Emina Soljanin receives NSF Grant

Professor Emina Soljanin has received a new NSF award for the project titled "Codes for Data Storage with Queues for Data Access." This is a three year $500,000 collaborative effort between Rutgers University (Emina Soljanin, PI) and Texas A&M University. Rutgers' share of this award is $309,236.

As part of this project, Emina and her team will develop efficient algorithms for distributed storage and access of large files. Large volumes of data, which are being collected for the purpose of knowledge extraction, have to be reliably, efficiently, and securely stored. Retrieval of large data files from storage has to be fast (and often anonymous and private). Large-scale cloud data storage and distributed file systems, e.g., Amazon EBS and Google FS, have become the backbone of many applications such as web searching, e-commerce, and cluster computing. Cloud services are implemented on top of a distributed storage layer that acts as a middleware to the applications, and also provides the desired content to the users, whose interests range from performing data analytics to watching movies. This project focuses on efficient data access in distributed file systems that employ erasure codes for reliable and efficient storage.

You can find more details on the project at the NSF page at http://"https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward…".

Marco Gruteser elected Chair of ACM SIGMOBILE

Professor Marco Gruteser has been elected chair of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Mobile Computing (ACM SIGMOBILE). ACM SIGMOBILE is the international professional organization for scientists, engineers, executives, educators, and students dedicated to all things mobile.

As exemplified by the inaugural test-of-time awards, its members have pioneered: medium access mechanisms that underpin Wi-Fi and IoT sensor communications, positioning systems used in factories and every smart phone, file system caching techniques that inspired Dropbox, as well as congestion control and mesh networking techniques for faster and more ubiquitous wireless broadband data access.

SIGMOBILE also sponsors and is responsible for a series of highly selective international conferences in the field of mobile computing, including MobiCom, MobiSys, MobiHoc, UbiComp, and Sensys.

Congratulations on this recognition of professional achievement, Marco!

Mehdi Javanmard receives DARPA ElectRx Program Grant

Professor Mehdi Javanmard is the recipient of a DARPA award for the project titled "The Proteomic Smartpatch Phase IB: Transcutaneous Monitoring of Molecular Biomarkers in Blood Using Flexible and Natural Substrates." This is a six month $200,000 collaborative effort between Rutgers University (Mehdi Javanmard, PI) and University of Pennsylvania (Mark Allen, Co-PI). Rutgers' share for this award is $100,000.

As part of this project, Mehdi and his team will continue development of a wearable biosensing platform whose purpose is to continuously monitor biomarkers of inflammation in the bloodstream in response to stimulation of the peripheral nervous system for treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases. This project is part of DARPA's effort to fulfill the vision of the Agency’s Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx) program, which has as its goal the development of a closed-loop system that treats diseases by modulating the activity of peripheral nerves. The teams will initially pursue a diverse array of research and technological breakthroughs in support of the program’s technical goals. Ultimately, the program envisions a complete system that can be tested in human clinical trials aimed at conditions such as chronic pain, inflammatory disease, post-traumatic stress and other illnesses that may not be responsive to traditional treatments.

Congratulations, Mehdi!

Vishal Patel's Active Biometric Authentication on CBS This Morning Saturday Program

The average computer user has 27 passwords, and it can be tough to keep track of them all. But our devices themselves contain biometric sensors that can read all kinds of identifying information about us. That could put an end to the password. CBS reporter Brook Silva-Braga explores Assistant Professor Vishal Patel's research on Active Biometric Authentication.

Enjoy the video at http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/will-biometric-active-authentication-help-...

Athina Petropulu Receives 2017 ECEDHA Diversity Award

Distinguished Professor Athina Petropulu has won the 2017 Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) Diversity Award.

The Diversity Award is given to individuals or departments in recognition of proactive efforts to increase cultural, ethnic, and gender diversity within the ECE student body and among ECE faculty, that go well beyond and above the normal institutional recruiting practices. The award recognized Professor Petropulu’s leadership in continually identifying and enhancing opportunities for women and underrepresented minorities nationwide in the field of electrical and computer engineering, through recruiting, mentoring, and advocating.

