Spring 2020
Friends and Colleagues, 

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

FAU’s sensing and smart systems pillar is growing stronger each day. In this newsletter, we share some exciting updates about faculty, community programs, projects and research initiatives. 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 by email, drop by for a visit, or help us welcome a distinguished visitor as part of the pillar seminar series. If you’d like to invite and host a visitor, please let us know; we still have dates available in the schedule for the 2020 series.

FAU is building the future of sensing and smart systems. We invite you to build it with us.

Best wishes,

Jason O. Hallstrom,
Director, I-SENSE@FAU
NSF CAREER Proposal Recommended for Funding

Behnaz Ghoraani, Ph.D., assistant professor in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and I-SENSE faculty fellow, was notified that her National Science Foundation CAREER proposal, entitled, “CAREER: Advanced data analytics for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease using wearables and smartphone,” was recommended for funding.

For the project, Ghoraani will develop an innovative data analytics approach that can be used along with two wearable sensors and a smartphone to address challenges in the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. By developing a cognitive screening tool that can be used at home or any clinic with no extensive infrastructure or specialized medical equipment, the project will yield fundamentally new individualized monitoring of subjects at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

The NSF CAREER award is widely viewed as the most prestigious research funding that a principle investigator can receive. The career program provides $400,000 over five years ($500,000 in the biological sciences). Funding is extremely competitive.
Center for Connected Assured Autonomy Opens

The Center for Connected Assured Autonomy officially opened on the first floor of Engineering East. The Center, directed by Dimitris Pados, Ph.D., I-SENSE Faculty Fellow and Charles E. Schmidt Eminent scholar in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, is a first of its kind and provides national and international leadership in research and development in the growing field of interconnected autonomous systems. 

The Center is funded by the Schmidt Family Foundation, I-SENSE, Industry (GE Aviation), National Science Foundation, Air Force Research Laboratory and Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
I-SENSE Spin-off Company Makes Headlines

Post-Quantum (PQ) Secure, an I-SENSE spin-off company specializing in computer security, was recently in the local news. Reza Azarderakhsh, Ph.D., an associate professor in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and I-SENSE faculty fellow, co-founded the company, with Brandon Langenberg, Ph.D., in 2019. PQ Secure designs and develops quantum-safe cryptographic solutions for future data security. In the past year, PQ Secure has continued to receive government support for its research, including a $750,000 Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grant from the NSF. Read more.
I-SENSE Team Updates
Luu Tuan Linh Dang was recently promoted to an embedded systems engineer. Linh joined the I-SENSE team in December 2018 as a graduate research assistant. He will be responsible for supporting the institute’s embedded initiatives, with an emphasis on wireless device design.
Xiaolei (Emily) Guo was promoted to an administrative managerial professional position as a software engineer. Guo joined the I-SENSE team in January 2019. She will be responsible for supporting the institute’s software development initiatives, with an emphasis on data management and front-end design.
I-SENSE Faculty Fellow to Join Proposal Writing Workshop

In recognition of his expertise and research interests, Jinwoo Jang, Ph.D., assistant professor of civil, environmental and geomatics engineering, and I-SENSE faculty fellow, was accepted to the 2020 National Science Foundation Engineering Career Proposal Writing Workshop, slated for March 31 through April 2. His acceptance recognizes his achievements thus far and his future potential in research and teaching.
Interview for Cyberhacking Expertise

Reza Azarderakhsh, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and I-SENSE faculty fellow, was interviewed by the local news for an article regarding the risk of cyberhacking of some smart-home devices.

Read the full article,  here.
Best Paper Award in CANS2019

Reza Azarderakhsh, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and I-SENSE faculty fellow, and student Amir Jalali were honored at the 18th International Conference on Cryptology and Network Security in China.

Their paper, “SIKE Round 2 Speed Record on ARM Cortex-M4,” was awarded the best paper award.
Renewal of Research Program

The National Science Foundation renewed the Research Experience for Undergraduates site in Sensing and Smart Systems, hosted by I-SENSE, for an additional three years. The paid, nine-week program will focus on training, mentoring, research and an overall experience that prepares undergraduate students for graduate studies in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) disciplines. The on-campus research will focus on I-SENSE’s three main program areas: infrastructure systems, marine and environment, and health and behavior. Applications are now open. For more information on the program and how to apply, here.
I-SENSE Seminar Series

Speakers from throughout the country participate in the I-SENSE seminar series. For information about our upcoming seminars or speaker suggestions, email MaryJo Jackson at mrobin72@fau.edu.
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