), received a research grant from Hyundai Motor Company in the amount of $130,236. The project is entitled, “Novel In-vehicle Interaction Design and Evaluation” and will investigate the effectiveness of an in-vehicle control system and culture-specific sound preference.

July 19, 2016

Best Student Paper Award Received at the International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD)

Philart Jeon, Director of the Center for Human-Centered Computing (HCC), and his graduate students presented five papers at the International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD) at Australian National University in Canberra, Australia July 3 through July 7. The Best Student Paper Award went to his students Jason Sterkenburg, Steven Landry and Joshua Johnson for their paper entitled, “Towards an in-vehicle sonically-enhanced gesture control interface: A pilot study.”

Christian Wagner

Zhi (Jenny) Zheng

July 7, 2016

Two Visiting Faculty Members Join the ICC for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

The ICC recently hired two visiting faculty members for the 2016-2017 academic year. They are expected to conduct impactful research, collaborate with Institute members, help create new opportunities for external funding, and generally raise the visibility of the Institute. Zhi (Jenny) Zheng will join the ICC as a Research Assistant Professor and Christian Wagner will join as an Associate Professor.

Christian Wagner will be joining the Center for Data Sciences from the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham, UK. His research interests include the capture, modeling, interpretation and processing/aggregation of uncertain data. He also focuses on the development of novel techniques in Computational Intelligence and their application/evaluation in often multi-disciplinary contexts.

Jenny Zheng will be joining the Center for Human-Centered Computing. Her research interests include Human-Machine Interaction, Social Robotics, and Human-Centered Computing. She is currently a PhD student in the ECE Department at Vanderbilt University, and plans to graduate in August 2016. Jenny has extensive experience on the design and development of technology-assisted intervention systems for children with developmental disabilities. She is also interested in engineering education research.

June 20, 2016

Zhuo Feng receives NSF Funding

Zhuo Feng (SAS) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $450,000 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation. The three-year project is titled, “SHF: Small: Scalable Spectral Sparsification of Graph Laplacians and Integrated Circuits.” 

June 15, 2016

Michigan Tech to offer M.S. in Cybersecurity Beginning Fall 2016

Starting in the fall of 2016, Michigan Tech will offer a new M.S. in Cybersecurity degree program, which is led by the Department of Computer Science with the involvement of the Alliance of Computing, Information and Automation (ACIA).

The program will to attract domestic and international students to pursue cross-disciplinary graduate study in theories combined with the knowledge of science, engineering, and technology.

The program will utilize the Alliance’s expertise and many of the existing courses in Cybersecurity to produce graduates prepared to join an advanced workforce and meet the needs of the emerging job market.

For more details please visit the Cybersecurity M.S. webpage. 

June 9, 2016

Timothy Havens receives U.S. Department of Defense-Army Research Office Funding

Timothy Havens, Director of the Center for Data Sciences, is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $99,779 research and development grant from the U.S. Department of Defense-Army Research Office. DataS member, Timothy Schulz is co-PI on this project titled, “Multisensor Analysis and Algorithm Development for Detection and Classification of Buried and Obscured Targets.”

This is the first year of a potential three-year project totaling $1,066,799.

May 4, 2016

ICC Associate Director, Philart Jeon, Wins Best Paper Award

ICC Associate Director and Center Director of the Center for Human-Centered Computing (HCC)Philart Jeon, received the Best Paper Award at the ArtsIT 2016 Conference held at Aalborg University, Denmark for his paper entitled, “Aesthetic Computing for Representation of the Computing Process and Expansion of Perceptual Dimensions: Cases for Art, Education and Interfaces”.

May 3, 2016

Three ICC Members Receive Promotions

Laura Brown (DataS), Philart Jeon (HCC), and Timothy Havens (DataS) were promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. The ICC is now composed of:

  • 6 Professors
  • 19 Associate Professors
  • 13 Assistant Professors
  • 1 Professor of Practice
  • 2 Lecturers
  • 1 Research Assistant Professor

April 21, 2016

Philart Jeon Receives Funding from NIH’s National Robotics Initiative Program

Philart Jeon, Director of the Center for Human-Centered Computing (HCC),  received a research grant from NIH through George Washington University in the amount of $76,336. The project is entitled, “NRI: Music-based interactive robotic orchestration for children with ASD”. This is the 2nd year of funding from NIH via the NRI (National Robotics Initiative) program. As a multi-PI, he and his students have developed a facial detection system and sonification robots.

