November 18 - December 1, 2013


November 18, 2013

Faculty News

Media Mentions:

Prof. Lorena Barba (MAE) and her Boston University doctoral student Anush Krishnan were interviewed for a podcast on flying snakes simulation that appeared November 16 in the online magazine Inside HPC. Inside HPC is a leading online magazine for high-performance computing. A link to her podcast currently sits on the front page of the site.

Prof. Azim Eskandarian (CEE) was interviewed for the article "Taming the Hidden Drowsiness Epidemic," which appeared November 6 on the PBS NOVAnext website.

Prof. Lance Hoffman (CS) and other GW faculty were interviewed for The Washington Diplomat's November 3 article "Universities Prep New Generation to Secure World's Cyberspace."


Prof. Lorena Barba (MAE) and her colleagues have had the following paper published: "A biomolecular electrostatics solver using Python, GPUs and boundary elements that can handle solvent-filled cavities and Stern layers," Christopher D. Cooper, Jaydeep P. Bardhan, L. A. Barba. Computer Physics Communications, (October 2013). 10.1016/j.cpc.2013.10.028

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Lorena Barba (MAE) is giving two invited talks this week at the Supercomputing Conference in Denver, CO. She will present "Flying snakes on GPUs" on November 19 and "Birds of a Feather: Women in HPC Around the World" on November 20.

On November 17, Prof. David Broniatowski (EMSE) presented a poster titled "A Mathematical Theory of Qualitative Decision Making" at the Society for Judgment and Decision Making conference.

On November 22, Prof. Claire Monteleoni (CS) will give an invited talk at George Mason University's Applied and Computational Math Seminar. The seminar is hosted by the university's Department of Mathematical Sciences. Prof. Monteleoni's talk is titled "Climate Informatics: Recent Advances and Challenge Problems for Machine Learning in Climate Science." 

Student News

Congratulations to SEAS graduate student Brandon Minor (advised by Prof. Gabe Sibley), whose new venture, Replica, took the top prize on Saturday in the graduate track of GW’s 2013 Pitch George Elevator Pitch Competition. Brandon was one of 75 participants who gave 48 pitches to 20 judges during the competition. After the morning semi-finals, judges narrowed the competition down to six final teams from each track, undergraduate and graduate. Final teams pitched in elevators to three different judges, who selected the winning undergraduate and graduate teams.  Brandon’s winning venture, Replica, uses sophisticated object recognition algorithms, already in use in GW's Autonomous Robotics and Perception Lab, to scan and print any object from a mobile device.

Other News

Tompkins Hall wireless upgrade: The Division of IT has completed the upgrade of the wireless access points in Tompkins. The previous infrastructure was set up more than five years ago and was obsolete. This upgrade is part of a three-year, campus-wide upgrade that aims to provide reliable wireless access throughout the GW campus. The upgrade also will provide the additional bandwidth required to support the increase in mobile devices that leverage WIFI.

SEAS Computing Facility is happy to announce that Jason Hurlburt joined the Computing Facility on November 11 as a systems engineer. Prior to joining SEAS, Jason spent more than 10 years in the Division of IT in various roles that involved progressive technical and leadership responsibilities. Most recently, Jason led the migration of several groups onto the University Enterprise Active Directory. We are confident that SEAS will benefit from Jason's technical skills and that he will be a valuable addition to the team.

The Faculty Regalia Sale will be held at the GW Bookstore on Thursday, December 5, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Friday, December 6, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For questions about the sale or regalia, please contact Herff Jones at  or 703-368-9550.

Guest Vignette

Professor Andrew Cutler and his students develop laser-based instruments that they then apply to the study of supersonic flames and the combustors of supersonic combustion ramjets, or "scramjets." (A scramjet is an air-breathing engine contemplated for use on aircraft flying at speeds in excess of Mach 6.)  Their work is conducted as part of the AFOSR-NASA National Center for Hypersonic Combined Cycle Propulsion, a collaboration of several universities, including GW, and led by the University of Virginia.  Currently they are preparing for a winter test campaign at Virginia's Supersonic Combustion Facility.  There, they will apply dual-pump, Coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy and planar laser-induced fluorescence to probe the flow in the combustor. These instruments have been developed by them at NASA Langley Research Center.  (Provided courtesy of Prof. Andrew Cutler of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

SEAS Events

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

CS Colloquium: "Exploring Link Correlation for Performance Improvements in Wireless Networks"
Speaker: Dr. Tian He, University of Minnesota
Friday, November 22
12:30 pm
640 Phillips Hall

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

SEAS Presents: "iOS7 for Developers: Learn about iOS Programming from an Apple Engineer"
Monday, December 2
6:00 - 8:00 pm
The Jack Morton Auditorium, MPA Building
Reserve FREE tickets at: event/9231388331
We will discuss and demonstrate Apple's latest software development tools for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, and show how individuals and institutions are building innovative mobile applications for their organizations and the wider world. We will highlight what's new for developers with iOS 7, deconstruct some popular applications, and show you how to get started building your own with Apple's free tools. We'll talk about native application development with Xcode, and review the integration and deployment options and Apple's developer program including the University Developer Program. And if the presenter messes up, we may accidentally wind up demonstrating the debugger as well.

MAE Seminar: "Lariats, Skirts, and the Dynamics of Flexible Bodies"
Speaker: Dr. James Hanna, Department of Engineering Science & Mechanics,  Virginia Tech
Friday, December 6
2:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

MAE Seminar: "Design and Manufacturing of Biologically Inspired Robots"
Speaker: Dr. Satyandra K. Gupta, Maryland Robotics Center, University of Maryland, College Park and NSF's Division of Information & Intelligent Systems
Monday, December 9
11:00 am
736 Phillips Hall

Other Events

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: Mohammadreza Ghahremani
Title of Dissertation: "Magnetocaloric Materials and Magnetic Refrigeration Systems"
Advisors: Profs. Edward Della Torre and Lawrence Bennett (ECE)
Tuesday, November 26
1:00 pm
Virginia Science and Technology Campus, 20101 Academic Way, Room 204

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

Name of Student Defending: Marjan Nabili
Title of Dissertation: "Ultrasound-enhanced Delivery of Antibiotics and Anti-inflammatory Drugs into the Eye"
Advisor: Prof. Vesna Zderic (ECE)
Tuesday, December 10
1:00 - 3:30 pm
640 Phillips Hall