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Computer science professor Dakai Zhu receives $400K NSF CAREER Award

Dakai Zhu

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(Sept. 30, 2010)--Dakai Zhu, UTSA assistant professor of computer science, has received a five-year, $400,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to research how multi-core processors can be used to develop smart car technology.

The CAREER award goes to junior faculty members who embody the role of teacher and scholar by integrating teaching excellence with outstanding research. Zhu is the fifth faculty member in the UTSA Department of Computer Science to receive the award.

"CAREER awards are extremely competitive and are given to junior researchers who show significant promise in their areas of research expertise," said George Perry, dean of the UTSA College of Sciences. "Professor Zhu's award is the fifth in a row received by our Department of Computer Science, which demonstrates that the department is flourishing as UTSA grows toward Tier One status."

Zhu, who joined the Department of Computer Science in 2005, specializes in scheduling theory, real-time systems, low-power computing and parallel and distributed systems. The CAREER award will fund his research on the scheduling theory of real-time computing systems. While computer processors work well individually in computers, cell phones and other electronic gadgets, combining them in a complex system like an automobile poses many challenges. Zhu will study ways to ensure that each processor in a multi-core system completes its required tasks in the proper sequence and amount of time. He also will study ways to determine if each processor in a multi-core system is working at maximum capacity.

Zhu's research has significant applications for vehicles with smart technology. Examples currently on the market include vehicles that parallel park themselves or warn their drivers of an obstacle. The technology also is used to control anti-lock brakes and the fuel injection system. Zhu, however, envisions that research like his will contribute to the development of the ultimate smart vehicle, one that will drive itself while properly navigating obstacles or detecting the distance to another car to help avoid collisions.

Previous UTSA recipients of NSF CAREER awards include UTSA computer science professors Jeffery Von Ronne (2009), Qing Yi (2008), Carola Wenk (2007) and Daniel Jimenez (2006), as well as engineering professors Yufei Huang (2005) and Hai-Chao Han (2007).

 

 

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Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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