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In the News 2015

October

Civil engineering expert

Friday, October 30, 2015

Ali Abolmaali, Dr. Tseng Huang Endowed Professor and UTA Civil Engineering department chair, was quoted in an ASTM International piece on a new standard supporting the sustainability and resiliency of concrete pipes that are reinforced by synthetic fibers. “Although these pipes are buried underground – where they’re not seen and seldom thought of – they help provide a safe and healthy environment for the public,” said Abolmaali.

Smart healthcare

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The UTA Smart Care Apartment was mentioned in a Real Clear Markets article about the tech revolution currently happening in healthcare. The high-tech apartment features "health-tracking technology built into the appliances, furniture and even the floor."

Automotive engineering and education at its best

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

BestRide.com mentioned UTA in an article about 10 top colleges for careers in the auto industry. Between the Arnold E. Petsche Center for Automotive Engineering and the student designed Formula SAE car, UTA provides great opportunities for those pursing an automotive engineering career, the piece said.

Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education lauded

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

UTA's Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education was lauded in a Municipal, Sewer & Water Magazine column about the value of teaching trenchless technology. Mo Najafi, a UTA civil engineering professor, runs the Center, which is a university/government/industry cooperative research center. One of the center's aims is to develop new and cost-effective solutions to construct and renew aging underground infrastructure.

Computational fact-checking

Monday, October 26, 2015

"A call to arms to the computing and journalism communities" can be found in a paper on computational fact-checking presented two weeks ago at the Computation+Journalism symposium, a Poynter.org blog reported. Naeemul Hassan of The University of Texas at Arlington and Bill Adair of Duke University presented ‘Claimbuster.’ The paper calls for greater collaboration between computer scientists and journalists on the challenge of computational fact-checking. The basic premise behind all these efforts is that human fact-checkers are unable to sift through zettabytes of content unaided by technology. What makes Claimbuster different from other tools is that it appears essentially ready for fruitful deployment in a traditional fact-checking organization.

Computing norms and trends

Monday, October 26, 2015

Representatives from Ayoka Systems, an Arlington-based software firm, spoke to UTA computer science students about industry norms and trends, Virtual Strategy Magazine reported. Company representatives visited UTA's Association for Computing Machinery members. ACM is the largest education and scientific computing society.

Innovation to creation

Friday, October 23, 2015

Innovation Day at The University of Texas at Arlington showcased a range of technologies designed by faculty and students, WFAA ABC 8, CW 33 KDAF and Fort Worth Business reported. The event also featured speakers talking about how to move innovation to the marketplace. High school and college student teams also competed in a contest showcasing their homemade inventions.

Fact-checking claims by the candidates

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Researchers from The University of Texas at Arlington and Duke University presented a study that analyzed the veracity of statements made in a recent presidential debate, Poynter.org reported. In presenting Claimbuster, the paper calls for greater collaboration between computer scientists and journalists on the challenge of computational fact-checking. Claimbuster is the fact-checking program the researchers created.

Healing glove

Thursday, October 22, 2015

University of Texas at Arlington and University of Washington researchers are developing a healing glove that delivers needed medicine to an injured hand and speeds up healing so that rehabilitation can start sooner, Medical Design Briefs reported. The flexible polymeric glove, dubbed the REHEAL Glove, is for treatment after hand trauma. The UT Arlington Research Institute will develop the glove and associated controls while the University of Washington will conduct a small pilot study.

Reheal glove

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

University of Texas at Arlington and University of Washington researchers are developing a healing glove that delivers needed medicine to an injured hand and speeds up healing so that rehabilitation can start sooner, Today’s Medical Developments and Congoo News reported. The flexible polymeric glove, dubbed the REHEAL Glove, is for treatment after hand trauma. The UTA Research Institute will develop the glove and associated controls while the University of Washington will conduct a small pilot study.

Nursing help

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The University of Texas at Arlington is partnering with RE2 Robotics to develop an adaptive robotic nursing assistant that will help nurses with some of their tasks in a hospital, Inside Unmanned Systems reported. The goal of the project is to provide nurses with help in lifting patients, keeping those patients in bed and walking those patients.

Healing, rehab gloves

Monday, October 19, 2015

The UTA Research Institute has developed two prototype gloves to heal hands faster, KRIV Fox 26 in Houston, KIDY Fox 19 in San Angelo, KSTU Fox 13 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Fox 9 in Boise, Idaho, reported. The Rehab Glove improves hand function after stroke or surgery and the ReHeal Glove delivers topical therapies to severely burned hands. The story originally aired on KTVT/CBS 11.

