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September

Engineering in the News

Monday, September 25, 2017

Vassilis Athitsos, associate professor in UTA’s Computer Science and Engineering Department, is assisting a large tech corporation in evaluating existing facial recognition technologies and how they can be improved, Dallas Innovates and Scienmag reported.

Brain data

Friday, September 22, 2017

Junzhou Huang, a UTA associate professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department, received a $210,000 National Science Foundation grant to explore a new method for accurately analyzing brain image data, Scienmag and News Medical reported.

Bot reporting

Friday, September 22, 2017

Chengki Li, a UTA  associate professor of computer science and engineering, and Mark Tremayne, a UTA assistant professor of communication, are developing algorithms to detect automated accounts – also known as “bots” – that spread misinformation online, KERA.org reported.

Elsenbaumer named chancellor

Friday, September 22, 2017

Purdue announced that UTA’s Ronald Elsenbaumer will become the next chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, The Journal Gazette and WPTA ABC 21, both in Fort Wayne, Ind., and many other media outlets reported. Elsenbaumer joined UTA in 1991 and served in a variety of roles, including chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, vice president for research, provost and interim provost, and most recently as senior advisor to the president for entrepreneurship and economic development, and interim dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs.

UTA-DART academy

Friday, September 22, 2017

UTA and Dallas Area Rapid Transit have launched the UTA/DART Transportation Leadership Academy, a first-of-its-kind partnership offering select UTA undergraduates valuable experiential learning opportunities in the fields of business, engineering, urban planning and transportation management, Dallas Innovates reported. 

Recycling costs

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sahadat Hossain, the director of the Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability at UTA, was interviewed by WFMY CBS 2 in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina  about how the business of recycling is not proving economically viable. Hoassain ran numbers for several cities across Texas. It costs about $20 to $50 to dump a ton of trash. To recycle a ton, it costs $150 to $200. "Making recycling a profitable business is going to be very, very difficult," said Hossain, who also is a UTA civil engineering  professor. The original story was aired on WFAA ABC 8.

Alumnus featured

Friday, September 15, 2017

Alumnus Thaddeus Arroyo, chief executive officer of AT&T Business, was profiled in a Dallas Business Journal article. Arroyo earned a bachelor’s of science in mathematics and computer science from UTA.

Flood warning system

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

KXAS NBC 5 reported that Nick Fang, a UTA assistant professor of civil engineering, created a flood warning system that helped protect Texas Medical Center during Hurricane Harvey. Fang said it’s unlikely for a storm to cause the similar damage in DFW.

Business of recycling

Monday, September 11, 2017

Sahadat Hossain, professor in UTA’s Civil Engineering Department and director of the Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability, said the business of recycling isn’t working economically in the U.S. in an interview on WFAA ABC 8 about large American cities attempting to go zero waste. Hossain compared costs of current practices and found it is cheaper to put waste in a landfill than to recycle it. Austin's KVUE ABC 39 also carried the story.

New data analytics

Monday, September 11, 2017

Gautam Das, a UTA computer science and engineering professor, will use an Early-concept Grant for Exploratory Research, or EAGER, from the National Science Foundation to show that it is possible to perform data analytics with only local views, Scienmag reported. Das’ project would then develop techniques to tap into that data and allow third-party clients to leverage the technology to develop location-based services applications for the public.

First Bell features Fang

Monday, September 11, 2017

ASEE First Bell carried a Dallas Morning News article on UTA engineering professor Nick Fang’s work to help protect Houston's Texas Medical Center from Hurricane Harvey.

Robot interaction

Friday, September 8, 2017

Brookdale Senior Living Solutions reported that UTA researchers have been working with their senior residents to study engagement with robot NAO using sonnets from Shakespeare. The interdisciplinary research team includes UTA’s Department of Theatre Arts, School of Social Work and the UTA Research Institute.

