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Professors Chen & Lee Awarded 2012 IBM Smarter Planet Faculty Innovation Award

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.

Praveen Rao Awarded NSF funding

SCE’s Praveen Rao, Assistant Professor  in Computer Science, has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to pursue a 3 year (July 2011 to June 2014)  project titled Scalable RDF Query Processing Using a Cloud Infrastructure.  Professor Rao is the Principal Investigator for this project. In recent years, RDF technologies have become increasingly important in domain-specific applications. These technologies provide the ability to reason over semantic data and are highly appealing in domains such as WWW, healthcare, defense and intelligence, biopharmaceuticals, and so forth.

Because of the rapidly growing size of RDF datasets, it is vital to develop new techniques for RDF data management.  Several companies have started worrying about hitting the “trillion triples” mark and are designing RDF stores on shared-nothing clusters.   Meanwhile, cloud computing is emerging as a new paradigm for next generation software and services. The ability to acquire a large number of computing and storage resources on-demand enables massive parallel processing of data. Today, it is easy and cheap for anyone with a credit card and access to the Internet to rent computing resources (e.g., servers, storage, network bandwidth) from a cloud provider and run software and deploy applications. Motivated by these trends, this project called RiC (RDF in the Cloud), will address the problem of massive RDF data management in a cloud, by developing novel techniques — algorithms and data structures — for storing, indexing, and query processing. 

The grant funding was awarded by NSF’s Division of Information & Intelligent Systems (IIS) under the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) at NSF.  This project will engage both undergraduate and graduate students, including women. The project website is currently under construction.

Praveen Rao Awarded 2010 IBM Smarter Planet Innovation Faculty Award

SCE congratulates Assistant Professor Praveen Rao for being selected by IBM Corporation to receive a $10,000 research gift for his proposal titled “Towards Smarter Healthcare: New Healthcare IT Curriculum.” Through this award, Prof. Rao will develop new healthcare IT curriculum for students pursuing CS and IT degrees. Per IBM’s award letter, “this award is highly competitive and recognizes the quality of your program and its importance to our industry.”  The project’s goal is to help realize IBM’s vision of smarter healthcare.