RIVERSIDE, Calif., Oct. 11 -- The University of California-Riverside issued the following news release:
Eighteen faculty members from the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering have recently been awarded a total of $9.6 million in research grants by federal agencies.
Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering Robert Haddon has been awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his project, "Organometallic Chemistry of Periodic pi-Electron Surfaces: Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene." The project involves preparation of a new class of carbon nanotube and graphene frameworks that are held together by covalent, rather than ionic bonding.
Associate Professor or Electrical Engineering Wei Ren was awarded an NSF grant for his project, "Distributed Nonlinear Multi-agent Coordination in Asymmetric Switching Networks: A Sequential Comparison Framework," which is designed to derive a novel sequential comparison framework for distributed nonlinear multi-agent coordination in asymmetric switching networks.
Electrical Engineering Professors Amit K. Roy-Chowdhury, Jay Farrell and Anastasios Mourikis have been awarded a grant from the NSF for the project, "Multirobot-Human Coordination for Visual Scene Understanding." Funded as part of the National Robotics Initiative (NRI), the objective of the research is to enable the development of teams of robots, equipped with vision and other sensors, capable of working alongside humans in critical missions, such as search and rescue.
Professor of Computer Science Rajiv Gupta was awarded an NSF grant for his research project, "Memory Consistency -- Hardware, Compiler, and Programming Support." Gupta's research will investigate means for constraining the scope of a fence instruction to minimize its impact on performance while preserving desired program behavior.
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Vassilis Tsotras is the principal investigator on the project, "ASTERIX: A Community Software Platform for Big Data Research, Analysis, and Management," which the NSF has funded through a collaborative grant with UC Irvine. The grant will help Tsotras develop AsterixDB, a powerful new Big Data Management System (BDMS) for scalably storing, managing, searching, and analyzing collections of Big Data using clusters of commodity computers.
Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering Nosang Myung has been awarded a grant from the NSF for his research on "DNA guided assembly of enzyme cascades for biocatalytic fuel cell applications." Myung will investigate the use of a genetically controlled, DNA-based modular scaffold approach for the spatially-defined self-assembly of a multi-enzyme cascade for enhanced substrate and electron channeling.
Tamar Shinar, Amrik Singh Poonian Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering is being funded by the NSF for her project, "Coupling Simulation and Mesh Generation using Computational Topology." The success of the project will be a major step towards the deployment of teams of robots to assist humans in dangerous and complex tasks like disaster response.