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Energy and Environment - University Research on Hardware, Embedded Software, Monitoring, Analytics, and Controls

April 24th, 2023 - 2:00 PM EST

University of Kentucky, Whitehall Classroom Bldg., CB 110

Speaker: Cristinel Ababei, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Marquette University, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Seminar: Organized jointly with regional IEEE organizations

Abstract: In the first part of this presentation, following a brief introduction on the relationship between energy and environment, I will discuss interdisciplinary research including drone design for monitoring particulate matter, monitoring algae blooms, monitoring the temperature of stormwater runoff, and machine learning models for predicting pollutant concentrations. The examples will be provided by faculty-led student projects conducted as part of the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Marquette University since 2021. In the second part, I will highlight current collaboration between University of Kentucky and Marquette University on advanced research projects, also sponsored by NSF, which focus on the forecast of electric power for appliances, building energy usage, and battery energy storage optimizations.

Bio: Cristinel Ababei is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Marquette University. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 2004 and the M.Sc. in signal processing and B.S. in microelectronics degrees from the Technical University of Iasi, Romania. Prior to joining Marquette, from 2012 to 2013, he was an assistant professor in the Dept. of EE, State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. Between 2008 to 2012, he was an assistant professor in the Dept. of ECE, North Dakota State University (NDSU). From 2004 to 2008, he worked as an R&D engineer for Magma Design Automation in Silicon Valley. His current research interests include machine learning techniques applied to energy optimization in multicore processors and datacenters, co-simulation of buildings and distribution networks, embedded systems design for environment monitoring, and IoT security. Dr. Ababei serves on the technical program committee of several conferences including NOCS, SOCC, and ReConFig. He is an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Computers. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ACM and Eta Kappa Nu. 

Time: Apr 24, 2023, 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Location: University of Kentucky, Whitehall Classroom Bldg., Room CB 110