April 18, 2016

ICC Spring 2016 Newsletter

May 2016 marks one year since the inception of the ICC. Click the button below to read about ICC accomplishments, as well as a special Letter from the Director.

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April 7, 2016

ICC to Host NSF Proposal Writing Panel

On April 22 the ICC will host an NSF Proposal Writing Panel Discussion. The panel will include Michigan Tech faculty who have sat on NSF panels and have insight to offer on the art and technique of writing a proposal for an NSF grant. The panel will consist of the following ICC members: Laura Brown, Nina MahmoudianSoner OnderChee-Wooi Ten, and Xinli Wang. Durdu Guney, from Michigan Tech’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will be a guest panelist. ICC Founding Director, Min Song, will be the panel moderator.  

The ICC currently has 11 active projects through NSF, and eight ICC members have received CAREER Awards.

February 17, 2016

Shiyan Hu transfers NSF CAREER Grant to the Center for Cyber-Physical Systems

Shiyan Hu, Director of the Center for Cyber-Physical Systems, received a National Science Foundation CAREER grant in 2014 for his project titled “Integrated Research and Education in Physical Design Automation for Nanotechnology and VLSI Technology Co-Design”. He will be continuing his work on this 5-year project with the ICC. The grant, totaling $429,406, will allow Shiyan to develop innovative chip layout design and optimization methodologies on nanotechnology interconnect and copper interconnect co-design.

February 12, 2016

Keith Vertanen receives Google Faculty Research Award

Keith Vertanen (HCC) recently received a Google Faculty Research Award in the amount of $47,219 for his project titled “Less is More: Investigating Abbreviated Text Input via a Game”.  The project will use an Android game to answer four questions: 1) What sorts of abbreviations do users think they should use? 2) How do users change their abbreviations in response to recognition accuracy? 3) Can we train users to abbreviate intelligently to help the decoder? 4) Can we improve decoder accuracy on abbreviated input?

February 10, 2016

Nina Mahmoudian named a 2016 Emerging Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine

Nina Mahmoudian (CPS), a National Science Foundation CAREER award recipient, was selected by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine as a 2016 Emerging Scholar for her work with underwater robots, specifically, making them accessible for education and research. This is the magazine’s 15th annual special report on early career outstanding scholars. Read the whole story in the January issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

February 3, 2016

Zhaohui Wang Awarded NSF Grant for Student Travel

Zhaohui Wang (CPS) is the principal investigator on a project that received a $25,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant is titled “NSF Student Travel Grant for 2016 IEEE International Conference and Computer Communications” (IEEE INFOCOM). This grant will support a total number of 25 graduate students based in the United States to attend IEEE INFOCOM 2016. The travel awards will target graduate students, in particular women and under-represented minority students. Priority will be given to the students who will substantially benefit from attending this conference but have limited travel funds.

January 18, 2016

The ICC Recognizes Members for Their Society Leadership

The ICC recognizes its members who have accepted leadership roles in professional societies and conferences both nationally and internationally.

Bo Chen
Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems

Timothy Havens
Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems

Shiyan Hu
ACM Distinguished Speaker
Founding Co-Chair, IEEE Technical Committee on Cybernetics for Cyber-Physical Systems
Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on CAD
Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics
Guest Editor, IEEE Transactions on Computers
Guest Editor, IEEE Transactions on Big Data

Philart Jeon
Associate Editor, MIT Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments

Min Song
Director, IEEE Communication Society Conference for Operations
General Chair, IEEE INFOCOM 2016
Editor-in-Chief, EAI Transactions on Wireless Spectrum

Keith Vertanen
Associate Editor: International Journal of Human-Computer Studies
Associate Chair: IUI’15, MobileHCI’14

