Seminars


Spring 2024 ECE 590 Graduate Seminars


photo: Fernando Moreu

February 16, 2024

Human-Infrastructure Interfaces, Fulbright Experiences Overseas, and Advancing Journal Publications

Fernando Moreu, PE, PhD, The University of New Mexico

3:00 pm, ECE Building, Room 118
Online Guests: Contact Prof. Osiński <osinski@chtm.unm.edu> for a Zoom link

Abstract: This presentation summarizes new research on Human-Infrastructure Interfaces (HII) advancing new bi-directional interfaces between human, machines, and infrastructure. The implementation of HII theory is achieved connecting new sensor technologies and Augmented Reality with infrastructure performance. Applications include structural dynamics and control, damage quantification, engineering learning, and humanmachine interfaces. New human-in-the-loop theories and experiments and applications facilitate trusted performance-based monitoring, robot control, and disaster recovery. Results include experiments and implications to Digital Twins and infrastructure management from cradle to grave using new technologies. Additionally, the speaker will share with the audience the work conduced during his Fulbright Fellowship at Taiwan last academic year, and advice for graduate (and undergraduate) students regarding research and scholar publications.

Bio: Fernando Moreu is an Associate Professor at the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at the University of New Mexico (UNM). He holds courtesy appointments in the Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science at UNM. He is the founder and director of the Smart Management of Infrastructure Laboratory (SMILab). Prof. Moreu’s research interests include structural dynamics and control, structural health monitoring, wireless smart sensor networks, cyberphysical systems, computer vision, augmented reality, unmanned aerial systems, bridge engineering, and aerospace operations. Prof. Moreu received his MS and PhD degrees in structural engineering from the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign (2005 and 2015, respectively). He is the recipient of the Fulbright Hays Faculty Research Abroad and was a visiting professor at National Taiwan University in Taipei in Spring and Summer of 2023. He was the 2022 outstanding junior faculty researcher award at the UNM School of Engineering. Prof. Moreu’s projects are funded by the DOE, NSF, ONR, NAS, US DOT, TRB, New Mexico Space Grant Consortium, and the commercial sector. He is a member of ASCE, ASME, ASNT, ASEE and AREMA, and a registered Professional Engineer since 2010. Prof. Moreu is the current Secretary of the ASCE EMI Technical Committee in Structural Health Monitoring and Control (SHMC) (2023-2026) and also the current secretary of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Technical Division of Dynamics of Civil Structures (2023- 2025).


photo: Christos Christodoulou

February 9, 2024

Engineering the Future of Space Research

Christos Christodoulou, The University of New Mexico

3:00 pm, ECE Building, Room 118
Online Guests: Contact Prof. Osiński <osinski@chtm.unm.edu> for a Zoom link

Abstract: COSMIAC is a Research Center in the School of Engineering at UNM that addresses contemporary engineering challenges crucial to the 21st century, spanning space technology, cybersecurity, PNT vulnerabilities, drone technology, space power beaming, RF and radiation effects on space electronics, and 6G communications.

Their diverse research portfolio is dedicated to engineering innovation that directly contributes to solving global issues. Positioned as New Mexico's aerospace research hub, COSMIAC plays a pivotal role in reinforcing UNM's leadership within the aerospace sector.

This seminar provides an overview of the ongoing research projects at COSMIAC and highlights opportunities for students to engage with and contribute to these projects.

Bio: Distinguished Professor Christos Christodoulou received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1985. He joined the Electrical Engineering Department at UNM, where he served as the Chair of the Department from 1999 to 2005 and as the Dean of the School of Engineering (2017 to 2023). Currently, he is serving as the Director of COSMIAC. He is a Life Fellow member of IEEE and a member of Commission B of URSI. He is the recipient of the 2010 IEEE John Krauss Antenna Award, the 2022 IEEE Henning Distinguished Mentoring Award, and the 2023 IEEE Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award. Since 2013, he has been serving as the series editor for Artech House Publishing company for the areas of Antennas, Propagation, and Electromagnetics. He has published over 600 papers in journals and conferences, has 20 book chapters, and has co-authored 9 books. He has also served as the main advisor for 40 PhD and 75 MS students.