Spring/Summer Research Awards

Publish Date: 08/13/2011

Congratulations to CS faculty who have recently been awarded research funding from Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), the EPA, NSF, and Skype. 

Dr. Wu Feng has been awarded funding from the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) entitled "STOC: Secure Tactical On-Demand Cloud."  Wu describes this project as seeking to research and develop a MapReduce framework on a heterogeneous CPU+GPU computing environment.

Dr. TM Murali and collaborators, Padma Rajagopalan and Marion Ehrich, on your new EPA funding in the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program. his is a 3-year grant entitled: "Multi-Scale Modeling of Toxicant Responses in Engineered Liver Mimics: From Gene, Proteins and Pathways to Cells and Tissues."   This project focuses on computational liver toxicology,  an area closely related to  the ICTAS ISBET center.  The award is one of four made in the area of computational toxicology.  The abstract: The liver is the primary organ in the body that metabolizes foreign compounds such as drugs, alcohol, cigarette smoke, and environmental chemicals. This project will establish a bioengineered three-dimensional liver mimic comprised of multiple cell types as an effective model for studying the effects of toxicants on the liver. The project will compute phenomenological concentration-response models that integrate DNA microarray data with comprehensive molecular interaction networks to capture perturbed cellular pathways in the liver.  This approach will enable the discovery of response pathways that are perturbed in liver mimics due to single toxicants or their mixtures.

Dr. Eli Tilevich was awarded an NSF grant entitled "Automated Refactoring Techniques for Efficient and Reliable Distributed Execution" jointly funded by two areas of NSF, SHF & CSR.  The abstract: The software marketplace is striving to accommodate the impending shift from traditional desktop applications to a model dominated by cloud computing. This paradigm shift will enable users to access computing resources from any location using an increasingly diverse set of clients, a growing number of which are mobile devices. Because traditional software development is tailored toward centralized execution, many centralized applications need to be adapted to serve remote users efficiently and reliably. Traditionally such adaptations require modifying application source code by hand, which is difficult, costly, and error-prone. To address this problem, this project develops automated program transformations that programmers can use to achieve efficient and reliable distributed execution.

Dr. Susan Wyche was awarded a grant from Skype to support her HCI research in-the-field in Kenya.  The project was entitled "Designing Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to Support Distributed Communication between Transnational Kenyan Families.  Susan describes her project this way: Families with members living in both a developed and a developing country face extra challenges when using ICTs to stay connected due to differences in time zones, lack of infrastructure, and internet access in developing countries.  To address this problem, technology developers and researchers must consider technology not only in a national context, but also in a transnational context.  A goal of my proposed project is to understand the tensions and opportunities for technology to improve communication and feelings of connectedness within transnational families.