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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. John Buck, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the School for Marine Science and Technology, is the recipient of the 2005 Mac Van Valkenburg Early Career Teaching Award. The award is presented by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Education Society and recognizes educators who have made outstanding contributions to the field early in their professional careers. [story]

Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Professor Branislav Notaros and his former Ph.D. student Milan Ilic have won the prestigious 2005 Microwave Prize. [story]

Computer Science

Sheetal Naik and Emad Aboelela published "IDEM- Internet Delay Emulator Approach for Assessing VoIP Quality" in The 2005 Systems Communications Conference, Multimedia Communications Systems, Montreal, Canada, pp. 92-97, August 14-17, 2005.

Computer Science

Haiping Xu, Zhiguo Zhang, and Sol M. Shatz published "A Security Based Model for Mobile Agent Software Systems," in the International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering ( IJSEKE), Auguest 2005, Vol. 15, No. 4, pp. 1-28.

College of Engineering

US News & World Report ranks UMass Dartmouth top New England public university of its kind. [story]

Computer Science

Dr. Boleslaw Mikolajczak presented a paper entitled "Workflow Mining Alpha Algorithm - A Complexity Study" during International Information Processing and Web Mining Conference, June 13-16, 2005 held in Gdansk, Poland and published in Advances in Soft Computing, Springer, 2005.

Computer Science

Dr. Boleslaw Mikolajczak presented a paper entitled "Distributed Actor-based Approach to the Optimal Polygon Triangulation Problem with Visualization Using Colored Petri Nets" during 17th Trieennial Conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies IFORS 2005, July 11-15, 2005, Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa, Honolulu, Hawaii, US. The paper will be published in Journal of Control and Cybernetics.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Nathaniel Barcelos, a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering, is named "Student of the Semester" for spring 2005
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Physics: Two George Leung Scholarships Awarded

With the help of Dean Azadivar, Physics Alumni Council awarded two George Leung Scholarships ($2000) to two outstanding physics students (recommended by Prof. J. P. Hsu) during the COE Alumni Reunion (April 22, 2005):

  1. Zhenhua Ning (graduate)
  2. John Westgate (undergraduate)

Physics: Book to be Published

Prof. J. P. Hsu (Physics Dept.) and Prof. D. Fine (Math. Dept.) finished a book, "100 Years of Gravity and Accelerated Frames---The Deepest Insights of Einstein and Yang-Mills" (pp. xxxvii + 623, World Scientific, to be published in 2005).

Textiles: Steven Warner inducted into "Circle of Excellence"

At the recent NTC forum in Raleigh NC, Steven Warner of the Textile Department was one of 10 people inducted into the "Circle of Excellence" for his contining contributions to building textile research at UMass Dartmouth and nationally.

There is more about the NTC and forum at: http://www.ntcresearch.org

Physics: Assistant Professor Khanna to be published in Physical Review Letters

Work that was done with Dr. Daniel Cartin (NAPS, RI) has just been accepted for publication in the highly respected "letter" journal, Physical Review Letters. It is due to appear in volume 94, issue 11.

Title: Absence of preclassical solutions in Bianchi I loop quantum cosmology

Summary: Solutions to homogeneous and isotropic models of our Universe in the context of Loop Quantum Gravity have been known for a number of years. They have some intriguing features, such as the possible exploration of pre-big bang Physics. Our work attempts to find similar ("preclassical") solutions to an anisotropic model ("Bianchi I") and we discover that there are none. This indicates possible technical issues with the model, or something very appealing i.e. Loop Quantum Gravity suppresses anisotropy, thereby providing an explanation for why our Universe is so isotropic.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Branislav Notaros, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was named the recipient of the 2005 Microwave Prize. This is the best-paper award by the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) granted for a paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. The winning paper is entitled "Higher Order Hierarchical Curved Hexahedral Vector Finite Elements for Electromagnetic Modeling" (March 2003, Vol.51). The award will be presented on June 15, 2005 at the MTT-S Awards Banquet as a part of the 2005 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium in Long Beach, California. The Microwave Prize is considered the highest and most competitive scientific/technical award in the microwave area worldwide.

Physics

Prof. Amit Tandon will be serving as one of the Associate Editors for the International journal "Limnology" from April 2005 to March 2007, to serve from the perspective of mixing processes and physical limnology. Limnology is an international journal published by the Japanese Society of Limnology, started in 2000 published by Springer-Verlag. The new editor-in-chief from April 2005 to March 2007 will be Dr. Zen'ichiro KAWABATA, Center for Ecological Research Kyoto University, Japan.

New grants awarded to UMD for research on Textiles

The National Textile Center has awarded two new grants to UMD engineering for research on building a robotic spider and on melt electrospinning for low cost nanofibers. This is in addition to continuing projects on Bioactive bandages, on electrostatic web formation, on stents for treatment of arterial disease, on fibers with butterfly-like colors, on fabrics for biofiltration, on textiles for fuel cells and on sensors based on quantum tunneling.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Soluzochukwu Nwanze selected as ECE Student of the Semester.