Free online courses

Friday, October 16, 2015

Pranesh Aswath, professor and an associate dean in the UTA College of Engineering, was mentioned in a Houston Chronicle article about the UT System’s decision to debut free online classes, becoming he largest public university system to do so. Aswath, who won a grant to teach an intro course to almost 30,000 students, said he hoped the free online course could help reduce the number of engineering students who switch majors.

Helping gloves

Friday, October 16, 2015

The UTA Research Institute has developed two prototype gloves to heal hands faster, WBRC/FOX (Birmingham, Ala.), KFOX (El Paso) and KTBC/FOX (Austin) reported. The Rehab Glove improves hand function after stroke or surgery and the ReHeal Glove delivers topical therapies to severely burned hands. The story originally aired on KTVT/CBS 11.

UTA professor addresses IEEE conference

Friday, October 16, 2015

Gautam Das, UTA professor of Computer Science and Engineering, recently spoke at the IEEE Power, Communication and Information Technology conference in India, The New Indian Express and The Pioneer reported.

Aswath honored

Friday, October 16, 2015

TheFabricator.com reported the 2015 ASM International Class of Fellows was honored at an awards dinner recognizing members' distinguished contributions to materials science, engineering, or manufacturing. Pranesh Aswath, professor and an associate dean in the UTA College of Engineering, was among the honorees.

Healing help for the Hand

Thursday, October 15, 2015

KTVT/CBS 11 reported on two new technologies from the UT Arlington Research Institute that aim to improve hand function. The ReHeal Glove delivers topical therapies to severely burned hands and the Rehab Glove improves hand function after stroke or surgery.

Harnessing Big Data

Thursday, October 15, 2015

UTA computer science and engineering professor Heng Huang’s work on a $2 million National Institutes of Health grant could change the way scientists think about Alzheimer’s disease, a Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial said.

Smart Care

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The UTA Smart Care apartment was mentioned in a HITConsultant.net article about the home becoming the healthcare center of the future. The Smart Care apartment uses smart technology to enhance independent living by the elderly and disabled.

Improving health care

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The University of Texas at Arlington and University of Washington researchers are developing a glove that delivers needed medicine to an injured hand and speeds up healing so that rehabilitation can start sooner, News Locker.com reported.

InnovationDay@UTA

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

As a way of celebrating innovative and entrepreneurial excellence, UTA will host its annual InnovationDay@UTA event Oct. 22 at College Park Center, MyArlingtonTX reported.

Evaluating natural resources

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Tarrant Regional Water District is spending $1 million during the next three years for a team from The University of Texas at Arlington to study if recent earthquakes in the area have had any impact on safety at Eagle Mountain Dam in Tarrant County, HydroWorld.com reported.

Early prediction of Alzheimer’s disease

Monday, October 12, 2015

BioNews Texas reported that Heng Huang, a professor in the UTA Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has won a $2 million National Institutes of Health grant to investigate the possibility of predicting whether a person is predisposed to develop Alzheimer’s disease by analyzing complex genomics data.

Improving health care

Monday, October 12, 2015

UT Arlington and University of Washington researchers are developing a glove that delivers needed medicine to an injured hand and speeds up healing so that rehabilitation can start sooner, Inverse.com and Rehacare.com reported.

Cell phone browsing

Friday, October 9, 2015

A University of Texas at Arlington researcher is partnering with colleagues at Qatar University and George Washington University to make browsing on a cell phone easier, ECN mag.com reported. Browsing the Internet on a cell phone can be a daunting task if the sites visited are not mobile-friendly. UT Arlington researcher Gautam Das and his collaborators will automatically and seamlessly create a mobile-friendly website where one does not exist.

Improving health care

Friday, October 9, 2015

UT Arlington and University of Washington researchers are developing a glove that delivers needed medicine to an injured hand and speeds up healing so that rehabilitation can start sooner, Phys.org, e! Science News and Medical Design Technology online reported.

Smart technology

Friday, October 9, 2015

A story in the HIT Consultant that examined the future of the “Connected Home for Health” noted research by The University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Southern California Center for Body Computing. UTA recently announced a “Smart Care” apartment that uses smart technology to reduce the risks of independent aging in place. They are building sensors directly into the floors, walls, and mirrors. USC has announced a Virtual Care Clinic in which virtual care physicians make hologram house calls.

Evaluating natural resources

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Tarrant Regional Water District is spending $1 million to have a team from The University of Texas at Arlington study if recent earthquakes have had any impact on the dam at Eagle Mountain Lake and the ground around it, KHOU.com (Houston) reported. Anand Puppala, professor of civil engineering and associate dean for research in UTA’s College of Engineering, will be leading a team of graduate students. He says the group will look at three factors: liquefaction, dynamic slope stability, and lateral spreading. Each can impact a dam's stability over time.

