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Electrical and Computer Engineering’s 2016 Eliahu I. and Joyce Jury Seminar, ‘Towards a Science of Complex Data,’ on December 2


Alfred O. Hero, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, will deliver the 2016 Eliahu I. and Joyce Jury Seminar, “Towards a Science of Complex Data,” on Friday, December 2, at 2:30 p.m. in the McArthur Engineering Annex, Room MEA202.

A fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Hero has received several best paper awards, including an IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award (1998), a Best Original Paper Award from the Journal of Flow Cytometry (2008), and a Best Magazine Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2010). He is the recipient of an IEEE Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service Award (1998), an IEEE Third Millenium Medal (2000), an IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturership (2002), and an IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award (2014).

The past president of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2006-2007), and a member of the IEEE TAB Society Review Committee (2009) and the IEEE Awards Committee (2010-2011), Hero has served on the board of directors of the IEEE (2009-2011) as director of Division IX (Signals and Applications) and the IEEE TAB Nominations and Appointments Committee (2012-2014).

Currently a member of the Big Data Special Interest Group (SIG) of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, Hero has been a member of the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics (CATS) of the U.S. National Academies of Science since 2011. In 2015 he received the Society Award, which is the highest career award bestowed by the IEEE Signal Processing Society.

For more information, contact Kamal Premaratne at kamal@miami.edu or 305-284-4051 or visit http://www.coe.miami.edu/events/2016-jury-awards/.

 

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College of Engineering’s Distinguished Speaker Series Presents ‘The Grand Challenge of Systems Engineering’ on December 5


Robert Skelton

Robert Skelton

Robert Skelton, Faculty Fellow at Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study and member of the National Academy of Engineering, will present a seminar entitled “The Grand Challenge of Systems Engineering” at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, December 5, in the McArthur Engineering Annex Building, room 202 . His presentation, which is part of the College of Engineering’s Distinguished Speaker Series, will discuss the small steps of progress towards integrating disciplines that improve performance capabilities of engineered systems. For more information, call 305-284-3391 or email maldana@miami.edu.

This presentation will be broadcast live. To sign up for the live broadcast, please visit the event link: www.coe.miami.edu/speaker/Skelton

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Students Design Projects for the ‘Living Laboratory’ of Miami Beach


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Among the project students will design for Miami Beach is a new use for this fire station property.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 14, 2016) — With the city of Miami Beach as their client, students in the College of Engineering’s Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering are developing sustainable designs for three properties: Maurice Gibb Memorial Park, the current site of Fire Station No. 1, and the Byron Carlyle Theater.

For their senior design projects, the students’ designs must, at a minimum, meet LEED Gold standards, with an emphasis on resiliency and sustainability. They also must address sea-level rise adaptation and climate-change mitigation, meet the local community’s needs and, of course, adhere to Miami Beach’s city code. The course supports the recent city/university partnership in the MetroLab Network for the Smart Cities initiative, which promotes innovative research for sea-level rise adaptation.

The students began working on their designs early this semester after site visits with the city. “We met with the city of Miami Beach to obtain guidance, but we also have interviewed local residents and businesses to determine their needs for the area,” said Michael Notarfrancesco, a senior in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering. “It is very rewarding and relevant working on real-world problems and especially with a local municipality to provide implementable solutions.”

The design projects will conclude when the students present their proposals to Miami Beach officials, industry advisory boards, and consultants in early 2017.

“The city of Miami Beach continues to serve as a living laboratory,” said Elizabeth Wheaton, director of Miami Beach’s Department of Environment and Sustainability. “This collaboration with the College of Engineering on this project gives us a new perspective on how to design our community, using the latest techniques and theories. We expect the students to deliver designs that will enhance and showcase the city’s sustainability and resiliency efforts.”

For students, the collaboration is an opportunity to work with a real client on projects with multiple stakeholders and complex requirements. “Students from all different engineering majors are participating in this project,” aid Michelle Stanley, an undergraduate student in the department’s five-year Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree program. “We are incorporating innovative designs and technology not used in today’s buildings to save costs and resolve such pressing issues as resiliency and rising sea levels.”

“The city of Miami Beach is one of the nation’s most forward-thinking on the topic of sustainability,” said College of Engineering Dean Jean-Pierre Bardet. “This represents an incredible opportunity to work with a client on the forefront of this engineering frontier. I expect that our students and faculty will learn from the city while also sharing new ideas and cutting-edge perspectives with the city.”