Press Release

Study of Passive Sonar, Whale Songs

John Buck, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is a sound man. Much of his time between teaching courses is spent listening to noises and compiling data that is of use to researchers and the defense department alike.

Press Release

Published

Dr. Paul Fortier, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, is the author and editor of "Introduction to Networks & Networking," a textbook for high school students.

Press Release

Award Winner

Dr. Howard E. Michel, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is a 2004 recipient of the Regional Activities Board Achievement Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Press Release

Award Winner

Dr. Alan Hirshfeld of Newton, Massachusetts, Professor of Physics at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and an Associate of the Harvard College Observatory- was announced as a winner in a worldwide essay competition sponsored by John Templeton Foundation.

Atlanta, GA - September 27, 2004 - The Power of Purpose Awards: A Worldwide Essay Competition sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, announced its winners last week. The John Templeton Foundation is internationally renowned for its annual Templeton Prize. A total of $500,000 in prizes was awarded to the 19 winners at an event in New York City.

Dr. Alan Hirshfeld’s essay, “How Wonderfully We Stand Upon This World.” placed second among more than 7200 entries. This award also includes a $50,000 cash prize.

Press Release | HowWonderfully We Stand Upon This World

New Appointment

Dr. Finnie is appointed as a new Associate Dean, College of Engineering, starting from July 01, 2004. He could be reached at:

John Finnie, Ph.D
Associate Dean
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Dion 326
285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300
Tel: (508) 999-8490
Fax: (508) 999-9137
Email: jfinnie@umassd.edu

Grants

  1. Dr. Sukalyan Sengupta, "Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology", Awarded amount: $212,762, 2003-2005.
  2. Dr. Avijit Gangopadhyay, "Integrating Feature Oriented High-resolution Synoptic Observations for MODAS", Amount of Award: $72,219
  3. Dr. Gaurav Khanna, "Computational and Theoretical Astrophysics", NSF's grant of $45,000.
  4. Dr. Elliott P. Horch, "Unlocking the Potential of Speckle Binary Stars for Stellar and Galactic Astronomy", $234,341, 2003-2006.
  5. Dr. Mikolajczak, B., NSF 01-52 Track- ATE Articulation Partnerships, $309,000, 2002-2005
  6. Dr. Amit Tandon, "Coollaborative Project: Interaction of eddies with mixed layers", $47,000
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  8. Dr. John Rice, a model propulsor vibration, $50,000, 2002-2004.

Recent publications

  1. Dr. Iren Valova, Associate Professor with Computer and Information Sciences Department
  2. Dr. B. Mikolajczak, chairperson of Computer and Information Science Department.
  3. Dr. L. Xing, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Student activities

  1. Energy's Solar Decathlon Contest held at the National Mall in 2005
  2. Christopher Yafrate , one of ATMC Interns, picked by Mass High Tech as "Best in Class."

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Grants

Dr. Sukalyan Sengupta, Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, recently received a grant from the Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology, a joint partnership between the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and the University of New Hampshire. Funding for this 2-year project is $212,762. The project will explore the autotrophic denitrification of decentralized wastewater systems using sulfur or hydrogen as an electron donor.

Dr. Gaurav Khanna, Assistant Professor in Physics Department, has recently received a grant of $45,000 supported by NSF's Gravity Program under the Division of Physical
Sciences. The research is regarding Computational and Theoretical Astrophysics.

Dr. Elliott P. Horch, Assistant Professor of Physics, recently received word that his NSF proposal entitled: "Unlocking the Potential of Speckle Binary Stars for Stellar and Galactic Astronomy" will be supported by NSF's Division of Astronomical Sciences. Funding for this 3-year project is $234,341. Dr. Horch is the Principal Investigator, with Zoran Ninkov and William F. van Altena, being Co-Principal Investigators.

Dr. Amit Tandon, Assistant Professor of Physics, is UMass Dartmouth PI for the "Coollaborative Project: Interaction of eddies with mixed layers" funded by The National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration and the National Science Foundation. The fund has been awarded $1.5 million. The UMD portion of the award is $47,000, and the goal of this team project is to derive and test in climate models the parameterizations of the interaction of mesoscale eddies with turbulent mixing in the upper ocean. Other partners on this grant include scientists from MIT, Princeton, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Columbia University, Florida State University, University of California at Los Angeles and Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UCSD).

Dr. Mikolajczak, B., chairperson of Computer and Information Science Department, has recently received a grant from NSF 01-52 Track – ATE Articulation Partnerships, Establishing an Articulated Computer Science Program: From BCC through Univeristy of Massachusetts Dartmouth, co-principal investigator with P. Grocer, BCC, $309,000, 2002-2005, CIS faculty Emad Aboelela, Jan Bergandy, Paul Bergstein, and graduate students are involved.

