Our faculty and many of our students make research a fundamental part of their academic life. Here are some profiles detailing their research activities:
Dr. Tülay Adali specializes in statistical signal processing. Since 1992, Dr. Adali has been the director of the Machine Learning for Signal Processing Lab (MLSP-Lab) at UMBC. Currently, she has been working on diagnosing schizophrenia by analyzing functional MRI and other medical imaging data.
Dr. Nilanjan Banerjee specializes in developing renewable energy driven devices. He runs UMBC’s Mobile, Pervasive, and Sensor Systems Laboratory, which focused on three key areas: renewable energy driven systems, healthcare systems, and mobile phone based systems.
Professor Ryan Bergeron has been a lecturer of Computer Science at UMBC since Spring 2008. Currently the Technical Director for UMBC’s Women’s Volleyball team, Bergeron’s research interests lie at the intersection of athletics and technology. Questions like “How do I make coaches understand what their players are doing better” and “How can we make athletes even better at what they do” are at the heart of his search.
Dr. Jian Chen specializes in creating scientific visualizations. “I have been working with biologists, physiologists, neurologists, cognitive scientists, and structural engineers to study cutting edge visualization science,” says Chen.
Dr. Fow-Sen Choa uses a Chemical Vapor Desposition System to grow semiconductors that are used for chemical detection and breath analysis using photo-acoustic (PA) effects. In addition, he has been working with undergraduate students at UMBC on projects dealing with flying robots, Fourier analysis of music instrument, x-ray scan of superlattice crystal growths, and brainwave measurement and analysis.
Dr. desJardins runs the Multi-Agent, Planning and Learning Lab (MAPLE) at UMBC, where she works on developing A.I. solutions to real world problems.
Dr. Tim Finin specializes in artificial intelligence and has been working on developing smart phones that can guage their user’s “context.” “What I have always found interesting since I was an Undergraduate was the idea that we could make machines as smart as people,” explains Dr. Finin, whose research involving semantic web technology is directed towards realizing that goal.
Dr. Curtis Menyuk specializes in the theory and simulation of opitcal and photonic systems. A member of UMBC’s Computational Photonics Laboratory, he is currently interested in short-pulse lasers and time and frequency transfer networks. “One of the central themes in my career has been an interest in solitons,” says Dr. Menyuk who first became interested in lasers in the early eighties while doing collaborative research with Linn Mollenauer.
Dr. Tinoosh Mohsenin runs UMBC’s Energy Efficient High Performance Computing Lab, where she works to develop highly accurate, low-power communications and healthcare devices. Currently, Dr. Mohsenin is pursuing three distinct projects in the realm of digital signal processing (DSP) and VLSI implementation: 1) many-core architectures for DSP and secured trusted platforms, 2) low-power processors for portable healthcare devices, and 3)efficient error correction techniques for communication devices.
Dr. Sergei Nirenburg is a member of the truly smart agents research group (TSA), where he works on building artificial intelligent agents capable of human behavior. Since 2006, Dr. Nireburg has been working on the Maryland Virtual Patient (MVP) Project, a multi-level heterogeneous agent-oriented environment that simulates a doctor-patient relationship by way of a “virtual patient.”
Dr. Tim Oates does research in the field of machine learning and is interested in understanding the development of the human brain. Dr. Oates is also fascinated by the idea of making robots that are capable of learning and exhibiting human characteristics. “I don’t know if we’ll ever have androids walking among us that are indistinguishable from humans,” says Dr. Oates, “but I bet we’ll get pretty darn close.”
Dr. Marc Olano is the director of the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department’s Game Development Track and has been pursuing research in computer graphics and computer hardware for more than twenty years. Currently, he is working at Firaxis Games on texture compression for the Civilization V video game and collaborating with Dr. Erle Ellis of the Geography and Environmental Systems Department on a project dubbed Ecosynth.
Dr. Chintan Patel specializes in VLSI design and test and has been working on projects dealing with power supply modeling, noise estimation, current measurements circuits and hardware security. “Today’s complex devices operating at very low power supply voltages are very susceptible to even minor variations in the chip’s power supply,” explains Dr. Patel, adding that modeling these variations is crucial during the chip’s design phase in order to devise ways to compensate for these variations during normal operation.
Dr. Penny Rheingans co-directs UMBC’s VAnGOGH lab, where she uses her knowledge in data visualization to solve problems in a variety of application areas. “I think it’s a really cool area because it allows me to synthesize things from a number of areas,” says Rheingans of the field, which allows her to combine techniques from computer graphics, art and illustration, and knowledge of human perceptual and cognitive systems.
Dr. Gymama Slaughter runs UMBC’s Bioelectronics Laboratory (BEL@UMBC), which combines different projects in the areas of electronics, biology, medicine and chemistry. She is currently working on designing a closed-loop system that monitors blood glucose levels and administers insulin to diabetic patients. Dr. Slaughter says that what she desires most is to reduce complications in the lives of diabetic patients and their families. “If I can do that,” she says, “I will count what I do as successful.”
Dr. Yelena Yesha is the Associate Director of the National Science Foundation’s Center for Hybrid Multicore Productivity and Research (CHMPR) and the site director of the Multicore Computational Center (MC2), and has been doing exciting research with cloud computing through the centers.