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Boston University College of Engineering Division of Systems Engineering Annual Report 2008-2009


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Highlights

Message from the Head Faculty Honors and Awards Grants Events

Faculty and Staff

Participating Faculty Affiliated Faculty Division Administration and Committees

Graduate Programs

Graduate Recruitment and Enrollment Enrollment History PhD Student Progress Graduate Teaching Fellows, Dean’s Fellows and Research Assistants

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Graduate Student Award Graduate Degrees Awarded PhD Dissertations History of PhD Degrees Awarded Course and Program Development Graduate Courses

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Research

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External Research Funding Faculty Publications Research Laboratories The Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE) Events Visiting Committee

Boston University Division of Systems Engineering Annual Report 2008 – 2009 © 2009, Boston University Design and production: Sarah Cowen, www.sarahheartsdesign.com Photography: Boston University Photo Services Content: Elizabeth Flagg, SE staff, and SE faculty This report provides a description of the instructional and research activities of the Division of Systems Engineering at Boston University during the 2008 – 2009 academic year. Instructional activities are reported from the Fall 2008 through Summer 2009 semesters while scholarly activities and budget information are reported from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009. Boston University’s policies provide for equal opportunity and affirmative action in employment and admission to all programs of the University. For more information or to download this report as a PDF, please visit our website at www.bu.edu/se.


Highlights Message from the Head In July 2008, the Division of Systems Engineering was officially established, providing a formal academic structure to what had been a very successful interdisciplinary graduate program for many years. The Division provides a home for faculty and students interested in the theory, methods, and tools for modeling, design, analysis, and optimization of human-made and physical systems within a broad array of applications. Systems Engineering cuts across the traditional engineering departments as a discipline that enables building, analyzing, and managing a system – be it electrical, mechanical, chemical, biological or one involving business processes and logistics. This philosophy, shared by several faculty within the College of Engineering but also outside of it at Boston University, was the cornerstone for creating the Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE) in 2003. The success of CISE, based on this philosophy, has been a major driving force leading to the formation of the Division.

noteworthy that in its first year of existence the Division saw 146 applications for the 2009 Fall term, more than doubling the 56 applications to the Systems Engineering PhD program in 2008. Despite the global economic downturn in the fall of 2008, all these numbers point to a productive first year in the Division’s life and an optimistic outlook for the future. Moreover, the scholarly output of faculty in Systems Engineering continues to be one we can be proud of, with some of the Division’s members enjoying a number of honors, awards, and distinctions within their professional communities.

The Division went into operation with 14 participating faculty members from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, along with 13 affiliated faculty members from the College of Engineering, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Management. The participating members support a graduate curriculum consisting of a set of core courses leading to concentrations in Computational and Systems Biology, Control Systems, Network Systems, Financial Engineering Systems, and Operations Research.

As the inaugural Head, I want to express my gratitude to an outstanding staff which has helped make the transition of Systems Engineering from interdisciplinary program to Division a smooth one. I am equally grateful to Professor Pirooz Vakili for agreeing to take on the responsibilities of Associate Head and deal with most of the issues involved in establishing our graduate curriculum and adding MS and MEng programs to our existing PhD program.

During the 2008-09 academic year, the Division had 26 PhD students and 3 MS students, with 5 PhD degrees and 3 MS degrees awarded. In the Fall of 2008, 6 new PhD students were admitted, all of whom were offered Fellowships. Continuing students were supported by research funding totaling approximately $26M, with about $6M in new grants. It is also

During the 2009-10 academic year, I look forward to an evaluation of the Division’s first year by a Committee of Visitors comprised of international authorities from academic institutions and from leading industrial organizations, as well as a continuing growth in our research activities.

Christos G. Cassandras Division Head

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Faculty Honors and Awards SEAN ANDERSSON received an NSF CAREER Award.

JOHN BAILLIEUL was elected Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). The organization instituted its fellowship program last year, and Baillieul is among its first class of fellows.

CALIN BELTA was awarded a Young Investigator Research Program grant by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to conduct basic research in developing control and communication strategies for teams of unmanned vehicles.

CHRISTOS CASSANDRAS was elected Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC). He was also a keynote speaker at two conferences: the 2009 LIDS Student Conference and the 2008 UK Automatic Control Conference. DAVID CASTAÑÓN was elected President of the IEEE Control Systems Society and named member of the IEEE Society Review Committee.

JAMES COLLINS was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, the first Boston University faculty member to receive this honor. Collins also received Drexel University’s inaugural Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award. Collins was named one of two inaugural William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professors at Boston University. PIERRE DUPONT was granted a secondary appointment as Professor of Biomedical Engineering.

PRAKASH ISHWAR and Janusz Konrad were members of the VCon Technologies team, which won First Prize in the Boston University College of Engineering Entrepreneur Design Contest. Their proposal aims to provide stateof-the-art algorithms that help close the gap between the massive amounts of surveillance information that is amassed by modern security systems and the comparatively small amount that is ultimately analyzed. Ishwar also was elected to serve a six-year term on the IEEE Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing Technical Committee. W. CLEM KARL was named Vice-Chair of the IEEE Biomedical Image and Signal Processing Technical Committee.

tHOMAS LITTLE was a member of the Route Optimization System team that was awarded Second Prize in the Boston University College of Engineering Entrepreneur Design Contest. The goal of this system is to develop innovative hardware and software technology that significantly reduces the amount of time vehicles are stuck in traffic by cutting-down the delay in realtime traffic updates and delivering intelligence to customers. Little also received the 2008-2009 College of Engineering Faculty Service Award. IOANNIS PASCHALIDIS was an invited Participant at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) Workshop on Mathematics of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Protein Folding. He was also promoted to the rank of full Professor in 2009.

VENKATESH SALIGRAMA was a Featured Speaker at the Research and Industrial Collaboration Conference, Northeastern University, 2008. His student, Erhan Ermis, received the Best Dissertation: Honorable Mention at the recently concluded International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras (ICDSC) conference, Stanford, CA. Erhan Ermis also received the Best Poster award for “Information Sharing and Abnormal Behavior Detection in Virtual Sensor Networks.” DAVID STAROBINSKI was awarded an École Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Visiting Professor Fellowship.

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Highlights 2008-2009

Events

Masters Students

3

Symposium

MS Degrees Awarded

3

Doctoral Students

26

PhD Degrees Awarded

5

Disrupting the Status Quo in Electric Energy Management: A Systems Approach to a Sustainable Energy Future

Refereed Publications

94

Invited Lectures

67

Course Enrollments

70

Student Semester Hours

250

This May 21st symposium focused on sustainable energy management and explored critical aspects of technology advancement and market growth. The symposium was held in the Photonics Center building and was hosted by Professor MICHAEL CARAMANIS and the Division of Systems Engineering, the Center for Information and Systems Engineering, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Management, and the Sensor Network Consortium.

Grants The lifetime award funding level of new, continuing and supplemental grants awarded to Division of Systems Engineering (SE) faculty is approximately $26.3M. Research grants are funded in affiliation with the Center for Information and Systems Engineering. This year, SE faculty received lifetime awards for new grants in the approximate amount of $6M.

Conference Accelerating the Development and Adoption of Clean Energy Solutions This invitation-only conference, co-hosted by Professor MICHAEL CARAMANIS, focused on how smart electric grids, emerging energy markets and new business models can provide a means to accelerate the development and adoption of sustainable clean energy solutions. Conference attendees heard from leading academics and industry executives on both the opportunities and challenges facing organizations that hope to bring these solutions to a rapidly developing and highly dynamic global market. This event was hosted in the Boston University School of Management, Executive Leadership Center on May 28, 2009.

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Faculty and Staff Participating Faculty SEAN ANDERSSON

CALIN BELTA

Assistant Professor, ME/SE Robotics, control theory, scanning probe microscopy, symbolic-based control • PhD, University of Maryland 2003 • Associate Editor, Conference Editorial Board, IEEE Control Systems Society and Robotics and Automation Society • 2009 NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor, ME/SE, Bioinformatics Verification and control of dynamical systems, Hybrid systems, Symbolic control, Robot motion planning and control, Gene and metabolic networks • PhD, University of Pennsylvania 2003 • 1997 Fulbright Study Award • 2005 NSF CAREER Award • 2008 AFOSR Young Investigator Award • Associate Editor, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization

JOHN BAILLIEUL Professor, ME/SE Robotics, control of mechanical systems, mathematical system theory, information-based control theory • PhD, Harvard University 1975 • Fellow of IEEE, Inaugural Fellow of SIAM 2009 • IEEE Third Milleninium Medal, 2000 • Past President, IEEE Control Systems Society • Past Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control • Inaugural Distinguished Lecturer Series Award, College of Engineering, Boston University, 2008

MICHAEL CARAMANIS Professor, ME/SE Mathematical programming, control and stochastic systems • PhD, Harvard University 1976 • 2004 BU College of Engineering Service Award • Editor, IIE Transactions in Design and Manufacturing, 1997-2000 • Member, IIE Transactions in Design and Manufacturing Editorial Board

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Participating Faculty, continued CHRISTOS CASSANDRAS

PIERRE DUPONT

Professor, ECE/SE; Division Head, SE Analysis and control of discrete event dynamic systems; stochastic control and optimization; dynamic control of computer and communication networks • PhD, Harvard University, 1982 • Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of IFAC • Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Autonomic Control • IEEE Control Systems Society Board of Governors • 1991 Lilly Fellow • IEEE Control Systems Society, 2006 Distinguished Member Award • 1999 Harold Chestnut Prize • IEEE Distinguished Lecturer • Department Editor, Journal of Discrete Event Dynamic Systems • Associate Editor, Intl. Journal of Intelligent Computing and Cybernetics and Intl. Journal of BioSciences and Technology • Past Associate Editor, Automatica and IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control • Past Editor, Technical Notes and Correspondence, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control • Honorary Professor, Huazhong University of Science and Technology and Wuhan University of Science and Technology

Professor, ME/SE Robot kinematics, dynamics and control; Medical applications of robotics, Image guidance of minimally invasive surgery • PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1988 • Associate Vice President of Publications, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

DAVID CASTAÑÓN Professor, ECE/SE; Co-Director, CISE Stochastic control; estimation optimization; image understanding and parallel computation • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1976 • Associate Director, CenSSIS; CoDirector, BU CISE • Past President, IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) • IEEE Control Systems Society Distinguished Member Award • Air Force Advisory Board member • 2007 ECE Teaching Award • Associate Editor, Computational Optimization and Applications • Past Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

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J.Q. HU Associate Professor, ME/SE Discrete event systems, Optical communication networks, Queueing networks, Production and inventory systems, Simulation • PhD, Harvard University 1985

IOANNIS PASCHALIDIS Professor, ECE/SE; Co-Director, CISE Design, performance analysis, and control of communication and sensor networks, supply chains, and distribution systems; computational biology; Queueing theory and stochastic systems; Optimization and decision theory • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996 • Senior Member, IEEE • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2000 • Second Prize, 1997 George E. Nicholson paper comp • Associate Editor, IEEE Trans. Automatic Control • Associate Editor, Operations Research Letters


JAMES PERKINS

PIROOZ VAKILI

Associate Professor, ME/SE Real-time scheduling and control of manufacturing systems, supply chain management, resource pricing and congestion control in communications networks • PhD, University of Illinois, UrbanaChampaign, 1993 • 2002-2004 Department of Manufacturing Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award

Associate Professor, ME/SE; Associate Division Head, SE Monte Carlo simulation and optimization, Control and management of manufacturing and communication systems, Product development management, Computational finance, Computational biology • PhD, Harvard University 1989 • Associate Editor, Automatica

VENKATESH SALIGRAMA Associate Professor, ECE/SE Systems theory, information and control, statistical signal processing • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1997 • 1997 Outstanding Achievement Award from United Technologies • 2005 NSF CAREER Award • 2002 ONR Young Investigator Award • 2003 Presidential Early Career Award

HUA WANG Associate Professor, ME/SE Control of nonlinear phenomena, intelligent systems and control, complex networks, cooperative control, robotics, and applications in biological, energy and aerospace systems • PhD, University of Maryland 1993 • 2000 Cheung Kong Scholar, Ministry of Education, China and Li Ka Shing Foundation, Hong Kong, China • Senior Member, IEEE

DAVID STAROBINSKI Associate Professor, ECE/SE Wireless and sensor networks; QOS and traffic engineering networks performance evaluation • PhD, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology (Israel) 1999 • Senior Member, IEEE • 2004 Department of Energy Early Career Award • 2002 NSF CAREER award • Associate Editor, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking

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Affiliated Faculty MURAT ALANYALI

MARK CROVELLA

Associate Professor, ECE/SE Communication networks; performance analysis and optimization; stochastic systems • PhD, University of Illinois, UrbanaChampaign 1996 • 2003 NSF CAREER Award • 2004 Legacy Gift Award, College of Engineering • Associate Editor, IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board

Professor, Computer Science Performance evaluation, focused on parallel and networked computer systems, detecting and understanding anomalies in IP networks, efficient network monitoring, network security • PhD, University of Rochester 1994 • 2007 -2009 Chair of ACM SIGCOMM • Past editor for Computer Communication Review, IEEE/ ACM Transactions on Networking, Computer Networks and IEEE Transactions on Computers.

