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Grants, Awards, and Publications

Mark Aschheim (civil engineering) co-authored “Refinements to Compression Field Theory, with Application to Wall-Type Structures,” which was presented at the American Concrete Institute Fall Convention in New Orleans, La. in November.

Monem Beitelmal (mechanical engineering) was the lead author on a paper entitled “A Steady-State Model for the Design and Optimization of a Centralized Cooling System,” which was accepted for publication in the International Journal of Energy Research. Beitelmal co-authored a paper entitled “KRATOS: automated management of cooling capacity in data centers with adaptive vent tiles,” which was presented at the ASME/IMECE conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. in November. Beitelmal was also the lead author on a paper entitled “Local cooling control of data centers with adaptive vent tiles,” which was presented by his co-author at the InterPACK2009 conference in San Francisco in July. Beitelmal was a co-inventor on a US patent no. 7,584,021 entitled “Energy efficient CRAC unit operation using heat transfer levels,” which was granted in September. He also was a co-inventor on a US patent no. 7,568,360 entitled “Air re-circulation effect reduction system,” which was granted in August. Beitelmal was a co-inventor on a US patent no. 7,558,649 entitled “Method for predicting airflow rates,” which was granted in July 7.

Silvia Figueira, JoAnne Holliday, and Weijia Shang (computer engineering) received a research grant of $88,939 from Intel on “Mobile Internet Device Benchmark.”

Christopher Kitts (mechanical engineering) created and organized the Aerospace Innovation Challenge, a competition involving six teams of students from across the University (Engineering, Business, Arts & Sciences). The teams were assigned three tasks: 1) work together to point an antenna by hand in order to receive beacon signals from the NASA GeneSat-1 satellite and manually decode beacon data to determine the satellite’s temperature; 2) develop a one-minute video to excite the public about NASA and the challenges and opportunities it faces; and 3) develop and build a full flight system and a protection system that prevents a raw egg from breaking when dropped from a certain height.

Dale Larson (counseling psychology) co-authored an article titled “Grief counseling efficacy: What have we learned?,” which was published in Bereavement Care in December.

Dan Lewis and Silvia Figueira (computer engineering) have received an additional $525,898 from the National Science Foundation to support “Attracting a New Generation of Students to Computing.”

Nam Ling (computer engineering) served as keynote speaker for the 2009 Joint Conferences on Pervasive Computing in December in Taiwan. The presentation was called “Video Coding Technology and Applications: What Have We Seen? What Will We See?” Ling also gave a speech at his alma mater, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, in October during the celebration of the Golden Jubilee Anniversary of Computing at the university and the Silver Jubilee Anniversary of the university's Center for Advanced Computer Studies. Ling chaired a session on “Transcoding” at the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing in November in Cairo, Egypt. He also presented a paper titled, “A Two-Level Rate Control Approach for Video Transcoding,” which he co-authored. Ling has been renewed as guest professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. A ceremony in his honor will be held in Shanghai this summer.

Nam Ling, Weijia Shang, (computer engineering), and computer engineering PhD student Jun Zhang, with Xiaoquan Yi (former computer engineering PhD student), authored a journal paper titled “Context Adaptive Lagrange Multiplier (CALM) for Rate-Distortion Optimal Motion Estimation in Video Coding.” It was accepted for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology.

Computer engineering PhD student, Sylvia N’Guessan, will serve as the Local Arrangement Co-Chair for 2010 IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Systems, and Nam Ling will serve as a member of its Technical Program Committee.

Edwin Maurer (civil engineering) was an invited participant at the Governor's rollout on Dec. 2, of California's Climate Adaptation Strategy (CAS) final report, a first-of-its-kind comprehensive, multi-sector analysis that will enhance the state’s management of climate impacts from sea level rise, increased temperatures, shifting precipitation, and extreme natural events.

Chad Raphael (communication) and Allen Hammond (Law) co-authored with Christopher Karpowitz an article titled “Deliberative Democracy and Inequality: Two Cheers for Enclave Deliberation among the Disempowered,” which was published in the journal Politics & Society.

Chad Raphael (communication) authored two entries, “Libel” and “Broadcast Network Documentaries,” in the Encyclopedia of Journalism.

Thomas Schwarz, S.J. (computer engineering) co-authored a paper titled “AS-Index: A Structure for String Search using n-grams and Algebraic Signatures,” which was accepted at the 18th ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management in Hong Kong in November. Schwarz also co-wrote “Evaluating the Impact of Irrecoverable Read Errors on Disk Array Reliability,” which was accepted at the IEEE 15th Pacific Rim International Symposium on Dependable Computing in Shanghai in November.

Katie Wilson (electrical engineering) presented her paper titled “Non-pilot-based synchronization for ACO-OFDM” at the Asilomar conference on Signals, Systems and Computers in November.

Toshishige Yamada (Center for Nanostructures) gave an invited presentation called “Transport in Carbon Nanostructure,” in the IEEE International Integrated Reliability Workshop in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. in October.

Yuling Yan (bioengineering) co-authored a paper “Quantitative Analysis of Diplophonic Vocal-fold Vibratory Pattern from High-speed Digital Imaging of Glottis,” which was accepted to the MAVEBA 2009 - 6th International Workshop on Models and Analysis of Vocal Emissions for Biomedical Applications.

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More grants, awards, and publications will appear in the next edition of fyi on Feb. 1. If you have any announcements you would like to submit, please do so by Jan. 26.

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