NIST's Information Technology Laboratory has awarded Dr. Aylin Caliskan (CS) a one-year, $192,000 grant for 2021, as a single principal investigator. The grant is for the project “Quantifying and Explaining Human-like Biases in Artificial Intelligence's Visual Semantics.” The project will seek answers for research questions on how humans and machines learn bias from visual data in the presence and absence of natural language. The expected outcome at the end of 2021 is an AI bias analytics framework for computer vision systems that provides a foundation for fairness enhancing technologies to help make Fair Information Practices (FIP) and anti-discriminatory regulation a reality for policymakers as well as AI developers, users, and subjects.
The following journal article was published recently by Dr. Payman Dehghanian (ECE) and his recently graduated PhD student, Bo Wang, in collaboration with several Argonne National Laboratory energy scientists: B. Wang, D. Zhao, P. Dehghanian, Y. Tian, and T. Hong. “Aggregated ElectricVehicle Load Modeling in Large-Scale Electric Power Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, Vol. 56, No. 5, pp. 5796-5810, Sept./Oct. 2020.
Dr. Xitong Liu (CEE) and his PhD student Lingchen Kong have published an invited reviewer paper: L. Kong and X. Liu. “Emerging Electrochemical Processes for Materials Recovery from Wastewater: Mechanisms and Prospects,” Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering, 2020, 14, 90.
Conferences & Presentations:
Dr. Payman Dehghanian (ECE) chaired the session “Grid Integration of Renewables” at the 2020 IEEE International Conference on Power System Technology, held virtually September 13-16. Dr. Dehghanian also served as a technical committee member of the conference.
On September 19, Dr. Suresh Subramaniam (ECE) presented an IEEE Distinguished Lecture titled “Introduction to Optical WDM Networking and its Application to Data Centers.” The lecture was organized by the NoVa-DC-Baltimore chapters of the IEEE Communications Society and was presented virtually.
GW COMPASS—Invitation to new members: Is this unprecedented moment in history leaving you with a desire for intentional, meaningful professional relationships with the next generation of STEM leaders? Then we have JUST the answer for you...GW COMPASS! Compass is a networking organization for graduate students in STEM. We are looking for scholars with not only aptitude in the laboratory but also with a burgeoning hunger for community impact through advocacy policy and mentoring. Contact us to learn more!
Upcoming SEAS Events
POSTPONED: 2020 SEAS Student R&D Showcase
Originally scheduled for Friday, October 23, the 2020 SEAS Student R&D Showcase is being postponed to a future date. More information will be provided as soon as a new date is set. Thank you to all SEAS students who have registered for the Showcase. Your application will remain valid, and you will not need to resubmit it.
BME Seminar: “New Approaches for Imaging Cardiac Activity In-Vitro and Ex-Vivo”
Speaker: Dr. Gil Bub, McGill University
Wednesday, October 7
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
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CVP Speaker Series @ GW: “Women in Engineering: Charting the Path to Leadership”
Wednesday, October 7
12:00 – 1:00 pm ET
A panel of women engineers at every stage of the career ladder will share their professional experiences and provide recommendations for young women entering the workforce, as well as leaders looking to increase the percentage of women engineers in their workplace.
SEAS Center for Women in Engineering Movie Night: “Picture a Scientist”
Friday, October 9
8:00 pm ET
Join Us for a free special screening of the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival Award-Winning Movie Picture a Scientist, hosted by the SEAS Center for Women in Engineering and GW Society of Women Engineers. Picture a Scientist is a feature-length documentary film chronicling the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. The deadline to sign up for the movie screening is October 7 at 4:00 pm ET.
ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: “Revisiting Exploration versus Exploitation: Adaptive Control and Multi-Armed Bandits”
Speaker: Dr. P.R. Kumar, Texas A&M University
Wednesday, October 14
10:00 – 11:00 am ET
This lecture will count as part of the department’s colloquium requirements.
BME Seminar: “Flexible, Hybrid Opto-Electro-Chemo Implants for Neural Interfaces”
Speaker: Dr. Wen Li, Michigan State University
Wednesday, December 2
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Entrepreneurship News & Events
GW Innovation Center Events:
GWIC Make-A-Thing #4: Multilevel Design
Friday, October 2
3:00 – 5:00 pm ET
Learn how to create cool assemblies using circuits from Eagle and models from Fusion360!
GW Technology Commercialization Office Events:
Virtual DC Startup Showcase @ GW
Tuesday, September 29
2:00 – 5:00 pm
DC Startup Showcase will present companies developing disruptive healthcare innovations. Log on to the Showcase’s live YouTube channel to see pitches from entrepreneurs seeking funding to bring the fruits of high-impact research to market. Then join its Zoom rooms to follow up with specific startups, ask questions of the Platinum and Gold legal sponsors, and/or mix and mingle with DC’s best entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders. The Showcase is hosted by GW's Technology Commercialization Office.
GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Events:
Student Entrepreneur Meetup
Tuesday, September 29
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Join your GW peers for an evening of connecting and collaborating (virtually, of course). If you're a student founder looking for teammates, looking to join an existing startup, or just wanting to talk about your idea with your peers, look no further. Don't miss out on this great event.
Workshop: Introduction to Lean Innovation
Friday, October 16
Friday, November 20
1:00 – 4:30 pm ET
Do you hope to solve a global problem, start a new business, develop a new product, or simply have an idea? We're inviting the entire GW community to attend a half-day introductory virtual workshop to learn how savvy innovators start the process.
Jumpstart Bootcamp: Global Challenge Innovation
Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8
Saturday and Sunday, November 14 and 15
10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET on each of the four dates
Students will discover and breakdown complex global problems, innovate new solutions, and design a business plan to launch a startup. This virtual event will feature four, two-hour interactive sessions. Guests who register for this event must attend all four sessions.
The GW Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service hosts GW Votes, a non-partisan coalition of students, faculty, and staff that promotes voter registration and participation among GW students. This fall, GW Votes is hosting a number of programs and initiatives leading up to the November 3rd elections. Visit GW Votes for more information.
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GW Coders is a new community that brings together students and faculty to apply computational and data analytics skills in research. We will share coding experiences, learn some new skills, and build our professional networks. GW Coders is for everyone, from those just getting interested in coding to those who have years of experience; for undergraduate and graduate students; for faculty in any discipline; for others in the DC community who want to join us.
Office of Research Integrity Seminar: “Responsible Conduct of Research”
Weekly, on Thursday
12:00 – 1:30 pm
This fall 2020 seminar course is designed to develop and strengthen ethical problem-solving skills and foster sensitivity to ethical issues in the conduct of research. Registration is open to the entire campus community but will be capped at twenty participants. Please register early to secure your space. If you have questions about the seminar, please email the Office of Research Integrity.
Human Resources News
This week's HR Corner includes information related to the temporary suspension of employer base and matching contributions to retirement plans, changes to campus access, updates to GW's FY21 holiday schedule, and more. Please visit the HR Corner to read these updates.