AZER BESTAVROS Professor, Computer Science/SE • Scalable Internet protocols and systems, networking services, and real-time communication and computation systems • PhD, Harvard University 1992 • Elected Chair, IEEE Technical Committee on the Internet • Senior member, IEEE; Senior member, the ACM • Distinguished Service Award, IEEE and the ACM

MICHAEL GEVELBER

JAMES COLLINS

PRAKASH ISHWAR

Professor, BME/SE Synthetic biology, systems biology, noise-enhanced sensorimotor function • DPhil, University of Oxford (England) 1990 • Named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator • Named an inaugural William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professors • Received Drexel University’s inaugural Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award.

Assistant Professor, ECE/SE Signal, image, and video processing (statistical, multiresolution, distributed); information theory and communications (network coding, computation, security) • PhD, University of Illinois UrbanaChampaign, 2002 • 2005 NSF CAREER Award • 2007 Dean’s Catalyst Award • IEEE, Senior Member

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Associate Professor, ME/MSE/SE Improving materials process capabilities using controls based approach: modelling, sensor development, system and control design, experimental verification; plasma spray, bulk crystal growth, CVD, ebeam deposition of optical coatings; electrospinning of nanofibers • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1988


W. CLEM KARL Professor, ECE/SE Multidimensional and multiscale signal and image processing and estimation, particularly applied to geometrically and medically oriented problems • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991 • 2000 ECE Award for Excellence in Teaching • Past Associate Editor, Tomography & MRI, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing; Past Assistant Editor, Systems Control Newsletter ERIC KOLACZYK Associate Professor, Mathematics & Statistics/SE Statistical modeling of instrumental data in temporal, spatial, and networkindexed contexts • PhD, Stanford University 1994 • Senior member, IEEE

THOMAS LITTLE Professor, ECE/SE Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs); multimedia computing; computer networking; software engineering; embedded sensor networks • PhD, Syracuse University, 1991 • 1995 NSF CAREER Award • 2007 Dean’s Catalyst Award • 2009 BU College of Engineering Faculty Service Award • Editorial Board Member, ACM/ Springer Multimedia Systems, Journal of Multimedia Tools and Applications

ABRAHAM MATTA Associate Professor, Computer Science/SE Transport and routing protocols for the internet and wireless networks, feedback-based control design and analysis, architectures for protocol design and large-scale traffic management, modeling and performance evaluation • PhD, University of Maryland at College Park 1995 • 2008 Best Paper Award in DCOSS, Applications Track • Senior Member of both the ACM and the IEEE • 1997 National Science Foundation CAREER Award EROL PEKÖZ Associate Professor, Operations & Technology Management/SE Control over health care resource allocation is best achieved through the demand side or through regulatory controls on the supply side • PhD, University of California Berkeley 1995 • 2001 Broderick Prize for Teaching at Boston University • Outstanding Instructor Award, UC Berkeley ARI TRACHTENBERG Associate Professor, ECE/SE Error correcting codes; data synchronization (especially for PDAs and mobile networks); sensor-based location detection; algorithms • PhD, University of Illinois, UrbanaChampaign, 2000 • 2002 NSF CAREER Award • 2003 ECE Award for Excellence in Teaching • Senior Member, IEEE SANDOR VAJDA Professor, BME/SE Scientific computing, primarily optimization; computational chemistry and biology, including protein and peptide structure determination, protein engineering, and drug design • PhD, Hungarian Academy of Science (Hungary) 1983 • Editorial Manager, Proteins: Structure, Function and Bioinformatics

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Division Administration and Committees CHRISTOS G. CASSANDRAS Division Head

ELIZABETH FLAGG Graduate Programs Manager

PIROOZ VAKILI Associate Head

LINDA GROSSER Director, Corporate Relations Associate Director, Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE)

RUTH MASON Division Director

CHERYL STEWART IEEE Editorial Administrator

Graduate Committee Pirooz Vakili David Casta帽贸n Ioannis Paschalidis Hua Wang Elizabeth Flagg* Scheduling Committee Pirooz Vakili James R. Perkins Ruth Mason* Elizabeth Flagg* *ex officio

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Graduate Programs Graduate Recruitment and Enrollment In July 2008, the new graduate-level Division of Systems Engineering enrolled 18 SE PhD students from other College of Engineering departments, primarily from the former Department of Manufacturing Engineering (MFG). In Fall 2008, 6 new PhD students matriculated, 3 with Dean’s

In one year, since becoming a Division, applications to SE increased

Fellowships (DFs), 1 with a Cheung Fellowship (CF), and 2 with

significantly. We received 56 applications to SE program for Fall

Graduate Teaching Fellowships (GTFs): all of these students were

2008: 1 MS, 21 post-BS PhD, and 34 post-MS PhD. Applications for

offered Research Assistantships (RAs) for the Fall 2009 semester.

Fall 2009 more than doubled to 146: 38 MS, 48 post-BS PhD, and 60

One new MS student matriculated. We also recruited 6 new funded

post-MS PhD.

PhD students for the Fall 2009 semester: 3 Dean’s Fellows and 3 GTFs. Four new MS students were recruited for Fall 2009.

FALL 2008 MEAN GRE SCORES Verbal

%

Quantitative

%

An. Writing

%

MS US

640

91

800

94

5

58

PhD US

525

67

795

93

5

64

PhD Intl

418

37

800

94

4

23

Mean

472

52

798

94

4

44

NEW MATRICULANTS FALL 2008 - SPRING 2009 Male

Female

GTF

RA

DF/CF

MS US

1

0

0

0

0

PhD US

2

0

0

0

2

PhD Intl

3

1

2

0

2

Total:

6

1

2

0

4

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Enrollment History On July 1, 2008 we began our inaugural year as a graduate Division. Prior to July 2008, the SE graduate program enrolled students in ECE or MFG, as shown in the graph below.

PhD Student Progress Prior to July 2008, the SE graduate program enrolled students in ECE or MFG. SE graduate student progress is shown in the graph below.

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Graduate Teaching Fellows, Dean’s Fellows and Research Assistants Summer 2008

Fall 2008

Spring 2009

Total

Graduate Teaching Fellows

0

3

3

6

Dean's Fellows

0

3

3

6

Cheung Fellow

0

1

1

2

Research Assistants

15

15

15

45

Graduate Student Award Jianfeng Mao was a finalist for the 2009 College of Engineering Best PhD Dissertation Award, for his dissertation entitled Dynamic Energy Management in Resource Limited Systems with Real-Time Constraints.

Graduate Degrees Awarded MS Degrees Awarded Three MS degrees were awarded in 2008/2009. Two MS graduates are post-BS PhD students continuing with their PhD program.

PhD Degrees Awarded Five PhD degrees were awarded in 2008/2009.

PhD Dissertations STUDENT NAME

DISSERTATION ADVISOR

TITLE

Tarik Borogovac

Pirooz Vakili, SE/ME

Constructive and Generic Control Variates for Monte Carlo Estimation

Dong Guo

Ioannis Paschalidis, SE/ECE

A New Statistical Localization Framework for Wireless Sensor Networks

Jianfeng Mao

Christos Cassandras, SE/ECE Dynamic Energy Management in Resource Limited Systems with Real-Time Constraints

Xu Ning

Control and Optimization Approaches for Power Management in Wireless Sensor Christos Cassandras, SE/ECE Networks

Chang-Chen Wu

Michael Caramanis, SE/ME

Production Planning and Quality of Service Allocation Across the Supply Chain in a Dynamic Lead Time Model

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History of PhD Degrees Awarded 6

5

5

4

4

5

4

ECE MFG

3

SE

2

1

2

2

1

1

0 00-01

01-02

02-03

03-04

04-05

05-06

06-07

07-08

08-09

Course and Program Development SE introduced two new graduate courses and adopted two courses in 2008-2009: •

SE 543 Sustainable Power Systems: Planning, Operation and Markets was introduced by PROFESSOR MICHAEL CARAMANIS. This course is also part of the curriculum developed for Boston University’s Clean Energy and Environmental Sustainability Initiative (CEESI). The course was approved in Spring 2009 and will be offered for the first time in Spring 2010.

SE 734 Hybrid Systems was introduced by PROFESSOR CALIN BELTA and will be offered in Fall 2010. This course was originally offered as a special topics course in Spring 2009. It has since been given a course number and entered into the course inventory with cross-listings in ME and ECE.

The following two courses were adopted and approved to be cross-listed in SE: • SE 704 Adaptive Control of Dynamical Systems (originally developed as ME 704) •

SE 741 Randomized Network Algorithms (originally developed as EC 741)

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Graduate Courses Class

Title

Instructor

EC 505

Stochastic Processes

Karl/Saligrama

Fall 2008

Spring 2009

X

X

EC 541

Computer Communication Networks

Starobinski

EC 544

Networking the Physical World

Little

X

EK 500

Probability with Statistical Applications

Cassandras

X

ME/MS 507

Process Modeling and Control

Gevelber

X

ME 510

Production Systems Analysis

Perkins

X

ME 570

Robot Motion Planning

Belta

ME 704

Adaptive Control of Dynamical Systems

Andersson

SE/ME/EC 501

Dynamic Systems Theory

Baillieul

X

SE/EC 524

Optimization Theory and Methods

Paschalidis

X

SE/ME/EC 710

Dynamic Programming and Stochastic Control

Caramanis

X

SE/ME 714

Advanced Stochastic Modeling and Simulation

Vakili

X

SE 724

Advanced Optimization Theory and Methods

Paschalidis

X

SE/ME/EC 725

Queueing Systems

Perkins

SE/ME 740

Vision Robotics and Control

Dupont

X

SE/ME 762

Nonlinear Systems and Control

Belta

X

SE/ME 765

Production Systems Design

Caramanis

X

SE 900

Research

Caramanis

X

X

Cassandras

X

X

X

X X

X

Casta帽贸n

SE 951

SE 991

Independent Study

Dissertation

X

Hu

X

Paschalidis

X

X

Perkins

X

X

Vakili

X

X

Caramanis

X

Vakili

X

X

Cassandras

X

Paschalidis

X

Vakili

X

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Research The Division brings together faculty from across the University to pursue collaborative research in Systems Engineering. Division faculty hold primary appointments in the College of Engineering (COE) Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering; the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Bioinformatics Program, Department of Computer Science and Department of Mathematics and Statistics; and the School of Management (SMG) Department of Operations and Technology Management.

There are five primary areas of research: Communications and Networking, which includes performance analysis, pricing and resource allocation, communication protocols, cyber-security, visual light communication, and optical, wireless, and sensor networks; Computational Biology, which includes metabolic and gene networks, systems biology, and protein docking; Control, Robotics and Automation, which includes teams of autonomous agents, networked control systems, image-guided surgery,

control of material processes, and nanoscale systems; Energy Systems, which includes decision support, optimization and control logic that will leverage the forthcoming smart grid to become a major contributor to a sustainable energy future; and Production, Service Systems and Distribution Networks, which includes production scheduling and planning, logistics, inventory control, supply chain management, and financial engineering.

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External Research Funding Research funding is pursued in affiliation with the Center for Information and Systems Engineering. The following table delineates the new, continuing, and supplemental grants awarded to Division faculty. The total lifetime award funding level of all participating and affiliated faculty is approximately $26.3M. Dept

PI

Title of Project

Granting Agency

Type

Start Date

End Date

Combined Source Total

ECE, COE

Alanyali, Murat; Saligrama, Venkatesh

Distributed Methods for National Science statistical Decision Making in Foundation Networked environment: REU Supplement

Continuing

9/2/2006

8/1/2013

$12,000

ECE, COE

Alanyali, Murat; Saligrama, Venkatesh

Distributed Methods for National Science Statistical Decision Making in Foundation Networked Environments

Continuing

8/2/2008

8/1/2013

$372,652

ME, COE

Andersson, Sean CAREER: Nonlinear Control for National Science Single Molecule Tracking (in Foundation

New

07/02/2013 07/01/2018

$400,000

Andersson, Sean CAREER: Nonlinear Control for National Science Single Molecule Tracking (REU Foundation

Supplemental

07/02/2013 07/01/2018

$30,000

Andersson, Sean IDBR: Simultaneous Tracking National Science of Multiple Particles in Foundation

Supplemental

09/02/2011 03/01/2015

$20,000

Andersson, Sean IDBR: Simultaneous Tracking National Science of Multiple Particles in Foundation

Continuing

09/02/2013 03/01/2015

$103,530

National Science Foundation

Continuing

09/02/2013 09/01/2016

$240,000

NUE: Undergraduate National Science Laboratory Experiences in Foundation Nanotechnology Devices and Systems

Continuing

09/02/2013 09/01/2015

$200,000

Continuing

12/02/2012 12/01/2013

$1,393,925

Continuing

02/02/2009 02/01/2014

$400,000

New

09/16/2012 09/01/2015

$300,000

conjunction with CNN)

ME, COE

Supplement) (in conjunction with CNN)

ME, COE

Confocal Microscopy (REU Supplement)

ME, COE

Confocal Microscopy*

ME, COE

Andersson, Sean; DynSyst Special Topics: A Formal Approach to the Belta, Calin

Control of Stochastic Dynamic Systems

ME, COE

Andersson, Sean; Porter, Tyrone, Smith, Michael, Swan, Anna, Altug, Hatice

ME, COE

Behavioral Dynamics in Baillieul, John; Casta帽贸n, David the Cooperative Control of

Mixed Human/Robotic Teams (MURI-07)*

Department of Defense

ME, COE

Belta, Calin

CAREER: Hierarchical National Science Abstractions for Planning and Foundation\ Control of Robotic Swarms*

ME, COE

Belta, Calin

CSR-EHCS(EHS), SM: A Formal Approach to Control of Hybrid Systems with Applications to Mobile Robotics*

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National Science Foundation


Dept

PI

Title of Project

Granting Agency

ME, COE

Belta, Calin

Formal Verification and Department of Synthesis of Control and Defense Communication Strategies for Teams of Unmanned Vehicles*

ME, COE

Belta, Calin

REU Supplement: CAREER: Hierarchical Abstractions for Planning and Control of Robotic Swarms*

ME, COE

Belta, Calin

ME, COE

Belta, Calin

ME, COE

Type

Start Date

End Date

Combined Source Total

New

03/02/2013 12/01/2013

$300,000

National Science Foundation

Supplemental

05/02/2013 01/01/2014

$12,000

Scalable Algoriths for Safety Verification and Reachability Analysis of Hybrid Systems*

National Science Foundation

Continuing

07/02/2009 09/01/2012

$207,957

Specification Languages and Distributed Control Schemes for Teams of Unmanned Vehicles

Department of Defense

New

03/18/2013 03/17/2014

$229,101

A formal approach to the National Science Belta, Calin; Andersson, Sean control of stochastic dynamical Foundation

New

08/06/2013 09/01/2016

$240,000

ME, COE

Bestavros, Azer

National Science Foundation

Continuing

09/02/2011 09/01/2014

$99,999

ME, COE

Multidisciplinary Approach Caramanis, Michael; Rebbie, to the integration of high performance computing in Claudio

National Science Foundation

Continuing

ECE, COE

Cassandras, Christos

Performance Optimization of Complex Systems

Air Force Office of Sponsored Research

Continuing

07/02/2011 12/01/2012

$251,484

ECE, COE

Cassandras, Christos

Real-Time Optimization in Complex Stochastic Environment*

Department of Defense

New

03/02/2013 12/01/2013

$123,105

ECE, COE

Cassandras, Christos; Casta帽贸n, David; Paschalidis, Ioannis; Baillieul, John

Sensors And Sensor Networks: National Science A Control And Optimazation Foundation Science Base For Sensor Networks In Adverse And Stochastic Environments

Continuing

09/02/2007 09/01/2013 $2,500,000

ECE, COE

Cassandras, Christos; Bestavros, Azer; Paschalidis, Ioannis

EFRI-ARESCI: Event-Driven Sensing For Enterprise Reconfigurability And Optimization

National Science Foundation

Continuing

11/2/2011

11/1/2015

$2,000,000

ECE, COE

Casta帽贸n, David; Distributed Mission Control Department of for Unmanned Air Vehicles in Defense Cassandras, Stochastic Environments Christos

Continuing

7/2/2011

11/2/2014

$466,000

systems

Leveraging Type Systems for the Development of HighAssurance Cyber-Physical Systems and Applications

2002

01/01/2014

$2,670,000

science foundation

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Dept

PI

ECE, COE

National Science Castañón, David; Center for Subsurface Karl, W. Clement Sensing and Imaging Systems Foundation

Continuing

09/02/2012 09/01/2013

$196,487

Castañón, David; MURI: Fusion and Sensor Karl, W. Clement Management for Automatic

Continuing

10/02/2012 05/01/2013

$267,174

Department of New Castañón, David; ALERT: Awareness and Location of Explosives-Related Homeland Security Saligrama, Threats (Subcontract via Venkatesh

07/02/2012 07/01/2013

$374,999

BME, COE

Collins, James

A Network Biology Approach The Ellison Medical Continuing to Aging: Integrating Synthetic Foundation Biology and Systems Biology

01/02/2013 01/01/2014

$243,750

BME, COE

Collins, James

A Network Biology Approach Department of Continuing to Antibiotic Action and Health and Human Bacterial Defense Mechanisms Services (Director’s Pioneer Award)

10/01/2012 08/01/2013

$812,500

BME, COE

Collins, James

Boston OAIC: A Translational Department of New Approach to Function Health and Human Promoting Anabolic Therapies Services (Subcontract via Boston Medical Center)

09/02/2012 06/01/2013

$81,250

BME, COE

Collins, James

ImmGen: A Gene Expression Department of Continuing Compendium for Immune Health and Human Cells (Subcontract via Joslin Services Diabetes Center, Inc.)

09/02/2012 04/01/2013

$181,039

BME, COE

Collins, James

Microbial Manufacturing of Biomaterials for Organ Engineering

BME, COE

Collins, James

CS, CAS

Title of Project

Granting Agency

Type

Start Date

End Date

Combined Source Total

(CenSSIS) -- Research Thrust 2 - Core MVT(Subcontract via Northeastern Univ.)

ECE, COE

Target Exploitation (Subcontract via Ohio State University Research Foundation)*

ECE, COE

Department of Defense

Northeastern University)*

10/01/2013

$40,000

SysCODE: Tooth Germ Design Department of Continuing and Engineering (Subcontract Health and Human via Brigham and Women’s Services Hospital, Inc.)

07/02/2012 07/01/2013

$72,039

Crovella, Mark

Instrumentation and National Science Measurement for GENI Foundation (Subcontract via University of Wisconsin/Madison)

New

09/02/2012 09/01/2013

$26,054

CS, CAS

Crovella, Mark

Passive Methods for Internet Topology Discovery

Department of Defense

New

06/23/2013 06/22/2015

$10,000

ME, COE

Dupont, Pierre

Image-Guided Intra-Cardiac Beating Heart Surgery (Subcontract via Children’s Hospital Boston)*

Department of Continuing Health and Human Services

06/02/2013 06/01/2014

$222,901

ME, COE

Dupont, Pierre

Image-Guided Intra-Cardiac Beating Heart Surgery (Subcontract via Children’s Hospital Boston)*

Department of New Health and Human Services

07/02/2012 06/01/2013

$192,227

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Harvard Institute for BiologicallyInspired Engineering

New

11/21/2012


Dept

PI

Title of Project

Granting Agency

Type

ME, COE

Dupont, Pierre

Steerable MEMS Instruments Department of Continuing for Precise Intracardiac Health and Human Surgery* Services

ME, COE

Gevelber, Michael Real-Time Control for

National Science Foundation

ME, COE

Gevelber, Michael Real-Time Control for

ME, COE

Start Date

End Date

Combined Source Total

05/02/2013 05/01/2014

$1,442,588

New

09/02/2012 09/01/2015

$224,100

National Science Foundation

Supplemental

06/02/2013 06/02/2014

$6,000

Gevelber, Michael STTR Phase II: Development National Science of Advanced E-Beam Foundation

Supplemental

04/16/2010 05/01/2013

$173,453

Engineering Electrospun Nanofiber Diameter Distributions for Advanced Applications* Engineering Electrospun Nanofiber Diameter Distributions for Advanced Applications*

Sweep Patterns and Control System(Subcontract via CyberMaterials LLC)*

ECE, COE

Ishwar, Prakash

CAREER: Information-Scaling National Science Lawes, Bit-Conservation Foundation Principles, And Robust Coding Architectures in Sensor Networks

Continuing

12/16/2009 12/15/2014

$400,000

ECE, COE

Ishwar, Prakash

CIF: Small: Collaborative National Science Research: Towards a Foundation Paradigm-Shift in Distributed Information Processing Harnessing Group Structure and Interaction*

New

07/02/2013 07/01/2016

$249,999

ECE, COE

Karl, W. Clement 2009 IEEE International

Department of New Health and Human Services

02/10/2013 02/09/2014

$20,000

ECE, COE

Karl, W. Clement Foundation for Automatic Target Recognition*

Department of Defense

Continuing

12/02/2012 12/01/2013

$167,357

Mathematics, Kolaczyk, Eric CAS

Statistical Aspects of Information Integration

Office Naval Research

Continuing

10/02/2009 10/01/2013

$236,946

Mathematics, Kolaczyk, Eric CAS

Statistical Propagation of Low- Office Naval Level Uncertainty to High-Level Research Knowledge and DecisionMaking in Network Information Environments

Continuing

03/16/2013 03/15/2016

$721,819

Mathematics, Kolaczyk, Eric; CAS Crovella, Mark

Collaborative Research: National Science Modular Strategies for Global Foundation Internetwork Monitoring

Continuing

09/02/2007 08/31/2013

$618,030

Mathematics, Kolaczyk, Eric; CAS Schaus, Scott

Predicting Drug Mechanism viaNational Insitute of Continuing Chemo-Genomic Profiling and Health Sparse Simultaneous Equation Models of Gene Regulation*

03/02/2010 2/29/2011

$1,000,081

ECE, COE

NSF Engineering Research Center for Smart Lighting (Subcontract via Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)*

09/02/2012 09/01/2013

$625,000

Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI)

Little, Thomas; Carruthers, Jeffrey; Altug, Hatice

National Science Foundation

New

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Dept

PI

Title of Project

Granting Agency

ECE, COE

Little, Thomas; Konrad, Janusz; Iswhar, Prakash

NeTS-NOSS: Localized National Science Computation and Network Foundation Path Formation to Enable Pervasive Video Sensing (REU Supplement)*

Supplemental

05/02/2012 09/01/2014

$478,000

ECE, COE

Paschalidis, Ioannis

ITR: Collaborative Research: National Science -(NHS+ASE)-(DMC+INT): Foundation Diagnosis And Assessment Of Faults, Misbehavior And Threats In Distributed Systems

Continuing

9/16/2008

9/1/2013

$400,000

ECE, COE

Paschalidis, Ioannis

Statistical Techniques for Detecting Internet Traffic Anomalies

Department of Defense/ARO

Continuing

9/16/2013

6/15/2014

$50,000

ECE, COE

Paschalidis, Ioannis; Cassandras, Christos

Distributed Wireless Sensor Networks for Long-Term Deployments*

Department of Energy

Continuing

9/2/2010

9/1/2015

$1,112,117

ECE, COE

Paschalidis, Ioannis; Vakili, Pirooz

Final-Stage Optimization PHS/NIH/NIGMS Continuing Methods For Protein Docking Exploiting Energy Funnels

1/16/2011

1/1/2014

$440,500

ECE, COE

Saligrama, Venkatesh

Automatic Dispersion Schlumberger Extraction from Acoustic Array Data

Continuing

1/2/2011

1/1/2014

$120,000

ECE, COE

Saligrama, Venkatesh

CAREER: A Systems Approach National Science to Networked Decision Making Foundation in Uncertain Environments*

Continuing

ECE, COE

Saligrama, Venkatesh

CPS: Medium: Collaborative Research: The Foundations of Implicit and Explicit Communication in Cyberphysical Systems

ECE, COE

Saligrama, Venkatesh

Networked Sensing Systems Department of for Urban Target Recognition* Defense

ECE, COE

Saligrama, Venkatesh

ECE, COE

Saligrama, Venkatesh; Konrad, J.