Robot research

Friday, October 9, 2015

UTA researchers were noted in a story about the upcoming SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing meeting, reported by Photonics Online and other media. Topics at the robotics portion of the conference will include direct contact and pressure sensors, with applications such as in robot “skin,” said Dan Popa, UTA associate professor of electrical engineering. Popa and Muthu Wijesundara, principal research scientist at the UT Arlington Research Institute, will co-chair the event.

The future of education

Friday, October 9, 2015

Inside Higher Ed quoted George Siemens, executive director of the UT Arlington LINK Lab, in its story about MIT’s plan to offer half of its master’s of engineering in logistics degree through face-to-face classes and half through massive open online courses, potentially saving students tens of thousands of dollars in tuition. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has used a similar model for its iMBA program. Siemens said the new models suggest the institutions are showing a willingness to remake themselves.

Evaluating natural resources

Thursday, October 8, 2015

WFAA/ABC 8 interviewed Anand Puppala, a professor of civil engineering and associate dean for research in UTA’s College of Engineering, about a project he is leading from the Tarrant Regional Water District to analyze data taken at the Eagle Mountain Lake dam. Puppala will use the data to create a framework that future investigators can use to determine if a dam has sustained damage from earthquakes. A web version of the story also appears at WFAA.com.  WBAP/820 AM also reported on the research.

Focus on robotics

Thursday, October 8, 2015

UTA researchers were noted in a story about the upcoming SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing meeting, reported by BioSpace, ITBusinessnet.com and other media. Topics at the robotics portion of the conference will include direct contact and pressure sensors, with applications such as in robot “skin,” said Dan Popa, UTA associate professor of electrical engineering. Popa and Muthu Wijesundara, principal research scientist at the UT Arlington Research Institute, will co-chair the event.

Evaluating natural resources

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A UT Arlington researcher is developing a comprehensive, reliability-based framework to analyze North Texas dams and detect damage from seismic activity, Civil + Structural Engineer reported. Anand Puppala, a professor of civil engineering and associate dean for research in UT Arlington’s College of Engineering, is overseeing a three-year, $1 million project from the Tarrant Regional Water District to analyze data taken at the Eagle Mountain Lake dam, which he will then use to create a framework that future investigators can use to determine if a dam has sustained damage from earthquakes.

Improving health care

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A University of Texas at Arlington researcher has received a grant for nearly $1 million that will enable him to build a robotic nursing assistant designed to assist nurses and other healthcare providers with routine duties, Vision-Systems.com reported. Dan Popa, an associate professor in the Electrical Engineering Department, received the National Science Foundation grant for the three-year project that partners with the UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Texas Health Resources and the UT Arlington Research Institute. AUVSI News reported a similar story.

Evaluating natural resources

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A UT Arlington researcher is developing a comprehensive, reliability-based framework to analyze North Texas dams and detect damage from seismic activity, Informed Infrastructure reported. Anand Puppala, a professor of civil engineering and associate dean for research in UT Arlington’s College of Engineering, is overseeing a three-year, $1 million project from the Tarrant Regional Water District to analyze data taken at the Eagle Mountain Lake dam, which he will then use to create a framework that future investigators can use to determine if a dam has sustained damage from earthquakes.

Harnessing big data

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Healio reported that Heng Huang, a professor in the UTA Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has won a $2 million National Institutes of Health grant to investigate the possibility of predicting whether a person is predisposed to develop Alzheimer’s disease by analyzing complex genomics data.

Improving health care

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

RE2 Inc., a leading developer of robotic manipulator arms, is collaborating with UT Arlington to build a robotic nurse assistant for the National Science Foundation, Yahoo! Finance (UK & Ireland), BioSpace, FreshNews.com, Digital Journal, Sys-Con Media, Pittsburgh Business Times and other media outlets reported.  

Evaluating natural resources

Monday, October 5, 2015

A UT Arlington researcher is developing a comprehensive, reliability-based framework to analyze North Texas dams and detect damage from seismic activity, Phys.org reported. Anand Puppala, a professor of civil engineering and associate dean for research in UT Arlington’s College of Engineering, is overseeing a three-year, $1 million project from the Tarrant Regional Water District to analyze data taken at the Eagle Mountain Lake dam, which he will then use to create a framework that future investigators can use to determine if a dam has sustained damage from earthquakes.

Yahoo donates computer servers

Monday, October 5, 2015

Black Enterprise magazine noted that Yahoo! Labs previously donated 480 computer servers to UT Arlington in a story about Yahoo’s recent donation of 40 servers to UT El Paso. The donation is part of the tech company's program to develop and educate diverse student populations in computer science and technology careers.

