An Integrated Middleware Framework to Enable Extreme Collaborative Science

Dr. Shantenu Jha received funding from the Department of Energy's Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) for his project "An Integrated Middleware Framework to Enable Extreme Collaborative Science". Dr. Jha is the PI and there are two collaborators, Drs. D. S. Katz from the Univ. of Chicago and J. Weissman from the Univ. of Minnesota.

High-Dimensional Linear Models? Bring 'Em On!

rof. Waheed Bajwa received a grant entitled "High-Dimensional Linear Models? Bring 'Em On!", from the very competitive NSF Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) under its Core Program Communications and Information Foundations (CIF). The total budget is $167,543 for 3 years and Dr. Bajwa is the sole PI.

The project description is as follows:

This research addresses the challenge of high-dimensional data analysis within the context of linear models by developing low-complexity

WINLAB team to assist DARPA in administering the DARPA Spectrum Challenge

A team of ECE researchers at WINLAB, including Wade Trappe, Ivan Seskar, Chris Rose and Dipankar Raychaudhuri, are assisting DARPA in administering the DARPA Spectrum Challenge ( The purpose of the DARPA Spectrum Challenge is to encourage teams to design radio protocols that can best use a given communication channel in the presence of other dynamic users and interfering signals.

NSF Awards Janne Lindqvist $1.3M

Prof. Janne Lindqvist was awarded three grants by the NSF for a total of ~$1.3M. The projects support Dr. Lindqvist's long-term research thrusts of nudging human behavior with computer systems, and usable security for mobile systems. The award titles are: 

1) "Local Community Crowdsourcing of Physical-World Tasks with Myrmex",
2) "Redesigning Mobile Privacy: Helping Developers to Protect Users", and
3) "Capturing People's Expectations of Privacy with Mobile Apps by Combining Automated Scanning and Crowdsourcing Techniques"

Prof. Jha received NSF grant "Building a standards-based Cyberinfrastructure for Hydrometeorologic Modeling"

Dr. Shantenu Jha received NSF funding for the project "Collaborative Research: Standards-Based Cyberinfrastructure for Hydrometeorologic Modeling: US-European Research Partnership". This is a two-year project with budget $154,429. The work is in collaboration with Dave Gochis and Richard Hooper, eminent climate modeling scientists at National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science respectively.

The project abstract follows.

Ubiquitous Rainfall Sensing Adaptive System for Urban Sustainability

Civil and Environmental Engineering Assistant Professor and also member of the ECE Graduate Faculty David Hill and ECE Assistant Professor Dario Pompili collaborate on sensing and modeling extreme weather events. Such events have profound effects on the sustainability of urban centers. At the same time human activities are increasing the variability of the climate and increasing the frequency of these events; driving the need for more dynamic decision making tools.

Designing & Prototyping Standards-based Application Access to Clouds

ECE Assistant Professor Shantenu Jha is working on the design and prototype a standards-based interface to Cloud computing that is syntactically and semantically consistent with existing Grid computing interfaces, whilst extending Grid-based job and resource models.

This is a high-risk, short-term strategic project to design and prototype a global standards-based Access layer to Clouds, that bridges the divide between grids and clouds.

Prof. Greg Burdea @ American Museum of Natural History

Professor Greg Burdea has been featured in a new exhibit, "Brain: The Inside Story," at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York City. Open now through August 15th, the exhibit seeks to provide visitors "a new perspective and keen insight into their own brains." Professor Burdea's research contributes quite well to such an aim, and it’s no surprise that the Museum would incorporate his work. Not a surprise except to Prof. Burdea, a member of the Rutgers ECE faculty, who had no idea about his involvement with the exhibit.


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