ECE, COE

Starobinski, David CAREER: Quality Of Service

ECE, COE

National Science Foundation

Type

New

End Date

06/02/2009 06/01/2013

9/2/2013

9/1/2016

Combined Source Total

$160,000

$433,000

01/01/2010 12/31/2012

$75,000

NURI Grant: Video Analytics: National Geospatial New An Event Based Statistical Agency Approach

10/2/2013

10/1/2018

$750,000

From Frames to Events: A National Science Statistical Approach to Activity Foundation Analysis in Multi-Camera Systems

New

7/2/2013

7/1/2016

$507,000

National Science Foundation

Continuing

5/2/2007

8/1/2013

$344,000

Starobinski, David NeTS-NOSS: SensorNet

National Science Foundation

Continuing

9/2/2008

9/1/2013

$612,000

ECE, COE

Starobinski, David;WN: Management of Alanyali, Murat Secondary Markets in

National Science Foundation

Continuing

9/2/2011

9/1/2014

$200,000

ECE, COE

Starobinski, David;CIF: Small: Large-Scale Trachtenberg, Ari Software Dissemination In

National Science Foundation

New

9/2/2013

9/1/2016

$456,731

Engineering With Multiple Time-Scale Traffic (REU) Architecture for Indoor Location Detection:From Resolution to Robustness

Deregulated Wireless Network

Stochastic Wireless Networks

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Continuing

Start Date


Dept

PI

ECE, COE

NASA Starobinski, David;Self-Forming Extensible Trachtenberg, Ari Lunar Extra Vehicular Activity

New

Trachtenberg, Ari; A Theory Of Monitoring Based National Science Starobinski, David On Identifying Codes And Foundation

Continuing

Trachtenberg, Ari; A Theory of Monitoring Based National Science Starobinski, David on Identifying Codes and Their Foundation

New

Title of Project

Granting Agency

Type

Start Date

End Date

03/19/2013 02/12/2015

Combined Source Total $113,489

Network (SELENE) Phase II (Subcontract via Scientific Systems Company, Inc.)*

ECE, COE

10/2/2011

10/1/2014

$292,000

05/02/2013 10/01/2014

$280,000

Deutsche Telekom Continuing AG (Germany)

07/02/2012 09/01/2013

$161,154

Their Variants

ECE, COE

Variants (REU Supplement)

ECE, COE

Trachtenberg, Ari; Secure and Efficient Data Starobinski, David Distribution in VaryingTopology Networks*

BME, COE

Vajda, Sandor

A Multistage Approach to Department of Continuing Protein-Protein Docking (in Health and Human conjunction with BioMolecular Services Engineering Research Center)

03/02/2013 03/01/2014

$253,688

BME, COE

Vajda, Sandor

A Multistage Approach to Department of Supplemental Protein-Protein Docking (in Health and Human conjunction with BioMolecular Services Engineering Research Center)

08/02/2011 03/01/2013

$77,040

BME, COE

Vajda, Sandor

Computational Mapping of Proteins for the Binding of Ligands (in conjunction with BioMolecular Engineering Research Center)

Department of Continuing Health and Human Services

04/02/2013 04/01/2014

$261,823

BME, COE

Vajda, Sandor

Superfund Basic Research: Department of Continuing Support Core - Bioinformatics Health and Human and Molecular Modeling (in Services conjunction with BioMolecular Engineering Research Center)

04/02/2013 04/01/2014

$211,797

ME, COE

Vakili, Pirooz

New Strategies for Efficient Monte Carlo Simulation

NSF

Continuing

07/16/2010 09/01/2013

$256,243

ME, COE

Wang, Hua

Adaptive Fuzzy Control for Modified F-15 (E. Butler)

NASA

New

07/18/2012 07/17/2013

$30,000

Total:

$29,253,128

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Faculty Publications Books

Book Chapters L. Miao with C.G. CASSANDRAS. 2009. Energy-Latency Trade-offs in Real-Time Wireless Sensor Networks, VDM Publishing. (1)

B. Yordanov, C. BELTA. 2008. Parameter Synthesis for Piecewise Affine Systems From Temporal Logic Specifications. In: M. Egerstedt and B. Mishra. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Vol. 4981. Springer. p. 542-55. C. BELTA. 2009. Robot Motion Planning. In: B. Wah. Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering, vol. 4. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. p. 2439-46.

C. KARL, A. Hubbard. 2008. System Design Using Current Mode Circuits: Challenges of Analog Signal Processing in Bioinspired Systems: System Concept, Design and Analysis. VDM Verlag. (2)

R. Lippmann, E. Kirda, A. TRACHTENBERG. 2008. Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Intrusion Detection. Cambridge, MA: Springer. (3)

M. Kloetzer, C. BELTA. 2008. Dealing with Non-Determinism in Symbolic Control. In: M. Egerstedt and B. Mishra. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 4981. Springer. p. 287-300. D. Perrin, N. Vasilyev, P. Novotny, J. Stoll, R. Howe, P. DUPONT. Salgo I, del Nido P. 2008. Image Guided Surgical Interventions in Current Problems in Surgery. Wells S, editor, Mosby, Inc. S. Ray, W. Lai, D. Guo, I.C. PASCHALIDIS. Statistical Location Detection. 2009. Localization Algorithms and Strategies for Wireless Sensor Networks. In: G. Mao and B. Fidan. Monitoring and Surveillance Techniques for Target Tracking. IGI Global. p. 2670-83. M.M. Laifenfeld, A. TRACHTENBERG, D. STAROBINSKI. May 2009. Robust Localization Using Identifying Codes. In: Localization Algorithms and Strategies for Wireless Sensor Networks. IGI Global. p. 321-47. D. Beglov, R. Brenke, G-Y. Chuang, D. Hall, M. Landon, CH. Ngan, Y. Shen, S. Thiel, B. Zerbe, D. Kozakov, S. VAJDA. 2009. Identification of Druggable Hot Spots on Proteins and in Protein-Protein Interfaces. In: R. Nussinov and G. Schreiber. Computational Protein-Protein Interactions. Taylor and Francis. p. 253-280.

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Journal Articles S.B. ANDERSSON. 2008. Discretization of a continuous curve. IEEE Transactions on Robotics 24(4): 456-461. S.B. ANDERSSON. 2008. Localization of a fluorescent source without numerical fitting. Optics Express 16(23): 18714-18724. W.S. Wong, J. BAILLIEUL. 2009. Control Communication Complexity of Nonlinear Systems. Communications in Information and Systems, Special Issue on the Legacy of Roger W. Brockett 9(1): 103-140. G. Batt, C. BELTA, R. Weiss. 2008. Temporal logic analysis of gene networks under parameter uncertainty. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control 53(1): 215-229. M. Imielinski, C. BELTA. 2008. Exploiting the pathway structure of metabolism to reveal high-order epistasis. BMC Systems Biology 2: 40. M. Kloetzer, C. BELTA. 2008. A fully automated framework for control of linear systems from temporal logic specifications. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control 53(1): 287-297. J. Mao, C.G CASSANDRAS. 2009. Optimal Control of MultiStage Discrete Event Systems with Real-Time Constraints. IEEE Trans. on Automatic Control. 54(1): 108-123. S. Zhuang, C.G CASSANDRAS. 2009. Optimal Control of Discrete Event Systems with Weakly Hard Real-Time Constraints. J. of Discrete Event Dynamic Systems 19(1): 67-89. D.J. Dwyer, M.A. Kohanski, J.J. COLLINS. 2008. Networking opportunities for bacteria. Cell 135: 1153-1156. D.M. Camacho, J.J. COLLINS. 2009. Systems biology strikes gold. Cell 137: 24-26. D.R. Lorenz, C.R. Cantor, and J.J. COLLINS. 2009. A network biology approach to aging in yeast. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 106: 1145-1150. F. Schembri, S. Sridhar, C. Perdomo, A.M. Gustafson, X. Zhang, A. Ergun, J. Lu, G. Liu, X. Zhang, J. Bowers, C. Vaziri, K. Ott, K.

Sensinger, J.J. COLLINS, J.S. Brody, R. Getts, M.E. Lenburg, A. Spira. 2009. MicroRNAs as modulators of smoking-induced gene expression changes in human airway epithelium. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 106: 2319-2324. A.E. Friedland, T.K. Lu, X. Wang, D. Shi, G. Church, J.J. COLLINS. 2009. Synthetic gene networks that count. Science 324: 1199-1202. T. Ellis, X. Wang, J.J. COLLINS. 2009. Diversity-based, modelguided construction of synthetic gene networks with predicted functions. Nature Biotechnology 27: 465-471. T.K. Lu, J.J. COLLINS. 2009. Engineered bacteriophage targeting gene networks as adjuvants for antibiotic therapy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 106: 4629-4634. T.S. Heng, M.W. Painter, K. Elpek, V. Lukacs-Kornek, N. Mauermann, S.J. Turley, D. Koller, F.S. Kim, A.J. Wagers, N. Asinovski, S. Davis, M. Fassett, M. Feuerer, D.H. Gray, S. Haxhinasto, J.A. Hill, G. Hyatt, C. Laplace, K. Leatherbee, D. Mathis, C. Benoist, R. Jianu, D.H. Laidlaw, J.A. Best, J. Knell, A.W. Golldrath, J. Jarjoura, J.C. Sun, Y. Zhu, L.L. Lanier, A. Ergun, Z. Li, J.J. COLLINS, S.A. Shinton, R.R. Hardy, R. Friedline, K. Sylvia, J. Kang. 2008. The Immunological Genome Project: networks of gene expression in immune cells. Nature Immunology 9: 1091-1094. M.A. Kohanski, D.J. Dwyer, J. Wierzbowski, G. Cottarel, J.J. COLLINS. 2008. Mistranslation of membrane proteins and two-component system activation trigger antibiotic-mediated cell death. Cell 135: 679-690. S.N. Basu, G. Ye, R. Khare, B. McCandless, M. GEVELBER, D. Wroblewski. 2009. Dependence of Substrate Remelt and Stress Evolution on Surface Roughness Length Scales in Plasma Sprayed Thermal Barrier Coatings. International Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials 27(2): 479-484. Y. Wang, P. ISHWAR. 2009. Distributed Field Estimation using Randomly Deployed, Noisy, Binary Sensors. IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing 57(3): 1177–1189. Wang Y, P. ISHWAR, V. SALIGRAMA. 2009. One-bit Distributed Sensing and Coding for Field Estimation in Sensor Networks. IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing 56(9): 4433–4445.

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O.M. Anli, M.C. Caramanis, I.C. PASCHALIDIS. 2007. Tractable Supply Chain Production Planning Modeling NonLinear Lead Time and Quality of Service Constraints. Journal of Manufacturing Systems 26(2): 116-134.

M. Laifenfeld, A. TRACHTENBERG, R. Cohen, D. Starobinski. 2008. Joint Monitoring and Routing in Wireless Sensor Networks Using Robust Identifying Codes. Mobile Networks and Applications 14(4): 415-432.

W. Lai, I.C. PASCHALIDIS. August 2008. Optimally Balancing Energy Consumption versus Latency in Sensor Network Routing’. ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks 4(4): 21:1-21:28.