Possible Alzheimer's help

Friday, October 2, 2015

Alzheimer’s News Today reported that Heng Huang, a professor in the UTA Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has won a $2 million National Institutes of Health grant to investigate the possibility of predicting whether a person is predisposed to develop Alzheimer’s disease by analyzing complex genomics data.

Yahoo donates computer servers

Thursday, October 1, 2015

KVIA/ABC 7 (El Paso) noted that Yahoo! Labs previously donated 480 computer servers to the UT Arlington in a story about Yahoo’s recent donation of 40 servers to UT El Paso. The donation is part of the tech company's program to develop and educate diverse student populations in computer science and technology careers.

September

Robotic nursing assistant

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Dan Popa, a UTA associate professor of electrical engineering, is working with researchers in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation and industry leaders to build a nursing robotic assistant, BioNews Texas reported. The team was awarded a $999,946 National Science Foundation grant for the project.

Storing solar energy

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

SPIE.org, the website for the International Society for Optics and Photonics, reported that a University of Texas at Arlington Materials Science and Engineering Department team, led by Assistant Professor Fuqiang Liu, has developed an all-vanadium photoelectrochemical flow cell that can store solar energy on a large scale, even at night.

Rankings boost

Monday, September 28, 2015

The College of Engineering and the College of Business at The University of Texas at Arlington saw their rankings go up in the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges list, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The engineering school ranked No. 98 on the 2016 list of 165 ranked undergraduate programs, up from 100 the previous year. The business school also jumped to 131st among the 472 undergraduate programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Speeding up simulations

Monday, September 28, 2015

Ali Davoudi, a UT Arlington assistant professor of electrical engineering, is leading a team that will develop hybrid software and hardware approaches to testing electric machines during the design stage that will accelerate model simulations by as much as one million times, ACM.org reported. ACM is the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. The team has received a $285,000 grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to pursue this project.

Smarter care for seniors

Friday, September 25, 2015

UT Arlington researchers are using technology to monitor and evaluate residents of Lakewood Village Senior Living Community, LeadingAge.com reported. The “SmartCare” apartment includes floor sensors, smart appliances, and other technology to aid in healthcare solutions.

Woods honored

Friday, September 25, 2015

The Frederick Press-Leader reported that Bob Woods, professor in the UT Arlington Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, is one of four alumni designated by Frederick High School as “Honored Sons of the City.” The alumni are being recognized for their small, focused initiatives aimed at bettering students, including the distribution of over $50,000 in scholarships.

Robotic glove

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

USA Today, KVUE ABC (Austin, Texas) and WMAZ-TV (Macon, Ga.) reported on a team of researchers from The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute who have developed a new prototype robotic glove to help stroke patients.

Robotic glove

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Researchers from The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute have developed a new prototype robotic glove to help stroke patients, WFAA Channel 8 reported. "What we're trying to do is create a device that patients can take home and therapists can program to apply therapy in a home setting," said Muthu Wijesundara, project lead and principal research scientist. The story also appeared on WFAA Online.

Best colleges

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Dallas Morning News reported the rise of the UT Arlington Colleges of Business and Engineering in recent U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.

Improving health care

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Dan Popa, UT Arlington associate professor of electrical engineering, received a nearly $1 million grant to develop a robotic nursing assistant, USA Today reported. Popa will work with the UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Texas Health Resources and the UT Arlington Research Institute on the three-year project.

Improving health care

Monday, September 21, 2015

WFAA Channel 8 reported on research led by Dan Popa, a UT Arlington associate professor of electrical engineering, who received a National Science Foundation grant to help fund a nursing robot that could perform mundane nursing tasks and assist nurses to provide better care for patients. “We are simply trying to help nurses do their job better,” Popa said. WFAA Online, KRLD 1080AM, and KHOU CBS (Houston, Texas) also reported on the nursing robot research. 

Help for wounded vets and burn victims

Monday, September 21, 2015

Eileen Clements, director of research at The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute, is among a team of researchers developing new regenerative methods to help wounded veterans and burn victims, Chicago Health Online reported. The team has developed The Biomask, which would allow doctors to essentially build a face out of individual cells.

Speeding up simulations

Friday, September 18, 2015

UT Arlington researchers will use a National Science Foundation grant to create order-reduction techniques, which could speed up model simulations by as much as 1 million times, Communications of the ACM reported.

Robotic nurse

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

NSF.gov and MDTMag.com reported on the NSF’s investment of $10 million in new technologies and systems that learn from data, including a UT Arlington led project. Dan Popa, associate professor in the Electrical Engineering Department, is developing a robotic nurse to help nurses and other healthcare providers perform the more routine duties that must be done daily.

