'Poster Boys' for Computer Science and Engineering
The Jacobs School of Engineering Research Expo 2014 is now history, including heavy turnout of visitors eager to stroll through the crowded aisles between roughly 200 research posters. Graduate students provided commentary on their respective posters, and in the end, a panel of judges awarded first prizes and honorable mentions for each of the six Jacobs School departments. CSE's Best Poster award went to Matthew Jacobsen (at left), who works in the lab of Prof. Ryan Kastner. Jacobsen's topic: "Hardware-Accelerated Online Boosting for Tracking." Tracking gestures or autonomous cars require input from tracking systems, and it gets harder if there is simultaneous, real-time tracking of multiple targets. Jacobsen tested two hardware-accelerated architectures (GPU vs FPGA) against how software only performs. The GPU design did better than software only, but the FPGA design was able to track a single target at 1,160 frames per second -- a 68-time speed-up compared to software only.
The CSE student earning an Honorable Mention was Nima Nizad (at right), who works with Prof. Bill Griswold on continuous, wireless health and exposure monitoring systems and the challanges that arise when building such systems. Nikzad's poster focused on "APE", an annotation language and middleware for energy-efficient mobile application development. The grad student did a case study using APE annotations in a real mobile-sensing application, which showed that "annotations can cleanly specify a power management policy and reduce the complexity of their implementation." A paper by the same name has been accepted to the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2014), slated for Hyderabad, India at the beginning of June.