Smart World: The Intersection of the Physical, Digital, and Biological Worlds
The numbers of “smart” devices and services in the world are rapidly expanding and changing how people will live and work. This pace of progress brings both opportunities and challenges, and requires the focus of experts in areas such as data science, robotics, cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles, interactive media and game development, learning sciences and technology, bioinformatics, computational biology, neuroscience/engineering, architectural engineering, and smart design.
Led by professor Randy Paffenroth, faculty leaders in these areas are coming together with a common goal: to develop integrated solutions to some of the planet’s most pressing problems in health, energy, transportation, and smart buildings and infrastructure, all of which require a computational––or “smart world”––approach. Data seems to be a connecting factor in the current work being done by the group.
Subgroups within Smart World with expertise in various research areas:
- Robotics, led by Jing Xiao
- Cybersecurity, led by Berk Sunar, Craig Shue
- Data Science, led by Elke Rundensteiner, Randy Paffenroth
- Smart Cities, led by Steven Van Dessel
- Autonomous Vehicles, led by Xinming Huang
- Learning Sciences, led by Neil Heffernan
- UXDM, led by Sousson Djamasbi
- Fire Protection, led by Albert Simeoni
- Wireless, led by Reza Zekavat, Alexander Wyglinski
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It’s All Connected
Many of the these activities will take place in a new 100,000-square-foot academic and research building aimed at creating connections between academia and the rest of the world in ways that realize the development of smart applications and technologies, as well as policies, businesses, and positive societal outcomes. The building will also feature an integrated Student Academic Services Center, thus improving campus navigation and accessibility.
WPI faculty members interested in joining the Smart World group are encouraged to reach out to Randy Paffenroth (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Corporate representatives interested in partnering with talented WPI faculty and students to explore and develop Smart World solutions should contact Michelle Scerbin (email@example.com) for more information on how to engage.