Students: Chris Nixon, Jorge Moscat and Yemi Oyeditan
Twipolitico is a web-based application working to capture Twitter’s feelings towards the two, 2012 Presidental Candidate nominess, Barack Obama (Democrat) and Mitt Romney (Republican). Using the data we collect from Twitter and our own ranking algorithm, we look to get our own twist on the candidate’s “approval score”. We are using real-time sentiment analysis and influence analysis to calculate the scores. You can visit us at www.twipolitico.com.
Chris Nixon: Chris is attending the University of Cincinnati majoring in Computer Engineering with minors in Computer Science and Mathematics. His main fields of interest are data mining, machine learning, algorithms and computer programming. Has been doing web development for the past two years and loves Ruby on Rails! Will be working at Tapjoy, a San Francisco mobile gaming company, upon graduation.
Jorge Moscat: Jorge is attending the University of Cincinnati majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. His main fields of interest are data mining, artificial intelligence, algorithms, machine learning, and computer programming. Hails from the beautiful country of Spain and is an all around programming beast. Will be working at Deloitte in Madrid Spain upon graduation.
Yemi Oyediran: Yemi is attending the University of Cincinnati getting a BS and Masters in Computer Science. His main fields of interest are algorithms, complexity (algorithms), graphs, data mining, and computer programming. He is a full time Dad, the head of ACM at UC, is a full time developer and a drummer extraordinaire.
Project: Swimming Fitness Counter
Student: Jim Chen
Advisor: Dr. Joseph Boyd
Swimming Fitness Counter
The swimming fitness counter is a pedometer device for swimmers, counting the number of laps and distance swam. Unlike regular pedometers, the device uses an accelerometer and algorithms to overcome a variety of constraints such as the need for a completely waterproof design and the need to adapt to complex motions involved in swimming.
Jim Chen is a fifth year electrical engineering major at UC, having co-oped at The Modal Shop, based in Cincinnati, and at Mozilla, based in Mountain View, California. After graduation, Jim will continue to work on a masters degree in electrical engineering at UC.
Students: Rachna Goyal and Josh Fuerst
Advisor: Dr. Carla Purdy
UCpp is a submission system that will be used for introductory computer science classes. Its main purpose is to allow a singe professor to easily manage a class of 200 students. Students will submit their code to the system, which will then be automatically compiled and ran against inputs/outputs predetermined by the professor. The results are then recorded for professors to review. This system will save hours of time wasted compiling and running code..
Rachna is a fifth year computer engineering student at the University of Cincinnati. She is graduating in June 2012 and will be going to Purdue graduate school in August. She is currently working at Duke Energy in downtown Cincinnati as an application developer. In her spare time, she is an active participant in many organizations such as: Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, Golden Key, Alpha Lambda Delta, UC Tennis Club, and UC Bridge Club. Outside of school related activities, she plays bridge with her father. She is nationally ranked in bridge as she has been invited to national bridge tournaments with her dad several times. Overall, she is a computer engineer with many different interests.
Josh is a fifth year Computer Engineer at UC. After graduation, he is going to attend Purdue University to pursue his Master’s degree in computer science. He is currently working for Xetron in northern Cincinnati as a software engineer. He is involved in organizations such as Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and UC Bridge Club. In his non-academic spare time, he likes to involve himself in personal projects such as building a UC Coffee table out of coke bottle caps and a Van der Graaf generator.
Project: Discrete Programmable Logic Controller
Students: Eric Schwieterman (EET) and Nathan Petts (EET)
Advisor: Dr. Frank Zhou
Discrete Programmable Logic Controller (DPLC)
This project was developed in conjunction with the Division of Neurology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in support of a National Institute of Health (NIH) R01- ADHD grant to study ADHD disorder and its effects on motor control in the pediatric population. Trans-Cranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) effects and stimulus are the main focus of the grant. Using these methods, researchers have optimized a TMS measure called SICI (short interval cortical inhibition) as a meaningful biomarker of behavior and motor system development in ADHD children. Timing and system integration are critical components of TMS research.
This starts with a clinician scientist configuring a trial by specifying the timing between the TMS and specific Audio/Visual stimulus. A specialized Windows program – Presentation presents visual stimulus coupled with audio stimulus in a randomized order over a PC. The subject watches video and listens to audio in individual slides segments and physically responds through a game controller with a button press if there is not an audible tone present. A TMS pulse is administered non-invasively to the scalp of the patient at specific times throughout the session slides.
