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Engineers Help Unravel the Mysteries of the Brain

Date: 
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Location: 
ATRC 102

Food provided at 12 P.M. - 12:30 P.M.
Food reservation can be made at the ES202 front desk one week prior to each seminar.


Dr. Scott T. ActonDr. Scott T. Acton - Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and of Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia

Professor Acton’s laboratory at UVA is called VIVA - Virginia Image and Video Analysis. They specialize in biomedical image analysis problems. The research emphasis of VIVA is video tracking and segmentation. Professor Acton has over 275 publications in the image analysis area including the books Biomedical Image Analysis: Tracking and Biomedical Image Analysis: Segmentation. Professor Acton has been at the University of Virginia since 2000. Before that time, he was on the faculty at Oklahoma State University (1994-2000). He’s worked in industry for AT&T, Motorola and the Mitre Corporation. He is editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing.

Seminar Abstract

This talk highlights the intersection of engineering and neuroscience. The scientific community is attempting to map the structure and connectivity of neurons in organisms such as Drosophila – the fruit fly. To accomplish such an atlas, automated image analysis is required and stands as a major roadblock to success. The talk addresses recent progress in the segmentation and tracing of individual neurons.  Graph theoretic and diffusion-based methods are discussed along with results. Also, the comparison and matching of neurons is described. This last portion of the research addresses the open question: can we quantify morphological change in neurons?

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Technology, Computer Architecture and Memory

Date: 
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Location: 
ATRC 102

Food provided at 12 P.M. - 12:30 P.M.
Food reservation can be made at the ES202 front desk one week prior to each seminar.


Dr. Mark D HillDr. Mark D Hill - Gene M. Amdahl and John P. Morgridge Professor of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin- Madison

Professor Hill is a senior computer architect at Wisconsin interested in parallel-computer system design, memory system design, and computer simulation. He developed the 3C cache miss taxonomy (compulsory, capacity, and conflict) and co-developed “sequential consistency for data-race free” that serves as a foundation of the C++ and Java memory models. He is a fellow of IEEE and the ACM, co-inventor on 35 patents, and taught more than 1000 students with 40 Ph.D. progeny so far. Hill has a PhD in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Computer Community Consortium.

Seminar Abstract

First, this talk will discuss how challenges to Moore’s Law will open up new directions for computer systems, including architecture as infrastructure, energy first, impact of emerging technologies, and cross-layer opportunities. Second, the talk will delve into examples of cross-layer research driven by changes in memory due to the million-fold memory capacity growth, the introduction of general-purpose graphics processing unit computing, and non-volatile memory’s fusing of memory and storage. While computing gets the glory, remember that it is vast memory that makes most interesting computation possible!

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Annual IEEE/ECE Fall Picnic

Date: 
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: 
NW Corner Pavilion, Boomer Lake

WHO: You and other interested parties
WHAT: Annual IEEE/ECE Fall Picnic
WHEN: Wednesday, 21 September, 5:30 -7:30 pm
WHERE: NW Corner Pavilion, Boomer Lake
WHY: Not? Enjoy grilled burgers, volleyball, disc golf, and fabulous conversation for only $2 a head

OSU IEEE September General Meeting

Date: 
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
ES201B

WHO: You and other interested parties
WHAT: OSU IEEE September General Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, 14 September, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
WHERE: ES201B
WHY: Reps from Phillips66 will present. See http://www.phillips66.com/EN/Pages/index.aspx & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phillips_66 for more information about this company. Plus you get a free meal.

OSU IEEE August General Meeting

Date: 
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
ES201B

WHO: You and other interested parties
WHAT: OSU IEEE August General Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, 31 August, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
WHERE: ES201B
WHY: Reps from Credera Consulting will present. See https://www.credera.com/ for more information about this company.

Application of Game Theory to High Assurance Cloud Computing

Date: 
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: 
ATRC101

The growth of cloud computing has spurred many entities, both small and large, to use cloud services for cost savings. Public cloud computing has allowed for quick, dynamic scalability without many overhead or long-term commitments. However, concern over cyber security is the main reason many large organizations with sensitive information such as the Department of Defense have been reluctant to join a public cloud. This is due to three challenging problems. First, the current cloud infrastructures lack provable trustworthiness. Integrating Trusted Computing (TC) technologies with cloud infrastructure shows a promising method for verifying the cloud’s behaviors, which may in turn facilitate provable trustworthiness. Second, public clouds have the inherent and unknown danger stemming from a shared platform - namely, the hypervisor. An attacker that subverts a virtual machine (VM) and then goes on to compromise the hypervisor can readily compromise all virtual machines on that hypervisor. We propose a security-aware virtual machine placement scheme in the cloud. Third, a sophisticated attack in a cloud has to be understood as a sequence of events that calls for the detection/response model to encompass observations from varying dimensions. We discuss a method to automatically determine the best response, given the observations on the system states from a set of monitors.

Game theory provides a rich mathematical tool to analyze conflict within strategic interactions and thereby gain a deeper understanding of cloud security issues. Theoretical constructs or mathematical abstractions provide a rigorous scientific basis for cyber security because they allow for reasoning quantitatively about cyber-attacks. This talk will address the three cloud security challenging problems identified above and report on our latest findings from this body of work.