NSF grant for UAS

Friday, September 8, 2017

Public Now reported that UTA is among four universities awarded a total of $1 million by the National Science Foundation for unmanned aerial systems research.

Alumnus' business recognized

Friday, September 8, 2017

Alumnus Andrew Feghali’s company Aeroblaze Laboratory will be recognized at the annual TechFW IMPACT Awards luncheon, Dallas CityBizList reported. Feghali earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree of business administration from UTA.

Free-flow of data

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Public Now reported that Gautam Das, a UTA computer science and engineering professor, will use a highly competitive National Science Foundation EAGER grant to develop techniques that would allow third-party clients to access location-based data.

DART academy

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

UTA has partnered with Dallas Area Rapid Transit to offer select UTA students the opportunity to participate in a year-long transportation leadership academy, MyInforms.com reported.

Hurricane Harvey help

Friday, September 1, 2017

Nick Fang, a UTA assistant professor of civil engineering, helped keep Texas Medical Center hospitals safe during Hurricane Harvey, The Dallas Morning News reported. Fang, a noted expert on storm water management, co-designed a storm alert system that helped many of Houston’s most critical institutions survive.

Internships needed

Friday, September 1, 2017

Erick Jones, UTA’s George and Elizabeth Pickett Endowed Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, wrote an article in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education about how graduate research internships could fill a STEM workforce gap. He said underrepresented minorities are a critical domestic population to consider for filling these jobs.

August

Optical/electrical equipment grant

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Michael Vasilyev, a UTA electrical engineering professor, has obtained a one-year, $498,981 grant from the Department of Defense, Scienmag reported. This grant will be used to purchase equipment to build an ultra-high-speed optical/electrical signal generation and characterization platform.

Providing flood data

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Nick Fang, a UTA assistant professor of civil engineering, is using his radar-based flood warning system to provide data for emergency planners to help make planning more effective, publicnow.com reported.  

Autonomous vehicles

Monday, August 28, 2017

In an opinion piece in Fort Worth Business, state Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, noted that Arlington was selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation as a proving ground for autonomous vehicles, which could one day shuttle fans from to AT&T Stadium and transport students between classes at UTA.

Infrared light help

Friday, August 25, 2017

Hanli Liu, a UTA bioengineering professor, is developing a technology that will map and image the effects of infrared light shone on the human brain, Medical Xpress.com reported.

ClaimBuster research

Friday, August 25, 2017

A team of UTA researchers and their collaborators at Duke University recently received a three-year $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to expand ClaimBuster, a tool they developed to verify facts reported in the media, Scienmag reported. The group is led by Chengkai Li, UTA associate professor of computer science and engineering. Mark Tremayne, an assistant professor of communication, also is on the team.

Smart city

Friday, August 25, 2017

Duane Dimos, UTA vice president of research, was quoted in a Dallas Innovates story about Fort Worth’s efforts to become a smart city. Dimos, who is working with Fort Worth, Dallas and Arlington to incorporate smart elements into their operations, said tech and data initiatives can enhance life in a city.

Detecting malware

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A UTA research group is developing tools to detect and analyze malware, KERA 90.1 FM reported. The group is led by Christoph Csallner, an associate professor of computer science and engineering.

Making computing airborne

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Yan Wan, UTA associate professor of electrical engineering, will lead a team of researchers that will produce an airborne computing platform for multiple unmanned aerial systems, Dallas Innovates reported.

UAV computing platform

Friday, August 18, 2017

UTA researchers are working on a networked airborne computing platform that will let drones act as generic movable computing devices capable of communicating with each other and their controller, GCN reported. The platform would allow operators to download fused information from unmanned aerial vehicles’ networks and respond in real time, and it would also enable the drones to share information with each other for safer flight management. Yan Wan, an associate professor in UTA's Department of Electrical Engineering, leads the team.

