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All are invited to Zoom-in and hear presentations by UCF’s engineering and computer science faculty, as well as faculty from other colleges and units at UCF, who explain their cutting-edge, pioneering research endeavors in quick, 10-minute snapshots. Guest speakers from industry and government are also invited to present the core business of their organization and how it relates to UCF’s interests.

These talks provide an opportunity to get to know — and collaborate with — our faculty who are advancing innovations in all areas of engineering, science and medicine. Talks by our non-UCF guests can facilitate connections with interested UCF faculty. Each presenter narrates as they share illustrative slides.

Topics include: smart city technology, aerospace, energy, modeling and simulation, medicine, advanced materials, cyber security, and more.

Moderated by Subith Vasu, Ph.D., professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, viewers can submit questions in real-time and express interest in collaborating.

Organizers: Michael Georgiopoulos, Ph.D., dean (, Subith Vasu, Ph.D., ( and Jennifer Sutton (

Coming Up:
October 22, 2021 (PDF)

Previous Speaker Lineups:
October 15, 2021 (PDF)

October 8, 2021 (PDF)

October 1, 2021 (PDF)

September 24, 2021 (PDF)

September 17, 2021 (PDF)

September 10, 2021 (PDF)

August 20, 2021 (PDF)

August 13, 2021 (PDF)

August 6, 2021 (PDF)

July 30, 2021 (PDF)

July 23, 2021 (PDF)

June 25, 2021 (PDF)

June 18, 2021 (PDF)

June 11, 2021 (PDF)

June 4, 2021 (PDF)

May 28, 2021 (PDF)

May 21, 2021 (PDF)

May 14, 2021 (PDF)

May 7, 2021 (PDF)

April 23, 2021 (PDF)

April 9, 2021 (PDF)

April 2, 2021 (PDF)

March 26, 2021 (PDF)

March 19, 2021 (PDF)

March 12, 2021 (PDF)

March 5, 2021 (PDF)

February 26, 2021 (PDF)

February 5, 2021 (PDF)

January 29, 2021 (PDF)

January 22, 2021 (PDF)

January 15, 2021 (PDF)

Recorded 2020 Talks

CECS Faculty

Hatem Abou-Senna, Ph.D. (CECE) – “A Smart Left-Decision Support System for Flashing Yellow Arrow Signals” (March 26, 2021)

Issa Batarseh, Ph.D. (ECE) – “Emerging Integration of Solar Energy Conversion and Storage” (Jan. 15, 2021)

Jiannan “Nick” Chen, Ph.D. (CECE) – “Containment and Sensing Technologies in Solid and Hazardous Waste Management” (Jan. 29, 2021)

Hyoung Jin “Joe” Cho, Ph.D. (MAE) – “Rock, Paper, Scissors: Creating Low-Cost Devices for Environmental Monitoring and Remediation” (April 9, 2021)

Tuhin Das, Ph.D. (MAE) – “Multi-Domain Modeling of Large-Scale Dynamical Systems: Application in Power Plant Simulations” (March 12, 2021)

Peter Delfyett, Ph.D. (ECE) – CREOL, ECE, Physics – “Ultra-Wideband, Ultrafast Optical Communications and Signal Processing” (Jan. 22, 2021)

Ronald DeMara, Ph.D. (ECE) – “Energy-Efficient p-bit-Based Stochastic Neuromorphic Architectures” (Feb. 26, 2021)

Jiyu Fang, Ph.D. (MSE) – “Design and Synthesis of Stimuli-Responsive Nanotubes for Biomedical Applications” (Feb. 12, 2021)

Haiyan Hu, Ph.D. (CS) – “Computational Study of Gene Regulation in the Era of Next-Generation Sequencing” (March 12, 2021)

Olusegun Ilegbusi, Ph.D. (MAE) – “Computational Fluid Dynamics as a Tool to Combat Human Diseases” (March 26, 2021)

Jay Kapat, Ph.D. (MAE) – “Hydrogen, Power Generation and a Carbon-Constrained World” (May 21, 2021)

Alain Kassab, Ph.D. (MAE) – “Multiscale Computational Fluid Dynamics for Treatment Planning in Congenital Heart Disease” (March 19, 2021)

Kelly Kibler, Ph.D. (CECE) – “Applications for Ecohydraulics in the Design of Green Infrastructure and Ecosystem Restoration to Enhance Climate Resilience” (April 23, 2021)

Ranganathan Kumar, Ph.D. (MAE) – “Multidisciplinary Applications of Nanosuspensions and Microfluids” (Feb. 19, 2021)

Akihiro Kushima, Ph.D. (MSE) – “In-Situ Electron Microscopy for Characterization and Development of Energy Storage Materials” (July 23, 2021)