December 18, 2015

PCAST Designates Focus Areas Critical to the Future of IT

In the August 2015 PCAST (President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) report, the working group and PCAST members chose to examine closely eight specific areas from a wider of set of topics of which all are critical to the future of IT: cybersecurity, health, Big Data and data-intensive computing, IT and the physical world, privacy protection, cyber-human systems, high-capability computing, and foundational computing research. These eight topics are germane to many national priorities. For example, Big Data, IT interactions with the physical world, and high-capability computing are essential contributors to addressing issues within energy and the environment; Big Data and cyber-human systems research play a major role in advances in STEM education; research in topics within IT and the physical world and in cyber-human systems are particularly important for advanced manufacturing. The complete PCAST report can be found here.

November 23, 2015

Min Song named Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Communications Society Director of Conference Operations 2016-2017

Min Song has been appointed the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Communications Society Director of Conference Operations for 2016-2017. The IEEE Communications Society promotes the advancement of science, technology and applications in communications and related disciplines. It fosters presentation and exchange of information among its members and the technical community throughout the world. The Society maintains the highest standard of professionalism and technical competency.

October 27, 2015

Zhaohui Wang receives the Outstanding Service Award at WUWNet 2015

Zhaohui Wang received the Outstanding Service Award for her exceptional service as Information Systems Chair in the 10th ACM International Conference on Underwater Networks & Systems (WUWNet), Washington DC, October 22-24, 2015. The scope of the WUWNet conference covers a broad range of research directions relevant to underwater networks and network-related signal processing, communications, systems, and applications. The goal of WUWNet is to bring together researchers and practitioners in areas relevant to underwater networks, and serve as a forum for presenting state of the art research, exchanging ideas and experiences, and facilitating interaction and collaboration.

September 21, 2015

NSF Funding for Laura Brown on Improving How Society Interacts with Electricity

Laura Brown (PI) received a $699,796 NSF grant. The title of the project is “CRISP Type 2: Revolution through Evolution: A Controls Approach to Improve How Society Interacts with Electricity.” The co-principal investigators of this project are Chee-Wooi Ten (ECE) and Wayne Weaver (ECE). This is a three-year collaborative project with other four institutions with a total budget of $2,499,801. The project addresses the rapid evolution of the electricity grid, from one based on few centralized generators providing power to millions of users to one where many distributed energy resources. The keystone of this research is the transformation of power distribution feeders, from relatively passive channels that deliver electricity from the transmission grid to customers, to distribution microgrids, highly intelligent entities that actively manage production, storage and use of electricity.

September 18, 2015

NSF Grant for Min Song on Inter-Vehicle Networking

Min Song received a $221,797 NSF grant. The title of the project is The Ontology of Inter-Vehicle Networking with Spatio-Temporal Correlation and Spectrum Cognition. In this project, Min will investigate the fundamental understanding and challenges of inter-vehicle networking, including theoretical foundation and constraints in practice that enable such networks to achieve their performance limits. This is a 3-year collaborative project with NC State with a total budget of $495,414.

September 12, 2015

Under-Ice Mobile Networking: Exploratory Study of Network Cognition and Mobility Control

Min Song and Zhaohui Wang have received a $299,716 grant from the National Science Foundation for a research and development project titled, EAGER: NeTS: Under-Ice Mobile Networking: Exploratory Study of Network Cognition and Mobility Control. This is a two-year project. This project will innovate over two interrelated domains: under-ice acoustic environment and network cognition, and adaptive AUV mobility control. A recursive algorithm will be developed to estimate the environment parameters pertaining to acoustic propagation, as well as the network state. The estimated parameters will characterize under-ice acoustic field for AUV mobility control. Moreover, an adaptive algorithm will be designed to adjust the mobility of AUVs to the acoustic field and the water sample field, with a goal of minimizing the sample field estimation error while ensuring desired acoustic connectivity among the AUVs.

