Research in networking and distributed systems focuses on enabling communication of and orchestrating coordination of a large number of computing nodes. It spans the areas of cloud computing, big data computing, and wireless and mobile computing.
An article on PhysOrg reports UB has received a $584,469 grant from the National Science Foundation to create a tool designed to work with the existing computing infrastructure to boost data transfer speeds by more than 10 times, and quotes Tevfik Kosar, associate professor of computer science.
Karthik Dantu owns the vision component of the RoboBee Initiative, led by the National Science Foundation and Harvard University. The "eyes" that Dr. Dantu is integrating are laser-powered sensors that enable the mechanical bees to orient themselves in space.
Wenyao Xu created AutoDietary—software that tracks the unique sounds produced by food as people chew it. AutoDietary, placed near the throat by a necklace delivery system developed at China's Northeastern University, helps users measure their caloric intake.
Ken Regan develops algorithms that detect cheating in chess games. His software compares a player's moves to a database of the player's typical gameplay, then makes an assessment of the statistical likelihood of cheating. Dr. Regan frequently consults at international chess matches.
This year, three faculty members in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering were recognized by the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) Region 1 chapter for their technological innovation.
Three faculty and four staff members from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences were among the 25 UB colleagues who have been named recipients of the 2019 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, the most recipients from UB in recent history.
CSE Assistant Professor Karthik Dantu’s project, entitled “Enabling Seamless Vision Sensing in Cloud-Edge Systems,” will develop computing solutions between the cloud and edge/mobile devices to enable more complex visual sensing on mobile/wearable devices for applications in augmented reality, virtual reality, face recognition, activity recognition and others. He will develop software frameworks to allow easier deployment of future visual sensing applications through multi-sensor fusion, providing spatial awareness on edge devices and smartly moving the computation between the edge and the cloud.
CSE Assistant Professor Nils Napp’s project, entitled “Abstraction Barriers for Embodied Algorithms,” addresses the problem of modeling physical interactions of robots in real-world environments. For example, a robot action can inadvertently change the state of the world, sometimes directly causing accidents or causing problems in future robot-world interactions. This project addresses this problem in the context of robot construction by developing representations of the world state that robots can reason about and use for planning. These allow programmers to treat robots and embodied algorithms and to make robots that reliably operate when modifying the environment and building structures.
CSE Assistant Professor Jaric Zola’s award, entitled “Scalable Software and Algorithmic Infrastructure for Probabilistic Graphical Modeling,” seeks to simplify and improve how researchers and practitioners, especially in the biomedical domain, use advanced cyberinfrastructure for data analytics. The project aims to introduce a parallel framework of fundamental operations, like data management or scheduling of computations, to accelerate learning of probabilistic graphical models. By developing high-level and intuitive programming models, Zola aims to make high performance computing more accessible.