March 28 - April 3, 2011


March 28, 2011

Faculty News


Prof. Kie Eom (ECE) published the paper "Anisotropic Adaptive Filtering for Speckle Reduction in Synthetic Aperture Radar Images" in Optical Engineering, Vol. 50, No. 5, May 2011.


Prof. Edward Della Torre (ECE) received a three-year, $250,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research to do collaborative work with the U.S. Navy's Carderock Division.

Conferences & Presentations:

The 6th International Conference on Information Warfare and Security, held at GW on March 17 and 18, was a smashing success.  Prof. Julie Ryan (EMSE chair), as conference chair, presided over a conference that featured speakers from 15 different countries, ranging from Finland to South Africa and representing every continent (except Antarctica).  She also presented the paper, "Neutrality in the Context of Cyberwar," coauthored with Prof. Dan Ryan of the National Defense University.  The two-day conference featured sessions on cyberwarfare, malware, computer and network security, data security, cloud computing, and covert channels.  GW students were invited to attend the conference for free and many took advantage of that offer.  In particular, Computer Science doctoral students Eugen Leontie and Gedare Bloom actively participated in the conference, leading the session on Ph.D. works in progress.

Student News

Abraham Todd and Michael Zarrella (ECE) received scholarships from the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI). CRSI awards scholarships annually to senior-level undergraduate students who have shown interest in the reinforced concrete industry through academic study and work experience. Abraham and Michael demonstrated their interest in the concrete industry by taking Prof. Sameh Badie's (CEE) concrete courses and conducting summer research with Prof. Pedro Silva (CEE).

Guest Vignette

Prof. Abdelghani Bellaachia is a full time faculty member in the Department of Computer Science. His main research areas include bio-inspired data mining, recommender systems using social networks, and multi-lingual data mining.

Prof. Bellaachia and his doctoral student Anasse Bari have recently had a paper accepted at the 2011 IEEE Symposium on Swarm Intelligence, which will be will held in Paris, France, April 11-15, 2011.  The paper introduces a new biologically-inspired data mining algorithm, called SFLOSCAN, which uses bird flocking behavior to detect communities in dynamic social networks.   

Prof. Bellaachia was recently invited to join the scientific committee of the Conference Sciences of Electronics, Technologies of Information and Telecommunications (SETIT 2011).

Throughout the year, Prof. Bellaachia conducts bi-weekly research meetings with his doctoral students.  Students have a chance to present their research, learn from each other, and receive research guidelines from him.  (Provided courtesy of Prof. Abdelghani Bellaachia of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Upcoming Events

SEAS Events:
MAE Seminar: "Linear parameter varying control theory and application in complex systems"
Javad Mohammadpour, University of Houston
Monday, March 28
2:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute (CSPRI) Event: "GovExec: WikiLeaks: Lessons Learned"
Wednesday, March 30
7:30 - 9:30 am

Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute (CSPRI) Event: Security and Privacy: "Clinical Case Studies"
Dr. Neal Sikka, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Wednesday, March 30
12:00 - 1:30 pm
302 Marvin Center

MAE Seminar: "Whispering-Gallery Mode Micro-Sensors: Real-Time Sensing Strategies for Nanofabrication Processes"
Tobias Rossmann, Rutgers University
Thursday, March 31
2:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

GW Institute for Crisis Disaster and Risk Management (ICDRM) Homeland Security, Emergency and Risk Management Forum: "A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea"
Joel Achenbach, Washington Post staff writer
Thursday, March 31
3:30 - 5:30 pm
309 Marvin Center

ECE Colloquium: "Improving SSD Read Performance Using Differentiated Error Correction Coding Schemes"
Xubin (Ben) He, Virginia Commonwealth University
Friday, April 1
3:00 - 4:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall

MAE Seminar: "Encapsulated Microbubbles: From Echocardiography to noninvasive blood pressure monitoring"
Kausik Sarkar, University of Delaware
Monday, April 4
2:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

MAE Seminar: "Intelligent Command Generation to Reduce Machine Vibration"
Joshua Vaughan, Georgia Institute of Technology
Tuesday, April 5
2:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

MAE Seminar: "Onboard Guidance, Navigation, and Control of Advanced Autonomous Systems"
Behcet Acikmese, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Friday, April 8
2:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

MAE/GWIBE Seminar Series: Engineering Feedback Control Systems in Microbes
Mary J. Dunlop, University of Vermont
Thursday, April 14
1:00 - 2:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall

Pelton Senior Design Competition & SEAS Senior-Alumni BBQ
Wednesday, May 11
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Grand Ballroom, Marvin Center

Entrepreneurship Events

First Annual Start-up Career Expo
Thursday, March 31
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Marvin Center, 3rd Floor Grand Ballroom

SEAS Seminar on Entrepreneurship: "Building Your Early Stage Startup Team"
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
6:00 - 8:30 pm
108 Funger Hall [Please note the room change for this seminar]

Academic Success Events

Get to the Point: Developing Employer-Centered Resumes and CV's
Tuesday, April 5
4:00-5:30 pm
Marvin Center 310    

Ethical Research Standards: Doing Research the Right Way 
Wednesday, April 27
3:30-5:30 pm
Marvin Center 402

Dissertation Defenses

Name of Student Defending: Mira Yun
Title of Dissertation: "Performance Enhancement in Heterogeneous Wireless Networks"
Advisor: Hyeong-Ah Choi (CS)
Monday, March 28
1:00 - 3:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall