June 9, 2016
Friends and Colleagues,  

Greetings from the Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering (I-SENSE). We hope that your summer is off to an enjoyable and productive start.

As you may know, I-SENSE was established to coordinate FAU's activities in Sensing and Smart Systems, one of the university's four research pillars. The institute serves as a technology clearinghouse for sensing, communication, and computing technologies, providing research expertise and project support. Equally (if not more) important, I-SENSE serves as a catalyst for interdisciplinary collaboration, cultivating research, education, and service initiatives that crosscut academic units and bridge academia, industry, and government. Our program areas reflect areas of institutional strength, interest, and opportunity in Infrastructure Systems, Marine and Environment, and Health and Behavior.

This is the first edition of the I-SENSE newsletter, which we'll distribute quarterly to help keep you informed of FAU's activities in Sensing and Smart Systems. In this edition, we introduce new Program Leaders, new Faculty Fellows and a new addition to our engineering team. We also provide a few updates on initiatives and partnerships that we hope you'll find as exciting as we do.

The most important motivation for the newsletter is to offer a recurring invitation to engage with I-SENSE, and to leverage the institute's resources to help meet your research, development, and commercialization goals. 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.

Best Wishes,

Jason Hallstrom
Director, I-SENSE@FAU

Computer and Network Systems: Core Programs  (NSF 15-572)

Deadline: Varies by project class

Duration Four-year projects

Budget: $500,000 - $3M

The Division of Computer and Network Systems invites proposals that bridge the research areas of Computer Systems Research and
Networking Technology and

Topics of interest include cloud computing, embedded and real-time systems, and network management. 

To download the solicitation, click   here .
Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace   (NSF 15-575)

Deadline Varies by project size

Duration: Three - five years

Budget: $500,000 - $3M

NSF invites proposals that address cybersecurity from the following perspectives:
Trustworthy Computing Systems
Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
Secure, Trustworthy, Assured, and Resilient Semiconductors and Systems
Transition to Practice
To read the solicitation, click here .
Information and Intelligent Systems: Core (NSF 15-574)

Deadline: varies by project size

Duration: four-year projects

Budget: $500,000 - $3M 

This program funds three core programs: Cyber-Human Systems, Information, Integration and Informatics and Robust Intelligence. To read the solicitation, click  here .
Computer and Information Science and Engineering Research Infrastructure 
(NSF 15-590)

Deadline: Preliminary proposals Nov. 8, full proposals by Jan. 18

Duration: varies 
Institutional Infrastructure: three-year projects
Community Infrastructure: three-year projects
Community Infrastructure Planning: 18-month projects

Budget: varies 
The majority of the Institutional Infrastructure awards are planned for $200,000 - $750,000. 
The majority of the Community Infrastructure awards are expected to be $500,000 - $1M.
The majority of the Community Infrastructure Planning awards are projected to be $50,000 - $100,000.
Institutional and community infrastructure projects will be supported. NSF is interested in programmable network components, integrated systems of sensors, data repositories and visualization capabilities, among other topics.

For more information, read the request for applications here.
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I-SENSE Announces Program Leaders

The Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering (I-SENSE) was established in 2015 to coordinate university-wide activities in the Sensing and Smart Systems pillar of FAU's Strategic Plan for the Race to Excellence. The Institute focuses on three program areas representing faculty expertise, interest and opportunity: Infrastructure Systems, Marine and Environment, and Health and Behavior. 

I-SENSE's Health and Behavior Program Leader is John W. Newcomer, M.D. (pictured on left), Vice Dean for Research and Innovation in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. Aleks Stevanovic, Ph.D (pictured in middle), Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering is the Program Leader for Infrastructure Systems. The Program Leader for Marine and Environment is Michael S. Twardowski, Ph.D. (pictured on right), Research Professor at FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.  To learn more about I-SENSE's program leaders, click here.
Leading Technology Company Shares Expertise at FAU

One of the largest technology leaders in the Internet of Things recently rolled onto FAU's Boca Raton Campus. FAU's Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering (I-SENSE) hosted Microchip / Atmel's Technology on Tour Mobile Trailer, which offered a full day of free hands-on technical training to faculty, students, staff and community members.

While the Atmel University Program Team was on campus, they showcased their integrated Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, Microchip / Atmel's latest products and technologies and innovations supporting university education.

Dozens of FAU faculty, staff and students participated in the event. The event was also open to the public, providing numerous individuals from local industries, as well as elementary and high school students with the opportunity to stop by the trailer.
I-SENSE Team to Expand in Summer 2016
I-SENSE is pleased to announce that three talented researchers are joining its team this summer.

Reza Azarderakhsh, Ph.D. will hold a joint appointment as a Faculty Fellow in I-SENSE and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (CEECS). He's joining FAU from the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he has worked as an Assistant Professor since 2014. Before RIT, he served as a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow with the Center for Applied Cryptographic Research at the University of Waterloo. Azarderakhsh's research foci are: post-quantum cryptography, finite field arithmetic and efficient implementations of cryptographic primitives, among related areas.

Yufei Tang, Ph.D. will hold a joint appointment as a Faculty Fellow in I-SENSE and an Assistant Professor in CEECS. Tang will join the I-SENSE team from the University of Rhode Island, where he recently completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. His research focuses on power systems, computational intelligence and cyber-physical systems.

William Laing comes to the I-SENSE engineering team as a  Staff Engineer.  He has been working as an Energy Systems Engineer with FAU's Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center since 2010. 
New Grants Expand Institute's Work

National Science Foundation Grant Supports Research 
Computing Infrastructure at FAU
The Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering (I-SENSE) at Florida Atlantic University has received a $500,000, two-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to install intra- and inter-campus networking facilities to establish a 10-gigabit regional design for research computing that supports data-intensive research and education in science and engineering. The network design establishes high-performance data pathways among multiple campuses and research partners Max Planck Florida Institute For Neuroscience and Scripps Research Institute. It also addresses important performance bottlenecks on the critical path to the sustained growth of data-intensive science and engineering at ... read more.

Telit and FAU Begin New IoT Collaboration
Jason Hallstrom presenting at FAU Tech Runway
Telilt, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), launched a new partnership with FAU. Under the new agreement, Telit grants 
I-SENSE technical support, training and an unlimited license to the deviceWISE IoT Platform - aimed at accelerating breakthrough research projects and technology solutions for the IoT. With the deviceWISE foundation, Telit and I-SENSE teams will work together to establish deviceWISE University and co-develop its curriculum, supporting classroom materials and ... read more.