Vermont POWDER Project

Vermont Researchers Use POWDER for Unique Testing

Researchers from the University of Vermont visited Utah recently to utilize the University of Utah’s POWDER wireless communications testbed for experiments involving a new tool that helps contractors detect objects underground.

This new ground-penetrating radar system, being developed by University of Vermont mechanical engineering professor Dryver Huston and his team, is capable of looking underground about six to seven feet to detect obstacles such as electric lines, natural gas lines or water tanks. This device can help contractors locate underground utilities while digging during construction.

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Developing 5G Tech for the Government

A team led by University of Utah computer science researchers is one of 16 multidisciplinary groups selected nationwide for the first phase of a new convergence research track to develop advanced 5G communications technologies for the U.S. military, federal government and infrastructure operators.

These 16 teams, selected by the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation, are part of Phase 1 of the Convergence Accelerator’s “Securely Operating Through 5G Infrastructure” track. For the next nine months, each team will develop its idea into a proof of concept, identify new team members and partners, and participate in the Convergence Accelerator innovation curriculum, according to the NSF. At the end of Phase 1, the teams will participate in a formal Phase 2 proposal and pitch.

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Reaching Out to Students in Crisis

For many students, the college experience can be unbearably stressful. Academic pressure, separation from the family and a sense of vulnerability can all lead to a mental-health crisis. And for this generation of young adults, they’ve also had to contend with a stifling once-in-a-century pandemic.

To help students better understand these mounting pressures and how to deal with them, the University of Utah’s College of Engineering, College of Law and the University Counseling Center are hosting a talk with Salt Lake City-based author and mental wellness advocate, Lark Dean Galley, whose own 19-year-old son died by suicide in 2019.

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Lab Safety Day 2022

At the University of Utah’s College of Engineering, lab safety is a priority. To increase awareness of university safety policies, the college is hosting its first annual “Lab Safety Day” for faculty, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students.

This free special event will be held Friday, Sept. 2, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Warnock Engineering Building (WEB). Click here to register.

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Parashar Named Presidential Professor

School of Computing professor Manish Parashar, who is the director of the University of Utah’s Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute, was recently named Presidential Professor.

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Van der Merwe receives U Research Award

Congratulations to University of Utah School of Computing professor Jacobus (Kobus) Van der Merwe, who is one of six U faculty to receive this year’s Distinguished Research Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research. 


Vivek Gupta receives prestigious Bloomberg Fellowship

Vivek Gupta, a PhD student working with Vivek Srikumar was selected as a recipient of the 2021-2022 Bloomberg Data Science Ph.D. Fellowship. Vivek will receive financial and professional support to pursue his research interests over the course of the academic year as he work towards the completion of his doctoral degree. He was one of 9 students selected this year.

The fellowship program is an extension of Bloomberg’s Data Science Research Grant Program, which has promoted relationship building between the company and academic researchers around the world in the fields broadly construed as AI, such as machine learning (ML), natural language processing (NLP), information retrieval (IR), recommender systems, time series analyses, and optimization. Working with the company’s CTO Office, more than 50 data scientists, machine learning engineers, and AI researchers participated in the review of more than 100 fellowship applications this year. They selected recipients on the basis of their outstanding proposals and academic references. Each of this year’s Fellows displayed exceptional novelty in their fields and delivered proposals of relevance to Bloomberg with significant business potential.

More details at the Bloomberg official blog post-

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SOC Student receives Women in Tech Award

Congratulations to University of Utah School of Computing student Anna Bell, who received the student 2021 Women Tech Award from the Women Tech Council (WTC).

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SoC Faculty Receive DOE/ASCR X-Stack Award

University of Utah School of Computing professor Ganesh Gopalakrishnan and assistant professor Pavel Panchekha have received one of the five DOE/ASCR X-Stack awards from the U.S. Department of Energy to adapt scientific software for next-generation high-performance computing (HPC) systems.

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Inclusive Computing Center

The School of Computing has officially launched the new Utah Center for Inclusive Computing (UCIC), which recognizes the importance of inclusion in engineering and computing and is designed to boost the percentage of students from groups currently underrepresented in computing.