M. Laifenfeld, A. TRACHTENBERG. 2008. Identifying Codes and Covering Problems. IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 54(9): 3929-3950.

Y. Shen, I.C. PASCHALIDIS, P. VAKILI, S. VAJDA. October 2008. Protein Docking by the Underestimation of Free Energy Funnels in the Space of Encounter Complexes. PLoS Computational Biology 4(10): e1000191. A. Sahai, K. Woyach, G. Atia, V. SALIGRAMA. 2009. A technical framework for light-handed regulation of cognitive radios. IEEE Communications Magazine 47(3): 96-102. J. McHugh, J. Konrad, V. SALIGRAMA, P.M. Jodoin. 2009. Foreground-adaptive background subtraction. IEEE Signal Process Lett. 16(5): 390-393. P.M. Jodoin, J. Konrad, V. SALIGRAMA. April 2009. Behavior subtraction, a new tool for video analytics. SPIE (International Society for Optical Engineering) in SPIE Newsroom: 1-3. S. Aeron, M. Zhao, V. SALIGRAMA. 2008. Fundamental limits to Sensing Capacity in Sensor Networks and Compressed Sensing. To appear in IEEE Trans. on Information Theory. A. Hagedorn, D. STAROBINSKI, A. TRACHTENBERG. 2008. Rateless Deluge: Over-the-Air Programming of Wireless Sensor Networks Using Random Linear Codes. Proc. of IEEE/ACM IPSN: 457-466. I. Stojanovic, Z. Wu, M. Sharif, D. STAROBINSKI. 2009. Data Dissemination in Wireless Broadcast Channels: Network Coding versus Cooperation. IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications 8(4): 1726-1732. T. Wu, D. STAROBINSKI. 2008. A Comparative Analysis of Server Selection in Content Replication Networks. IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking 16(6): 1461-74.

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S. VAJDA, D. Kozakov. 2009. Convergence and Combination of Methods in Protein-Protein Docking. Curr. Opinion Struct. Biol. 19(2): 164-170. T. Schwede, A. Sali, B. Honig, M. Levitt, H.M. Berman, D. Jones, S.E. Brenner, S.K. Burley, R. Das, N.V. Dokholyan, R.L. Dunbrack Jr., K. Fidelis, A. Fiser, A. Godzik, Y.J. Huang, C. Humblet, M.P. Jacobson, A. Joachimiak, S.R. Krystek Jr., T. Kortemme, A. Kryshtafovych, G.T. Montelione, J. Moult, D. Murray, R. Sanchez, T.R. Sosnick, D.M. Standley, T. Stouch, S. VAJDA, M. Vasquez, J.D. Westbrook, I.A. Wilson. 2009. Outcome of a workshop on applications of protein models in biomedical research. Structure 17(2): 151-159. M.R. Landon, R.L. Lieberman, Q.Q. Hoang, S. Ju, H.M.M. Caaveirola, S.D. Orwig, D. Kozakov, R. Brenke, G.Y. Chuang, D. Beglov, S. VAJDA, G.A. Petsko, D. Ringe. June 12 2009. Detection of ligand binding hot spots on protein surfaces via fragment-based methods: Application to DJ-1 and Glucocerebrosidase. J. Comp. Aided. Mol. Des. 23(8): 491-500. H. Aguesse, H.O. WANG, K. Tanaka. 2009. Information Control in a Unified Framework of Consensus Seeking. International Journal of Information and Systems Sciences 5(2): 199-209. K. Tanaka, H. Ohtake, H.O. WANG. 2009. Guaranteed Cost Control of Polynomial Fuzzy Systems via a Sum of Squares Approach. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics Part B 39(2): 561-567. K. Tanaka, Y. Yamauchi, H. Ohtake, H.O. WANG. February 2009. Sensor Reduction for Backing-UP Control of a Vehicle with Triple Trailers. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics 56(2): 497-509. N. Hara, K. Tanaka, H. Ohtake, H.O. WANG. 2009. Development of a Flying Robot with Pantograph-based Variable Wing Mechanism. IEEE Transactions on Robotics 25(1): 79-87.


Editorials

Conference Proceedings

J. BAILLIEUL. 2009. CDC/CCC 2009--A Shanghai Journey. IEEE Control Systems Magazine 29(3): 119-130.

D. Baronov, S.B. ANDERSSON. 2008. Tracking a magnetic particle using a magnetic force microscope. Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control. pp. 1128-1133.

C.G. CASSANDRAS. 2009. Quantity v. Quality. IEEE Transactions on Control. 54(5): 933-934. DAVID CASTAÑÓN. 2008. Thoughts on CSS Publications. IEEE Control Systems Magazine 28(4): 10-12. DAVID CASTAÑÓN. 2008. The Legacy of George Axelby. IEEE Control Systems Magazine 28(5): 10-12.

P. Chang, S.B. ANDERSSON. 2008. Smooth trajectories for imaging string-like samples in AFM: A preliminary study. Proceedings of the American Control Conference; 2008. pp. 3207-3212. D. Baronov, J. BAILLIEUL. 2008. Search Decisions for Teams of Automata. Proceedings of the 47-th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Paper TuB15.4. Digital Object Identifier 10. 1109/ CDC. 2008. 4739365; 2008 December 9-11; Cancun, Mexico. pp. 1133-1138. D. Raghunathan, J. BAILLIEUL. 2009. Exploiting information content in relative motion. Proceedings of the Americal Control Conference; 2009 June 10-12; St. Louis. pp. 2166-2171. D. Raghunathan, J. BAILLIEUL. 2009. Motion Based Communication Channels between Mobile Robots – A Novel Paradigm for Low Bandwidth Information Exchange. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2009); 2009 October 11-15; St. Louis. D. Raghunathan, J. BAILLIEUL. 2008. Relative Motion of Robots as a Means for Signaling. Proceedings of the Int’l Conf. on Intelligent Automation and Robotics; 2008 October 22-24; San Francisco, USA. pp. 710-714. W.S. Wong, J. BAILLIEUL. 2009. The Standard Parts Problem and the Complexity of Control Communication. Proceedings of the 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control; 2009 December 16-18; Shanghai, China. R. Gao, A. Deshmukh, W. Gong, J. BAILLIEUL, C.G. CASSANDRAS, D. CASTAÑON, I.C. PASCHALIDIS. 2009. A Control and Optimization Science Base for Sensor Networks in Adverse and Stochastic Environments: Selected Advances of 2008. Proceedings of 2009 Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation Grantees Conf.; 2009 June. B. Yordanov, C. BELTA. 2008. Formal Analysis of Piecewise Affine Systems under Parameter Uncertainty with Application

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to Gene Networks. American Control Conference (ACC); 2008; Seattle, WA. pp. 2767-2772. M. Imielinski, N. Klitgord, C. BELTA. 2008. Investigating the genomic basis of metabolic robustness through in silico flux analysis. IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC); 2008; Cancun, Mexico. M. Kloetzer, C. BELTA. 2008. Distributed implementations of global temporal logic motion specifications. IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation (ICRA); 2008; Pasadena, CA. M. Kloetzer, C. Mahulea, C. BELTA, L. Recalde, M. Silva. 2008. Formal analysis of timed continuous Petri nets. IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC); 2008; Cancun, Mexico. C.G. CASSANDRAS, A. BESTAVROS, I.C. PASCHALIDIS, R. Gao, W. Gong. 2008. Event-driven Sensing for Enterprise Reconfigurability and Optimization. INFORMS Annual Meeting; 2008 October. C.G. CASSANDRAS, X. Ning. 2008. Dynamic Sleep Time Control in Wireless Sensor Networks Using Traffic Statistics. INFORMS Annual Meeting; 2008 October. M. Zhong, C.G. CASSANDRAS. 2008. Distributed Coverage Control in Sensor Network Environments with Polygonal Obstacles. Proc. of 17th IFAC World Congress; 2008 July. pp. 4162-4167. X. Ning, C.G. CASSANDRAS. 2008. Optimal Dynamic Sleep Time Control in Wireless Sensor Networks. Proc. of 47th IEEE Conf. Decision and Control; 2008 December. pp. 2332-2337. M. Zhong, C.G. CASSANDRAS. 2009. Asynchronous Distributed Algorithms for Optimal Coverage Control with Sensor Networks. Proc. of 17th IEEE Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation; 2009 June. pp. 104-105. M. Zhong, C.G. CASSANDRAS. 2008. Asynchronous Distributed Optimization with Minimal Communication. Proc. of 47th IEEE Conf. Decision and Control; 2008 December. pp. 363-368.

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J. Mao, C.G. CASSANDRAS. 2008. On-line Optimal Control of a Class of Discrete Event Systems with Real-Time Constraints. Proc. of 47th IEEE Conf. Decision and Control; 2008 December. pp. 1471-1476. J. Mao, C.G. CASSANDRAS. 2008. Optimal Control of Multilayer Discrete Event Systems with Real-Time Constraint Guarantees. Proc. of 17th IFAC World Congress; 2008 July. pp. 4120-4125. D. CASTAÑÓN, D.K. Ahner. 2008. Team Task Allocation and Routing in Risky Environments under Human Guidance. Proc. 2008 Conference on Decision and Control; 2008 December; Cancun, Mexico. pp. 1139-1144. M. Mahvash, P. DUPONT. 2009. Fast Needle Insertion to Minimize Tissue Deformation and Damage. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation; 2009. M. Mahvash, P. DUPONT. 2008. Bilateral Teleoperation of Flexible Surgical Robots. Workshop Proc, New Vistas and Challenges in Telerobotics. IEEE 2008 International Conference on Robotics & Automation; 2008. 6 p. P. DUPONT, J. Lock, E. Butler. 2009. Torsional Kinematic Model for Concentric Tube Robots. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation; 2009. D. Wroblewski, O. Ghosh, A. Lum, D. Willoughby, M. VanHout, K. Hogstrom, S.N. Basu, M. GEVELBER. 2008. Modeling and Parametric Analysis of Plasma Spray Particle State Distribution for Deposition Rate Control. ASME IMECE; 2008 November; Boston. pp. 453-460. M. GEVELBER, D. Wroblewski, M. VanHout, O. Ghosh, D. Willoughby, S.N. Basu. 2008. Sensor and Control Design Issues for Implementation of Real-Time Deposition Rate Control for Plasma Spray. ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress IMECE2008-68958; 2008 October 31-November 6; Boston, MA. pp. 461-470. N. Ma, P. ISHWAR. 2008. Two-terminal Distributed Source Coding with Alternating Messages for Function Computation.


Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT); 2008 July 6-11; Toronto, Canada. pp. 51-55. K. Wang, T.D.C. LITTLE. 2008. Dynamic Routing Selection for Wireless Sensor Networks. Proc. 7th Intl. Symposium on Network Computing and Applications (IEEE NCA 2008); 2008 July; Cambridge, MA. pp. 136-143. T.H. Kunz, J.C. Chau, Z. Wu, L. Hong, J. Reichard, M. Betke, T.D.C. LITTLE. 2008. Two Novel BatCams for Censusing Small Colonies of Bats. Regular Poster, presented at the 38th Annual North American Symposium on Bat Research; 2008 October; Scranton PA. T.D.C. LITTLE, P. Dib, K. Shah, N. Barraford N, B. Gallagher. 2008. Using LED Lighting for Ubiquitous Indoor Wireless Networking. Proc. 4th IEEE Intl. Conf. on Wirless and Mobile Computing, Networking and Communications (WiMob 2008); 2008 October; Avignon, France. pp. 373-378. I.C. PASCHALIDIS, C.G. CASSANDRAS. 2008. New Results on Distributed wireless sensor networks for long-term deployments. DOE NNSA University and Industry Technical Interchange Review Meeting (UITI 2008); 2008 December 2 - 4; The Canyons, Utah. I.C. PASCHALIDIS, D. Guo D. 2008. Localization in Sensor Nets: Adventures in Decision Theory and Facility Location. INFORMS Annual Meeting Meeting; 2008 October 12-15; Washington, DC. I.C. PASCHALIDIS, R. Wu. 2008. On Robust Maximum Lifetime Routing in Wireless Sensor Networks. 47th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control; 2008 December; Cancun, Mexico. pp. 1684-1689. I.C. PASCHALIDIS, S.C. Kang. 2008. A Robust Approach to Markov Decision Problems with Uncertain Transition Probabilities. Proceedings of the 17th IFAC World Congress; 2008 July; Seoul, Korea. pp. 408-413.

