April 16-22, 2018


April 16, 2018

Faculty News
Dr. Taeyoung Lee (MAE) is a co-principal investigator of a multidisciplinary research team selected for the 2018 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program, Phase I. In this project, titled “Marsbee - Swarm of Flapping Wing Flyers for Enhanced Mars Exploration,” researchers from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, GW, and Tokyo University (Japan) will investigate the feasibility of utilizing flapping wing, micro unmanned aerial vehicles as a reconfigurable sensor network in the Martian environment. Dr. Lee will be in charge of constructing nonlinear control systems and exploration schemes for 3D topographic mapping. Phase I of the project is nine months and has a budget of $125,000.


Dr. Michael Keidar (MAE) has published the following paper: I. Schweigert, T. Burton, G. Thompson, S. Langendorf, M. Walker, and M. Keidar. “Plasma Interaction with Emmissive Surface with Debye-Scale Grooves,” Plasma Source Science and Technology, Vol. 27, 045004, 2018.


Conferences & Presentations:
Dr. Tim Wood (CS) was accompanied by CS undergraduates Mykola Yurchenko and Patrick Cody and by Ph.D. student Wei Zhang at the Symposium for SDN Research, held March 28-29 in Los Angeles, CA. Mykola and Patrick presented a demonstration of the OpenNetVM Network Function Virtualization platform, while Wei gave a presentation about her work on improving the security of network middleboxes.


Other News:
Dr. Payman Dehghanian (ECE) attended the National Science Foundation-sponsored Workshop on Reinventing Electric Power Curriculum with Sustainability Focus. The workshop was held April 5-6 at the National Academies of Science Building. More than 100 participants from industry and faculty, including department heads and engineering deans, attended.


Student News
BME graduate students Shuyue (Frank) Guan and Kristina Landino presented posters at the IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, held April 6 here in Washington, DC. Frank presented “Breast cancer detection using transfer learning in convolutional neural networks,” and Kristina presented “Performance evaluation of 19 salience-detection algorithms and their application to mammograms.” Frank and Kristina are advised by Dr. Murray Loew (BME).


Other News
On April 10, the Structural Stability Research Council awarded Dr. Mahdi Asadnia an Honorable Mention for the Vinnakota Award for the paper “Modeling Out-of-Flatness and Residual Stresses in Steel Plate Girders,” co-authored by Dr. Asadnia and Dr. Kim Roddis (CEE). Dr. Asadnia recently completed his doctorate in civil and environmental engineering. Dr. Roddis was his doctoral advisor. Drs. Majid Manzari (CEE), Pedro Silva (CEE), Sameh Badie (CEE), and Dr. Milton Critchfield (adjunct faculty, CEE) served on his doctoral committee.


SEAS Computing Facility
Arduinos and Raspberry Pi Workshops
SEAS Computing Facility’s remaining workshop on Arduinos and Raspberry Pis will take place on April 21 in the SEH Studio Labs (SEH 1300/1400/1450) from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. The workshop will assume that attendees understand programing concepts like loops and “if” statements. Experience with Python, C/C++, or circuits is not required. All equipment will be provided.

The purpose of the workshopss is to help participants:

  • learn the basics of these technologies and how to get started
  • create some introductory projects involving sensors and LED displays
  • gain experience with basic programming in Python and C/C++ as well as simple circuits

Register (space is limited)


MATLAB and Solidworks tutoring will be offered throughout the spring semester in Tompkins 401 on the following days:

  • Wednesdays: 12:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays: 12:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Fridays: 5:00 – 6:00 pm

To schedule a tutoring appointment, please email [email protected]. The MATLAB and Solidworks workshops and tutoring will be hosted by SEAS graduate student Makan Payandehazad.


SEAS Events
CS Colloquium: “Approximate Acquisition and Computation of Big Sensory Data”
Speaker: Dr. Zhipeng Cai, Georgia State University
Wednesday, April 18
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
SEH, 2000


ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: “Programmable Forwarding Planes Are Here to Stay”
Speaker: Dr. Nick McKeown, Stanford University, National Academy of Engineering member
Wednesday, April 18
1:00 - 2:00 pm (reception to follow)
SEH, B1220


CS Lecture: “Credit Card Fraud: Fighting the Bad Guys with Data”
Speaker: Dr. Paul Melby, Senior Director of Data Science, Capital One
Wednesday, April 18
7:10 – 8:30 pm
SEH, 2000B
This is a special topic lecture for the course CSCI 6548 E-Commerce Security. To attend, please RSVP to [email protected] by April 16.


GW COMPASS Alumnus Speaker Event: “Road to Google"
Thursday, April 19
12:00 – 1:00 pm
New location: SEH, B1220
Join GW COMPASS for lunch with SEAS alumnus Matthew Knouse (BS ’09, computer science; MS ’11, systems engineering), who now works in incident management at Google in Mountain View, California. Mr. Knouse will talk about his role at Google (related to crisis response), how he got there, and what it's like. He will also talk about new trends in abuse, like misinformation and fake news. Space is limited. Please RSVP so we ensure enough food for attendees.


ECE Seminar: “Memory Bandwidth Management for Enhanced Throughput and Security in GPUs”
Speaker: Dr. Adwait Jog, College of William and Mary
Friday, April 20
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
SEH, B1220


Ideas Festival
Saturday, April 21
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Ronald Reagan Building, International Trade Center
Washington, D.C.
The Environmental and Energy Management Institute is collaborating with Booz Allen Hamilton to hold the 11th Ideas Festival, which will bring together humanitarians, luminaries, academics, community partners, government officials, and other experts to challenge conventional thinking and develop new insights for making our communities stronger. The Festival will include more than 25 interactive workshops and several innovation labs that address the theme of community resilience via five focus areas: emergency preparedness and response; infrastructure protection; natural and cultural resource recovery; public health, wellness, and safety; and economic strengthening.


