November 11-17, 2013


November 9, 2013

Faculty News

Conferences & Presentations:

On November 5, Prof. Lorena Barba (MAE) gave an invited talk titled "Fast multipole methods in the Exascale era" at the 3rd Workshop of the Software Institute for Methodologies and Abstractions for Codes, SIMAC 3, held in Boston, MA.

Profs. Edward Della Torre and Lawrence Bennet (ECE) and doctoral students from GW's Institute for Magnetics Research (IMR), Mohammadreza Ghahremani, Maryam Ovichi, and Hatem ElBidweihy, attended the annual Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM) Conference, held November 4-8 in Denver, Colorado. There, they presented the following papers:

1.      E. Della Torre and L. H. Bennett, “Negative Remanent Magnetization”

2.      M. Ghahremani, H. ElBidweihy, H. M. Seyoum, M. Ovichi, L.H. Bennett, and E. Della Torre, “Spin-reoriented stabilization in a Ni51Mn33.4IN15.6 Heusler alloy”

3.      M. Ovichi, M. Ghahremani, E. Della Torre, L. H. Bennett, F. Johnson, and V. Srivastava, “Ferri-to-ferro-magnetic and ferro-to-para-magnetic transitions in Ni48Co2Mn35In13Ga2 Heusler alloy”

4.      H. ElBidweihy, C. D. Burgy, E. Della Torre, and L. H. Bennett, “Biaxial Preisach-type Model for Sequential Application of Orthogonal Fields”

5.      C. Burgy, H. ElBidweihy, and E. Della Torre, “Application of a DOK Stress-Preisach Model through a Numerical Model”

Prof Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE) delivered a keynote address titled “Preprocessing Big Data with Heterogeneous Hardware” at HPC China/Big Data Forum, held October 30 in Guilin,         China.  HPC China is the national Chinese conference on high-performance computing and most talks are given in Chinese except for a small number of invited talks by international scholars.  

Prof. Azim Eskandarian (CEE) and his student Pouria Riyahi presented their paper, "A Robust Gauss-Newton Algorithm for Analyzing Steady-State Visual Evoked Potential," at the 6th International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, held November 6-8, in San Diego, CA.

Prof. Roger Lang (ECE) helped organize and attended the URSI (Union of Radio Sciences International) Commission F meeting on Microwave Signatures, held October 28-31 in Helsinki, Finland.  At this meeting he presented the paper titled “Multiple Scattering Effects in Radar Signatures from an Isolated Tree.”  Dr. Qianyi Zhao (ECE) was a coauthor.

Guest Vignette

Capital Cities, Global Citizens

It all started with a phone call.  Then more phone calls, then more people, and soon we had a rich interaction of knowledge, ideas, and energy.  We discovered that two of our researchers are working on the same problem, water sustainability in Pakistan, so we introduced them to each other.  We are planning a joint event this month as a collaborative workshop.  We are launching a new collaborative learning project. We are talking to other universities.  We are engaging alumni.  So now you're asking the question, "Who is 'we' and what are you up to?"

The successful collaboration between University College London (UCL) and GW continues. What started as a simple collaborative experiment in joint project-based learning between two classes of students has grown to involve faculty from across GW and has a new mission: the development of a multi-faceted interaction between the two universities that encompasses joint research collaboration, continued cooperative education projects, and an opportunity for students to engage in sustainability-related efforts. 

We call this joint effort "Capital Cities, Global Citizens."  The "we" now directly includes the GW Sustainability Initiative office, under the auspices of Meghan Chapple-Brown, and Professor Lisa Benton-Short of the Geography Department, but indirectly includes researchers from all over GW as we grow the ideas we are pursuing.  The water research in Pakistan?  That's our very own Professor Rumana Riffat and UCL Professor Sarah Bell.  Future areas for discussion and collaboration include Big Data and Smart Cities, Urban Planning and Urban Design, STEM and Public Policy, and Water.  We are making magic happen in sustainability education and research.  (Provided courtesy of Prof. Julie Ryan of the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering)

SEAS Events

ECE Colloquium: “Development of Micro-Devices for Intra-Cellular Recordings in Awake Active Brains”
Speaker: Dr. Mladen Barbic, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Farm Research Campus
Monday, November 11
4:00 – 5:00 pm

Clark Engineering Scholars Program sponsored event: Cyber Security Presentation
Speaker: Ms. Paige Atkins, Vice President for Cyber and Information Technology Research at the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation
Tuesday, November 12
6:00 - 7:15 pm
Ms. Atkins is also a former director for strategic planning and information at the Defense Information Systems Agency, as well as a SEAS alumna.

CS and MAE Colloquium: “Gliders, Bicycles, Toys, and Walking Robots”
Speaker: Dr. Andy Ruina, Cornell University
Friday, November 15
12:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

ECE Research Blitz
Friday, November 15
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
309 Media and Public Affairs Building
Multiple ECE faculty will provide a fast, 5-minute description of ongoing research projects.  Topics include biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer engineering. GW faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students are invited. Please join us for this fast and fun overview of research in the ECE Department.

CS Research Seminar: “Improving Sampling Based Motion Planning via Intelligent Collision Checking”
Speaker: Dr. Michael Otte, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Monday, November 18
2:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

ECE Colloquium: “Molecular Chemical Imaging – Emerging Applications in Defense, Forensics & Medicine”
Speaker: Dr. Patrick Treado, Founder & CTO, ChemImage Corporation
Tuesday, November 19
2:00 – 3:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall

MAE Seminar: "Engineering Pressure-sensitive Particles for Biomedical Ultrasound Applications"
Speaker: Prof. Tyrone Porter, Center for Nanoscience & Nanobiotechnology, Boston University
Wednesday, November 20
2:00 pm
302 Marvin Center

MAE Seminar: “Modeling Inelastic Behavior of Metals at Multiple Scales for Multiple Purposes”
Speaker, David L. McDowell, Georgia Institute of Technology
Monday, November 25
736 Phillips Hall

Other Events

Center for Career Services: Trendy Careers of Interest to STEM Majors
Tuesday, November 12
12:30 - 1:30 pm
405 Marvin Center
A panel of industry and alumni experts will share their experiences in trendy careers of interest to STEM majors. 

GW Office of Entrepreneurship: How to Write a Compelling Executive Summary
Presenter: Kevin May
Wednesday, November 20
5:00 – 7:00 pm

GW Office of Entrepreneurship: Teambuilding
Presenter: Patrick Landers
Thursday, November 21
5:10 – 7:00 pm

Dissertation Defenses

Name of Student Defending: Nadezhda Radeva
Title of Dissertation: “Generalized Temporal Focus+ Context Framework for Improved Medical Data Exploration”
Advisor: Prof. James Hahn (CS)
Tuesday, December 3
12:00 – 2:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall