October 24, 2019

Applied Biomedical Engineering

Beginning this fall, the Applied Biomedical Engineering program will add Molecular Biology (585.207) to the online catalog. This fundamental introduction to cell and molecular biology will be taught by Richard Potember.

Applied and Computational Mathematics

Beginning this spring, Introduction to Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations (625.251), taught by Anthony Johnson, will be offered online. This course provides an introduction to essential topics in both ordinary and partial differential equations, and, as needed, may be used to fulfill the admissions requirement of a course beyond multivariate calculus.


In August 2019, Sue-Jane Wang gave an invited keynote presentation on Recent Advances in Regulatory Statistics in Imaging Diagnostics and Imaging Precision Medicine, at the VI International Symposium on Biopharmaceutical Statistics in Kyoto, Japan.

Tatyana Sorokina gave a talk titled, Bernstein-Bezier Techniques for Linear Differential Operators on Splines, at the 9th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics held in Valencia, Spain in July 2019.


Faculty members in Applied and Computational Mathematics (ACM) have been active in research and publication in a variety of areas related to applied and computational mathematics. Some of their recent major publications include:

C. Botts (2019). A Note on the Limiting Properties of the Extended Kalman Filter's Estimates, Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems, Baltimore, MD, 20–22 March 2019.

E. Dauber, A. Caliskan, R. Harang, G Shearer, M Weisman, F Nelson, R Greenstadt, "Git Blame Who?: Stylistic Authorship Attribution of Small, Incomplete Source Code Fragments," Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies, vol. 3, 2019, pp. 389–408.

R Drost, M Weisman, F Dagefu, H Arslan, A Low-Complexity Approach to UV Communications Channel Model Evaluation, International Conference On Military Communications And Information Systems 2019 (ICMCIS).

Guo, S. and Spall, J. C. (2019), Relative Accuracy of Two Methods for Approximating Observed Fisher Information, in Data-Driven Modeling, Filtering and Control: Methods and Applications (C. Novara and S. Formentin, eds.), IET Press, London, chap. 10, pp. 189–211.

Hernández, K. and Spall, J. C. (2019), Generalization of a Result of Fabian on the Asymptotic Normality of Stochastic Approximation, Automatica, vol. 99, pp. 420–424.

Hill, S. D. and Spall, J. C. (2019), Stationarity and Convergence of the Metropolis-Hastings Algorithm: Insights into Theoretical Aspects, IEEE Control Systems Magazine, vol. 39(1), pp. 56–67.

Hu Z. (2019), Temporal trends of biomarkers and between-biomarker associations. Journal of Royal Statistical Society Series C, vol. 68, pp. 251–264.

Lawrence J., Wang S.J., Hung H.M.J. (2019). Regulatory experience of qualifying total kidney volume as a prognostic biomarker for clinical trial enrichment. Statistics in Biopharmaceutical Research., vol. 11, pp. 239–251.

Liu, Z., Wei, S., and Spall, J. C. (2019), Error Analysis for the Particle Filter, Proceedings of the American Control Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 10–12 July 2019, pp. 4515–4520.

Liu, S., Hou, Y., and Spall, J. C. (2019), Distribution Estimation for Stochastic Approximation in Finite Samples Using a Surrogate Stochastic Differential Equation Method, Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems, Baltimore, MD, 20–22 March 2019.

Zhang Z, Hu Z., Liu C. (2019), Estimating the Population Average Treatment Effect in Observational Studies with Choice-Based Sampling, International Journal of Biostatistics, vol. 15(1).

Applied Physics

This fall, the Applied Physics program will begin offering the following online:

Civil Engineering

Carol Hayek, was recently appointed as a subcommittee member of ACI Committee 318-25, Structural Concrete Building Code, serving on 318-T, Post-Tensioned Concrete. She has also been involved in breakthrough research at Virginia Tech on post-tensioned slabs: banded-banded tendon layout with cables only at the column lines in both directions, PT+fiber without rebar. Hayek will be teaching Prestressed Concrete Design (565.630) in spring 2020.

Jay Harris, who currently teaches Structural Mechanics (565.604), will also teach Earthquake Engineering (565.732) in the virtual live format at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in spring 2020. Harris was also recently promoted to acting deputy director of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. Congratulations, Jay!

