An interdisciplinary group of researchers, Dr. ZhiQiang Chen (Civil Engineering), Dr. Yugyung Lee (Computer Science), and their graduate students, Jianfei (Max) Chen (Electrical Engineering) and Feichen Shen (Computer Science), at the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering have developed a new approach for reporting damaged infrastructure: a smartphone-based application geared towards real-time damage quantification and collaborative decision making. According to the ASCE’s Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, the GPA for the infrastructure’s condition and performance is currently rated at a D+. In addition, the monetary investment needed to repair the infrastructure to maintain a functional state (that is, to get a grade of B) is $3.6 trillion by the year 2020. Such a tremendous investment demands a critical need – innovative and rapid technologies for civil infrastructure condition assessment. Different from a Google Street View application, the app seamlessly integrates mobile imaging, interactive analytics, and cloud computing, all processed in the real time.
Four SCE professors formed the UMKC E-Save through Automation and Education team which proposed and helped implement alternative-energy-focused projects envisioned by Paseo Academy high school students. According to the UMKC Today article, a partnership with KCP&L (Kansas City Power and Light) resulted in Paseo students having “access to the resources of the area’s major energy provider and the know-how of SCE professors and college students.” These were used by Paseo student teams when designing and creating the alternative energy projects which they presented at a day-long competition held on March 20.
SCE professors Cory Beard, Vijay Kumar, Yugyung Lee and Praveen Rao teamed up with KCP&L and Kansas City Public Schools to host a solar energy workshop for high school students attending the Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts. For more information see the UMKC Today article “Solar Energy Workshop Empowers Students.”
Selected from a competitive pool of over 1000 applicants computer science graduate students Pratima Gorla and Swati Son have received scholarships to attend the 2012 Grace Hooper Celebration of Women in Computing being held October 3-6, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. Pratima Gorla was awarded a Mastercard scholarship and Swati Soni was awarded a GE scholarship. The scholarships support their conference registration, a prepaid meal cart, hotel accommodations and travel expenses.
Swati Soni, a candidate for a MS in Computer Science, is a member of E-Save Group. Her thesis explores Smart Energy applications and is under the direction of Dr. Yugi Lee. She will present her work on “E-SAVE Framework: Saving Energy by Smart Services” at the celebration.
Pratima Gorla will present her work on “Heavy Gesture Based Emailing and Hop-Texting” at the celebration. A candidate for a MS in Computer Science, she is conducting research on “Exertional Interface Framework For Working Out While Working (WOW)”under the direction of Dr. Deendayal Dinakarpandian and Dr. Yugi Lee.
Feichen Shen and Sourav Jana, software architecture and software engineering computer science Ph.D. students working with their faculty advisor Dr. Yugi Lee, presented their work on “Semantic Search Engine for Clinical Trials” at the SHARPn Summit 2012, at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, organized by Mayo Clinic on June 11-12. Feichen Shen is currently working this summer in an Intern-Biostats (PHD) position at the Department of Health Sciences Research at Mayo Clinic. The Mayo Clinic is one of the top most highly reputed institutes for advanced research in the United States. Sourav Jana received a CSEE department travel grant for the trip to the SHARPn Summit 2012.
Abstract of the presentation: Semantic Search Engine for Clinical Trials Standardizing the representation and content of eligibility criteria is an important step for obtaining enhanced efficiency of clinical trials. There have been several attempts to formalize eligibility criteria through establishing the creation of ontologies and other structured representations. This poster presents a semantic approach for facilitating accurate matches between clinical trials and eligible subjects. For this purpose, firstly, clinical trial studies from Clinicaltrials.gov have been clustered. Secondly, the clinical trial ontology called the MindTrial Eligibility ontology (MEO) was modeled based on the inclusion and exclusion criteria for obtained clusters. Thirdly, an open-ended query is generated using the Semantic Web Rule Language (SWRL) to discover potential participants in clinical trials via facilitating partial matching through relaxation of eligibility criteria. Two kinds of search interfaces are designed for selecting patients and/or potential volunteers. One is based on a detailed fine-grained checklist view where fields identical to those in the query can be selected as inclusion (desired) or exclusion (NOT desired) criteria. The second kind of query interface is based on summarized queries and reasoning that are expanded by the MEO ontology and computed on a subset of volunteer responses. The prototype system for the proposed model has been implemented to support customized searches for potential recruiters. This system allows for the flexibility of using free text while capturing the semantics of the criteria for computer readability. This approach surely leads to better characterization of both human volunteers and clinical study requirements, thus resulting in accurate and efficient matching of subjects with clinical studies. The outcomes obtained through the application of our approach can be used to generate an atomic set of eligibility criteria that would be readily incorporated into intelligent search engines in databases of clinical trials and subjects.