National model

Monday, September 14, 2015

National Public Radio’s Morning Edition reported on UT Arlington’s “Smart Care” apartment, which uses “intelligent care technology” to reduce risks by the elderly and disabled who want to live independently. The report was carried by dozens of NPR stations across the nation and was produced by Dallas NPR affiliate KERA 90.1 FM.

Observant robots

Monday, September 14, 2015

New UT Arlington research seeks to program robots by having them observe a human performing a particular task, then imitate it to complete the same objective, ECNMag.com and Congoo reported. Manfred Huber, a UT Arlington computer science engineer, received a highly competitive National Science Foundation Early-concept Grant for Exploratory Research, or EAGER grant, to support the research.

Robot research

Friday, September 11, 2015

Manfred Huber, a UT Arlington computer science engineer, is seeking ways to program robots by having them observe a human performing a particular task, then imitate it to complete the same objective, Topix.com reported. Huber received a highly competitive National Science Foundation Early-concept Grant for Exploratory Research, or EAGER grant, to perform the research.

UT Arlington in the news

Friday, September 11, 2015

Arlington School & Family, the Arlington school district magazine, featured The University of Texas at Arlington in an article about the joint STEM academy announcement on page 7. An article on page 11 was about Naima Rivas, a College of Engineering FSAE leader. A third article on page 28 talked about AISD board member Kristen Hudson, who attended theater at UTA. A final article on page 47 talked about the UTA partnership with WorldEducation.net

Leading the pack

Thursday, September 10, 2015

UT Arlington’s Formula SAE team of Wyatt Langston and Erick Kohler finished first in its division at the 43rd Annual Tire Rack Sports Car Club Association’s Solo National Championships, Racer reported.

Tech innovator

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Jorge Varela, assistant director at TECH Fort Worth, has been elected to the board of the National Incubation Association, Dallas City Biz List reported. TECH Fort Worth, which has an office on the UT Arlington campus, is a partner with the University in trying to get UTA inventions and ideas to the marketplace.

Smart controller

Friday, September 4, 2015

UT Arlington electrical engineers have patented an innovative method that improves a controller's ability to make real-time decisions, MSN.com and TechRadar.com reported. Frank Lewis, a professor in the Electrical Engineering Department and at the UT Arlington Research Institute, heads up the multi-institutional and industry team. Lewis and his collaborators developed Integral Reinforcement Learning, which is a process by which a device learns and makes control decisions in reaction to a set of variables that changes based on each previous decision.

Smart controller

Thursday, September 3, 2015

UT Arlington electrical engineers have patented an innovative method that improves a controller's ability to make real-time decisions, techlaw.attorney, Edge Science X News, AivaNet and Engadget.com reported. Frank Lewis, a professor in the Electrical Engineering Department and at the UT Arlington Research Institute, heads up the multi-institutional and industry team. Lewis and his collaborators developed Integral Reinforcement Learning, which is a process by which a device learns and makes control decisions in reaction to a set of variables that changes based on each previous decision.

Smart controller

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

UT Arlington electrical engineers have patented an innovative method that improves a controller's ability to make real-time decisions, Phys.org, eScience News, Measurement Devices in Industry and Science, and many other media outlets reported. Frank Lewis, a professor in the Electrical Engineering Department and at the UT Arlington Research Institute, heads up the multi-institutional and industry team. 

Treasure in a landfill

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

UT Arlington Civil Engineering Professor Sahadat Hossain talked to KERA 90.1 FM on his work with the city of Denton’s landfill to make it more sustainable. Hossain and his colleague, Melanie Sattler, have used sensors at the landfill to make methane gas production more efficient and productive for Denton. That gas is then converted to energy to power thousands of Denton’s homes.

Eye on engineering

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Trinity Christian Academy alumnus Parker Mays recently completed and presented his Senior Aerospace Engineering Design Project at The University of Texas at Arlington, Weatherford Living reported. Mays will receive his bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering with a minor in mechanical engineering this December. Mays and his team designed modifications to an YB-49 bomber into a present-day passenger airliner.

Storing solar energy

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A University of Texas at Arlington Materials Science and Engineering Department team, led by Assistant Professor Fuqiang Liu, has developed an all-vanadium photoelectrochemical flow cell that can store solar energy on a large scale, even at night, the ASME and Design News reported.

Tech Titan

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Liping Tang, UT Arlington bioengineering professor, was a finalist in the Tech Titans awards, the Dallas Business Journals reported. Tang was a finalist for helping invent an implantable cancer trap.

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