Vijay Kumar, Professor of Computer Science, has received a Curators’ Professorship effective this Fall 2014. As stated on the awards webpage, “It is the highest and most prestigious academic rank awarded by the Board of Curators of the University of Missouri. It is awarded to a select few outstanding scholars with established reputations.” Dr. Kumar is a nationally and internationally-known scholar, specializing in information security, wireless and mobile computing and database systems research with particular emphasis related to cyber security and wireless data dissemination.
His Curators’ Professorship recognizes his lifetime research achievements and his continued research impact as demonstrated by a recent National Science Foundation (NSF) award for his project, A Logic-based Security Framework for Wired and Mobile Perimeter, which examines security through dynamic firewalls. Dr. Kumar’s prior NSF grants include serving as PI with Co-PI Dr. Margaret Dunham from Southern Methodist University. He has also received research grants from AFRL (Air Force research Lab) to work on driverless cars, HP laboratories for data warehousing, St. Luke’s research foundation on medical informatics and UMRB on main memory database systems. These grants were related to projects on information security through firewall, data dissemination on wireless channels and mobile computing. Dr. Kumar has authored five technical books which are published by Prentice Hall, John Wiley, and Kluwer.
Our heartiest congratulations to Dr. Vijay Kumar. We are very proud of him and of his achievements and look forward to learning more about the results of his current research. His distinguished career has spanned 43 years with 30 of them as a computer science professor at UMKC and our School of Computing and Engineering.
SCE is proud to support the Science Pioneers Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair as a Special Award organization.
Each year SCE provides a senior division award for the “best interdisciplinary use and application of computer science and engineering principles”. The 2014 winner is Madison Nasteff from Liberty High School. Madison designed a low cost device to help with parallel parking. She designed and built the hardware, wrote the software for the dashboard device and even tested it on a Honda Accord. Congratulations to Madison and her teacher mentor, Rebecca Groebe! Continue reading →
Will traffic lights exist? Will cars still have human drivers? These are some of the questions that Dr. Vijay Kumar will be addressing at the Centurion Monthly Task Force Meeting on Oct. 8. According to Dr. Kumar, “The idea of a driverless car is very exciting and such cars may come in about 15 to 20 years. More interesting is to provide a driverless option while keeping intact the fun of driving. Our love of cars does not want to lose the fun of driving. One of the main objectives is to improve traffic flow inside the city and do away with traffic lights to prepare the platform for driverless cars.” One of his current research projects uses sensors to automate traffic at intersections.
Dr. Kumar, Professor in the Computer Science Electrical Engineering Department at UMKC, proposed a new approach to sensor technology at an Air Force workshop in St. Louis. While at the workshop, the Air Force Research Lab in Rome, N.Y. took great interest and funded Dr. Kumar’s research project. Since then, he and his graduate assistant, Amol Khedkar, have explored the deployment of this technology. Their research is based around what he refers to as the “Self-Synchronization of Mobile Objects.” Kumar’s technology would communicate with surrounding vehicles and instruct the vehicles when to stop and when to go, without the interference of human drivers. For this technology to be effective, all the cars on the road must be equipped with this system. Kumar also suggests integration of an override system so that it can be switched off. Further advancement of the technology could begin regulating the speed of vehicles on the road, avoiding collision and eliminating wait time. Dr. Kumar and Khedkar’s research was recently featured in the U-News article, “Say ‘goodbye’ to traffic lights with driverless cars.”
The Centurions October Task Force meeting will focus on what Kansas City will look like in 20 years. The meeting will cover several different areas, including economic, demographic, environment and architecture planning, biotechnology, and Dr. Kumar’s presentation on driverless cars. The task force will explore critical measures and initiatives needed to continue growth and development in Kansas City.
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.
The work of SCE Professor Vijay Kumar, his doctoral student Amol Khekar and SCE alum and entrepreneur Tim Sylvester were described in a Kansas City Star article examining the work being done to make driverless cars a reality. It’s clear that Kansas City is doing its part to develop safe and effective driverless technologies!
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.”
Dr. Vijay Kumar, Professor of Computer Science, talked with 41 News about cellphone security on December 18, 2012. According to the 41 News story, “University of Missouri-Kansas City computer science professor Vijay Kumar said hackers are always one step ahead of security designers. If you do want to add anti-virus software to your cellphone, you’ll likely trade off battery life. “Every half an hour you have to charge the battery because you want to make it fully secure,” Kumar said. Even though mobile phones are not the prime target right now, Kumar suggests that users who send sensitive information through text or email develop a code with those who are receiving it so strangers won’t be able to take advantage of it.”
SCE salutes the efforts of our UMKC Sustainability Team. Their efforts have resulted in UMKC being ranked nationally in the top 50 Sierra Club Cool Schools. This is the 6th year the Sierra Club has annually ranked schools and UMKC went from 95th in 2010 to 50th in the ranking just released! As the team’s coordinator Kaye Johnston noted, “All of our collective efforts are what have moved us up in the rankings and we should be really proud of the work we are doing”. We couldn’t agree more – teamwork is the KEY.
Our SCE UMKC Sustainability team members include SCE staff Selena Albert who serves as a co-chair of the Education and Funding Committee, Christina Davis and Lynn Hurd. SCE faculty Involved are Dr. Vijay Kumar and Dr. Zhiqiang Chen who both serve on the Voluntary Energy Management sub-committee. One of the research areas of their E-Save Team is the promotion of social justice in energy related issues. Dr. Chen also is a member of the Provost’s Sustainability Committee. Dr. John Kevern helped install a pervious concrete demonstration section and developed the low co2 concrete mix being used in the construction of the new Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation for the Bloch School of Management. In addition the Geomaterials course Dr. Kevern teaches is developing a concrete mixture which incorporates the use of ripple glass waste. He hopes to place some of mixture on campus this upcoming spring. It is efforts like these that helped UMKC jump into the top 50 Sierra Club Cool Schools.
UMKC Sustainability Team Mission Statement: The UMKC Sustainability Team at the University of Missouri-Kansas City aspires to provide the framework for environmental stewardship, natural resource conservation, emissions reductions, and sustainability. The team will act as a resource to support and promote the University’s environmental commitments and policies. The UMKC Sustainability Team is committed to enhancing awareness and understanding of the principles of sustainability throughout the University community.
Kevin Truman, Dean of the School of Computing and Engineering, and Vijay Kumar, Professor of Computer Science, traveled to India in mid December 2010 and met with a number of higher education institutions to explore the possibility of academic degree collaborations as well as research partnerships. Meetings were held with highly ranked institutions located in New Delhi, Mumbai and Indore including TRUBA College of Engineering & Technology and DEVIAHILYA University in Indore, VJTI Institute in Mumbai and JAYPEE Institute in New Delhi. Good progress was made in determining how UMKC School of Computing and Engineering could successfully collaborate with these institutions. Several exciting possibilities are being negotiated with the possibility of Fall 2011 initiation.
UMKC U.S. Air Force research could produce vehicles with minds of their own If Professor Vijay Kumar’s project goes as planned, maybe texting while driving will not be the issue it is today. An automatic system would guide cars on their way, leaving the “driver” free to text, shave or even nap! Such a system could be used for national defense purposes, as well.This summer, Professor Vijay Kumar is designing and developing a prototype of a “self-synchronizing moving objects” system under the summer fellowship program at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in Rome, N.Y. In the fall, Kumar said he will seek funding from AFRL and other sources to complete the prototype at his SCE lab. See Wired Magazine or the UMKC Press Release for complete story.