Kawai Kwok, Ph.D. (MAE) – “Harnessing Nonlinear Mechanics to Design Deployable, Adaptive and Lightweight Structures” (March 26, 2021)

Woo Hyoung Lee, Ph.D. (CECE) – “Smart Cities: Smart Water and Wastewater Management” (Jan. 15, 2021)

Lorraine Leon, Ph.D. (MSE) – “Developing Advanced Materials Using Biomolecular Engineering” (Aug. 13, 2021)

Kevin Mackie, Ph.D. (CECE) – “Repair and Assessment of Bridges Using Advanced Materials, Experimental Testing and Numerical Modeling” (April 2, 2021)

Johnathan Mell, Ph.D. (CS) – “Designing Social Agents for Automated Negotiation” (Jan. 29, 2021)

David Mohaisen, Ph.D. (CS) – “Understanding and Improving the Security and Privacy in Cyberspace with Machine Learning” (March 12, 2021)

Ozlem Ozmen, Ph.D. (IEMS) – “Artificial Intelligence-Assisted Nanomaterial Design and Fairness in AI” (April 9, 2021)

Sudeshna Pal, Ph.D. (MAE) – “Advancing Undergraduate Engineering Education through Blended and Experiential Learning” (March 26, 2021)

Sumanta Pattanaik, Ph.D. (CS) – “Realistic Rendering and Visualization” (April 9, 2021)

Yoav Peles, Ph.D. (MAE) – “Thermal Management: Leveraging the Micro Scale to Solve Macro-Scale Problems” (March 5, 2021)

Swadeshmukul Santra, Ph.D. (MSE, Chemistry) – “Zinkicide® Nanotechnology – A Systemic Crop Protection Tool” (July 30, 2021)

Sudipta Seal, Ph.D. (MSE) – “A Journey Across Nanostructured Rare-Earth Oxide” (April 23, 2021)

Mubarak Shah, Ph.D. (CS-CRCV) – “Current Research in Computer Vision” (July 23, 2021)

Gita Sukthankar, Ph.D. (CS) – “Data-Driven Social Information” (Jan. 22, 2021)

Qun Zhou Sun, Ph.D. (ECE) – “Energy Infrastructure Systems: Buildings, Grids and the Interactions.” (Aug. 20, 2021)

Jayan Thomas, Ph.D. (MSE) – “Fine Tuning Materials’ Band Structure: From Energy Storage to Neuromorphic Optoelectronic Devices” (June 4, 2021)

Adan Vela, Ph.D. (IEMS) – “Modeling and Optimizing for Human Decision-Making, from Air Transportation to Education” – April 2, 2021

Jun Wang, Ph.D. (ECE) – “Enabling High-Performance Sampling for Big Data Processing and Big Learning” (Jan. 15, 2021)

Gregory Welch, Ph.D. (CS, College of Nursing, IST) – “Simulating, Comforting and Assisting Patients” (April 23, 2021)

Yunjun Xu, Ph.D. (MAE) – “Agricultural Robotics Research in UCF ArcLab” (May 7, 2021)

Cliff Zou, Ph.D. (CS) – “Privacy Attacks on Internet of Things and Voiceover IP Based on Encrypted Network Traffic” (Feb. 5, 2021)

Faculty Guest Speakers

Salvador Almagro-Moreno, Ph.D., UCF Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine – “Ecological and Evolutionary Approaches to Unravel Pathogen Emergence” (Feb. 26, 2021)

Roger Azevedo, Ph.D., UCF Dept of Learning Sciences and Ed Research – “Augmenting Human-Machine Intelligence with Data Analytics” (Feb. 5, 2021)

Enrique del Barco, Ph.D., UCF Dept. of Physics – “Low-Dimensional Magnetism, Transport and Spintronics” (Jan. 22, 2021)

Esther Beltran, M.D., Dr. P.D., Florida Space Institute – “Enhanced Capabilities for Human Space Exploration Research” (April 23, 2021)

Christopher Bennett, Ph.D., UCF Dept. of Physics – “Theoretical, Analytical and Experimental Approaches to Help Understand Chemical Processes Since the Dawn of Time” (April 2, 2021)

Richard Blair, Ph.D., Florida Space Institute – “Mechanically Facilitated Chemistry: Challenges and Opportunities” (March 5, 2021)

Bruce Caulkins, Ph.D., UCF School of Modeling, Simulation and Training – “Advancing Technologies in Cyber Training Environments via Cyberwex” (Feb. 26, 2021)

Zenghu Chang, P.D., CREOL and Dept. of Physics – “Attosecond X-Rays in the Water Window” (Feb. 19, 2021)