The Civil Engineering program welcomes Santiago Bonetti, PhD, PE, LEED AP to our faculty. Bonetti is a structural engineer and senior associate with Walter P. Moore in Washington, D.C. and this spring, he will bring his expertise to the classroom in Lateral Forces: Analysis and Design of Building Structures (565.636) on the Homewood Campus. The course provides a fundamental and practical introduction to the development and application of earthquake and wind loadings on building structures, the dynamic response and behavior of structures to lateral forces, and the bases and requirements for ductile design and detailing of steel, concrete, wood, and masonry lateral force resisting elements.

Computer Science

Computer Science (CS) is pleased to announce the following new course to be offered spring 2020: Object-Oriented and Functional Programming in Kotlin (605.603). This course will be offered in the virtual live format at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and introduces object-oriented and functional programming in the new programming language Kotlin.

Beginning spring 2020, CS will offer a Capstone Project in Computer Science (605.795). This course permits graduate students in computer science to work with other students and a faculty mentor to explore a topic in depth and apply principles and skills learned in the formal computer science courses to a real-world problem.

The following courses will be offered for the first time online in spring 2020:


Cybersecurity will offer a new course in spring 2020: Cyber Exercise (695.749). In this course, students will learn about the nature and purpose of cyber exercises and their role in training and assessing people, teams, technology, and procedures. During the semester, students will design a cyber exercise that meets their organization's specific needs.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) will offer a new online course, Intelligent Algorithms (525.770), in spring 2020. This course will be taught by Neil Palumbo.

Jeff Barton and Lawrence Joey DiGirolamo, who teach the online course, UAV Systems and Control (525.661), will distribute hardware (mini quad-copters) to students to enable work on practical aspects of their assignments and projects.

Amir Najmi is writing a textbook, Advanced Signal Processing: A Concise Guide, that will be used in his Advanced Digital Signal Processing (525.721) course.

David Jansing is writing a textbook, An Introduction to Synthetic Aperture Radar: Concepts and Practices, to be used in his Synthetic Aperture Radar (525.748) course.

Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering is offering a new online course: Resilience of Complex Systems (575.762), beginning spring 2020. This course will present a subset of the mathematical techniques often used to gain an understanding of the response of complex systems to acute events and compound threats. The course will include selected applications as case studies, with examples to include savanna ecosystems, large installations, communities facing infectious diseases, and preparation for and response to coastal storms, etc.

Healthcare Systems Engineering

Beginning this fall, 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.

Materials Science and Engineering

Beginning spring 2020, Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) will offer Fundamentals of Metamaterials (515.634), to be taught by Drew Strikwerda from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory's Department of Exploratory Research. This course introduces students to metamaterials. Focusing on electromagnetic systems, the course provides a review of basic electromagnetic wave propagation and interaction with matter and moves into areas that show how metamaterials can be utilized to manipulate electromagnetic fields. Topics will include negative refractive index, perfect lensing, metasurfaces, artificial magnetic conductors and absorbers.

MSE is pleased to announce another course being offered online for the first time this spring: Nanomaterials (515.617). This survey course covers concepts and the associated relevant physics and materials science of what makes nanoscale materials unique.

This spring, MSE will offer Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Materials (515.602) for the first time online. The course is intended to develop an understanding of the fundamental thermodynamic and kinetic processes in materials.

Mechanical Engineering

Beginning spring 2020, the Mechanical Engineering (ME) program will offer Fundamentals of Acoustics (535.614) online. This course provides an introduction to the physical principles of acoustics and their application.

Optimal Control and Reinforcement Learning (535.741) also be available online beginning in spring 2020. This course will explore advanced topics in nonlinear systems and optimal control theory, culminating with a foundational understanding of the mathematical principals behind reinforcement learning techniques popularized in the current literature of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the design of intelligent agents like Alpha Go and Alpha Star.

Space Systems Engineering

Space Systems Engineering (SSE) will offer two new courses in spring 2020:

Spacecraft Propulsion (675.731) will be taught by Carl Engelbrecht in the virtual live format at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in spring 2020. The class offers the basics of propulsion so that students will be able to make informed decisions about which sort of system would be best for a particular application.

Requirements and Verification & Validation (675.772), will also be taught in the virtual live format at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in spring 2020. This survey course reviews the specification, verification, and validation of spacecraft flight system requirements. It provides an overview of the requirements gathering process, subsystem allocation, verification methods, typical spacecraft system tests and test events.

SSE is pleased to announce the following courses will be offered for the first time online and virtual live in spring 2020:

Systems Engineering

For the first time online, Systems Engineering will offer Applied Analytics for Model Based Systems Engineering (645.632) in spring 2020. This course is a continuation of Introduction to Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) (645.631), and provides in-depth exposure to building and using industry-leading system modeling tools to apply and analyze real-world case studies.