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Subject: smart grid UBC, Alpha Technologies, Corvus Energy and Natural Resources Canada have started a joint research energy project. This project is part of UBC’s Living Lab enterprise which Dr Martin Ordonez plays a role. Martin talks about the project saying "This has huge research potential. We can get a level of functionality that used to be unthinkable. The integration of these systems hasn't been done before." The Alpha power converters and Corvus rechargeable lithium-ion batteries make up the back-up energy system.
Congratulations to Dr. Ali Mesbah and Zahra Behfarshad for winning the Best Paper Award at the 13th International Conference on Web Engineering! Their paper titled Hidden-Web Induced by Client-Side Scripting: An Empirical Study reveals that DOM tree hidden-web content is prevalent in online web applications today. You can find the award information ont the ICWE website and their paper on the SALT lab webpage. About ICWE 2013
Rabab Ward will serve as the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s President in 2016-2017. Prof. Ward has contributed to the Society in many ways. She will hold the role of President Elect of the society during the 2014-2015 term. She has served on the Society’s Board of Governors and as the Society's Vice President in 2003-2005. Prof. Ward has also chaired a number of the Society's Conferences and Symposia.
At the International Conference on Information Processing in Computer-Assisted Interventions (IPCAI), researchers from ECE's Robotics and Control Lab received two best paper awards. At this year's conference, members of the lab focused on their work in augmenting 3D ultrasound images and methods of using 3D ultrasound to guide robotic assisted surgery. Find out more about this work through the links below. First Place:
UBC engineering professors Panos Nasiopoulos, Savvas Hatzikiriakos, Tarek Sayed and Dharma Wijewickreme have been inducted Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in recognition of their distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession.
Do password meters create stronger passwords? ECE's LERSSE members, in collaboration with Microsoft Research and UC Berkeley wrote Does My Password Go up to Eleven? The Impact of Password Meters on Password Selection. Password meters tell users whether their passwords are "weak" or "strong". In a laboratory experiment, by forcing users to change their current passwords, they found that having the meters did have users selecting stronger passwords. In a follow-up field experiment for unimportant accounts, the authors found that the meters did not change the outcome of the users’ passwords.
Konrad Walus was recently interviewed by International Innovation Magazine. In the interview Dr. Walus describes some of the groundbreaking research being done by the interdisciplinary team in the Walus Lab. A focus of the lab is 3D printing and micro printing technology that are employed to build devices incorporating nanomaterials in new ways. Work in the lab develops active electronics, mechanically and chemically sensitive devices and the use of a 3D bio-printer for tissue fabrication.
Matthew Yedlin has won a Killam Teaching Prize this year. Also selected from the Faculty of Applied Science were Dr. Perry Adebar (Department of Civil Engineering) and Dr. Geertje Boschma (School of Nursing). Congratulations to all!