March 30, 2020

Applied Biomedical Engineering

Beginning this summer, the Applied Biomedical Engineering program will offer the following course online:

Applied and Computational Mathematics

For the first time, the Applied and Computational Mathematics (ACM) program will offer Complex Analysis (625.703) online. Topics include properties of complex numbers, analytic functions, Cauchy's theorem and integral formulas, Taylor and Laurent series, singularities, contour integration and residues, and conformal mapping.

ACM had its first successful student master’s thesis completion: “Batlas: Variational Reconstruction of a Digital, Three-Dimensional Atlas of the Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus Fuscus),” by Dominic Padova, with thesis advisors Cleon Davis, ACM Instructor and program vice chair electrical and computer engineering, and J. Tilak Ratnanather, associate research professor in the Johns Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering, and thesis committee member Stacy Hill, ACM instructor, advisor, and research faculty member. This thesis evaluated variational methods for three-dimensional reconstruction of surface volumes from sparse-spaced, serial, two-dimensional atlas segmentations (slices) in the absence of an external same-subject volume reference and the best approach was utilized to produce the first digital, three-dimensional brain atlas of Eptesicus fuscus.

Zonghui Hu is serving on the selection committee for the 2020 American Statistical Association Biometrics Section Byar Award and the Joint Statistical Meetings travel awards.

As of February 2020, ACM program chair James Spalls’ technical work has been cited over 10,000 times, with over 90% of the citations coming from publications for which he is the sole or principal author.

ACM is offering a new course in the Virtual Live format, Linear Algebra (625.252), beginning summer 2020. It will be taught by Tatyana Sorokina. This course is a study of linear systems of equations, vector spaces, and linear transformations. Topics include Gaussian elimination, matrix algebra, determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization, linear independence, basis and dimension of vector spaces, orthogonality, Gram-Schmidt process, and basic least-squares method. No software is required. Note that for those planning to also take Matrix Theory (625.609), Linear Algebra covers a broad range of topics in linear algebra at an introductory level, while Matrix Theory focuses in-depth on the fundamental theoretical properties of matrices. Linear Algebra introduces essential proof writing techniques and theoretical background that will be useful for Matrix Theory. The prerequisite for Linear Algebra is Calculus I (625.108).

Recent faculty publications include:

  • Savkli C., Schwartz C., Galante A., Cohen J. (2020) Novel Edge and Density Metrics for Link Cohesion. In: Cherifi H., Gaito S., Mendes J., Moro E., Rocha L. (eds). Complex Networks and Their Applications VIII. COMPLEX NETWORKS 2019. Studies in Computational Intelligence, vol. 881, pp. 52–63. Springer.
  • Sun, S. and Spall, J. C. (2019), SPSA Method Using Diagonalized Hessian Estimate, Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Nice, France, 11–13 December 2019, pp. 4922–4927.

On the personal sporting front, Treven Wall, who has taught in the ACM program for several years, rode the Civil War Century this year. This event is a full-day event that see’s cyclists bike 100+ miles in northern MD and southern PA. Congratulations!

Artificial Intelligence

The Engineering for Professionals Program is pleased to announce the launch of a new program, Artificial Intelligence (AI) which is now accepting applications for the fall 2020 semester. This is the first and only fully online program of its kind in the country and will help you expand your knowledge in computer intelligence, neural networks, evolutionary computation, computer robotics, and more. The program offers a Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence and a graduate certificate.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Beginning this summer, these ECE courses will be offered in the Virtual Live format:

ECE is proud to announce that two instructors have been awarded the 2019 Outstanding EP Instructor Award. They are: Ali Darwish and Karolina DuBois.

Environmental Engineering, Science, and Management

For the first time, the Environmental Engineering programs will offer Sensor Applications for Environmental Monitoring and Exposure Assessment (575.722) online.

Healthcare Systems Engineering

Beginning this summer, Healthcare System Test and Evaluation (655.769) will be offered online. This course focuses on the application of systems engineering principles to the test and evaluation of healthcare system elements and, ultimately, of the total system.

Systems Engineering

Ron Luman has stepped down as program chair for Systems Engineering effective immediately to focus on leading APL’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. After assuming the role in 2008, Ron developed one of the nation’s largest systems engineering master’s degree programs. The growth that Ron generated was not at the expense of quality: under his leadership, the program was the first civilian SE master’s degree program to earn ABET accreditation, and was recently ranked #3 in the nation for online Systems Engineering by U.S. News and World Report. We appreciate Ron’s many years of valued service!

We are pleased to announce that Dave Flanigan has agreed to serve as acting chair for the Systems Engineering program.