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In the News 2016


AI mental health tool

Monday, December 19, 2016

UTA Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Fillia Makedon, and Vassilis Athitsos, associate professor of computer science and engineering, are combining computing power and psychiatric expertise to design an artificial intelligence system that can assess attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD, Awaken reported. 

Alumnus in the spotlight

Monday, December 19, 2016

UTA alumnus Vishal Sanghai, a Mumbai-born engineer now working for San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductors, was quoted in an Outlook India article on President-elect Donald Trump’s plans for Indians on H-1B visas in the United States.

Research recognition

Friday, December 16, 2016

UTA Civil Engineering Professor Anand Puppala was quoted in an Arizona State University news article about ASU Professor Sandra Houston’s recognition by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Puppala said Houston’s work advanced fundamental understanding of problems in their field.

Fact-checking bots

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

NeimanLab article about the rise of fact-checking bots in 2017 mentioned Claimbuster, an automated fact checking project led by UTA Computer Science Engineering Associate Professor Chengkai Li, in collaboration with journalism experts and computer scientists from Duke, Stanford and Google Research.

Sonnet-reciting robot

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Dallas Observer, Topix and Singularity Hub reported on UTA’s interdisciplinary work with the robot NAO and Shakespeare.

Transportation grants

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Public Now reported on three U.S. Department of Transportation grants won by UTA researchers in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs and the Department of Civil Engineering.

Transportation grants

Monday, December 12, 2016

ASEE First Bell reported on UTA's recent award of three U.S. Department of Transportation grants. 

Transportation research grants

Friday, December 9, 2016

Professors in the UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs and the Department of Civil Engineering have won three U.S. Department of Transportation grants in a national competition to work on improving transportation, Informed Infrastructure, Inside Unmanned Systems, Oregon's Herald and News and D Magazine reported.

Brain injury research

Friday, December 9, 2016

The UT System reported on the annual UT System Office of Federal Relations’ Research and Policy Conference. Michael Cho, professor and chair of UTA’s Bioengineering Department, was quoted in the article about his traumatic brain injury research.

Transportation grants

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded grants across the nation to the National Institute for Transportation and Communities program, the Portland Business Journal and Utah Business reported. UTA is a partner in the program and will draw upon a $15.6 million grant that will be administered by Portland State University. Two other UTA projects are related to the total of $300 million in DOT funding across the nation.

Education program

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The 2017 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition is taking its benchmark education program to the Fort Worth Convention Center Jan. 31 through Feb. 2, WBOY NBC 12 in West Virginia, WVIR NBC 29 in Charlottesville, Va., and many other media outlets reported. UTA will certify the educational program. Academic sponsors include UTA’s Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education.

AI mental health tool

Monday, December 5, 2016

Scientists at UTA and Yale University are collaborating to design an artificial intelligence system that can assess ADHD among children, Singularity Hub reported.

Chiang featured in FW Inc.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Wen-Jo “Walter” Chiang, a UTA adjunct professor of civil engineering, was one of seven successful immigrants recently profiled by FW Inc, a Fort Worth business magazine.


Aerial inspection

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

UTA civil engineering professor Anand Puppala will lead a collaborative effort to use unmanned aerial vehicles to inspect highways and railroads remotely and develop guidelines for how to safely complete the task, reported. 

SEIR building construction

Monday, November 28, 2016 named UTA’s SEIR building as one of the major educational construction projects that kicked off in the month of October.

Education construction

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Several news outlets, including WLIO Channel 8 in Lima, Ohio, WDAM Channel 7 in Hattiesburg, Miss., and  --WALB News 10 in Albany, Ga., carried a story listing UTA’s SEIR building as one of last month’s major educational facilities construction projects.

SEIR building a science showcase

Friday, November 18, 2016

The new UTA Science and Engineering Innovation and Research building will become a facility to put science on display, The Dallas Morning News reported. Construction Dive also reported that the SEIR building was one of the top seven highest valued projects among higher education construction projects announced in October.

Former astronaut visits

Friday, November 18, 2016

Former Astronaut José Hernández told a packed house at UTA's Nedderman Hall about his journey from being a migrant farm worker as a child to an astronaut for NASA, KXTX Telemundo 39 reported. Hernández’s speech was sponsored by UTA, GM and the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute.

CPRIT award

Friday, November 18, 2016

Baohong Yuan, a UTA bioengineering associate professor, is one of several researchers who received Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas awards, PublicNow reported. Yuan’s project is titled “Super-resolution imaging of tumor angiogenesis in deep tissue with high specificity and sensitivity.”

BattleBots team

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A UTA student team from the Mechanical and Engineering Department in the College of Engineering is vying to become a team on BattleBots, a rebooted television show due to air on the ABC network in early 2017, reported. Aviana Knochel and her student colleagues have built and are refining the robot they want to compete on the show.

Life Sciences Summit

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Second Annual iC3 Life Sciences Summit, hosted by bionorthTX and held at UTA’s College Park Center, attracted 400 business, academic and government leaders who emphasized the significance of life sciences economic development for the region and highlighted its leadership in health care innovation, WVIR/NBC 29 in Charlottesville, Va., WVUE/Fox 8 in New Orleans, La., WSFA/NBC 12 in Montgomery, Ala., KFMB/CBS 8 in San Diego, Calif., and many other websites reported.

Pipeline impact

Friday, November 11, 2016

A detailed analysis by a pipeline safety expert found the potential for the Dakota Access pipeline to spill oil into the Missouri River was greatly underestimated, Inside Climate News reported. Mohammad Najafi, UTA director of the Construction Management Program and a civil engineering professor, who did not take part in the analysis, said a landslide falling on top of the pipeline would cause it to rupture and leak.

Student helps with app

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Fernando Campa, a UTA undergraduate, is helping a University of Houston researcher and his team develop a smart phone app that will allow users to test water for pathogens, ScienceMag reported.

Rainfall accuracy

Monday, November 7, 2016

D.J. Seo, a UTA civil engineering professor and hydrologic researcher, expects to improve the accuracy of rainfall maps produced by the National Weather Service by 10 to 20 percent for heavy-to-extreme rainfall events through a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant, reported. Greg Waller, service coordination hydrologist for the National Weather Service's West Gulf River Forecast Center, said Seo's work will enhance the agency's ability to better serve the public.

Gubernatorial appointments

Monday, November 7, 2016

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Michael Guyton, Tina Mims and Jay Zeidman to the Small Business Assistance Advisory Task Force, reported. Guyton received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UTA. Mims received a bachelor of business administration in marketing and economics from UTA.

Big data and medicine

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Big data has become a big part of our lives, and UTA professor Heng Huang is looking to develop big data mining tools that could help scientists and physicians better predict clinical outcomes and lead to cures for such diseases as cancer, Dallas Innovates, ScienMag,  HealthMedicineNetwork and PublicNow reported.