The problem being addressed is to accurately interface the Presentation with the bio data acquisition system – CAE Signal, and two TMS systems – Magstims, concurrently. In operation, the ability to administer random defined pulsing, random/null pulsing, and dual mode pulsing, all in a paired configuration is lacking as Presentation can only provide a single clock edge output. The ongoing direction of TMS research demands this capability to continue its progress.
The developed solution is a precision clinical timing interface with one input, and up to three discrete outputs with edge configurable pulsing in a professional, usable package. In use, the device manages the CAE Signal sweep input, all single and paired pulse TMS triggering, and clock edge output within the system after receiving a start pulse from Presentation. This device enables programmable output configurations through a Windows management application and USB interface, making the setup of the system for different parameters and stimuli much more efficient and capable. Without the device’s randomized event timing, selectable output triggering, and input/output clock edge configurability, the present TMS studies would not be possible in the current capacity.
Project: Inventory Receiving Project
Students: Maria Suarez (CET), Steve Newland (EET) and Jamie Rupe (EET)
Advisor: Dr. Max Rabiee
Inventory Receiving Project
In today’s competitive business environment, automating and computerizing essential business functions help to reduce costs. Businesses today continually are seeking to improve efficiency, accuracy and speed by implementing computerized solutions tailored to their specific needs.
Through one of our team members, we learned of the needs of Distribuidora Ramos Arvelo (Distrasa), a growing distribution company located in the east region of Venezuela. With a shared interest to devote our senior design project to the areas of Database and PLC controls, a business case was generated to design and recommend a cost effective computerized MS Access Database/PLC inventory tracking and distribution solution to the company.
Jameson Rupe was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Anderson High School in 2004. His interest in electrical engineering grew out of repairing and modifying guitars, amplifiers, vehicles and computers. While in the University of Cincinnati EET program, Jameson interned at Toyota Engineering & Manufacturing in Erlanger, Kentucky where he held various responsibilities involving new vehicles as well as an assignment with Toyota’s Partner Robot Division. Jameson also interned with Duke Energy, performing electrical design work for local power plants. He looks forward to his new position with Duke Energy at their Belews Creek power station in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Born in Venezuela, Maria came to the United States in 2007 as an exchange student. She decided to go to the University of Cincinnati to study Computer Engineering Technology. As a student at the University of Cincinnati she developed technical and interpersonal skills. She participated in student organizations such as Latinos en Accion and the Society of Women Engineers. For almost two years she was an intern at Chiquita Brands International and because of her professional performance she obtained an Outstanding Senior Award in the University’s cooperative education program. Her interests include but are not limited to the development of new technology in the data service and automation fields. Maria’s ultimate goal is to obtain a full-time job in an international company in which she can demonstrate her technical skills and grow as a professional.
Steve Newland was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. After achieving an Associate of Applied Business programming degree in 1998 from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College with honors, he worked as a mainframe programmer for Mercantile and Systems Analyst for Convergys working off-site with CBT supporting their Exchange Carrier billing system. With an interest and opportunity to study electrical engineering, he entered the Electrical Engineering B.S.E.E.T. program at The University of Cincinnati in 2007. While in the cooperative education program, Steve worked at KLH Engineering where he served as the student KLH representative on several jobs with clients and while at L-3 Fuzing & Ordnance, enjoyed the challenges of making contributions to several national defense projects.
This coming June 2012, he is anticipating his B.S.E.E.T. degree from the University of Cincinnati. With a background in programming and studying electrical engineering, Steve has considerable interest in a number of career potentials including controls and controls programming. Outside of his studies, Steve enjoys acting in plays, staying fit and spending time with family.
May 21st, 2012
NEWS from IEEE-USA
2001 L Street, N.W., Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036-4910
Call For Participation:
***The IEEE 35th Sarnoff Symposium***
May 21-22, 2012
Sponsor: IEEE Princeton / Central Jersey Section
Paper Sessions, Panels, and Tutorials: May 21-22, 2012
Exhibits: May 21-22, 2012
Student Posters: May 22, 2012
We encourage you to consider attending the IEEE 35th Sarnoff Symposium, which will be held on May 21-22, 2012 at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, in Newark, NJ.