About the three projects:

Maurice Gibb Memorial Park is located on the waterfront in the Sunset Harbour neighborhood. The city has charged the students with upgrading the park’s existing marine patrol and indoor/outdoor community multipurpose space, designing a water-taxi stop and new stormwater management pump station, and integrating a new living shoreline with existing seawalls. The students’ designs will include an environmental lab for tracking air and water quality as well as real-time weather and transportation data. The park’s operation must be sustained by renewable energy.

For the Fire Station No. 1 project, the students will design a use for the land that currently holds the fire station, which the city has proposed relocating. The students may choose to preserve the current site or propose a new structure and/or land use for this site, which is in a low-lying historic district. The city is interested in a number of potential uses, including affordable housing, a parking garage that may be converted into affordable housing in the future, an office/retail/residential mixed-use project, a resiliency demonstration lab or a wastewater treatment/reclamation facility. The design must also integrate a wastewater pump station located adjacent to the firehouse.

The Byron Carlyle Theater, on Miami Beach’s 71st Street commercial corridor, is currently used as storage space by the city. The adjacent O-Cinema is in use as a theater. The city is interested in some type of mixed-use project that includes a theater or cultural arts center. It may be a retail/restaurant/office project, one that combines a cultural arts center and residential tower, or it might combine a theater, exhibition hall and community education center. The city is particularly interested in uses that include affordable housing for the local workforce. It is also encouraging on-site vegetable gardens and a sustainability and resiliency demonstration lab.

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University of Miami Hosts First Neural Engineering Symposium


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From left are Jonathan Wolpaw, W. Dalton Dietrich, Ozcan Ozdamar, and Daniel S. Rizzuto.

The University of Miami hosted its first Neural Engineering Symposium on October 13 to promote collaborations among research, educational, and industry programs for this rapidly growing discipline. Ozcan Ozdamar, professor and chair of the College of Engineering’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, and W. Dalton Dietrich, scientific director of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, served as co-directors of the symposium, which was organized by the Department of Biomedical Engineering and The Miami Project with support from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

More than 100 attendees from various departments and schools participated in the one-day event, held in the Lois Pope LIFE Center. Researchers discussed more than 50 posters, and a number of invited speakers from the University of Miami, University of Pittsburgh, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, and Florida International University presented their most recent work.

Jonathan Wolpaw, director of the National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies at the New York State Department of Health, Wadsworth Center, delivered the keynote address on the development of EEG-based brain-computer interfaces that can restore communication and control to people who are paralyzed by spinal cord injury and other disorders.

In another lecture, Daniel S. Rizzuto, director of Cognitive Neuromodulation at the University of Pennsylvania, reviewed current research in the development of brain stimulation therapies for patients with memory impairments as part of the DARPA RAM Project.

The meeting was coordinated by Karin Scarpinato, assistant provost for research, with the following interdisciplinary program committee members: Fabrice Manns, Suhrud Rajguru, Abhishek Prasad, Monica Perez, Vittorio Porciatti, and Michael Hoffer. The symposium was structured to enhance collaborations throughout the University and between relevant programs within the state of Florida to enhance research and educational initiatives comprising the biomedical engineering and neuroscience communities.

The symposium was supported in part by industry sponsors and the Department of Biomedical Engineering and The Miami Project. Future conferences are planned along with a new University of Miami Institute for Neural Engineering that will position the University for funding opportunities requiring established programs that integrate engineering and neuroscience for the assessment and treatment of neurological disorders. This initiative also will be critical for attracting the next generation of trainees to Miami who wish to make a career in this exciting technological discipline.

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NASA Researcher Discusses Lessons Learned from the Columbia Disaster on October 28


Hosted by the College of Engineering, Matt Melis, a researcher from NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, will discuss the lessons learned from the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia accident on Friday, October 28, at 3:30 p.m. in the McArthur Engineering Building, room 202. Melis’ work at Glenn Research Center helped determine the cause of the accident and nurtured a new field of research, high-impact ballistics, and photogrammetry inside NASA. His briefings slowly developed into a fine technical presentation that clearly highlights the institutional responses of NASA and the evolution of the agency. His presentation is sought after by dozens of universities, professional societies, and companies in a variety of fields.

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