I.C. PASCHALIDIS, K. Li, D. Guo. Landmark-based position and movement detection of wireless sensor network devices. Invited, Proceedings of 46th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing; 2008 September 2326; Monticello, Illinois. pp. 7-14. I.C. PASCHALIDIS, K. Li, R. Moazzez-Estanjini, Y. Lin, D. Guo. 2009. Intelligent forklift dispatching in warehouses using a sensor network. Proceedings of the 17th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation (MED 09); 2009 June 24-26; Thessaloniki, Greece. pp. 112-114. I.C. PASCHALIDIS, S.C. Kang, K. Li. 2008. DistributionDependent Robust Linear Optimization with Asymmetric Uncertainty and Application to Optimal Control. Proceedings of the 17th IFAC World Congress; 2008 July; Seoul, Korea. pp. 10069-10074. E. Ermis, V. SALIGRAMA, P.M. Jodoin, J. Konrad. 2008. Abnormal behavior detection and behavior matching for networked cameras. ACM/IEEE Int. Conf. Distributed Smart Cameras; 2008 September. pp. 485-494. E. Ermis, V. SALIGRAMA, P.M. Jodoin, J. Konrad. 2008. Motion segmentation and abnormal behavior detection via behavior clustering. Proc. IEEE Int. Conf. Image Processing; 2008 October. pp. 769-772. J.M. McHugh, J. Konrad, V. SALIGRAMA, P.M. Jodoin, DAVID CASTAÑÓN 2008. Motion Detection with False Discovery Rate Control. 2008 International Conference on Image Processing; San Diego, CA. pp. 873-876. P.M. Jodoin, J. Konrad, V. SALIGRAMA. 2008. Modeling background activity for behavior subtraction. ACM/IEEE Int. Conf. Distributed Smart Cameras; 2008 September. pp. 87-96. P.M. Jodoin, J. Konrad, V. SALIGRAMA, V. Veilleux-Gaboury. 2008. Motion detection with an unstable camera. Proc. IEEE Int. Conf. Image Processing; 2008 October. pp. 229-232.

I.C. PASCHALIDIS, Y. Chen. 2008. Anomaly Detection in Sensor Networks based on Large Deviations of Markov Chain Models. Invited, Proceedings of the 47th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control; 2008 December; Cancun, Mexico. pp. 2338-2343.

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Invited Lectures Y. Benezeth, P.M. Jodoin, V. SALIGRAMA, C. Rosenberger. 2009. Abnormal Events Detection Based on Spatio-Temporal Co-occurences. IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR); 2009 June. A. Aziz, D. STAROBINSKI, P. Thiran. 2009. Elucidating the Instability of Random Access Wireless Mesh Networks. IEEE SECON; 2009 June; Rome, Italy. W. Xiao, D. STAROBINSKI. 2009. Extreme Value FEC for Wireless Data Broadcasting. IEEE INFOCOM 2009; 2009 April; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. A. Hagedorn, S. Agarwal, D. STAROBINSKI, A. TRACHTENBERG. 2009. Rateless Coding with Feedback. IEEE INFOCOM; 2009 April; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. G. Zhao, P. VAKILI. 2008. Monotonicity and Stratification. Proceedings of the 2008 Winter Simulation Conference; 2008 December. pp. 313-319. T. Borogovac, P. VAKILI. 2008. Control Variate Technique: A Constructive Approach. Proceedings of the 2008 Winter Simulation Conference; 2008 December. pp. 320-327. H. Ohtake, K. Tanaka, H.O. WANG. 2008. Fuzzy Model-based Servo Control for a Class of Nonlinear Systems. 17th IFAC World Congress; 2008 July; Seoul, Korea. pp. 6850-6854, J. Yao, H.O. WANG, Z.H. Guan, W. Xu. 2008. Stability and passivity of complex spatio-temporal switching networks with coupling delays. Proceedings of the 17th World Congress, the International Federation of Automatic Control; 2008 July 6-11; Seoul, Korea. pp. 6638-6641, K. Tanaka, H. Ohtake, H.O. WANG. 2008. A Sum of Squares Approach to Guaranteed Cost Control of Polynomial Discrete Fuzzy Systems. 17th IFAC World Congress; 2008 July; Seoul, Korea. pp. 6861-6868.

M. ALANYALI. “A Queuing Analysis of Opportunistic Transmission in the Downlink.” Coordinated Science Laboratory; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, February 2009. M. ALANYALI. “On fair coexistence of wireless networks via CSMA based transmission algorithms,” The Hamilton Institute, Maynooth Ireland, June 25, 2009. M. ALANYALI. “Network coexistence in emerging models of unlicensed spectrum access,” Bilkent University, March 2009. M. ALANYALI. “ A non-raster approach to scanning force microscopy,” Society of Engineering Science, 14 October 2008. M. ALANYALI. “ Studying single molecules through tracking,” Robotics, Control and Mechatronics Colloquium, University of Washington, 17 October 2008. J. BAILLIEUL. “Communication by Means of Controlled Dynamical System Motions,” Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, October 2008. J. BAILLIEUL. “Communication Through Action---Theme and Variations,” Fall Southeastern Meeting of the American Mathematical Society, Huntsville, AL, October 2008. J. BAILLIEUL. “Modeling and Control of Physical Networks,” IFAC 2008, Workshop on Complex Embedded and Networked Control Systems, Seoul Korea, July 2008. J. BAILLIEUL. “The Psychology of Human-Robot Interaction,” Plenary Lecture given at the SICE Annual Conference, Tokyo Japan, August 2008. C. BELTA. “Insights into the functional organization and robustness of genome scale metabolism,” University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, 5 December 2008. M. CARAMANIS. “Commercialization of Renewable Electricity Generation Technologies: Lifting Adoption Barriers,” European Union, US Roundtable, New Orleans, LA, 14 November 2008.

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M. CARAMANIS. “The European Community Electricity Regulation and Green Initiative,” Invited Lecture to the US Energy Bar Association, Troutman Sanders LLP, Washington DC, 27 October 2008. M. CARAMANIS. “The Liberalization of Greek Energy Markets: Load Management and the Electrification of the Transportation Sector,” Ministry of Exterior International Conference, Athens, Greece, 8 July 2008. C.G. CASSANDRAS. “How much Communication to Achieve Optimal Cooperation?” “Discrete Event and Hybrid Simulation Using SimEvents” The MathWorks Inc, Beijing, China, July 2008. C.G. CASSANDRAS. “A New “Best Rank” Approach for Solving a Class of Stochastic Optimization Problems in Real Time” Center for Intelligent Networked Systems, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, July 2008. C.G. CASSANDRAS. “Optimal Dynamic Sleep Time Control in Sensor Networks”, DOE Grantee Meeting, Salt Lake, UT, December 2008. C.G. CASSANDRAS. Workshop on Systems and Control for High School Students, Seoul, Korea, July 2008. C.G. CASSANDRAS. “Joys and Perils of Automation,” Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China, July 2008 . A. Bangla and DAVID CASTAÑÓN. “Distributed Coding and Classification using Compressed Sensing,” to appear in Proc. Workshop on Frontiers in Distributed Communication, Sensing and Control, Yale University, Nov. 2008.

J.J. COLLINS. “A network biology approach to antibiotic action and bacterial defense mechanisms.” 109th American Society for Microbiology General Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, May 17-21, 2009. J.J. COLLINS. “A Network Biology Approach to Antibiotic Action and Bacterial Defense Mechanisms,” Harvard School of Public Health, October 29, 2008. J.J. COLLINS. “A network biology approach to antibiotic action and bacterial defense mechanisms.” Cell LabLinks: Systems Biology, Boston, MA, October 3, 2008. J.J. COLLINS. “A network biology approach to antibiotic action and bacterial defense mechanisms.” Fourth Annual NIH Director’s Pioneer Award Symposium, Bethesda, MD, September 22-23, 2008. J.J. COLLINS. “A network biology approach to antibiotic action and bacterial defense mechanisms,” New England TB Symposium, Cambridge, MA, June 12, 2009. J.J. COLLINS. “A network biology approach to antibiotic drug discovery,” Nature SciCafe, Boston, MA, November 6, 2008. J.J. COLLINS. “A network biology approach to Parkinson’s Disease,” Parkinson’s Disease Forum, Boston, MA, February 12, 2009. J.J. COLLINS. “Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award Talk,” 2nd Annual Translational Medicine Alliance Forum, Philadelphia, PA, May 13-15, 2009. J.J. COLLINS. “Bacterial Network Biology,” CSAIL Bioinformatics Seminar Series, MIT, May 6, 2009.

DAVID CASTAÑÓN. “Sensor management for integrated surveillance,” Ohio State, Columbus, OH, November, 2008.

J.J. COLLINS. “Bacterial network biology.” Network Biology 2.0, Cambridge, MA, May 20, 2009.

DAVID CASTAÑÓN. “Team Task Allocation under Human Guidance,” AFOSR, Arlington, VA August 2008.

J.J. COLLINS. “Biodesigns: Nature’s Living Machines and Bioengineered Gizmos,” Graduate Program in Painting and Sculpture, Boston University, November 18, 2008.

DAVID CASTAÑÓN. “Team Task Allocation,” AFOSR, Arlington, VA December 2008.

J.J. COLLINS. “Biology by Design,” Oxford & Cambridge Society of New England Spring Dinner, Mount Ida College, March 28, 2009.

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J.J. COLLINS. “Biology by Design,” University Lecture, Boston University, October 21, 2008.

J.J. COLLINS. “Turn Up the Noise: Noise-Enhanced Sensorimotor Function,” BU Academy, April 9, 2009.

J.J. COLLINS. “Engineered Gene Networks: Biology by Design,” CIMIT Forum, Boston, MA, April 28, 2009.

P. DUPONT. “Steerable Needles as Surgical Robots,” MICCAI 2008 Workshop, Needle Steering: Recent Results and Future Opportunities, New York, NY, 2008.

J.J. COLLINS. “Engineered gene networks: integrating synthetic biology and systems biology.” Cells, Circuits and Computation Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, January 23, 2009. J.J. COLLINS. “Engineered gene networks: integrating synthetic biology and systems biology,” 2008 European American Innovation Day, Boston, MA, December 3, 2008. J.J. COLLINS. “Engineered gene networks: integrating synthetic biology and systems biology,” Frontiers in Synthetic Biology, Boston, MA, December 1-2, 2008. J.J. COLLINS. “Engineering Gene Networks: Integrating Synthetic Biology & Systems Biology,” Frederick Seitz Lecture, University of Chicago, January 21, 2009. J.J. COLLINS. “Engineering Gene Networks: Integrating Synthetic Biology & Systems Biology,” NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series, Bethesda, MD, May 13, 2009. J.J. COLLINS. “Engineering Gene Networks: Integrating Synthetic Biology & Systems Biology,” Science Technology, Engineering and Math Speaker Series, Roxbury Community College, Roxbury Crossing, MA, November 19, 2008. J.J. COLLINS. “Engineering microbial networks: integrating synthetic biology and systems biology,” Summit on Systems Biology: The Microbial World, Richmond, VA, June 16-17, 2009. J.J. COLLINS. “The future of engineering and systems/synthetic biology,” ASEE 2009 Engineering Deans Institute, Boston, MA, March 22-25, 2009. J.J. COLLINS. “Turn Up the Noise: Noise-Enhanced Human Performance”, CIMIT Forum, Boston, MA, April 28, 2009.