Jackie Chini, Ph.D., UCF Department of Physics – “Planning for Learner Variation in Postsecondary STEM and Beyond” (June 18, 2021)

Demetri Christodoulides, Ph.D., CREOL – “Optical Thermodynamics of Nonlinear Highly Multimode Systems” (Jan. 15, 2021)

Karin Chumbimuni-Torres, Ph.D., UCF Dept. of Chemistry – “Chemical Sensors for Biological Applications” (July 23, 2021)

Lisa Dieker, P.D., UCF College of Community Innovation and Education – “Current and Future Technology Innovations in Education and Simulation” (Feb. 19, 2021)

Addie Dove, Ph.D., UCF Dept. of Physics, Planetary Sciences Group – “Lunar and Asteroidal Exploration: Dust as Science and a Hazard” (May 14, 2021)

Li Fang, Ph.D., UCF Department of Physics – “Ultrafast XUV and X-Ray Spectroscopy of Charge Dynamics” (June 18, 2021)

Xiofeng Feng, Ph.D., UCF Department of Physics – “Reducing Our Reliance on Fossil Fuels by Electrochemical Fuel Synthesis” (June 15, 2021)

Stephen Fiore, Ph.D., UCF Dept. of Philosophy and Inst. for Simulation & Training – “Practicing What You Preach and the Path to Interdisciplinary Impact” (Jan. 29, 2021)

David Fukuda, Ph.D., UCF School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy – “Improving Health and Human Performance through Exercise Interventions and Ergogenic Aids” (May 7, 2021)

Dexter Hadley, M.D., Ph.D., UCF College of Medicine – “From Bits to Bedside: Translating Big Data into Precision Medicine and Artificial Intelligence” (Feb. 19, 2021)

Kerri Donaldson Hanna, Ph.D., UCF Dept. of Physics, Planetary Sciences Group – “Solar System Airless Bodies: Insights from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter” (May 28, 2021)

Titel Jurca, Ph.D., NanoScience Technology Center, UCF Department of Physics – “Post-Modification of Nanocatalysts With Atomic Layer Deposition” (June 25, 2021)

Ellen Kang, Ph.D., UCF Dept. of Physics and NanoScience Technology Center – “Actin Biophysics and Mechanobiology to Cell Physiology” (Feb. 12, 2021)

Naim Kapucu, Ph.D., UCF School of Public Administration – “Network Governance for Resilience of Interdependent Systems” (Jan. 22, 2021)

Aravinda Kar, Ph.D., CREOL – “Laser-Assisted Nanoparticle Deposition and Doping of Semiconductor for Sensor Fabrication” (Feb. 5, 2021) Video available upon request

Theodora Karalidi, Ph.D., UCF Dept. of Physics, Planetary Sciences – “Characterizing Other Worlds from a Single Pixel” (Aug. 6, 2021)

Joseph Kider, Ph.D., UCF School of Modeling, Simulation and Training – “Bits to Bricks: How to Bridge Building-Energy Modeling with Human Activity” (Jan. 29, 2021)

Yao Li, Ph.D., UCF School of Modeling, Simulation and Training – “Cross-Cultural Privacy Differences” (March 19, 2021)

Arkadiy Lyakh, Ph.D., CREOL, UCF Department of Physics – “Quantum Cascade Lasers” (June 25, 2021)

Jaydeep Mukherjee, Ph.D., Florida Space Institute – “NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium Opportunities for Faculty and Students ” (April 2, 2021)

Denisia Popolan-Vaida, Ph.D., UCF Department of Chemistry – “Understanding Complex Chemical Reactions via High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry” (May 28, 2021)

Talat Rahman, Ph.D., UCF Dept. of Physics – “Defect-Laden 2D Materials for Conversion of Synthetic Gas to Higher Alcohols” (Feb. 5, 2021)

Axel Schulzgen, Ph.D. (CREOL) – “Opportunities Created by In-House Optical Fiber Fabrication” (Feb. 26, 2021)

Kiminobu Sugaya, Ph.D., UCF Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences – “Exosomal Analysis for Biomarkers” (April 9, 2021)

Bonnie Swan, Ph.D., UCF College of Community Innovation and Education – “Developing Evaluation and Assessment Plans for Sponsored Projects” (May 7, 2021)

Lori Walters, Ph.D., UCF School of Modeling, Simulation & Training; Dept. of History – “Terrestrial Laser Scanning and Cultural Heritage” (Feb. 12, 2021)

Xiaohu Xia, Ph.D., UCF Department of Chemistry – “Enabling Simple and Sensitive Diagnostics Using Artificial Enzymes” (June 18, 2021)

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