The Academic Minute for 2018.12.03-12.07 – University at Albany Week


Academic Minute from 12.03 – 12.07

Monday, December 3rd
Mariya Zheleva – University at Albany
Radio Spectrum
Dr. Mariya Zheleva is an assistant professor of computer science in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at University at Albany, SUNY.  Prior to joining the tenure-track faculty in 2016, she was a visiting assistant professor at the University. Mariya’s research interest is in the intersection of wireless networks and Information and Communication Technology for Development. She has done work on small local cellular networks, Dynamic Spectrum Access, spectrum management and sensing and network performance and characterization.

Tuesday, December 4th
Wendy Turner – University at Albany
Understanding Why Anthrax Outbreaks Occur
Wendy Turner is an assistant professor of biological sciences at the University at Albany. She runs the Turner Lab, which conducts research into the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases with a focus on environmentally-transmitted and vector-borne parasites and pathogens.

Turner was awarded $2.5 million from the National Science Foundation for a four-year project to study anthrax transmission among African wildlife.

Wednesday, December 5th
Tolga Soyata – University at Albany
Improving Brain-Computer Interfaces
Tolga Soyata is an associate professor in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at University at Albany, SUNY.  He joined the faculty in the Department of Computer Engineering as an associate professor in 2016. He was formerly at the University at Rochester, where he was an assistant professor-research. His teaching interests include CMOS VLSI ASIC Design, FPGA-based High Performance Data Processing System Design, and GPU Parallel Programming. His research interests include Cyber Physical Systems, Digital Health, and GPU-based high-performance computing.

Thursday, December 6th
Igor Lednev – University at Albany
Scanning Blood Spatters at Crime Scenes
Dr. Igor Lednev is a chemistry professor in the University at Albany’s College of Arts and Sciences and is affiliated with The RNA Institute. Lednev’s research focuses on the development and application of novel laser spectroscopy for biomedical and forensics applications. He has co-authored over 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Lednev graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russian Federation, receiving his Ph.D. degree in 1983. Then Dr. Lednev worked at the Institute of Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, as a group leader till 1994.

Since Perestroika, Dr. Lednev had been a visiting researcher at the University of York with Prof. Ronald Hester. He also worked as an academic visitor in Japan and Canada, and as a research professor at the University of Pittsburgh with Prof. Sanford Asher.

Friday, December 7th
Siwei Lyu – University at Albany
Detecting DeepFake Videos
Siwei Lyu is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He is also the Director of Computer Vision and Machine Learning Lab (CVML) at UAlbany. Lyu’s research interests include digital image forensics, computer vision, computational neuroscience and machine learning.


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