Since 1978, the IEEE Sarnoff Symposium has been bringing together a rich diversity of telecom experts from industry, universities, and government. The Sarnoff Symposium continues to grow as the premier forum for researchers, engineers, and business executives in the northeastern United States, drawing an attendance from all over the world.
The North Jersey region offers a rich array of cultural and recreational offerings, with New York City just 20 minutes from the NJIT campus.
For registration information, please visit:
- An exciting program of 60+ technical papers.
List of accepted papers can be seen at
Cyber Security Defense: Challenges & State of the Art
Dr. Parag Pruthi, Founder, Chairman, and CEO (Niksun)
Interference Cancellation Systems (ICS) in a Saturated Electromagnetic Spectrum in Tactical Applications
Dr. Robert G. Holland, Vice President of Engineering, L-3 Communications Telemetry East (TE)
Technologies for Smarter Wireless Networks
Dr. Kang-Won Lee, Manager, Wireless Networking Department, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
Dr. Seraphin Calo, Manager, Policy Technologies Department, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
For further information on keynotes, please visit
T1: LTE and LTE Advanced Rollout – Opportunities & Challenges
Dr. Deepak Kataria, Director, IP Junction Inc.
T2: Design Issues in Time-Driven Wireless Sensor Networks
Prof. Sebastià Galmés, University of Balearic Islands,
T3: Theory and Applications of Complex Evolving Networks (TACENet)
Prof. Symeon Papavassiliou, Dr. Vasileios Karyotis
National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)
T4: Applicability of M2M Communication in Emerging Smart Grids and Smarter Cities
Associate Prof. Raziq Yaqub, University of Tennessee
T5: Machine-to-Machine Communications and Internet of Things:
What is behind the industry momentum? An in-depth view of applications, architecture, and standards
Dr. Harish Viswanathan, Alcatel-Lucent, Bell Labs
T6: Introduction to TV White Space Radio
Anthony Triolo, Applied Communication Sciences
T7: Secure Authentication Service: IBM’s internal solution for delivering secure device admission to the network, focusing on mobile devices
Drew Wyskida, IBM Research
- Student poster sessions
- Panel Sessions
- Exhibits (AWR, National Instruments, NIKSUN, and more)
More info at: www.sarnoffsymposium.org
We are looking forward to seeing you in Newark this May!
Conference Sponsor: IEEE Princeton / Central Jersey Section
IEEE Region 1
IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S)
IEEE Photonics Society
IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc)
IEEE ComSoc Radio Communications Committee
IEEE ComSoc Communications and Information Security Technical Committee
Roberto Rojas-Cessa (NJIT)
Elias Kpodzo (L-3 Communications TE)
Technical Program Chairs:
Walid Ahmed (Broadcom)
Osvaldo Simeone (NJIT)
Invited Sessions Chairs:
Shweta Jain (CUNY)
Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong (NYIT)
Publicity Chair: N. Sertac Artan (NYU Poly)
Publication Chair: Suman S. Das (Niksun)
Registration Chair: Silvija Kokalj-Filipovic (Alcatel-Lucent)
Student Posters Chair: Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong (NYIT)
Tutorials Chair: Alexander Kolarov (Telcordia)
Finance Chair: Nagi Naganathan (LSI)
Local Arrangement Chair: Frank O’Brien (IEEE/CS)
Commercial Panel Chair: Eric Addeo (DeVry)
Webmaster: Khondaker M. Salehin (NJIT)
Elias B. Kpodzo
Sarnoff Symposium Co-Chair
Longtime IEEE Volunteer to Receive IEEE-USA’s Highest Honor
WASHINGTON (27 April 2012) — James A. Watson, who has given more than 1,900 presentations to over 90,000 IEEE professional members around the world, will next week receive IEEE-USA’s highest honor, the Robert S. Walleigh Distinguished Contributions to Engineering Professionalism Award.
Watson will be presented the award during the IEEE-USA Annual Meeting at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza on 5 May. He is being recognized “for more than 40 years of leadership in promoting professional development of IEEE members.”
In addition to the professional members he has reached, more than 50,000 student members have heard Watson speak at student-organized events such as IEEE-USA Student Professional Awareness Conferences (SPAC).