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M.A. GEVELBER. “Alternative Control Strategies and Requirements for Improving Thermal Spray Performance,” the Symposium on Improving Reliability and Consistency in Thermal Spray, Montreal Quebec, 2-3 Dec 2008. P. ISHWAR. “Bounds for Interactive Computation in Collocated Networks” ITA 2009. P. ISHWAR. “Distributed Source Coding for Interactive Function Computation,” EE Seminar Series of the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, 13 February 2009. P. ISHWAR. “Distributed Source Coding for Interactive Function Computation,” RLE Signal Transformation and Information Representation Seminar Series, MIT, 1 December 2008. P. ISHWAR. “Interactive Function Computation: A Distributed Block Source Coding Perspective,” Topics in Systems Seminar Series, Coordinated Science Laboratory, U.Illinois, UrbanaChampaign, 10 March 2009. P. ISHWAR. “Interactive Function Computation: A Distributed Block Source Coding Perspective,” ECE Department Systems Seminar Series, U.Wisconsin, Madison, 12 March 2009. I. C. PASCHALIDIS. “A New Statistical Localization Framework for Wireless Sensor Networks,” Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Ohio State University, May 29, 2009. I. C. PASCHALIDIS. “Mathematics of Statistical Localization in Wireless Sensor Networks and Related Problems,” Department of Mathematics, University of Athens, Greece, June 16, 2009. V. SALIGRAMA, Panelist, “Towards a Comprehensive Counter IED Program: Video Analytics,” Department of Homeland Security University Network Summit, Washington, DC, March 2009.


U.S. Patents V. SALIGRAMA. “Statistical Anomaly Detection in Video Surveillance,” Gordon-CenSSIS Research and Industrial Collaboration Conference, Boston, MA, October 2008.

B. Vattiat, D. Wroblewski, and M. GEVELBER, “Plasma State and Flux Sensor,” serial no. 12008787, joint Boston University/Cyber Materials application, January 2008.

V. SALIGRAMA. “Codes to Unmask Spectrum Violators in Cognitive Radio Systems,” Asilomar, 2008.

V. SALIGRAMA and J. Konrad and P-M. Jodoin, “Video processing system employing behavior subtraction between reference and observed video image sequences”, PCT Patent Application No.~PCT/US08/79839, Oct. 2008.

V. SALIGRAMA. “Crime and Punishment for Cognitive Radios,” Allerton, September 2008. V. SALIGRAMA. “Distributed Statistical Methods in Networked Video Surveillance,” Allerton, 2008. V. SALIGRAMA. “Compressed Sensing Workshop Noisy Group Testing and Boolean Compressed Sensing,” Duke University, February 2009. V. SALIGRAMA. “Video Analytics over Multi-Camera Networks,” MIT Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, April 2009. V. SALIGRAMA. “Video Analytics over Multi-Camera Networks,” MITRE Corp., February 2009. V. SALIGRAMA. “Noisy Group Testing and Boolean Compressed Sensing,” University of California, San Diego Information Theory and Applications Workshop, February 2009. V. SALIGRAMA. “Video Analytics over Multi-Camera Networks,” University of Maryland, College Park, Department of Computer Science, March 2009. V. SALIGRAMA. “Video Analytics over Camera Networks,” In-QTel (A CIA Venture Arm), November 2008. V. SALIGRAMA. “Video Analytics over Multi-Camera Networks,” BU Computer Science Colloquium, December 2008.

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Research Laboratories The Andersson Group

Collins Lab

Professor Sean Andersson http://people.bu.edu/sanderss/

Professor Jim Collins http://www.bu.edu/abl/

The Andersson group at Boston University focuses on systems and control theory. We are primarily interested in the application areas of nanotechnology, nanobioscience, and robotics. We believe the potential of scanning probe microscopy has not yet been realized. We are investigating novel methods for rapid imaging of samples and for studying dynamics in systems with nanometer-scale phenomena. By replacing the traditional raster-scan approach to imaging with feedback control laws which drive the sampling scheme, the domain of applicability of scanning probe technologies can be extended deeper into the realm of dynamic processes. Our research on robotics centers on the framework of symbolic control. We aim to develop methods for handling the complexity of robotics in real-world environments. Ongoing work includes the use of symbols to tokenize the environment as well as the control and applications in cooperative control.

Our lab is currently working in two areas: 1) We are developing and implementing computational-experimental methods to reverse engineer and analyze gene regulatory networks in microbes and higher organisms. 2) We are designing and constructing synthetic gene networks for a variety of biotechnology and bioenergy applications. We are also using engineered gene networks to study general principles underlying gene regulation.

Advanced Materials Process Control Laboratory Professor Michael Gevelber http://www.bu.edu/pcl/ Research in this laboratory focuses on improving materials processing capabilities by applying a controls-based approach. Our controls-based approach integrates process modeling, sensor development, both system and control design, and experimentation to achieve greater control of material microstructure as well as improving yield and maximizing production rate. Research projects, typically conducted with industry partners, span a range of application areas including opto-electronic applications, advanced engines, power systems, and biomedical applications. Ongoing research projects include real-time control for plasma spray for thermal barrier coatings and fuel cells, e-beam deposition for precision optical coatings, electrospinning of nanofibers, chemical vapor deposition, and Czochralski crystal growth.

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Control of Discrete Event Systems (CODES) Laboratory Professor Christos Cassandras http://vita.bu.edu/cgc/CODES/ Discrete event systems have their own distinctive features and behavior. The objectives of the CODES Laboratory range from the study of basic mathematical and computer simulation models for these systems to the development of actual software for controlling them. Some of the best-known analytical frameworks and methodologies in this field, such as Rapid Learning Technology (RLT), have been pioneered by members of the CODES Laboratory. Ongoing projects are geared toward applications in automated manufacturing, communication and sensor networks, cooperative control systems, hybrid systems, and the development of the next generation of computer simulation tools. These projects are supported by several federal agencies and by industry. One of the unique characteristics of the CODES Laboratory is its problem-driven philosophy: realworld problems motivate some of the best theoretical advances while providing workable solutions for technology transfer.


Information Systems and Sciences (ISS) Laboratory Professors Murat Alanyali, Maja Bystrom, Jeffrey Carruthers, Christos Cassandras, David Castanon, Clem Karl, Janusz Konrad, Thomas Little, Prakash Ishwar, Hamid Nawab, Ioannis Paschalidis, Venkatesh Saligrama, Masoud Sharif, David Starobinski, Ari Trachtenberg http://iss.bu.edu/

Hybrid and Networked Systems Lab (HyNeSs Lab) Professor Calin Belta http://hyness.bu.edu/calin/Home.html We are interested in phenomena that occur when continuous dynamics, described by systems of differential equations, are combined with discrete dynamics, modeled as automata or state transition graphs. Such systems are called hybrid, and examples range from man-made systems such as mobile robots, to naturally occurring systems such as biochemical networks, where the continuous dynamics of metabolic processes is regulated by the logic of gene expression. Our approach to the analysis and control of such systems combine concepts and tools from computer science and control theory. Our current application areas are networked mobile robotics, swarming, gene networks, and genome scale metabolic analysis.

The ISS Laboratory groups researchers from various departments at Boston University with common interests in research, training and technology transfer in the field of information systems and sciences. Although members of the ISS Laboratory have a wide variety of research interests, there are four primary concentration areas. Research from these areas finds application in a wide variety of critical national and international needs, including biomedical signal and image processing for disease detection, remote sensing for atmospheric science, buried land mine detection, distributed and mobile computing, sensor networks, and advanced visual communication and entertainment. The above topics and applications form the focus for exciting and challenging study and thesis work. Several dozen PhD, MEng as well as undergraduate students carry out research within the laboratory. They are supervised by more than a dozen dynamic faculty of international renown and with abundant financial support. The research in the laboratory is supported by various sources, such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, as well as industry.

Intelligent Mechatronics Professors Andersson, Baillieul and Wang http://iml.bu.edu This laboratory is equipped with a wide variety of robotic devices including RF-networked sensor arrays, nearly forty mobile robots, surgical robots, and haptic interfaces. Additional resources include real-time control software, hand-held computing and communication devices, workstations, and a wide variety of sensors and actuators. This equipment is dedicated to research in limited-bandwidth control problems, symbolic control, cooperative systems and control, and image-guided minimally invasive surgery.

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Laboratory of Networking and Information Systems (NISLAB)

Production Control of Manufacturing Systems (PCMS) Laboratory

Professors David Starobinski and Ari Trachtenberg http://nislab.bu.edu/

Professors Michael Caramanis, Jian-Qiang Hu, James Perkins, Pirooz Vakili, I. Paschalidis

DNISLAB is involved in providing novel perspectives to modern networking with emphasis on scalability, heterogeneity, and performance. Our research roots into the mathematical fields of graph theory and algorithms, probability and stochastic processes, and coding theory with applications to content synchronization, network monitoring, wireless spectrum management, and advanced networking for scientific applications. Laboratory activities include a number of practical and theoretical projects involving about a dozen graduate and undergraduate students in the department.

Multi-Dimensional Signal Processing Professor W. Clement Karl http://mdsp.bu.edu Research in the general areas of multidimensional and multiresolution signal and image processing and estimation and geometric-based estimation. The development of efficient methods for the extraction of information from diverse data sources in the presence of uncertainty including: • Enhanced resolution image reconstruction for Cardiac Computerized Tomography • Multisource data fusion • Nanoscale optical microscopy • Biological interface estimation and tracking

Multimedia Communications Laboratory Professor Thomas D.C. Little http://hulk.bu.edu/ The Multimedia Communications Laboratory (MCL) at Boston University focuses on topics in ubiquitous distributed computing. Our legacy work is in the area of distributed multimedia information systems emphasizing time-dependent and continuous media data such as video. Recent work targets mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs) and sensor networks (SNETs).

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The PCMS laboratory is dedicated to research on the control and design of manufacturing systems. Algorithmic development for dynamic scheduling, stability and performance evaluation, design, and planning of production systems is a major research activity. An equally important research goal of the PCMS laboratory is the development of a framework that facilitates concurrent manufacturing through cooperation of independent decision-making entities in a manufacturing facility. This effort includes theoretical research on complex system decomposition and coordination, and applied work on software architectures and interfaces. Resources include a mixed platform of PCs and workstations available in the laboratory, and campus-wide computational facilities, like Boston University Center for Computational Science parallel processing computing resources. The PCMS laboratory is the home of graduate students primarily, but not exclusively, at the doctoral level and has established collaborative projects with a number of industrial sites.

Robotics, Dynamics and Control Professor Pierre DuPont Our research group focuses on innovative ways of solving theoretical and practical problems in robotics, structural dynamics and control.

Structural BioInformatics Professor Sandor Vajda http://structure.bu.edu/ The focus of this laboratory is the development and application of computational tools for the analysis of protein structure and protein-ligand interactions. Some of the particular problems we currently study are the evaluation of binding free energy in protein-protein complexes, development of efficient docking algorithms, computational solvent mapping of proteins using molecular probes to identify the most favorable binding positions, method development for fragment-based drug design, construction of an enzyme binding site database, and improving the prediction of protein active sites by homology modeling.


The Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE)

http://www.bu.edu/systems/ The Division is affiliated with the Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE). CISE manages a Seminar Series (see complete list of speakers, below) and co-sponsored the May 21, 2009 Symposium entitled Disrupting the Status Quo in Electric Energy Management: A Systems Approach to a Sustainable Energy Future.

Participating Faculty •

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Mechanical Engineering (ENG): Professors S. Andersson, J. Baillieul, C. Belta, M. Caramanis, P. Dupont, M. Gevelber, J.Q. Hu, J. Perkins, P. Vakili, H. Wang. Biomedical Engineering (ENG): Professor S. Vajda Computer Science (CAS): Professors A. Bestavros, M. Crovella, A. Matta. Electrical and Computer Engineering (ENG): Professors M. Alanyali, J. Carruthers, C. Cassandras, D. Castañon (CISE Co-Director), P. Ishwar, C. Karl, L. Levitin, T. Little, I. Paschalidis (CISE Co-Director), V. Saligrama, M. Sharif, D. Starobinski, A. Trachtenberg Math/Statistics (CAS): Professor E. Kolaczyk. Operations Management (SMG): Professor E. Peköz

Administration • • •

I.C. Paschalidis, Co-Director David Castañón, Co-Director Linda Grosser, Associate Director

CISE provides an interdepartmental home for faculty and students interested in research in information and control systems theory and its relevance to various application domains encompassing the analysis, design, and management of complex systems that have come to prominence as a result of the information, communication, and computation revolution. Information and systems engineering research at Boston University is strong and accomplished, but it is spread across departments, colleges and schools within the University. Created

by the Trustees in 2002, CISE has raised the visibility of that strength and fostered greater interactions among researchers. CISE fosters interdisciplinary collaboration and research in emerging applications and the use of methodologies such as optimization methods, information theory, control theory, applied probability, statistics, simulation, decision theory, multiscale modeling, queueing, algorithms, and stochastic processes. Primary application interests are in the areas of: • Communication and Networking • Computational Biology • Control, Robotics, and Automation • Energy Systems • Production, Service Systems, and Distribution Networks CISE faculty have been successful in bringing in multimilliondollar external research support. As of June 2009, CISE has grown from 13 to 28 affiliated faculty from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering; the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences; and the Department of Operations Management in the School of Management. There are approximately 60 graduate students affiliated through CISE faculty. CISE maintains a searchable database of academic “systems” publications authored by the affiliated faculty and their students. In 2009 the CISE Publication database was expanded to a “Knowledge” database to include other searchable documents including posters and presentations. CISE invites prominent academic and industrial researchers to present their work to the university audience. These seminars are usually held on Fridays at 2 PM at 15 St Mary’s Street.

