Monthly Archives: December 2015

Miller Named SIAG/IS Chair

Professor Eric Miller

Professor Eric Miller

Professor and Chair Eric Miller has been named chair of the Imaging Science Special Interest Group (SIAG/IS) for the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). The chairship of the group, which looks at the sophisticated mathematical, statistical, and computational methods used in the reconstruction, enhancement, segmentation, analysis, registration, compression, representation, and tracking of two and three dimensional images, begins January 2016 for a two-year term.

Messner Speaks with Metro About Driverless Trains

Professor Bill Messner

On December 13, 2015, Professor Bill Messner spoke with the the Boston Metro about the possibility of driverless trains in the public transportation system, commenting on the recent “Ghost Train” mishap where a Red Line train left a T station without its driver. “From a technology standpoint, it’s certainly doable. It’s a question of expense, really, and of course public acceptance of autonomous trains.” Messner commented that the MBTA is not a good case for “robotic retrofitting” because it was never designed to be an autonomous system.

Flytzani-Stephanopoulos Delivers Doraiswami Lecture at Iowa State

Andy Hillier, CBE chair (right), presents a commemorative Doraiswami plaque to Flytzani-Stephanopoulos.

Andy Hillier, CBE chair (right), presents a commemorative Doraiswami plaque to Flytzani-Stephanopoulos.

Professor Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos delivered the L.K. Doraiswamy Honor Lecturer at Iowa State University College of Engineering.

The L.K. Doraiswamy Honor Lectureship in Chemical Engineering selects one internationally recognized scientist or engineer each year to present lectures at Iowa State University and at the National Chemical Laboratory in Pune, India, the home of Doraiswami. The late Dr. Doraiswami was a faculty member of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Iowa State from 1989 to 2011 and was an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering.

Flytzani-Stephanopoulos presented “Heterogeneous Catalyst Design at the Single Atom Limit: A Diverse Reaction Landscape.” Her pioneering research work focuses on understanding metal-metal and metal-oxide interactions at the atomic scale to guide processes for hydrogen and chemical production, and to maximize yields of desired products while using only trace amounts of expensive metals.

Chow Interviewed by CNN About Cyber Security

Ming Chow, lecturer in Computer Science

Ming Chow, lecturer in Computer Science

On December 8, 2015, Lecturer Ming Chow was quoted in a CNN Money article about the potential creation of a special commission to review encryption. Rep. Michael McCaul, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, said he wants a commission to review how terrorists are empowered by technology.

“Politicians have little knowledge of tech and encryption. Technologists have little understanding of policy,” said Chow. “Want to get it right? Every stakeholder needs to be sitting at the same table. The consequences of not getting it right is that no one wins.”