April 2018 
Friends and Colleagues,  

Greetings from the Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering (I-SENSE). 

We have a lot of news to share! In this update, we welcome a new faculty fellow, share news about a recent promotion, highlight some exciting technology transfer activity, and share more of the innovative work being done by our team. We also announce the recipients of our second annual internal grants program, as well as the recipients of our new grants program for student researchers.  

As always, if you're 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. 


Jason Hallstrom 
Director,  I-SENSE@FAU
I-SENSE Welcomes New Team Member
Jordo n Beckler, Ph.D., an assistant professor at FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, is jointly appointed as an I-SENSE faculty fellow. A Gulf Research Program Early Career Fellow with the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, Beckler is directing Harbor Branch's Geochemistry and Geochemical Sensing Lab. Previously, he served as a staff scientist and program manager of the Ocean Technology Research Program at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, and a courtesy faculty member at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee  ...  read more .
Team Member Receives Promotion
We are excited to announce that Jianan Zhai, Ph.D., has been promoted to assistant research professor in I-SENSE. He will also continue in his role as chief engineer.
"Dr. Zhai has been instrumental in building Florida Atlantic University's Sensing and Smart Systems Pillar. We are excited for him to begin his independent research career, and for him to continue in his role leading our engineering core," said 
I-SENSE Director Jason Hallstrom.

Faculty Fellow Receives Two Awards
Small Business Innovation and Research
An I-SENSE Faculty Fellow recently received a $ 225,000 NSF SBIR award to commercialize research in the area of modern post-quantum cryptography in embedded devices. 
Reza Azarderakhsh, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, is the founder of PQSecure Technologiesa startup at FAU Tech Runway .

Developing Solutions to Collect Private Data
A $74,000 Florida Center for Cybersecurity Collaborative Seed Award will enable Reza Azarderakhsh to develop solutions for the collection of private data to make it mathematically impossible to violate users' privacy without relying on any trusted authority in the post-quantum era.  READ MORE.

Learn more about his work through this video on post-quantum cryptography and how it affects you. WATCH HERE.
Pursuing Patents
I-SENSE team members continue to develop innovative ways to advance the field. In the past quarter, team members submitted four patent applications. Here's details on the submissions.

Systems and Methods for Guiding a Multi-Pole Sensor Catheter to Locate Cardiac Arrhythmia Sources
Inventors: Behnaz Ghoraani and Prasanth Ganesan

System and Method for Localizing Cardiac Arrhythmia Sources Using Multi-Pole Sensors
Inventors: Behnaz Ghoraani and Prasanth Ganesan

Systems and Methods for Federated Power Management
Inventors: Jason Hallstrom, Chancey Kelley, Michael Brown, Jiannan Zhai and Alexander Roscoe

Systems and Methods for Irrigation Monitoring and Leak Detection
Inventors: Jason Hallstrom, Jiannan Zhai, Chancey Kelley, Michael Brown,
Drew van Zwieten and Don Salamon 

For details, click here.
I-SENSE Announces Internal Grants Recipients 
Through the Division of Research, we are pleased to announce the recipients of our second annual internal grants program, as part of a new initiative to stimulate external research funding. We sought proposals to grow multidisciplinary collaborations that lead to externally funded research programs in the Sensing and Smart Systems pillar.
We are distributing $100,000 among all awardees, summarized below.

SeeGan: Deep Learning-Aided Human Attention Modeling for Robots Learning
Investigators: Elan Barenholtz, William Edward Hahn and Yufei Tang

Multidiscipline Capacity Building to Expand Microfluidics for Environmental Monitoring and Data Collection
Investigators: Jordon Beckler and Sarah Du

Human Aspects of Autonomous Driving
Investigators: Mehrdad Nojoumian and Dimitris Pados

A Sensor-Based, Dynamical Systems Approach to Guiding Therapeutic Interactions
Investigators: Paul Peluso

For details, click here.
I-SENSE Announces Internal Student Awards 
Through the Division of Research, I-SENSE recently launched a funding program to support collaborative student research projects. We sought proposals from student teams to engage in multidisciplinary efforts that have the potential for significant societal impact. 

Successful teams were awarded funds for materials, supplies, software license and other services to support their projects. The awardees will conduct their projects in the Sensing and Smart Systems Innovation Laboratory, with access to all available facilities. 

Scan2Make: Evaluation of the Efficacy of Custom Fit in FDM Prosthetic Devices through Use of Portable Scanning Technology
Team members: Willard Bachli, Roberto Sanchez, Michael Padron, Charles Perry Weinthal, Leonardo Rivas and Antwan Hoyte

GeoReferenced Augmented Reality Utilities App (GARUA)
Team members: Jason Blakenship and Debojit Biswas

EEG-Based Emotional State Classification of Passengers in an Autonomous Vehicle Stimulator
Team members: Corey Park and Shervin Shahrdar

SAE Drive Optimization System
Team members: Richard Nelson, Tais Kraljevic, Jhairus Lewis and Brandon Nava

For details, click here.
Faculty Fellow Speaks at WiDS Conference 
Behnaz Ghoraani, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was invited to speak at the Global Women in Data Science Conference on March 5. The annual conference is held at Stanford University and at more than 100 locations worldwide. Ghoraani, an I-SENSE faculty fellow, spoke in Miami.
To view federal funding opportunities, click here.
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