CESG Former Student Shiyan Hu Elected to European Academy of Sciences and Arts

CESG former student, Shiyan Hu, who received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering in 2008, has been elected as a Member for European Academy of Sciences and Arts for his significant contributions to Design, Optimization, and Security of Cyber-Physical Systems.

European Academy of Sciences and Arts currently has about 2,000 members, including 34 Nobel Prize Laureates, who are world leading scientists, artists, and practitioners of governance, with expertise ranging from Natural Sciences, Medicine, Technical & Environmental Sciences, Humanities, to Social Sciences. Academy members, who are dedicated to innovative research, international collaboration as well as the exchange and dissemination of knowledge, are elected based on their outstanding achievements.

Shiyan Hu is a professor and the Chair in Cyber-Physical System Security and Director of Cyber Security Academy at University of Southampton. He has published more than 150 refereed papers in the area of Cyber-Physical Systems, Cyber-Physical System Security, and VLSI Computer Aided Design, where most of his journal articles appeared in IEEE/ACM Transactions. He is an ACM Distinguished Speaker, an IEEE Systems Council Distinguished Lecturer, a recipient of the 2017 IEEE Computer Society TCSC Middle Career Researcher Award, and a recipient of the 2014 U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER Award. His publications have received distinctions such as the 2018 IEEE Systems Journal Best Paper Award, the 2017 Keynote Paper in IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design, the Front Cover Paper in IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience in March 2014, multiple Thomson Reuters ESI Highly Cited Papers/Hot Papers, etc. His ultra-fast slew buffering technique has been widely deployed in the industry for designing over 50 microprocessor and ASIC chips such as IBM flagship chips POWER 7 and 8.

He is a well-recognized international leader in his field. He is chairing the IEEE Technical Committee on Cyber-Physical Systems, leading IET Cyber-Physical Systems: Theory & Applications, and chaired the 2020 Editor-in-Chief Search Committee Chair for ACM TODAES. He has served as an Associate Editor for 5 IEEE/ACM Transactions such as IEEE TCAD, IEEE TII and ACM TCPS and as a Guest Editor for various IEEE/ACM journals such as Proceedings of the IEEE and IEEE Transactions on Computers. He is an Elected Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, a Fellow of IET, and a Fellow of British Computer Society.

Shiyan Hu says: “I am delighted to be elected as a Member of European Academy of Sciences and Arts. It is a unique honor in recognition of my research accomplishments and international leadership in my research fields. After many years following my graduation, I still feel very grateful to the education I received from Texas A&M’s Computer Engineering Group and research experience with my Ph.D. advisor Professor Jiang Hu. These were pivotally helpful for me to contribute significantly to my fields.”

Agricultural Blue Legacy Award

Congratulations to Dr. Jiang Hu and team for receiving the Agricultural Blue Legacy Award this March.

They developed a center pivot automation and control system known as CPACS. This contributes to water conservation in the field of agriculture. To learn more, go to http://www.hpwd.org/newswire/2021/3/18/amarillo-water-management-team-honored.

The team is referred to as the “Amarillo Water Management Team” and includes:
Dr. Hongxin Kong, CEEN, PhD Graduate
Jianfeng Song, CEEN, PhD Candidate
Dr. Justin Sun, CEEN, PhD Graduate
Dr. Yanxiang Yang, CEEN, PhD Graduate
Dr. Jiang Hu, co-director of graduate programs in the Texas A&M Department of Electrical and omputer Engineering at College Station;
Dr. Gary Marek, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service agricultural engineer at Bushland;
Thomas Marek, AgriLife Research senior research engineer at Amarillo;
Dr. Dana Porter, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program leader in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Lubbock; and
Dr. Qingwu Xue, AgriLife Research crop stress physiologist at Amarillo.

Thank you Amarillo Water Management Team for improving our world with your projects!

 

 

 

Pic 1: Dr. Hongxin Kong
Pic 2: Dr. Jiang Hu & Dr. Yanxiang Yang
Pic 3: Dr. Hongxin Kong
Feature Pic: Yanxiang Yang, Thomas Marek & Justin Sun

2020 Outstanding Professor Awards

Congratulations Dr. Sunil P. Khatri and Dr. Xi Zhang for winning the 2020 Outstanding Professor Awards!

This award was presented by the Texas A&M University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in recognition of teaching, research, and service excellence in the betterment of the education of our students and to promote our department.

Thank you for your hard work!

Dr. Duffield – ACM Fellow 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Nick Duffield, Royce E. Wisenbaker Professor I and Director of Texas A&M Institute of Data Science, for being selected by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) as a 2020 ACM Fellow.

The ACM Fellows program recognizes the top 1% of ACM Members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community. Fellows are nominated by their peers, with nominations reviewed by a distinguished selection committee. The accomplishments of the 2020 ACM Fellows have driven innovations that ushered in significant improvements across many areas of technology, industry, and personal life.

