December 2016
Friends and Colleagues,  

Greetings from the Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering ( I-SENSE). We hope that you enjoyed a productive and enjoyable fall, and that you're planning a restful holiday with family and friends.

We've experienced another semester of growth in FAU's Sensing and Smart Systems pillar. In this newsletter, we provide a glimpse into that growth. We've added new team members, expanded our portfolio of sponsored projects, and established new industry and community partnerships. It's an exciting time to be at FAU, and to be working in Sensing and Smart Systems!

If you are working in Sensing and Smart Systems or the Internet of Things, we'd love to hear from you. Reach out to us by email, drop by for a visit, or help us welcome a distinguished visitor as part of the Pillar Seminar Series.

FAU is building the future of Sensing and Smart Systems. We invite you to build it with us.

Happy Holidays,

Jason Hallstrom, Ph.D.
Director, I-SENSE@FAU

Faculty Fellow Receives Federal Funding for  Post-Quantum Cryptography
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has awarded Reza Azarderakhsh, Ph.D.,
I-SENSE faculty fellow, a $487,063 grant to lead work on the next generation of modern cryptographic algorithms immune against the threat of quantum computers. The project will focus on efficient design and implementation of algorithms and architectures suitable for embedded systems.

Post-quantum cryptography refers to cryptographic algorithms (usually public-key algorithms) that are thought to be secure against an attack by a quantum computer.

"The problem with the currently popular algorithms is that their security relies on one of three hard mathematical problems: the integer factorization problem, the discrete logarithm problem or the elliptic-curve discrete logarithm problem," explains Azarderakhsh. "All of these problems can be easily solved on a sufficiently powerful quantum computer. It is very important to defend society against the dark side of quantum computing." 
I-SENSE and Dioxide Materials Partner to Cut Energy Costs
I-SENSE and Dioxide Materials have formed a unique partnership to develop and evaluate a novel low-cost, low-power, wireless CO2 sensing system for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning applications. The technology that emerges from this joint project will help to significantly lower the amount of energy businesses and homes use.

Dioxide Materials, in collaboration with  I-SENSE, has received a Small Business Technology Transfer grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to work on the project. This project builds on a private/public partnership that leverages the complementary skill sets and associated innovations of both organizations.   READ MORE .
I-SENSE Welcomes New Team Members
I-SENSE is excited to welcome two new researchers to its team! 
Behnaz Ghoraani, Ph.D.
Chancey Kelly
Behnaz Ghoraani, Ph.D., holds a joint appointment as an assistant professor in the department of computer and electrical engineering and as a faculty fellow in I-SENSE. Previously, Ghoraani worked as an assistant professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, where she started her research group, "the Biomedical Signal and Image Analysis Lab."  Ghoraani has over 50 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, one book, and two book chapters. She holds research funding from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH  to develop a catheter guidance algorithm for identification of atrial fibrillation ablation targets.
Chancey Kelly  joins the I-SENSE engineering team as a computer engineer. Previously, Kelly worked with the I-SENSE team as a student employee. 
Student Computing Club Awarded Google Funding
The National Center for Women & IT and Google have awarded funding to Shiree Hughes, an I-SENSE team member and Ph.D. computer science student, for the recruitment of new members for the Association for Computing Machinery-Women. This funding will also help build partnerships with local middle schools. Hughes founded the association chapter at FAU in 2015. 

"One of our biggest goals is to bring computing to younger girls, especially in middle school," said Hughes. "I want them to be exposed to it early on so they can decide to pursue computing in high school and college."
I-SENSE Awarded NSF Grant to Conduct  Sensing Systems Research
The National Science Foundation awarded a $253,136 early-concept grant for exploratory research to I-SENSE. The two-year project entitled, " EAGER: Hardware and Software Architecture for Wireless Sensing Systems Under Dynamic Load and Energy Availability," will introduce fundamental hardware and software extensions that are radically different from existing approaches, with potentially transformational impacts at the confluence of hardware and software systems.

"The objective is to enable a new class of systems that are inherently robust and adaptive in the presence of both dynamic load conditions and dynamic harvesting conditions which are anticipated to be pervasive in the emerging Internet of Things," explains Jason Hallstrom, I-SENSE director.
I-SENSE Hosts Successful BioFlorida Fall Quarterly Meeting

More than 100 of South Florida's life science researchers, business professionals, and students gathered at I-SENSE for the BioFlorida fall quarterly meeting.  The meeting focused on the Internet of Things, biomedical signal and image analysis, the process of bringing medical devices to market, and how to find jobs in the biomedical industry. 

The meeting featured talks by I-SENSE Director Jason Hallstrom, I-SENSE Fellow Behnaz Ghoraani and Medical Engineering Consultant's Director of New Product Development, Nicholas Gonzalez. During the intermissions, attendees had the opportunity to visit the booths of 14 exhibitors, representing private companies, such as World Precision Instruments and Biotest. The exhibitors - many of which have offices in South Florida - discussed employment opportunities. Many attendees stayed well past the scheduled conclusion for further networking and information sharing.
To view federal funding opportunities, click here .

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