Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science Nikil Dutt and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Marco Levorato have received a $300,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for designing a personalized ubiquitous healthcare framework using the Internet of Things (IoT). Dutt and Levorato are leading the research project “IoCT-CARE: Internet of Cognitive Things for Personalized Healthcare” jointly with Finnish partners at the University of Turku, the Turku University Central Hospital and VTT Finland. The two-year project investigates a self-aware cognitive IoT architecture for ubiquitous health monitoring that can predict the early onset of critical health conditions such as heart attacks. The project is funded as part of the NSF WiFiUS program, which is jointly managed by the Academy of Finland and the U.S. National Science Foundation, and aims to expand research collaboration between Finland and the United States in new areas of wireless telecommunications research.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science Marco Levorato and Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Solmaz Kia have received a $500,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation’s Smart and Autonomous Systems program. The project, “Cognitive and Reflective Monitoring Systems for Urban Environments,” investigates an innovative urban IoT-based monitoring architecture for smart cities. In the envisioned system, mobile drones and sensors interoperate with the layered citywide networking and computation infrastructure to jointly optimize distributed data acquisition, transportation and processing, as well as drones’ navigation. The project leverages recent IoT architectures such as fog and edge computing, and introduces a new notion of architecture level intelligence for mobile sensor networks.
The UCI Office of Inclusive Excellence (OIE) has appointed ICS professors Melissa Mazmanian, Amelia Regan and Babak Shahbaba to serve as DECADE (Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience) Graduate Faculty Mentors. Mazmanian will serve as a mentor for the graduate program in informatics, Shahbaba will be the mentor for the graduate program in statistics; and Regan will serve as a mentor for the graduate programs in computer science, network systems and transportation science. They each will serve two-year terms that started in July.
Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science Gene Tsudik co-authored a paper, titled “Closing the Floodgate with Stateless Content-Centric Networking,” which received the Best Paper Award at the 26th International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks (ICCCN) that took place July 31-Aug. 3, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. The ICCCN, which is co-sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society, is a leading international conference for presenting new ideas and fundamental advances in the fields of computer networks and communications.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science Sameer Singh is scheduled to deliver a talk on machine learning to the Orange County ACM Chapter on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Singh’s talk, titled “Explaining Black-Box Machine Learning Predictions,” will include approaches to explain the predictions of any classifiers in an interpretable and faithful method.
The meeting is the fourth installment of the OC chapter’s 2017 bi-monthly evening program series co-sponsored by the IEEE Orange County Computer Society.
Singh will be the third ICS professor to guest speak, following Dean Marios Papaefthymiou and Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science Michael Franz.
College campuses are increasingly becoming “smart” as they continue to slowly embrace and implement the Internet of Things (IoT). At UCI, it turns out the very forces behind future IoT scenarios are the students themselves.
The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) held its first IoT Hackathon June 2-4 as the first phase of a dual TIPPERS (Testbed for IoT-based Privacy-Preserving PERvasive Spaces) Challenge to discover the best student talent in the field. TIPPERS is part of the Brandeis DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) program that seeks to develop the technical means to protect the privacy of individuals and enterprises in an increasingly interconnected world. The project sits between two opposing points—privacy and data sharing—to enable a safe and predictable relationship.
“The IoT Hackathon was created with the goal of having students develop applications for a future UCI smart campus,” said Roberto Yus, the hackathon’s organizer who is a post-doctoral fellow working alongside Computer Science Professor Sharad Mehrotra on TIPPERS.
The second annual Computer Science Research Showcase brought together the most talented graduate students to demonstrate their research activity in UCI’s Department of Computer Science. This year’s showcase, which was held on May 10 in Donald Bren Hall, featured a morning of presentations from computer science faculty, including Gene Tsudik and Chen Li, followed by an afternoon of posters, demos and an awards reception.
“The students were highly engaged during the event and did a great job with their presentations,” said Ardalan Amiri Sani, who hosted the event with fellow computer science assistant professor Shuang Zhao. “I believe that the research showcase event provides a great opportunity for our students to advertise their research and to interact with their peers and other visitors.”
Padhraic Smyth, computer science professor and director of the UCI Data Science Initiative, was recently named as one of “20 Data Science Professors To Know” by Online Engineering Programs, an online information site that addresses educational questions and provides career content for engineering and computer science professionals. The 20 data science professors selected were chosen according to their employment at a respected university, doctoral degree, contributions to impactful publications and commitment to organizations and causes outside of their academic institution.
Smyth’s research specializes in artificial intelligence, machine learning databases and data mining. He was noted for his previous paper on “Content Coding of Psychotherapy Transcripts Using Labeled Topic Models” in the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics (2015) and for his teaching of projects in AI, probabilistic learning and data science.
Tsudik is the principal investigator of “SELIOT: Securing Lifecycle of IoT” — a research project funded by the NSF’s Wireless Innovation between Finland and US (WiFiUS) program, which supports collaborations between US and Finnish researchers in the area of wireless and mobile networks. SELIOT involves UC Irvine, University of Florida and Aalto University of Helsinki, Finland.
The total grant amount is approximately $600,000 ($300,000, in addition to €300,000) with $150,000 a warded to UCI and $150,000 to the University of Florida. The Finnish potion of the project is funded separately, by the Academy of Finland.
Laleh Aghababaie Beni and Khanh Nguyen, both Ph.D. students in the Department of Computer Science, were announced 2017 Facebook Fellowship Finalists this month.
The Facebook Fellowship Program is designed to encourage and support promising doctoral students in research related to computer science and engineering. Of the more than 800 applicants who apply worldwide, only 13 were selected as fellows.