Best Paper Award in ACM MobiHoc 2020

Congratulations to Dr. I-Hong Hou and former CESG PhD students Ping-Chun Hsieh and Xi Liu!  Their recent paper “Fresher Content or Smoother Playback? A Brownian-Approximation Framework for Scheduling Real-Time Wireless Video Streams” won Best Paper!

MobiHoc is a premier international symposium dedicated to addressing challenges in dynamic networks and computing with a highly selective technical program. The acceptance rate of ACM MobiHoc 2020 is 15%.

The award announcement can be found here: https://www.sigmobile.org/mobihoc/2020/awards.html

Welcome CESG Faculty Dr. Michel Kinsy

Dr. Michel A. Kinsy is our new Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. He directs the Adaptive and Secure Computing Systems (ASCS) Laboratory and serves as the Associate Director of TAMU Cybersecurity Center. He focuses his research on computer architecture, hardware-level security, and efficient hardware design and implementation of post-quantum cryptography systems.

Dr. Kinsy is an MIT Presidential Fellow and an Inaugural Skip Ellis Career Award recipient. He earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2013 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Before joining the TAMU faculty, Dr. Kinsy was an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University (BU). Prior to BU, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Computer and Information Systems at the University of Oregon, where he directed the Computer Architecture and Embedded Systems (CAES) Laboratory. From 2013 to 2014, he was a Member of the Technical Staff at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he led the Advanced Computer Architecture Concepts sub-group tasked with exploring future secure computing architectures in critical DoD systems.

Dr. Kinsy is excited and looks forward to collaborating with colleagues and mentoring students in designing secure and trustworthy computing systems.

For more information on Dr. Kinsy, please visit https://cesg.tamu.edu/faculty/michel-kinsy/.

Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching: Dr. Sunil Khatri

Congratulations to Dr. Sunil Khatri!

The  Association of Former Students presented Dr. Khatri with a Distinguished Achievement Award in College-Level Teaching for the Academic Year of 2019.

The Dean of Engineering, Dr. Banks, honored four winner:
– Dr. Sunil Khatri, Electrical and Computer Engineering
– Dr. Kristi Shryock, Aerospace Engineering
– Dr. Aakash Tyagi, Computer Science and Engineering
– Dr. Victor Ugaz, Chemical Engineering

Thank you for contributing to our program Dr. Khatri!

Dr. Jiang Hu Awarded Texas A&M AgriLife Research 2019 Director’s Award

Dr. Jiang Hu received the Texas A&M AgriLife Research 2019 Director’s Award for contribution to the research project on IoT-based intelligent irrigation. This is research in collaboration with AgriLife researchers Dr. Dana Porter and Dr. Thomas Marek.

Agriculture irrigation accounts for the use of two-thirds of the world-wide fresh water resources which is increasingly experiencing shortage due to human population growth and climate change. Technological advances have created numerous bells and whistles that can potentially improve water-use efficiency. However, there lacks a complete solution that makes use of all leverages and provides growers with peace of mind. Jiang Hu and CESG students, Justin Sun, Yanxiang Yang and Hongxin Kong, collaborate with the AgriLife research team to develop a complete solution for intelligent and automatic variable rate irrigation. It integrates spatial data from soil moisture sensors, past water applications and weather forecasts. At the same time, the system must be tolerant of faults and breakdowns. The centerpiece and brain of the system is an intelligent control algorithm. It estimates the amount of water needed for each location according to current soil moisture level and considers the probability of near future precipitation and evapotranspiration. The algorithm uses a machine learning procedure that is sensitive to crop and soil types. The proposed system can simultaneously improve crop yield and reduce water use. A prototyping system has been built in the AgriLife experiment field near Amarillo, Texas and three patents derived from the research have been filed.

Aggie Winners at CSAW 2019!

Congratulations to the Texas A&M team for winning 3rd place in the 3D Printer Hack Challenge at the CSAW ’19 cyber-security competition held November 7-9, 2019 in Brooklyn, New York.

The Texas A&M team was comprised of Computer and Electrical Engineering students Akash TiwariMutaz Melhem, and Maccoy Merrell under the advisement of professor Stavros Kalafatis.

After progressing from the qualification round where participants were challenged to reconstruct a corrupted .gcode file, the team employed skills in file forensics and reverse-engineering, to decode a file that they sent through a Caesar Cipher decode to obtain instructions for the final competition. They then had to develop a male 3D printer piece that was scaled to fit a female 3D printed piece whose STL file was provided. In addition, the team was tasked to create a STL file and then decode an encrypted Data Matrix code (after determining it was not a QR code) which provided a message that was not decipherable. The team completed the challenge in seven hours and placed 3rd out of five finalist from schools across Canada and the US.

This was the third time the Texas A&M team had entered the competition. Last year, they placed third in a embedded security challenge. They have truly set themselves apart nationally within such a short period.

 

For more information on the event, go to https://csaw.engineering.nyu.edu.

Dr. Shakkottai Promoted to Full Professor

Dr. Shakkottai joined as an Assistant Professor in 2008 and  later became Associate Professor in 2014. As of September 2019, he has been promoted to Full Professor.

Congratulations Dr. Shakkottai for your promotion! And, thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to our program!