Vishnu Pandey, who chairs the SPAC committee, wrote in his nomination letter supporting Watson that the Mansfield, Ohio, resident’s “advice has been invaluable to all committee members, and his guidance has improved our ability to communicate with students greatly.”
Robert S. Walleigh, an IEEE-member electrical engineer, worked for the National Bureau of Standards — now the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) — for more than 35 years. He supervised the building of NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md., and retired as a senior adviser for international affairs in 1979. For the next 18 years he worked as an IEEE-USA senior specialist.
Watson, an IEEE Third Millennium Medal recipient, is collaborating with colleague Charles Alexander on a textbook, “Engineering Skills for Career Success.” The book, slated for publication in January 2013, will focus on the importance of communication and other non-technical skills for engineers.
Alexander, ironically, will receive the Jim Watson Student Professional Awareness Achievement Award “for long-term contributions to advancing professional awareness among IEEE student members.”
Watson and Alexander are among 20 individuals IEEE-USA will recognize for their professionalism and technical achievements, as well as literary contributions to public awareness and understanding of the engineering profession in the United States.
IEEE-USA awards are approved by the organization’s board of directors. The nomination deadline for 2012 awards is 31 July. For additional information, go to www.ieeeusa.org/volunteers/committees/awards or contact Sandra Kim at email@example.com.
IEEE-USA will also honor:
Award for Distinguished Public Service
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren
For dedicated support of technology, innovation and the men and women who engineer our future
Citation of Honor
For leadership in promoting K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education
Henry J. Lindborg
For leadership and contributions to the IEEE-USA Career and Workforce Policy Committee
John J. Paserba
For leadership in promoting engineering through student workshops, speaking engagements and mentoring
Regional Professional Leadership Award
Kristi J. Brooks
For leadership inspiring children as Design Squad liaison, and for student mentorship in Region 4
William O. Serre
For leadership and mentoring of students and young professionals in Region 4
Divisional Professional Leadership Award
For outstanding leadership efforts in advancing the professional aims of IEEE in the field of power and energy
Professional Achievement for Individuals
James M. Conrad
For bringing innovation to SoutheastCon 2010 through PACE activities and student engagement
Richard H. Lamb
For leadership in developing Internet security policy related to global PKI and DNSSEC
For excellent leadership and organizational skills in organizing PACE and student activities
Richard L. Robinson
For leadership in developing exceptionally creative PACE events in the IEEE Denver Section
For providing open and free online engineering education resources
Award for Distinguished Literary Contributions Furthering the Public Understanding of the Profession
Beryl Lieff Benderly
For outstanding journalistic effort in educating the public about the influence of engineering in medicine
Award for Distinguished Literary Contributions Furthering Engineering Professionalism
For outstanding literary effort in reporting on engineering technology and public policy
Harry Diamond Award
For contributions and leadership in the modeling and design of vacuum electronic devices
Precollege Educator-Engineer Partnership Award
Manuel R. Muro, Jr. and Ryan Harvey
For generating excitement for STEM studies at Cascade Heights Public Charter School through interactive workshops in Milwaukie, Oregon
Entrepreneur Achievement Award
For helping entrepreneurs achieve greater success through mentorship and education
Supreme Court Affirms Inventors’ Rights in Kappos v. Hyatt Decision
WASHINGTON (19 April 2012) — In Tuesday’s ruling in Kappos v. Hyatt (No. 10–1219), a unanimous Supreme Court affirmed the lower court decision in Hyatt v. Kappos, 625 F.3d 1320 (Fed. Cir. 2010) (en banc), preserving the right of a patent applicant whose claims have been denied by the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to present new evidence and obtain new review of patentability of an invention in a court action brought under 35 U.S.C. sec. 145.
Writing for the Court, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas’ opinion concludes, “there are no limitations on a patent applicant’s ability to introduce new evidence in a [sec.] 145 proceeding beyond those [that apply in any other court proceeding]. Moreover, if new evidence is presented on a disputed question of fact, the district court must make de novo factual findings that take account of both the new evidence and the administrative record before the PTO.”
