Two junior faculty in the UNM School of Engineering, Meeko Oishi and Mark Stone, received prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards. The CAREER Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the NSF's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
Oishi, an electrical and computer engineering assistant professor, received the CAREER award to develop theoretical and computational techniques to make collaborative human-automation systems more reliable by identifying potential problems in user-interfaces and automation at the design stage. The research will use control theoretic techniques for dynamics-driven user-interface design, with application to large, safety-critical, high-risk or expensive systems.
Oishi's research focuses on providing guarantees of safety and performance in cyberphysical systems through careful design of controllers and user-interfaces (for systems that are not fully automated). Another aspect of her work is characterization of biomedical systems using control theoretic techniques. In collaboration with neurologists who focus on Parkinson's disease and neurosurgeons who focus on traumatic brain injury, her group aims to identify potential biomarkers through system identification and dynamical system analysis. For more, visit Oishi's research, awards, publications and background.
Stone, a civil engineering assistant professor, will use "river forensics" to reconstruct historical river conditions dating back over 100 years using computer models. The models will be used to describe flood waves as various river engineering projects were implemented throughout the middle Rio Grande valley. The project will also include important outreach activities involving the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP) and the Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI).
The research is underway because humans have long attempted to exert control over rivers to satisfy immediate needs. River engineering projects have included construction of dams and levees, channelizing rivers, and developing floodplains. Such projects have allowed our civilization to prosper but at an ecological cost that is now better understood and more greatly appreciated by society. The results of Stone's research will improve understanding of these impacts while also informing river restoration efforts. For more, visit at Stone's research, awards, publications and background.
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