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FALL 2013

Two Students Awarded Northrop Grumman Scholarships

Northrup Grumman Scholarship Winners

In April, two students were awarded Northrop-Grumman Scholarships of $1500 each based on their outstanding academic performance. They were Angelo Piazza, a computer engineering major and Taylor Schluter, an electrical engineering major. Congratulations! Pictured from left to right are: Dr. Sam Kozaitis, Department Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Taylor Schluter, Angelo Piazza and Eric Skowbo of Northrop-Grumman Aerospace Systems.

Dr. Kepuska Taught Course at Shanghai Dian Ji University, China

Dr. Kepuska teaching in China

In May 2013, Dr. Kepuska was invited to Dian Ji University of Shanghai where he taught a Circuits Analysis course and gave a lecture to graduate students on Speech Analysis and Special Effects research (e.g., SASE_Lab). This lecture was part of the AEGIS NSF grant that he conducted with his graduate student Jacob Zurasky and Becky Dowell (high school teacher) during the summer of 2012. He gave 10 presentations during his time at the university. His visit was part of an ongoing cooperation between that university and Florida Tech.

Dr. Kepuska teaching in China

ECE Student wins $1,000 in DRS Student Infrared Imaging Competition

Hemin Qadir Hemin Qadir, an M.S. student in computer engineering, won $1,000 for his entry in the 2013 DRS Student Infrared Imaging Competition and was a finalist for the grand prize of $10,000. Florida Institute of Technology is one of about a dozen universities nationwide chosen to compete in the competition, and the only one in Florida, which is sponsored by DRS Technologies RSTA Group. In the competition, students used thermal imaging cameras provided by DRS in design projects. Hemin's project, titled "Color Night Vision," has the goal of making nighttime driving appear as if it was daytime. The approach uses a thermal image of a night scene to gather more information than can be achieved with a visible camera. Then, the two images are combined and "colorized" to give a daytime-like view of a night scene.

Intel Inc. Supports Laboratory with Donation

Intel Atom N2600 Processor

Florida Institute of Technology's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering was chosen to receive substantial support in the way of laboratory equipment from Intel Corporation. Intel designs and manufactures integrated digital technology platforms used in a range of applications, such as personal computers, tablets, smartphones and medical devices.

The equipment is intended to help educate the next generation workforce on the use of Intel's Embedded Atom family of processors. One reason for the award is that Florida Tech will be using this sophisticated technology early in the student's education at the sophomore level. "This opportunity will enable Florida Tech students to gain hands-on experience with the latest technology, and this kind of experience will distinguish them in the workforce," said Sam Kozaitis, head of the Florida Tech Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Florida Tech is proud to join the ranks of the small number of U.S. universities that Intel has helped with using the Embedded Atom processor in their curriculum over the past few years. These include UC Berkley, Carnegie-Mellon, Cornell, Georgia Tech and MIT.

Above is a picture of one of the development boards provided by Intel, which showcases their Atom N2600 processor.

Dr. Tino Alavie is College of Engineering's Alumni Award Winner

Dr. Tino Alavie Dr. Tino Alavie was presented with the College of Engineering's Alumni Award at the Homecoming Gala on October 26. Dr. Alavie has founded several companies related to fiber-optic sensing and the medical field and is now the executive chairman of NOVX Systems Inc. and CEO of Qvella Corp. Tino Alavie is a repeat entrepreneur who has been directly or indirectly responsible for creating, managing and growing seven technology startups in North America and Europe from start to financial exit. Dr. Alavie recently co-founded TimeWyse Corporation. TimeWyse is a new consumer-facing app development company. The company's first product kidQ helps parents with answers to their parenting questions from social to educational to health and time management. kidQ has already been launched on Apple's App Store and has a 10,000 strong following after only a short period of time. TimeWyse will be adding more features to kidQ and will leverage its intellectual property.

Dr. Alavie received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Florida Tech in electrical engineering with his Ph.D. awarded in 1992. He then became a postdoc at the University of Toronto continuing the work on fiber-optic sensors that he started at Florida Tech.

Faculty Spotlight

ECE Welcomes Two New Faculty Members:
Dr. Hua Mu & Dr. Carlos Otero

Dr. Hua MuDr. Hua Mu

Hua Mu received the B.S degree in applied physics from Northeastern University, China in 2005, M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China in 2008 and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and M.S. degree in applied mathematics both from Auburn University in 2012. She is interested in designing algorithms and network infrastructures in wireless communication systems to provide higher spectrum efficiency, higher power efficiency and broader coverage. She is focused on designing network infrastructures such as cognitive radio networks and relay networks, as well as fundamental communication technologies such as multi-user MIMO, interference alignment and physical layer security.

Dr. Carlos OteroDr. Carlos Otero

Carlos E. Otero received the B.S. degree in computer science in 1999, M.S. degree in software engineering in 2001, M.S. degree in systems engineering in 2007 and Ph.D. degree in computer engineering in 2009, all from Florida Institute of Technology - where he earned an Outstanding Graduate in Computer Engineering Award. He seeks to develop novel engineering solutions to address standing challenges in both wireless and software/hardware systems. Currently, he is interested in using the principles of mathematical modeling, optimization and wireless systems to develop models capable of accurately predicting performance of large-scale deployments of wireless sensor networks. His work also combines expertise from software engineering and machine learning to develop intelligent decision-making software capable of providing insight into complex defense-related problems.

Notable News

ECE Department Offering Four Graduate-Level Special Topics Courses in Spring 2014

In response to increasing graduate enrollment and the desire to be on the edge of new developments, the ECE Department is offering four graduate-level special topics courses for the Spring 2014 semester. One will be on "Emerging applications in power electronics." The course will cover the system architecture of renewable energy systems, electric vehicles, micro-grids and future energy systems in detail, and discuss how power electronics are the enabling technology for each system. Another will be devoted to the hardware description language VHDL, and will be used for advanced programming of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Another topic will be on "Wireless Communication," which will discuss the latest developments in that rapidly developing field. Finally, a course for developing software programs for Android systems will also be offered.

ECE Department Hosted Summer Research Experience Funded by NSF

Dr. Anagnostopoulos made it possible for the National Science Foundation to host Advances of Machine Learning in Theory & Applications (AMALTHEA) at Florida Tech this past summer. AMALTHEA is a 10-week, summer research experience for science or engineering undergraduate students with an intellectual focus in machine learning and its applications. The program culminated with a full-day symposium with research presentations and poster sessions on July 19. Industry and academic representatives attended to help judge the merits of the various research projects. Students and faculty from the Departments of Engineering Systems and Mathematical Sciences participated in the program.

Dr. Otero on IEEE Program Committee


Dr. Otero has been invited to serve as a member of the program committee of a special track called "High Performance Adaptive and Evolvable Computing" in the IEEE Conf. on High Performance Compilation, Computing and Communications (HPC3-2014), in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan.

With the rapid growth in computing and communications technology, the past decade has witnessed a proliferation of powerful parallel and distributed systems and a huge increasing demand for the practice of high performance compilation, computing and communications (HP3C). The HP3C has moved into general and embedded computing and has become a key factor in defining future research and development activities in many academic and industrial branches. The HP3C-2014 conference will provide an international forum for experts in academia, industry and government to discuss their new ideas, research results, applications and experience on all aspects of high performance computing compilation and communications.

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