Several SCE faculty are conducting research funded by the University of Missouri Research Board (UMRB). The goal of UMRB awards are to “help promising new faculty initiate their research” and to fund “high quality new initiatives of senior faculty”. Across the world faculty researchers are working to create new knowledge, solve challenges and advance the quality of human life. Here’s how our recent SCE UMRB Awardees are contributing to these efforts:
Dr. Baek-Young Choi’s Optical Wireless Communication as an NFC Alternative project investigates the use of visible lights and light sensors of smartphones for communication purpose, thus diversifying the smartphones’ communication channels. The Internet-of-Things is attracting huge interest from both academia and industry, and most of the things in our life are likely to get connected in the near future. At the core of current the Internet-of-Things technologies, is communication through radio frequency (RF) such as WiFi and Bluetooth. With the prevalence of connected devices, our reliance on RF communication is becoming significant. This may cause environmental and health problems due to e-smog, and communication paralysis under disturbance in electro-magnetic field, e.g., electro-magnetic pulse attack. Project duration: January 2015 – December 2015.
Dr. Megan Hart’s Waste High Fly Ash as a Novel Soil Mixing Remedial Technique project aims to provide an enhanced methodology for treating phenol contaminated soil thus improving the health of the community, while beneficially utilizing a near endless supply of low-cost, waste materials. Uncontained phenol contamination causes significant, irreparable damage to human health and the environmental due to their acute toxicity at low dose and persistence in natural ecosystems. The EPA has identified phenol contamination in at least 595 of the 1,678 hazardous waste sites on the EPA’s National Priorities List. In addition, the implementation of the research would enhance economic development by creating value in a currently landfilled product (waste valorization) and stimulating additional sustainability research efforts in such areas as diverting materials from the waste stream, promoting the reduction of initial energy investment in processing virgin materials, conserving virgin materials, and alleviating pollution. Products that enhance soil mixing techniques would affect the entire source control industry and can reduce the cost of treatment of an average per cubic yard of contaminated soil from $265 to $110, an approximate 58% reduction. Phenol toxicity disproportionately affects minorities and children. Project duration: January 2015 – December 2015.
Dr. Praveen Rao’s Learning and Reasoning via Bayesian Networks project develops a generic framework for scalable learning and reasoning using Bayesian Networks (BNs) over data stored and processing by popular big data ecosystems like Apache Hadoop and Spark. Results will help data scientists gain actionable insights from massive, heterogeneous datasets, enhancing the capability for timely and effective decision making. Project duration: June 2015 – May 2016.
Dr. Sejun Song’s DCA: Data-centric Collaboration Architecture for Mission-oriented Mobile Computing project is designing and developing a Component-Oriented Data Deduplication and Encryption (CODE) mobile application that achieves both fast and effective data encryption and reduction for MCC services. Advances in these areas will allow smartphone users to perform resource intensive tasks at anywhere and anytime as conveniently as using their static computers. Project duration: June 2014 – May 2015.
Dr. Yongjie Zheng’s Maintaining Architecture-Implementation Conformance project is developing an architecture-implementation mapping technique to support architecture-centric development. It will can automatically map incremental development changes made to the architecture to code. The goal is to make software architecture a centerpiece in software development and evolution. It can potentially increase software productivity and quality given that software architecture is at a higher level of abstraction than source code, and is more amenable to human being’s manual manipulation. Project duration: June 2014 – May 2015.
Our hats are off to our hardworking UMRB awardees! Thank you for dedicating your time, intellect and energy to making our just a little world better.