Dr. Charles Kamhoua

Charles A. Kamhoua received the BS in electronic from the University of Douala (ENSET), Cameroon, in 1999, and the MS in telecommunication and networking and the PhD in electrical engineering from Florida International University (FIU), in 2008 and 2011, respectively. In 2011, he joined the Cyber Assurance Branch of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Rome, New York, as a National Academies Postdoctoral Fellow and became a Research Electronics Engineer in 2012. Prior to joining AFRL, he was an educator for more than 10 years. His current research interests include the application of game theory to cyber security, survivability, cloud computing, hardware Trojan, online social network, wireless communication and cyber threat information sharing. He has more than 60 technical publications in prestigious journals and International conferences along with a Best Paper Award at the 2013 IEEE FOSINTSI. He has mentored more than 40 young scholars at AFRL counting Summer Faculty Fellow, postdoc, and students. He has been invited to more than 30 keynote and distinguished speeches in the USA and abroad. He has been recognized for his scholarship and leadership with numerous prestigious awards including 30 Air Force Notable Achievement Awards, the 2016 FIU CharlesE. Perry Young Alumni Visionary Award, the 2015 AFOSR Windows on the World Visiting Research Fellowship at Oxford University, UK, an AFOSR Basic Research Award, the 2015 Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA), the 2015 NSBE Golden Torch Award—Pioneer of the Year, selection to the 2015 Heidelberg Laureate Forum, and the 2011 NSF PIRE Award at the Fluminense Federal University, Brazil. He is currently an advisor for the National Research Council, a member of ACM, the FIU alumni association, NSBE and a senior member of IEEE.

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Please Join ECE in Celebrating the Retirement of Dr. Dan Grischkowsky

Date: 
Friday, April 22, 2016 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Location: 
201B Engineering South

Please Join ECE in Celebrating the Retirement of Dr. Dan Grischkowsky

22 years with OSU

 

When: Friday, April 22, 2016

Time: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Where: 201B Engineering South

 

Please stop by and wish him well. Food and Drinks will be served!

7th Annual Mercury Remote Robot Challenge

Date: 
Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 1:00pm
Location: 
Noble Research Center

The 7th Annual Mercury Remote Robot Challenge will take place in the Atrium of the Noble Research Center on the Stillwater Campus of Oklahoma State University on Saturday April 16, 2016. The event is international with participants from United States universities as well as Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. There are 30 robots currently registered. There is no charge for spectators and the public is invited to come. The event begins 1:00 P.M. and is streamed live on the Internet. The competition requires the robots be driven from a location in excess of 50 miles away. The robot must be capable of operating in the dark, climb and descend 30 degree inclines, capture, transport and deliver a beanbag and sprint to the finish. For additional details visit our web site

https://mercury.okstate.edu/

Mercury Remote Robot Challenge Sponsor

2016 OSU ECE Spring Banquet

Date: 
Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 5:30pm
Location: 
Meditations
  • Sponsored, in part, by:  Phillips66, Valero, and CEAT Student Council
  • Hosted by Student Branch of IEEE
  • Doors open at 5:30 pm, meal at 6:00 pm
  • Cash bar
  • Sign up in ES202 to reserve your seat(s)
    • No later than close of business, April 8
    • Payment in advance is required
    • Cost is $10 per person (A $19 value)
    • Student discount:  $5 if resume is also submitted to ieee@okstate.edu
  • Speakers:  Christine Huckleberry and B.J. Potter from the FAA
  • Dress is business casual
  • Many door prizes available!
  • All are invited!

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Next Generation Engineering Education

Date: 
Monday, April 4, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Location: 
102 ATRC

Food provided at 12 P.M. - 12:30 P.M.
Food reservation can be made at the ES202 front desk one week prior to each seminar.


Dr. Robert G. OlsenDr. Robert G. Olsen - Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science at Washington State University

Olsen received his B.A. degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ in 1968 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO in 1970 and 1974 respectively. For the latter two degrees, his area of specialization was electromagnetic theory. He was the associate dean for undergraduate programs of the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture from 2003-20013.

His research interests span all aspects of electromagnetics issues in power transmission and has resulted in approximately 85 publications in refereed journals and approximately 150 conference publications/presentations. He is also one of the authors of the AC Transmission Line Reference Book – 200 kV and Above which is published by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the author of the recently published two volume book, High Voltage Overhead Transmission Line Electromagnetics.

Seminar abstract

There are a number of important issues to be faced when contemplating undergraduate engineering education for the next generation. Retention is a major concern given the historically low retention rate in engineering programs due to the relative lack of control over the first two years of the students’ education. This issue will be addressed in addition to the more recent problem of generally reduced student readiness for the engineering curriculum. The discussion will include challenges faced in both recruiting and retaining underrepresented minorities and women.  Engineering programs are evolving and are expected to change to emphasize learning more than teaching and to include more “experience enhanced education.” Infused within all segments of the seminar will be the roles played by NSF funding and assessment to enhance programs. If undergraduate programs are to grow, the resources (human, facility and financial) must be made available either by increased efficiency or additions to existing resources. An issue of great importance, given their many responsibilities, is that faculty workload related to the undergraduate program must be set at a ‘reasonable” level.

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