News from the Department
Computer Science Faculty Get $988,114 Grant to Study American Indian Diabetes Self-Management
Computer Science Assoc. Prof. Juan Li is the principal investigator for a newly announced grant from the National Science Foundation to study self-management of diabetes in Native Americans, along with co-investigator and Computer Science Assoc. Prof. Jun Kong. Siobhan Wescott, an NDSU Asst. Prof. of Practice in Public Health, and Donald Warne, a Professor and Chair of the Public Health Department, are also co-investigators on the grant.
The epidemic of diabetes in American Indian communities is a serious public health challenge. The goal of the project is to develop an integrated, accessible, cost-effective solution for improved diabetes self-management and social networking for American Indian patients. Considering the quasi-ubiquitous use of cell phones in most American Indian communities, a cell phone-based platform is proposed to provide smart and personalized service.
The project benefits from the combined experience of the investigators in multiple related areas. Dr. Li's expertise lies in eHealth, knowledge management, social networking, and semantic web technologies. She has published in the field of disease prediction, smart eHealth mobile application, eHealth cloud, eHealth security, and healthcare social networking. Dr. Kong's expertise lies in Human computer interaction, especially context-aware mobile interaction. Dr. Warne's expertise lies in family medicine, public health, American Indian Health and disparities research. Dr. Wescott's expertise lies in Native American health education and American Indian health. Especially, being American Indian, both Dr. Warne and Dr. Wescott have extensive experience providing diabetes education for American Indians.
This project will provide valuable research opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students, especially from underrepresented populations.
Project Receives Nationwide Media Attention
Work at NDSU with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory to enhance 3D Printing technologies has gotten national attention via an Associated Press article. Coverage Includes US News & World Report, The Charlotte Observer, The Huston Chronicle, The San Francisco Chronicle and over 50 other newspapers. The project includes multiple Computer Science students and is advised by Computer Science Asst. Prof. Jeremy Straub.
NDSU team wins technical prize at international drone competition
A team of North Dakota State University students competed, for the first time in the university’s and state’s history, in the International Aerial Robotics Competition in Atlanta, Georgia, and won an award recognizing their technical design. The IARC is the world’s oldest aerial robotics competition for colleges and universities. NDSU’s team was recognized for excellence in the design of the air vehicle, payload, operations and risk reduction.
The team was the sole recipient of the Best Technical Paper award at the competition. This award recognizes the overall technical solution developed by the team as well as its presentation in the paper. The paper was presented by NDSU Computer Science freshman Abdullah Almosalami at the competition; Asst. Prof. Jeremy Straub was the team’s faculty advisor. The team plans to continue working on its aerial vehicle to prepare to compete again at next year’s competition.
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