Reducing UAV risk

Monday, August 14, 2017

Atilla Dogan, UTA associate professor of aerospace engineering, will use a National Science Foundation grant to gauge and reduce the risks posed by unmanned aerial systems, Unmanned Aerial reported. 

iWork project

Friday, August 11, 2017

Fillia Makedon, a UTA professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, is leading a team of researchers who will use a National Science Foundation grant to develop iWork, a smart, robot-based system that assesses workers' physical, cognitive and collaborative skills while they perform simulated manufacturing tasks, MyInforms.com and Scienmag reported.

UAV risk reduction

Friday, August 11, 2017

Atilla Dogan, UTA associate professor of aerospace engineering, will use a National Science Foundation grant to gauge and reduce the risks posed by unmanned aerial systems, Communications of the ACM and AUVSI.org reported. ACM is the Association for Computing Machinery. AUVSI is the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International reported.

Acoustics evaluation

Friday, August 11, 2017

Suyun Ham, a UTA civil engineering assistant professor, is co-author of a recent study that says acoustics can be used as an early warning system for deteriorating bridges, the Norfolk (Neb.) Daily News and several other media outlets reported. Ham was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Nebraska when he did the study with colleagues there. Their research appeared in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

Robot inspection

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A collaboration between UTA and the city of Arlington using an underground robot to inspect sewer mains has now spread to Ennis in Ellis County, PublicNow, MyInforms.com, Health Medicine Network and other websites reported.

UAV research

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Atilla Dogan, a UTA associate professor of aerospace engineering, will use a $550,000 National Science Foundation grant to quantify risks posed by unmanned aerial vehicles, then create algorithms to reduce those risks while the vehicles perform specific tasks, Scienmag reported.

Fake news detection

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Mark Tremayne, a UTA assistant professor of communication, said research he is doing with Chengkai Li and Christoph Csaller, UTA associate professors of computer science and engineering, will detect whether a post in social media is generated from a computer bot or a person, KNBC NBC 4 in Los Angeles, WTVJ NBC 6 in Miami, WRC NBC 4 in Washington D.C., WMAQ NBC 5 in Chicago and many other NBC affiliates reported. KXAS NBC 5 reported the initial story, which said preserving national security and detection of fake news are keys to the research.

Fake news detection

Monday, August 7, 2017

Mark Tremayne, a UTA assistant professor of communication, said research he is doing with Chengkai Li and Christoph Csaller, UTA associate professors of computer science and engineering, will detect whether a post in social media is generated from a computer bot or a person, KXAS NBC 5 reported. The story said preserving national security and detection of fake news are keys to the research.

Fighting malware

Monday, August 7, 2017

GCN.com published an op-ed by Christoph Csallner, an associate professor of computer science and engineering at UTA, about the fight against malware attacks. The column originally appeared in The Conversation.

Robotics showcase

Monday, August 7, 2017

The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute and the Arlington Public Library is hosting a robotics showcase at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, Wherevent.com reported.

DURIP award

Friday, August 4, 2017

David Wetz, an associate professor of electrical engineering, has received a Defense University Research Instrumentation (DURIP) award to study high-power batteries for the U.S. Navy, Power System Designs and Scienmag reported.

Malware fight

Friday, August 4, 2017

Industrial Equipment News and La Crosse Tribune published an op-ed by Christoph Csallner, an associate professor of computer science and engineering at UTA, about the fight against malware attacks. The column originally appeared in The Conversation.

Training school

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education recently held its 15th annual trenchless technology inspector training and inspector schools on the UTA campus, Underground Construction reported.

Alumnus featured

Friday, August 4, 2017

Radio World mentioned alumnus Virgilio Martinez Sanchez in an article about former iHeartMedia interns who are now employees of the company. Sanchez earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UTA.

Fighting malware

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Christoph Csallner, an associate professor of computer science and engineering at UTA, wrote an op-ed column in The Conversation about the fight against malware attacks. The op-ed also appeared in The Bismarck Tribune in North Dakota, the Montana Standard, Odessa American and many other media outlets.

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