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(Last updated 4/27/04)
SIX OHIO STATE FACULTY WIN
NSF CAREER AWARDS
COLUMBUS, Ohio – With prestigious awards from the National
Science Foundation (NSF), six Ohio State University faculty members
are tackling issues as diverse as using computers to help study new words
and exploring how sand moves on a beach.
The six researchers have earned NSF's Faculty
Early Career Development (CAREER) award, which recognizes a young
researcher's dual commitment to scholarship and education. Together, the
OSU faculty garnered approximately $2.6 million in CAREER funding, to
be awarded over the next five years:
Brew, assistant professor of linguistics;
$500,000 for “Hybrid methods for acquisition and tuning of
Brew will investigate ways to use computers to help work out the meanings
of new words found in text. Normally, lexicographers and linguists go
through text by hand, finding new words and looking for patterns to
indicate their definition and how they are used. Brew has developed
software that can help automate that process by finding new words in
large amounts of text and determining which existing words these new
words seem to most resemble.
El-Gamal, assistant professor of electrical
and computer engineering; $400,000 for “Multi-input-multi-output
fading in links, cells, and networks.”
El-Gamal will develop new schemes to enable high quality multi-antenna
wireless data transmission. The project lies on the boundary between
electrical engineering and applied mathematics, and is expected to contribute
to both disciplines.
Foster, assistant professor of civil
and environmental engineering and geodetic science; $400,000
for “Fluid-sediment interactions of complex coastal topography.”
Foster will obtain field observations of the movement of sand over seafloor
ripples. The innovative observations will be used to create computer
models which predict how ocean waves and currents interact with sand
to change the shape of beaches over time -- a complex relationship that
requires advanced computing techniques. The models will help scientists
and public policy managers better understand the impacts of hurricanes,
sea-level rise and coastal structures.
Parthasarathy, assistant professor of computer
science and engineering; $500,000 for “A scalable
framework for mining scientific and biomedical data.”
Parthasarathy will develop efficient techniques for data mining, with
the goal of modeling the shape and structure of molecules and larger
objects such as the human eye. Mining such data could yield clues to
the evolution of defects in materials, or the origin and progression
of diseases of the eye, for example.
Shen, assistant professor of computer
science and engineering; $400,000 for “Effective
visualization of large-scale time-varying data.”
Shen will design algorithms for the management and tracking of data
generated from high-resolution computer simulations. He will design
tools that can automatically create multi-resolution spatio-temporal
data efficiently, and help researchers visualize and track time-varying
elements within large datasets.
Teixeira, assistant professor of electrical
and computer engineering; $400,000 for “Time-domain
forward and inverse scattering techniques for ultra-wideband remote
Teixeira will develop new techniques for using microwaves and millimeter
waves to detect hidden explosives, underground pipes, and defects in
bridges and runways. Since these waves can penetrate dust, fog, and
smoke, they could be used in battlefield scenarios, terrorist attack
responses, and in fire rescue operations.
The CAREER award also contains a strong education component. Ohio State
students will be able to broaden their field of study by participating
in these cutting-edge interdisciplinary research projects.
The CAREER award honors teachers and scholars who are likely to become
academic leaders in the future. Since 1996, NSF has given the award to
faculty who effectively integrate research and education within the context
of the mission of their institution.
With the addition of the six new faculty, Ohio State now boasts 37 CAREER
winners. Other winners will be announced as NSF makes its awards throughout
Contact: Chris Brew, (614) 292-4052; Brew.email@example.com
Hesham El-Gamal, (614) 292- 4374; Elgamal.firstname.lastname@example.org
Diane Foster, (614) 292-6420; Foster.email@example.com
Srinivasan Parthasarathy, (614) 292-2568;
Han-Wei Shen, (614) 292-0060; Shen.firstname.lastname@example.org
Fernando Teixeira, (614) 292-7251; Teixeira.email@example.com
Written by Pam Frost Gorder, (614) 292-9475; Gorder.firstname.lastname@example.org