August 12 - 25 , 2013


July 29, 2013

Faculty News

Research & Patents:
Prof. Taeyoung Lee (MAE) has been awarded a three-year, $219,517 research grant from NSF for his project “Stochastic Motion Planning and Estimation with Non-Gaussian Uncertainty Distributions on a Lie Group.” The project is focused on constructing optimal trajectories of complex dynamic systems to maximize the probability of achieving a prescribed goal in highly uncertain environments. This will be particularly useful for motion planning and estimation of unmanned aerial vehicles that are capable of interacting autonomously with unknown dynamic surroundings through agile maneuvers.

On July 9, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent 8,480,106: Dual Suspension System to Shai Cohen (research scientist, National Crash Analysis Center).

" How Will the Fast Multipole Method Fare in the Exascale Era?", an article authored by Prof. Lorena Barba (MAE) and Rio Yokota, was published by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics’ SIAM News on July 23.

Working in collaboration with Virgil Provenzano of the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), Profs. Edward Della Torre and Lawrence Bennett of GW’s Institute for Magnetics Research and ECE have published the following paper: V. Provenzano, E. Della Torre, and L. H. Bennett, “Study of Magnetizing Processes in Ni50Mn35In15 Heusler Alloy,” IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, no. 99, 2013.

Profs. Shahram Sarkani and Thomas Mazzuchi (EMSE) and their doctoral students have published the following papers:

J.  Wood, S. Sarkani, T. A. Mazzuchi, and T. Eveleigh, “A Framework for Capturing the Hidden Stakeholder System,” Systems Engineering, Vol. 16, Issue 3, 2013, pp. 251-266.

D. R. Georgiadis, T. A. Mazzuchi, and S. Sarkani, “Using multi criteria decision making in analysis of alternatives for selection of enabling technology,” Systems Engineering, Vol. 16, Issue 3, 2013, pp. 287-303.

E. A. Bjorkman, S. Sarkani, and T. A. Mazzuchi, “Using model-based systems engineering as a framework for improving test and evaluation activities,” Systems Engineering, Vol. 16, Issue 3, 2013, pp. 346-362.

Conferences & Presentations:
Prof. Lorena Barba (MAE) gave the opening keynote address on July 29 at the VI Latin American Symposium on High-Performance Computing.

Prof. Michael Clarkson (CS) gave an invited lecture on "hyperproperties" at the Summer School on Formal Methods for the Science of Security, held July 22-26.  The event was sponsored by the Information Trust Institute at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  He also co-chaired the Foundations of Computer Security Workshop, held June 26-29, in New Orleans, LA.  The workshop was affiliated with the IEEE Symposium on Computer Security Foundations, at which his postdoc, Masoud Koleini, gave a short talk titled "HyperLTL" about their work together.

At the 12th U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics (USNCCM12), Prof. James Lee (MAE) and his former students, Prof. Xianqiao Wang of University of Georgia and Prof. James Chen of Pennsylvania State University, the Altoona College, organized a mini-symposium titled Continuum, Micro-Scale and Nano-Scale Material Modeling and Characterization.  Participants presented 27 papers at the mini-symposium.

At the USNCCM, held July 22-25, in Raleigh, NC , Prof. Lee’s research group presented the following papers:

Jiaoyan Li and James Lee, “Multiple length/time scale modeling of multi-physics for nano/micro material system”

James Lee and Jiaoyan Li, “Multiscale modeling of multi-physics from atoms to atom-based continuum”

Zidong Yang, James Lee, Xianqiao Wang, and Azim Eskandarian, “Molecular dynamics study of mechanical properties for CNT embedded nanocrystalline MgO”

Tejas Ruparel, Azim Eskandarian, and James Lee, “Multiple length scale and time scale coupling for linear structural dynamic equations”

At the USNCCM, Jiaoyan Li also won the Student Best Poster Award in the poster session sponsored by the Army High Performance Computing Research Center.

Other News:

Prof. Zhenyu Li (ECE) has been invited to serve on the organizing committee for the SPIE Ultrafast Imaging and Spectroscopy conference. This conference is part of SPIE Optics + Photonics 2013, the largest (4,500 attendees) international, multidisciplinary optical sciences and technology meeting in North America. The conference will be held August 25-29, in San Diego, CA.

SEAS Events

MAE Seminar: “Topics in Instantaneous Impact Point (IIP) Prediction of a Rocket”
Presenter: Prof. Jaemyung Ahn, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea
Wednesday, August 14
2:00 – 3:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

MAE Seminar: “Precise Design and Control of Formation Flying Trajectories by Employing Generating Functions”
Presenter: Prof. Chandeok Park, Yonsei University, South Korea
Friday, August 16
2:00 – 3:00 pm
771 Rome Hall