In an amicus curiae brief filed with the Supreme Court in September 2011, IEEE-USA argued for this result, citing statutory history and noting that “the consequences of narrowing the scope and nature of judicial review pursuant to a [sec.] 145 civil action are likely to have very negative and damaging effects on PTO operations and patent quality, in light of the whole of the patent system.”
“We are pleased that a unanimous Supreme Court agreed with the arguments outlined in IEEE-USA’s amicus curiae brief,” said Keith Grzelak, IEEE-USA vice president of government relations. “This opinion respects 150 years of legal precedent and upholds the rights of inventors and entrepreneurs, ensuring that they will obtain a fair and accurate determination of whether an invention is entitled to a patent.
“It is a victory for U.S. innovation, pure and simple.”
The Supreme Court’s decision in Kappos vs. Hyatt is online at http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/10-1219.pdf.
IEEE-USA’s amicus curiae brief is available at: http://ieeeusa.org/policy/policy/2011/090611.pdf
Economist Richard Freeman to Speak at Sci-Tech Measurement Event at AAAS in June
WASHINGTON (13 April 2012) — Registration is now open for the second STEM enterprise measurement workshop in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday 6 June. Harvard professor and leading labor economist Dr. Richard Freeman will deliver the keynote address.
The workshop, “STEM Enterprise: Measures for Innovation and Competitiveness,” is designed to measure the impact and effectiveness of all federal, state, private and academic money spent on research and development in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) area. Sessions will focus on four main areas: funding, workforce, output measures and indicators, and policy implications.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is hosting the event at its Washington headquarters. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. A reception open to the public will follow from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information and to register, see http://www.ieeeusa.org/calendar/conferences/stem/default.asp.
Workshop chair and former IEEE-USA Congressional Fellow Marty Sokoloski said the workshop is designed as a forum for STEM thought leaders to better measure the outcome and impact of R&D investment on society and quality of life.
“Work in this area serves as the driving force for economic and social advancement in the United States and worldwide,” Sokoloski said. “The economic health of the STEM enterprise is important to everyone, and policies should be derived from basic incorruptible data and measures. This will help us to better plan for a healthy and productive enterprise, future economic growth and rapid innovation.”
The workshop is organized by IEEE-USA, AIChE, AIME, ASCE and ASME and supported by a grant from the United Engineering Foundation. Cosponsors include AAAS, ASTRA, SME, Thompson Reuters and Northrop Grumman.
Former Astronaut, Daughter of World War II Codebreaker to Speak at IEEE-USA Technical Workshop Friday in Cincinnati
WASHINGTON (2 May 2012) — A former astronaut and the daughter of a World War II codebreaker will be featured speakers at an aviation and aerospace technical workshop during the IEEE-USA Annual Meeting in Cincinnati on Friday. http://www.ieeeusa.org/calendar/conferences/annualmeeting/2012/.
Dr. Charles Camarda, a senior adviser for innovation to the Office of Chief Engineer at Johnson Space Center, will discuss NASA collaborations at 10:30 a.m. Camarda served as a mission specialist on the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-114) in 2005, the first flight after the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
The Return to Flight astronauts docked with the International Space Station and evaluated new procedures for Shuttle safety, inspection and repair. The crew traveled through space for two weeks and 5.8 million miles before landing safely at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
Luncheon speaker Deborah Anderson will talk about her father, Joseph Desch, who as an electrical engineer for the National Cash Register Co. (NCR), led the top secret codebreaking operations in Dayton, Ohio, during World War II. His electronics laboratory designed and manufactured the advanced machine needed to read the encrypted communications of the German Navy’s Enigma machine. Desch and his colleagues kept the project secret for 50 years. http://www.daytoncodebreakers.org/.
The program gets underway at 8 a.m. with an introduction by IEEE Dayton Section Chair Rob Ewing. Dr. Michael Wicks of the University of Dayton will follow with a talk on the way forward, and Dr. Chris Baker of Ohio State University will discuss innovation. Dr. Rob Williams of Tec^Edge will join Camarda in discussing NASA collaborations. At 11:30, Dr. Hao Huang of General Electric will talk about “Next Generation Power Systems – Vision for Midwest.”
Three afternoon tracks featuring technical papers, posters and panels will follow. For the complete program, which runs until 6 p.m., go to http://www.ieeeusa.org/calendar/conferences/annualmeeting/2012/program/.
May 21st, 2012