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CISE Seminar Series 2008-2009 Date

Speaker

Department

Institution

Title

Hosting Professor

26-Sep-08

Eduardo Sontag Professor

Department of Mathematics and BioMaPS Institute for Quantitative Biology

Rutgers University

Input/Output Approaches to the Study of Dynamics in Systems Biology

Christos G. Cassandras

3-Oct-08

Garud Iyengar Associate Professor

Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

Columbia University

Robust Portfolio Selection

Yannis Paschalidis

17-Oct-08

Sanjay Lall Associate Professor

Aeronautics and Astronautics

Stanford University

Computation of Decentralized Yannis Paschalidis Control Systems

31-Oct-08

Sonia Martinez Assistant Professor

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Dealing with Noise in the University of California, Coordination of Multiagent San Diego Systems

6-Nov-08

Jelena KovaÄ?ević Professor

Biomedical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University

Problems in Biological Imaging: Opportunities for Signal Prakash Ishwar Processing

7-Nov-08

Roberto Tempo Director of Research

Systems and Computer Engineering

Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Monte Carlo and Las Vegas Randomized Algorithms, with Christos G. Cassandras Application to the PageRank Computation

6-Feb-09

Les Servi Sensor Systems Division

MIT Lincoln Labs

13-Feb-09

Martin Weiss Associate Dean

School of Information Sciences

20-Feb-09

Bruce Davie Cisco Fellow

27-Feb-09

Calin Belta

Mining Customer Quality of Service Measures from Transactional Data

Christos G. Cassandras

University of Pittsburgh

Secondary Use of Spectrum

David Starobinski

Service Provider Technology Group

Cisco Systems

Do Service Providers Get to Play in the Clouds?

Mark Crovella

Agung Julius Assistant Professor

Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering

Rensselaer Polytechnic Modeling, Analysis and Calin Belta Institute Control of Biological Networks

20-Mar-09

Paul Barford Associate Professor

Computer Science

University of Wisconsin

Detecting Unwanted Network Yannis Paschalidis Traffic

27-Mar-09

Akbar Sayeed Professor

Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Harnessing the Wireless Spectrum: Challenges and Opportunities

3-Apr-09

Xenofon Koutsoukos Assistant Professor

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Vanderbilt University

Spatiotemporal Coordination and Collaborative Tracking Yannis Paschalidis in Heterogeneous Sensor Networks

10-Apr-09

J. Nicholas Laneman Associate Professor

Department of Electrical Engineering

University of Notre Dame

Information Theory and Secure Prakash Ishwar and Communications Architecture Venkatesh Saligrama

1-May-09

Mostafa Ammar Professor

College of Computing

Georgia Institute of Technology

The WAM Continuum: Unified Design and Operation of Azer Bestavros Wireless and Mobile Networks

8-May-09

Bhubaneswar Mishra, Computer Science & Professor Mathematics

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Algebra, Automata, Courant Institute, NYU Algorithms, Biology and Beyond

Prakash Ishwar and Venkatesh Saligrama

Calin Belta


Events 6th Annual CISE Awards - Celebrate CISE Research: 2009 BU Science and Engineering Research Symposium Tuesday March 31, 2009 Congratulations to CISE First Prize winner Erhan Ermis This year marked the 6th annual celebration of CISE graduate student research through the CISE Award at the 2009 BU Science and Engineering Research Symposium on March 31, 2009. The $500 CISE First Prize went to Erhan Ermis, a candidate for Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, for his work “Multicamera Fusion for Uncalibrated Cameras.” His advisor is Professor Venkatesh Saligrama. CISE also awarded three $100 Honorable Mention awards to CISE students Peter Chang, Huseyin Mutlu and Weiyao Xiao. Peter Chang, a Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. candidate advised by Professor Sean Andersson, won his award for his poster “Single Tracking Using an AFM.” Both Huseyin and Weiyao are pursuing Ph.D.’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering under Professor David Starobinski. Huseyin received his Honorable Mention for his work “Spot Pricing of Secondary Spectrum Access in Wireless Cellular Networks” while Weiyao won an Honorable Mention for “Extreme Value FEC for Wireless Data Broadcasting.” Entries were judged on scientific or engineering innovation, relevance, promise of future impact, societal implications, and the exhibitor’s presentation. All students whose advisors are CISE affiliated were considered for the CISE awards. The 2009 CISE judges were: • Sean Andersson, Assistant Professor, ME • Prakash Ishwar, Assistant Professor, ECE • Abraham Matta, Associate Professor, Computer Science • Venkatesh Saligrama, Associate Professor, ECE • Les Servi, Ph.D., Principal Operations Research Analyst , The MITRE Corporation

Disrupting the Status Quo in Electric Energy Management: A Systems Approach to a Sustainable Energy Future Thursday May 21, 9:00AM-5:00PM BU Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s Street, 9th Floor, Boston, MA Solutions to sustainable energy management, combining new network infrastructure with technological breakthroughs like wind generation or electric hybrid vehicles, may mean pulling the plug on how things are done today. Exploring critical aspects of technology advancement and market growth, this program targets leaders from the private sector, e.g. chief technology officers, management, research scientists, venture capitalists, as well as academic professionals. Hosted by the Boston University: • Center for Information and Systems Engineering • College of Arts and Sciences • Division of Systems Engineering • School of Management • Sensor Network Consortium Event website: http://www.bu.edu/se/news/EnergySeminar_ May2009/index.html

Attendance Summary Industry

64

Non-BU Academic

25

Gov/Non-profit

6

BU

73

TOTAL

168

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Accelerating the Development and Adoption of Clean Energy Solutions Thursday, May 28, 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm Boston University School of Management Executive Leadership Center 595 Commonwealth Avenue, 4th floor, Boston, MA 02215 This invitation-only conference, co-hosted by CISE faculty Michael Caramanis, focused on how smart electric grids, emerging energy markets and new business models can provide a means to accelerate the development and adoption of sustainable clean energy solutions. Conference attendees heard from leading academics and industry executives on both the opportunities and challenges facing organizations that hope to bring these solutions to a rapidly developing and highly dynamic global market.

Accelerating the Development and Adoption of Clean Energy Solutions 1:00 pm - 1:10 pm

Welcome Kenneth R. Lutchen, Dean of the College of Engineering Framework for Sustainable Energy

1:10 pm - 1:35 pm

Michael Caramanis, Professor, Systems Engineering Emerging Business Models

1:35 pm – 2:00 pm

Nalin Kulatilaka, Wing Tat Lee Family Professor in Management

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Break

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Opportunities for Business Development and Growth in Sustainable Energy: Panel presentations and open discussion

Moderator: Richard Tabors, Vice President, Energy Practice, Charles River Associates Panelists: Gregg Dixon, Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development, EnerNOC, Inc., Martin Fleming, Vice President, Corporate Strategy, IBM Corp., Don Furman, Sr. Vice President for Development, Transmission, and Policy, Iberdrola USA, Matthew L. Lazarewicz, VP & Chief Technical Officer, Beacon Power Corp., John Viera, Director, Sustainable Business Strategies, Ford Motor Company Conference Summary

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Nalin Kulatilaka

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Reception

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dinner Welcome by Louis E. Lataif, Allen Questrom Professor and Dean of the School of Management Keynote Address: Bruce J. Walker, Vice President, Asset Strategy and Policy, National Grid

Attendance Summary Industry:

35

Non-BU Acad:

5

Gov/Non-profit:

2

BU:

15

TOTAL:

57

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Smartlighting Center at BU, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center selected in Fall 2008 Led by Professor Thomas Little, the Smartlighting Center at Boston University (smartlighting.bu.edu) was part of the team selected for funding as one of five new Engineering Research Centers nationwide in Fall 2008. The $18.5 million, multi-year award went to a group that includes BU, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of New Mexico to develop the optical communication technology that would make an LED the equivalent of a WiFi access point. Smart Lighting, which will be headquartered at RPI, is the fourteenth research center affiliated with the College of Engineering. Thomas Little, Principal Investigator and Associate Director of the NSF Smart Lighting ERC, oversees the Boston University effort of the grant as Site Coordinator and is also the Outdoor Communications and Transportation Testbed Leader.

Sensor Network Consortium Launched by CISE in 2004, the Sensor Network Consortium (SNC) facilitates interactions among the academic community and industry participants who support the growth of the sensor network industry through focused research and development activities. The SNC’s goals are to develop, test and accelerate adoption of sensor network related technologies in strategic applications areas; develop strategic partnerships to access federal and regional research funding; and educate graduate students and facilitate their involvement with industry. The Sensor Network Consortium (SNC) is a partnership of start-up technology innovators, corporate giants, and researchers doing leading-edge work in sensor networking. As the only consortium of its kind in Boston— a global hub of this emerging technology— the SNC brings together these diverse constituents. Recent industrial participants have included representatives from Handshake Solutions, Honeywell International, L-3, Millennial Net, Inc., MITRE Corporation, Nortel, Pratt and Whitney, Sensicast Systems, Siemens, Sun Microsystems, Texas Instruments, Textron Systems, The Hartford. The SNC has also attracted external research affiliates including Harvard University, Yale University, UMASS Amherst, UMASS Boston and IMEC-Netherlands, a leading European research institution.

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Visiting Committee The Division of Systems Engineering Visiting Committee’s purpose will be to: • advise the Head and Associate Head on education needs, • provide input to improve the program, • provide a potential source for Masters degree students, • give visbility to the program and • provide an avenue for potential research collaborators to get involved. Committee Member

Title

Company

Tamer Basar

Professor

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering & Coordinated Science Lab.

Department

Dimitris Bertsimas

Professor

MIT

Sloan School of Management

Andy Grace

Vice President of Engineering and Design Automation

The MathWorks, Inc.

Engineering and Design Automation

Y.C. Ho

Professor

Harvard University

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Kirk Jordan

Emerging Solutions Executive

IBM Research

Computation Science Center

P.R. Kumar

Professor

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mark Maybury

Executive Director

MITRE

Robert Tenney

Vice President

BAE Systems Advanced Information Technologies

Pravin Varaiya

Professor

University of California at Berkeley

Information Technology Division

EECS Dept.

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Message from the Head Faculty Honors and Awards Grants Events

Faculty and Staff

Participating Faculty Affiliated Faculty Division Administration and Committees

Graduate Programs

Graduate Recruitment and Enrollment Enrollment History PhD Student Progress Graduate Teaching Fellows, Dean’s Fellows and Research Assistants

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Graduate Student Award Graduate Degrees Awarded PhD Dissertations History of PhD Degrees Awarded Course and Program Development Graduate Courses

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External Research Funding Faculty Publications Research Laboratories The Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE) Events Visiting Committee

Boston University Division of Systems Engineering Annual Report 2008 – 2009 © 2009, Boston University Design and production: Sarah Cowen, www.sarahheartsdesign.com Photography: Boston University Photo Services Content: Elizabeth Flagg, SE staff, and SE faculty This report provides a description of the instructional and research activities of the Division of Systems Engineering at Boston University during the 2008 – 2009 academic year. Instructional activities are reported from the Fall 2008 through Summer 2009 semesters while scholarly activities and budget information are reported from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009. Boston University’s policies provide for equal opportunity and affirmative action in employment and admission to all programs of the University. For more information or to download this report as a PDF, please visit our website at www.bu.edu/se.


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