Billy Kihei (a PhD graduate from ECE last year) and GTPG student Cheng Qi have launched their National Science Foundation iCorps project, involving customer discovery for technology in the field of vehicle-to-vehicle communications. They attended a workshop on how to conduct customer discovery and will embark on a grueling travel schedule to secure views and feedback from industry officials. The NSF grant, with Prof. Durgin as PI, was awarded earlier this year.
On Tuesday, 24 April 2018, Prof. Durgin presents his talk “Wireless Forever: Designing Radios that Never Plug-in” at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. He was invited 8 years ago to talk on the same subject (and of course, much has changed since then). Looking forward to catching up with IEEE RFID 2018 comrades Profs. Matt Reynolds and Josh Smith along with many of the other excellent faculty at UW.
Mohammad Alhassoun successfully passed the oral examination of his PhD proposal. entitled “Theory and Design of Next-Generation Retrodirective Tags and Their Channels.” The work focuses on newly invented antenna structures that reflect radio waves back towards their origins, adding information in the process. The technology will enable new, low-cost, low-power wireless sensors and other communicators. Already with several publications (and the recent winner of the IEEE RFID 2018 best paper award), Mohammad will be leaving for the summer to intern at Nokia Bell Labs. Congratulations, Mohammad!
The Georgia Tech Opportunity Research Scholars team consisting of undergraduate researchers Hiba Murali, Erik Centeno, and Evan Shi with mentor Cheng Qi captured first prize at the ORS awards ceremony on Tuesday night, 16 April 2018. The research competition award was decided from a field of 20 teams by a collection of 18 evaluating faculty members from GTRI and the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. This group, which had already presented their research twice this school year at IEEE Wireless in Space and Extreme Environments 2017 in Montreal and IEEE RFID 2018 in Orlando, had a great deal of practice and preparation. Darel Preble — a representative from the industry sponsor, the Space Solar Power Institute — was on hand to enjoy the award with the team. Well done, Hiba, Evan, Erik, and Cheng!