CVP Speaker Series @ GW Kick-off: “Needed Now More Than Ever: Positive #ChangeAgents Across Sectors”
Speaker: Dr. David Bray, Executive Director, People-Centered Internet Coalition
Wednesday, April 25
6:00 pm (followed by a reception)
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
Dr. David Bray, a champion of positive change agents and the executive director for the People-Centered Internet Coalition, will deliver the keynote at the CVP Speaker Series @ GW Kick-off. Dr. Bray’s keynote will focus on why and how we all can be change agents in our rapidly changing world while highlighting meaningful multi-sector strategies for delivering results differently and better.


SEAS Innovation Challenge Showcase: ¡Viva Puerto Rico!
Thursday, May 3
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
SEH and the GW Innovation Center
¡Viva Puerto Rico! will showcase this year’s Innovation Challenge finalists and celebrate Puerto Ricans’ resiliency in the face of a prolonged post hurricane recovery. The 2018 SEAS Innovation Challenge is a technical competition designed to support disaster relief in Puerto Rico in the areas of off-grid power and communications. ¡Viva Puerto Rico! also will include a short documentary film screening, panels, food, and music to accompany the showcase of the finalists.


Entrepreneurship News & Events
GW Technology Commercialization Office 2018 Startup Showcase
Tuesday, April 17
12:30 – 5:15 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
Join the GW Technology Commercialization Office and our startup partners to hear their success stories and learn about their commercialization trajectory. This pitch event will showcase four GW startups developing innovative university technologies. Experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and industry professionals will provide insightful feedback on the four pitches. This event will be a valuable networking opportunity for researchers, investors, and entrepreneurs alike! Seven entrepreneurs or researchers from the audience will have an opportunity to provide two-minute (no slides) presentations on their company or research project in an Elevator Pitch session. Elevator Pitch slots are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact [email protected] to reserve your slot.


2018 GW New Venture Competition Finals
Thursday, April 19
5:30 - 9:00 pm
MPA Building, Jack Morton Auditorium
The top nine GW student entrepreneurial teams will take the stage at one of the largest competitions in the nation to vie for more than $300,000 in funding and support. What big idea will come from GW next? Attend the 10th anniversary finals on April 19 to see who will take the top prize!


Workshop: “Ownership, Governance and Incorporation: Getting Your Innovation Legal”
Monday, April 23
5:30 - 7:00 pm
GW Innovation Center, Tompkins M06
Are you looking to get your business incorporated but unsure of the process or the legal documentation you need to help protect your interests? Do you know what it means to be a business owner or how to govern your business properly and ethically? We can help you answer all of these questions. Join us for an insightful workshop featuring guest speakers from the legal industry. Don’t miss out!


Howard Hoffman Lecture: “Collegiate Creativity: Developing the Right Idea at the Right Time”
Speaker: Allen Gannett, CEO of TrackMaven
Wednesday, April 25
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Duques Hall, 453
Many college students often think spending hours coming up with ideas in their dorm room leads to business success and unicorn trajectory. This is the wrong approach, one that often leads to building solutions before actually understanding the right problem to solve. Allen Gannett, 27 years old, started his first company while in college at GW. Today he is the CEO of TrackMaven and will be the guest speaker for this event.


Mentor Appreciation Event: “The World’s Best Mentors: GW Mentor Appreciation Celebration”
Thursday, April 26
5:30 - 7:00 pm
GW Innovation Center, Tompkins M06
Thank you to all of the GW mentors and judges who have helped the Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship throughout the 2017-2018 school year! Students, faculty, staff, mentors, and alumni are welcome to join us for this fun, casual happy hour celebration at the GW Innovation Center as a “thank you” for a fun and eventful year. Network and mingle with us before the school year ends and finals begin!


Technology Commercialization course: GW’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, in collaboration with the GW School of Business, will offer Seminar in Technology Commercialization (ISTM 6239) during GW’s 2018 Summer I session. The course will run May 21 - June 25, meeting on Monday evenings from 6:10 – 9:00 pm. This is a hands-on experience, applying the Lean Startup Approach to tech commercialization. Students may bring their own technology to the class or work on a technology from the GW Technology Commercialization Office. Students also will be eligible for AccelerateGW NSF I-Corps Grants of up to $3,000 to cover expenses for doing customer discovery interviews!


GW Events
GW Libraries Coffee & Discussion
Monday, April 16
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Gelman Library Lounge, B05
Public digital trace data, such as social media data, provide the opportunity to study the spread of rumors, the use of disinformation, and the role of social bots. GW faculty and researchers are invited to informally share your interest and/or work in this area, as well as discuss opportunities to collaborate with colleagues. This event is primarily for faculty and fellows; however, faculty may invite students, as appropriate. No RSVP is required. Coffee, soda, and cookies will be provided. Feel free to bring a lunch.


Post-Award Management Training Series: “Post-Award Financial Monitoring and Management”
Tuesday, April 17
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Marvin Center, 310
Read more and register online


Post-Award Management Training Series: “Keys to a Successful Award Closeout”
Tuesday, May 22
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Marvin Center, 308
Read more and register online


Doctoral Dissertations
Student Name: Ruinian Li
Dissertation Title: “Protecting Data Security and Privacy in Internet of Things”
Advisor: Dr. Xiuzhen (Susan) Cheng (CS)
Monday, April 16
4:00 – 6:00 pm
SEH, 2990