December 2017  
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.

Since the last newsletter, we've made important strides in building the Sensing and Smart Systems pillar. We've recruited 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.

As always, 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 O. Hallstrom
Director, I-SENSE@FAU
I-SENSE Welcomes New Team Members

I-SENSE is excited to welcome three new researchers to its team!
Deanna Gray-Miceli, Ph.D., holds a joint appointment as an associate professor in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and as a faculty fellow in I-SENSE. Previously, Gray-Miceli worked as an assistant professor at Rutgers University, where she targeted her research to improve the quality and safety for vulnerable frail elders residing in long-term care.
Jinwoo Jang, Ph.D., holds a joint appointment as an assistant professor in Civil, Environmental, and Geomatics Engineering and as a faculty fellow in I-SENSE. Previously, Jang worked as a postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University. His primary research interests are in the development of sensor network applications and robust data analytics approaches that can create new innovative service propositions for the next generation of smart and connected urban environment.
Dimitris Pados, Ph.D., holds a joint appointment as a professor in the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and as a faculty fellow in I-SENSE. Previously, Pados worked as the Clifford C. Furnas Professor at SUNY-Buffalo, where he conducted cutting-edge research in autonomous communication systems, robust data analytics, and localization. His expertise spans a range of areas, from communication theory and systems, to antenna arrays and radar.
High School Affiliation Underway

I-SENSE entered into an agreement with the Donna Klein Jewish Academy (DKJA) to permit DKJA high school students who are interested in engineering, computer science, and technology to participate in tours, seminars, and research training opportunities on the FAU Boca Raton campus.
The DKJA Engineering Program is being offered to students enrolled in an engineering and science-based curriculum at the academy's Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt High School. The affiliation with I-SENSE will allow participating students the opportunity to visit research laboratories, attend seminars and engage with current students and faculty. Participants also will be able to design individual and group projects, conduct research and participate in an on-campus showcase to present their work.
Students in the program are required to take a minimum of two years of engineering courses and one year of computer science courses at Rosenblatt High School. After one full year of participation in the FAU program, students who have successfully completed all requirements will receive a certificate of completion and academic excellence in the engineering program.
Splash of Success at Internet of H2O Competition 

A partnership between two teams of engineering Ph.D. students and professors from Florida Atlantic University and Wayne State University won the Internet of H20 Competition's Technology Innovation Prize. The team took home the $15,000 prize for their work toward the first field deployment of electrochemical nanosensors for phosphorus paired with hyper-compact batteries and smart underwater modern technology to enable software-defined wireless networking of fixed sensors and unmanned aquatic vehicles.

The goal of this collaborative effort is to develop the next-generation of autonomous integrated platforms for real-time sensing and networking that enable continuous nutrient sensing and underwater wireless connectivity in a wide-area network setup. 

The FAU team, ExtremeComms Lab, is mentored by Dimitris Pados, Ph.D., and Stella Batalama, Ph.D., and includes FAU Ph.D. student Konstantinos Tountas.
Sustainability Funding Awarded to Team Member

I-SENSE Fellow Yufei Tang, Ph.D., of the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and James VanZwieten, Ph.D., of FAU's Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center, were awarded $50,000 from the Walter & Lalita Janke Foundation Innovations in Sustainability Science Research Fund.

The assistant professors' project will be among the first to develop integrative strategies to enhance the resilience of small-scale networked microgrids through well designed, monitored, and controlled marine and hydrokinetic turbines. In partnership with FAU's Florida Center for Environmental Studies, the fund supports faculty research that advances knowledge and applications relevant for improving environmental sustainability.
Post-Quantum Cryptography Project Funded

Reza Azarderakhsh, Ph.D., assistant professor in the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and I-SENSE fellow, received a $248,925 sub-award to collaborate with researchers from the University of South Florida on a project entitled, "Tools for the Standardization of Post-Quantum Cryptography."

The three-year project, funded by National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Department of Commerce, will provide high performance architectures for security analysis of lattice-based cryptography. WATCH VIDEO
I-SENSE Re-ups Seed Fund Competition

I-SENSE, through FAU's Division of Research, recently closed its second annual seed funding competition to stimulate external research funding. Proposals were sought to support the establishment or expansion of multidisciplinary collaborations that lead to externally funded research programs aligned with FAU's activities and ambitions in the Sensing and Smart Systems pillar.

The most important outcome of a successful project funded through this program is the submission of one or more competitive grant applications. Funding is intended to enable proposing teams to engage in proof-of-concept designs, preliminary studies, infrastructure building, and other activities that will set the foundation for one or more competitive grant applications. The total funding available under this program is $100,000, with four to five anticipated awards. Recipients will soon be announced.
Call for Sensing and Smart Systems REU Program Applications

Call for Sensing and Smart Systems REU Program Applications 
Applications are now open for I-SENSE's 2018 Sensing and Smart Systems REU program. The paid, nine-week program will focus on training, mentoring, research, and an overall experience that prepares undergraduate students for graduate studies or careers in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) disciplines. For more information on the program and how to apply, click here.
To view federal funding opportunities, click here.
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