Dr. John Rice of Mechanical Engineering Department has recently received a grant from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center for $50,000 over two years (2002-2004) to model propulsor vibration.

Publications:

Dr. Iren Valova, Associate Professor with Computer and Information Sciences
Department has published the following refereed papers:

I.Valova, G.Milano, K.Bowen, Optimizing Genetic Algorithms to Train Fully Connected Feed - Forward Neural Networks, ASME Press Series on Inteligent Engineering Systems Through Artificial Neural Networks (ANNIE 2003), Smart Engineering System Design, eds C. Dagli et al, (2003) November, Missouri, USAI.

Valova, N.Gueorguieva, V.Zacharias, Incremental broadcasting as a strategy for multi agent communication, ASME Press Series on Inteligent Engineering Systems Through Artificial Neural Networks (ANNIE 2003), Smart Engineering System Design, eds C. Dagli et al, (2003) November, Missouri, USAI.

Valova, N.Gueorguieva, M.Kempka, Feed-forward neural networks with sigmoidal and radial basis hidden neurons, 2003 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man & Cybernetics, October 5-8, 2003, Washington, D.C., USAN.

Gueorguieva, G.Georgiev, I.Valova, Facial expression recognition using feedforward neural networks, Proceedings of the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IC-AI'2002), Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, (June) 2003

N.Gueorguieva, I.Valova, Building RBF Neural Network Topology Through Potential Functions. Springer-Verlag Series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Vol.. 27140. Artificial Neural Networks and Neural Information Processing (ICANN - ICONIP 2003), Kaynak, E. Alpaydin, E. Oja, L. Xu (Eds.), Istanbul, Turkey, (June) 2003

Dr. Mikolajczak, B., chairperson of Computer and Information Science Department, has recently been accepted for several publications:

B. Mikolajczak, A. Ottlik, Specification of Distributed Software Systems with Actors Using Object-Oriented Petri Nets, Intelligent Information Systems 2002, Advances in Soft Computing, Springer Verlag, Physica Series, 2002, pp.423-434.

B. Mikolajczak, Petri Net Approach to Inter-organizational Workflow: A Case Study of Printed Wiring Board Manufacturing with Renew and Woflan, Proc. of the IEEE International Conference Systems, Man, Cybernetics, SMC’02, Tunisia, October 6-9, 2002; IEEE Press.

Mikolajczak, B., Wang, Z., Conceptual Modeling of Information Systems using Vicinity Preserving Morphisms, International Symposium “Intelligent Information Systems”, IIS’03, Zakopane, Poland, June 2-6, 2003; Advances in Soft Computing, Springer Verlag, Physica Series, 2003.

Mikolajczak, B., Eranosian, G., Gallaghar, G., Performance Study of Parallel Algorithms of LU Decomposition for Dense Matrices, 2003 International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Processing Techniques and Applications, June 23-26, 2003, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mikolajczak, B., Sefranek, Ch., Integrating Object Oriented Design with Petri Nets – Case Study with SYROCO, SCI’2003, Orlando, Florida, July 27-30, 2003.

Mikolajczak B., Sefranek, Ch. Integrating Object-Oriented Design with Petri Nets – A Case Study of ATM System, 2003 IEEE International Conference Systems, Man, Cybernetics SMC’2003, Track on “Petri Nets and Discrete Event Systems”, Washington, DC, Oct. 5-8, 2003, IEEE Computer Society Press.

Mikolajczak, B., Wang Z., Conceptual Modeling of Concurrent Systems through Stepwise Abstraction and Refinement using Petri Net Morphisms, 22nd International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, ER2003, Chicago, Illinois, Oct. 13-16, 2003, Lecture Notes in Computer Science.

Dr. Liudong Xing, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, has recently published following papers.

L. Xing, "Phased-Mission Reliability and Safety in the Presence of Common-Cause Failures", Proceedings of The 21st International System Safety Conference, August 2003, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (ISSC'2003).

L. Meshkat, L. Xing, S. Donohue, Y. Ou, "An Overview of the Phase-Modular Fault Tree Approach To Phased-Mission System Analysis", Proceedings of The First International Conference on Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology (SMC-IT), Pasadena, CA, July 2003, pp. 393-398; JPL Publication 03-13A, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Calfornia Institute of Technology.

L. Xing, "Reliability Analysis of Fault-Tolerant Systems with Common-Cause Failures", Proceedings of The International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks, June 2003, San Francisco, CA (DSN'2003).

L. Xing and J. B. Dugan, "Analysis of Generalized Phased Mission System Reliability, Performance and Sensitivity", Vol. 51, No. 2, pp199-211, IEEE Transactions on Reliability, June 2002.

Student Activities

UMass Dartmouth is one of only 20 universities worldwide that have been invited to participate in the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon contest held at the National Mall in 2005. UMass Dartmouth is the only representative from the state of Massachusetts. Gerald Lemay's interests and efforts played a role in making this a reality.

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