August 17, 2015

Shiyan Hu on Cyber-Physical Systems Committee

The first technical committee related to Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) across all IEEE societies has been recently approved by the IEEE SMC Board of Governors. Associate Professor Shiyan Hu serves as one of the Founding Co-Chairs for this IEEE Technical Committee on Cybernetics for Cyber-Physical Systems. In addition to Shiyan, there are 13 other senior founding members, including of seven Editor-In-Chiefs for the premier IEEE/ACM Transactions including TC, TPDS, TCAD, TCAS, TECS, TCPS and TODAES. This new technical committee aims at promoting interdisciplinary research and education in the field of CPS.

August 17, 2015

NSF Funding for Computer Science Professor Soner Onder

Professor Soner Onder received a $560,000 research grant from NSF. The project is titled “Sphinx: Combining Data and Instruction Level Parallelism through Demand Driven Execution of Imperative Programs.” This is a collaborative project with FSU with a total budget of $875,000. Soner is the leading PI of this four-year project that will support three PhD students. The 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.

August 7, 2015

Min Song Chairs ICCCN 2015

Min Song, Chair of Computer Sciences Department and Director of the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems, chaired the 24th International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks (ICCCN) held in Las Vegas in early August 2015.

ICCCN is one of the leading international conferences for presenting novel ideas and fundamental advances in the fields of computer communications and networks. ICCCN serves to foster communication among researchers and practitioners with a common interest in improving communications and networking through scientific and technological innovation. Song was the panel chair of ICCCN 2014.

July 8, 2015

ICC Associate Director, Professor Shiyan Hu Named ACM Distinguished Speaker

The President of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Dr. Alexander L. Wolf, has recently appointed Shiyan Hu, ECE Associate Professor and Director of Michigan Tech ICC Center of Cyber-Physical Systems, to be an ACM Distinguished Speaker. ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society with nearly 40 special interest groups (SIGs) which all together share an ACM Distinguished Speaker Program. The program recognizes a very small group of leading experts across all disciplines within ACM and sponsors them for their distinguished lectures worldwide. Currently, only about 0.1% ACM members are named distinguished speakers and each distinguished speaker serves a three-year term. Prof. Hu will deliver the speech in the fields of Computer Aided Design for Cyber-Physical Systems and VLSI Circuits.

June 30, 2015

University Establishes Institute of Computing and Cybersystems

Michigan Tech recently established the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC), a new research institute to promote research and learning experiences in the areas of mobile computing, cybersecurity, cyber physical systems, cyber human systems and computer systems. ICC is the research arm of the Alliance of Computing, Information and Automation (ACIA).

“The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems will be a focal point for research in computer-related areas, and fits well into the Michigan Tech model of research centers that reach across multiple academic boundaries,” says Dave Reed, Vice President for Research. “There has been some consolidation of existing research organizations on campus, and partly because of that I am optimistic that the ICC will achieve the critical mass necessary for major funding opportunities and external visibility.”

ICC is currently composed of three centers: Center of Mobile Computing and Cybersecurity (MCC), Center of Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) and Center of Cyber Human Systems (CHS). The Center for Computer Systems Research (CCSR) will be folded into ICC.

“The ICC will bring our faculty and students together to discover innovative new knowledge in the fields of computing and cybersystems, and will foster interdisciplinary collaborations and enable our faculty to develop multidisciplinary proposals which otherwise would not be possible,” says Min Song, ICC Founding Director and member of the ACIA Executive Committee. “ICC will improve ACIA external visibility and create a platform for broad sets of national and international collaborations to make valuable contributions to the field.”

Daniel Fuhrmann, chair of the ACIA Executive Committee says, “We stand at the dawn of the era of the Internet of Everything, where computers, sensors and networks play an ever-increasing role in all aspects of our lives. In order for Michigan Tech to remain a national leader as a technological university, it is critical that we have robust, visible programs in computer science and computer engineering and all engineering fields that are touched by computing. I am delighted that we have Min Song here to lead that effort and that he has pulled together the people to create this organization on campus.”

“One of the original goals of ACIA was to provide a means to leverage the research capabilities of individual faculty members and researchers in order to provide an opportunity to develop larger, interdisciplinary projects,” says James Frendewey, member of the ACIA Executive Committee. “The ICC will provide an effective structure to allow researchers within the alliance and across the university to develop competitive proposals and conduct significant research.”

ICC is authorized for five years through December 2020.