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D-STOP Symposium 2016 Explores Future of Smart Cities

The Data-Supported Transportation Operations and Planning Center (D-STOP) from UT Austin met with representatives from local and state government, academia and industry in early April at a symposium designed to collaborate on the future of Smart Cities. The day-long event explored smart transportation systems, collaborative ecosystems, infrastructure-based technology, regional planning and analytics and connected vehicles through a series of panels featuring experts in the field.

Student Startup Revolutionizes Freight Shipping

Freight handling operations spend a lot of money to obtain the required picture, dimension and weight data for every piece of cargo they move. But their data transmission systems for tracking this information is either outdated or expensive. With the International Maritime Organization’s new Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) mandates starting in July 2016, verifying the exact weight of cargo is more important than ever.

WNCG Student Spotlights 2016

It's no secret that WNCG produces stellar industry and academic professionals. Here's where WNCG students and alumni are headed this summer for internships and employment:

Internships:

Andrew Thornburg - AT&T, Austin, TX

Anum Ali - Intel, Santa Clara, CA

Avradeep Bhowmik - Verizon, Palo Alto, CA

Deepti Ghadiyaram - Google Research, Mountain View, CA

Derya Malak - Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ

Ghadi Sebaali - NXP, Austin, TX

Stochastic Geometry Framework for Mobile-User Temporal Performance Variations

WNCG Profs. François Baccelli and Gustavo de Veciana and alumnus Pranav Madadi proposed a proposed a stochastic geometry framework to study temporal performance variations experienced by a mobile user in a cellular network. The focus is on the variations of the Signal-to-Noise-Ratio (SNR) and the downlink Shannon rate experienced when the user moves across a Poisson cellular network on the Euclidean plane.

The Future of Motion Tracking Devices

The mouse. It sits on your desk or swipes under your hand and is limited by the need to be touched. With different computer displays and richer options, a mouse that requires a surface to operate is becoming obsolete. The future needs a controller that can operate in the air with a simple hand movement and control the devices surrounding us. Whether that device is a computer, a game console, a Virtual or Augmented Reality device, or other smart devices such as household appliances.  

WNCG Welcomes 2 New Faculty

In January 2016, WNCG welcomed two new faculty to its ranks - the husband and wife dynamic duo of research, Profs. Andrea and Edison Thomaz.

“It is an incredibly exciting time to be at UT Austin,” Prof. Edison Thomaz states. “And WNCG exemplifies the type of forward-thinking that makes UT stand out. Having graduated from UT myself many ages ago, I could not pass up the opportunity to come back, contribute and be part of this transformation.”

WNCG Alum Joyce Ho Joins Emory Faculty

Dr. Joyce Ho, who graduated from WNCG in December 2015, began her tenure-track faculty position with Emory in January of this year. With the startup she cofounded, Accordion Health, gaining traction in the Austin technology scene and her new faculty position, life and work are really picking up the pace for Dr. Ho. Only a few weeks into the start of her new career, WNCG sat down with this alumna to discuss her time at WNCG and the challenges and triumphs she looks forward to on her new academic path.

Open House 2016 Creates Recruitment Opportunities for Students and Industry

WNCG Industrial Affiliates, faculty and students come together for an annual event focused on WNCG's greatest resource; a collection of some of the world's brightest students. Open House provides recruitment opportunities to Industrial Affiliate Members through close access to WNCG student research and resumes, as well as creates opportunities for one-on-one meetings with WNCG students. 

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