University of Vermont

Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR)

Fall 2017 / Spring 2018 Faculty Activity Network Opportunities

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and
the Office of the President

Many thanks to the faculty members who have volunteered to host Faculty Activity Network (FAN) gatherings, with lunch to follow.

Below are the FAN opportunities for Fall 2017 / Spring 2018.

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December 5, 2017

Hamid R. Ossareh, Assistant Professor
Dept. of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

My research is in the area of control systems, which aims to employ mathematical models to design control policies that change the behavior of systems in a desired manner. One example is the cruise control algorithm that is used in vehicles. Another example is the control algorithms that regulate the frequency in the electric power grid. I am currently engaged in two funded research projects, aimed at developing fundamental control theory to tackle challenges in the areas of automotive systems and power systems.

I would like to invite a group of faculty members to my lab to showcase my equipment and my research, with the goal of:

  • Finding researchers interested in collaboration, who may be solving problems that require knowledge of control, robotics, and/or automation, but who may lack this knowledge.
  • Finding experts who can collaborate with me to solve some of the hard problems that I am currently struggling with. Mathematicians or others with a strong background in linear algebra, set theory, and probability/random processes would make ideal collaborators.

Up to 5 guests
Location: Votey 379, 11:00am - 12:15pm
Lunch: Waterman Manor, 12:30 - 1:30 pm

January 26, 2018

Emily L. Coderre, Assistant Professor
Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders

This gathering will consist of a tour of the electroencephalography (EEG) lab housed in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. EEG is a non-invasive technique of recording brain activity directly from the scalp. While my work revolves around investigations of language and cognition in individuals with autism, I am open to collaborating with any faculty who might like to use the system to investigate cognitive functioning in their populations of interest.

The lab has a state-of-the-art EEG system with six 128-channel nets (including pediatric sizes). The system uses an electrolyte solution, which is faster to apply and more comfortable for participants, making it ideal for clinical populations. For cognitive tasks, E-Prime is included for stimulus presentation and links directly with the EEG acquisition software. Dipole modeling software is also available for localization of neural sources.

Up to 7 guests
Location: 412 Pomeroy Hall, 10:00am - 12:15pm
Lunch: Waterman Manor, 12:30 - 1:30 pm

March 9, 2018

Jianing Li, Assistant Professor / Juan Vanegas, Assistant Professor
Dept. of Chemistry / Dept. of Physics

We both focus on modeling important biological molecules using computers. Very often, computer modeling and simulation can provide detailed insight to explain experimental observations; this approach can also predict possible experimental outcomes, saving money and time. We feel it is important for more experimental researchers in medicine, biology, and relevant fields to learn what computer modeling and simulation can do for them, and we are interested in potential collaborations.

Up to 8 guests
Location: Discovery W405A, 10:00am - 12:15pm
Lunch: Waterman Manor, 12:30 - 1:30 pm