The award was given to Prof. Petropulu at the ECEDHA Awards Banquet during the 2017 ECEDHA Annual Conference, which was held at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort & Spa in Miramar Beach, Florida (please see attached a photo from the awards banquet where Professor Petropulu is seen with ECEDHA President Prof. Khalil Najafi, EECS Chair, University of Michigan (left), and Prof. Zhihua Qu, ECEDHA Awards Committee Chair and Chair of ECE at University of Central Florida (right)).

Congratulations on this wonderful recognition, Athina!

Mehdi Javanmard receives NSF Grant

Assistant Professor Mehdi Javanmard is the recipient of a new NSF award for the project titled "A Microfluidic-CMOS Cross-cut Approach Enabling Tri-Modal Biorecognition for Highly Accurate Viral Diagnostics." This is a three year $450,000 collaborative effort between Rutgers University (<b>Mehdi Javanmard</b>, PI) and Princeton University (<b>Kaushik Sengupta</b>, PI). Rutgers' share for this award is $225,000.

As part of this project, Mehdi and his team will develop a finger-stick sized instrument whose purpose is to rapidly diagnose viral infections in blood. The proposed point-of-use device can be utilized for rapidly screening subjects at airports, emergency rooms, or other crowded areas where the potential to spread viral disease is high. The proposed innovation is based on miniaturization of sample, reagent, and buffer handling in microfluidics using low power electronically actuated micro-valves, reconfigurable electroosmotic pumps, and multiplexed detection of fluorescence-labeled proteins and nucleic acids in silicon ICS with integrated nanoplasmonic filters that remove the necessity of complex optical scanners, lenses, collimators. The platform is envisioned to be generic and reconfigurable and the pre-functionalized cartridges can be swapped out for different infectious diseases. Specifically, the proposed research aims to investigate and develop multi-modal detection capability through electronically actuated fluidic valves and pumps enabling on-chip immunoassays for protein detection and on-chip nucleic acid purification, amplification, and hybridization for viral load determination as well as light guiding, packaging and additive manufacturing techniques for enabling a sample-to-answer platform.

Congratulations on this success, Mehdi!

Athina Petropulu Promoted to Distinguished Professor

The Board of Governors has approved Dr. Athina Petropulu's promotion to Distinguished Professor effective July 1, 2017. Congratulations on this well deserved accomplishment Athina!

Athina P. Petropulu received her undergraduate degree from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Northeastern University, Boston MA, all in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at Rutgers, having served as chair of the department during 2010-2016. Before joining Rutgers in 2010, she was faculty at Drexel University. She held Visiting Scholar appointments at SUPELEC, Universite' Paris Sud, Princeton University and University of Southern California.

Dr. Petropulu's research spans the area of statistical signal processing and wireless communications. She has made fundamental contributions in the area of cooperative approaches for wireless communications, physical layer security, MIMO radars using sparse sensing, and blind system identification using higher-order statistics. Her research has been funded by various government industry sponsors including the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval research, the US Army, the National Institute of Health, the Whitaker Foundation, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.

Dr. Petropulu is Fellow of IEEE and recipient of the 1995 Presidential Faculty Fellow Award given by NSF and the White House. She has served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, IEEE Signal Processing Society Vice President-Conferences and member-at-large of the IEEE Signal Processing Board of Governors. She was the General Chair of the 2005 International Conference on Acoustics Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP-05), Philadelphia PA, and is General co-Chair of the 2018 IEEE International Workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications (SPAWC), Kalamata, Greece. In 2005 she received the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award, and in 2012 the IEEE Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service Award for "exemplary service in technical leadership capacities". She is currently IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the Signal Processing Society. In 2016 she served as president of the ECE Department Heads Association (ECEDHA).

More info on her work can be found at www.ece.rutgers.edu/~cspl

Mehdi Javanmard's Lab on a Chip Featured in Royal Society of Chemistry Journal and Media Outlets

ECE Assistant Professor Mehdi Javanmard's work on nanoelectronic barcoding for health monitoring is featured on the cover of the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Lab on a Chip and is featured here in Rutgers Today. He and his graduate student Pengfei Xie have developed a biosensor – known as a lab on a chip – that could be used in hand-held or wearable devices to monitor health and exposure to dangerous bacteria, viruses and pollutants. Their work has also received attention in other media outlets, including the Huffington Post and others (see examples below). Congratulations Mehdi.






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