SCE congratulates our graduate students, Vida Ferdowski, Xuan Liu and Swathi Soni, who were awarded funding by the UMKC Women’s Council which for 41 years has annually provided UMKC women graduate students’ access to research and/or travel funding via the Graduate Assistance Fund (GAF) awards. The awards are competitive and a maximum of $2000.00 may be requested. A luncheon honoring the 2012 Graduate Assistance Fund recipients and donors was held on March 13, 2012. SCE attendees included our GAF awardees and their faculty recommenders. Pictured here are Dr. Deep Medhi, Xuan Liu, Dr. Ken Mitchell, Vida Ferdowsi, Dr. Yugi Lee, Swati Soni, Dr. Kevin Truman, Dean of SCE.
SCE GAF RECIPIENTS
Vida Ferdowsi, a Ph.D student in telecommunications and computer networking, was awarded a travel grant to present her paper Time-slot and Channel Assignment Algorithms in OFDM/TDMA Wireless Mesh Networks at the Consumer Communication and Networking Conference (CCNC’2012) in Las Vegas, Nevada this January 2012.
Xuan Liu, a Ph.D. student in telecommunications and computer networking, received funding to travel and conduct research at the University of Tokyo in Japan to study the design of Corelab, a network testbed developed by Professor Nakao’s research group. It provides a virtual network environment with good isolation and flexibility to support both wired and wireless virtualization experiments. Ms. Liu also worked with Professor Shingo Ata’s Research Lab Team at Osaka City University on a US-Japan trustworthy Internet of the future joint project. Her visit to Japan was supported by a grant from National Science Foundation and UMKC’s Women’s Council’s Graduate Assistance Fund.
Swati Soni, a Masters student in Computer Science (software engineering), received funding to present her paper, SmartApps Framework for Smart Energy, at one of two upcoming conferences, the 13th IEEE International Symposium on a World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks, WoWMoM 2012, held in San Francisco and/or the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) conference held Baltimore in October 2012. The annual conference is sponsored by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and is the world’s largest gathering of women in computing.
SCE congratulates Professors Yugi Lee and ZhiQiang Chen! They have been awarded a 2012 research grant from the IBM Smarter Planet Faculty Innovation Program. Today’s Smart Grid, as an ‘Energy Internet’, holds the promise of transforming the behavior of individuals and communities towards more efficient and greener use of electric power but currently technological gaps exist that prevent achieving such a grand vision, especially in underserved communities and public-domain facilities. Yet technologies have not yet been realized that can provide i) non-intrusive monitoring of energy consumption and behavior at multiple scales, ii) autonomous energy saving mechanisms that are transparent to general users, iii) intelligent prediction of energy costs and expenditures, and iv) evaluation of personalized experiences of smart grid-enabled life at both residence and community levels.
Their project will develop an innovative curriculum at UMKC, titled Smart Sensing and Computing for Smarter Energy. The course is designed for students with a CSEE or CME major at the advanced level of study (senior or graduate level). In the course, interdisciplinary teams and projects were developed to devise and implement novel concepts and solutions that attempt to mitigate the above technological gaps. Ultimately, we envision that the students from this class will be instrumental towards realizing smart grid-enabled smarter buildings, communities, and cities. This is the second IBM Smarter Planet award SCE faculty have received. Dr. Praveen Rao received a 2011 IBM Smart Planet Faculty Innovation Award to develop a new curriculum for health informatics, Towards Smarter Healthcare: New Healthcare IT Curriculum.
The IBM Academic Skills Cloud was utilized by students in two of Dr. Yugi Lee’s Fall 2011 courses, CS551 Advanced Software Engineering and CS590VC Virtual Worlds in Computing. UMKC’s School of Computing and Engineering is one of fifty select universities which have access to the IBM Academic Skill Cloud. The cloud repository has access to hardware, software, and various courses including teaching guides, student guides, tests, quizzes, etc. It is ideal for teaching purposes and the results can be seen via this list of the class project videos/websites constructed by our SCE computer science students. Dr. Lee plans to continue using the IBM Academic Skills Cloud in these courses.