MAY 19, 2020 —The Office of the Vice President for Research, Economic Development, and Knowledge Enterprise and Academic Affairs have awarded the FY 2021 Transdisciplinary Teams research awards. Two teams, representing four colleges and five departments collectively, were selected and will be awarded $50,000 each.
UTSA launched the Transdisciplinary Teams Program last year in response to the growing complexity of research and faculty needs. T2 supports faculty to engage in scholarly research activities that foster transdisciplinary collaboration by assembling teams of researchers from different disciplines. The program also establishes a foundation for faculty to seek extramural funding, ultimately advancing UTSA’s research strengths and growing new areas of opportunity.
With San Antonio forecast to have significant population growth by 2040, this year’s research concentration was smart and connected cities, with a call for proposals that intersected technology and policy in topic areas that merge social mobility, affordable housing, water, utility and waste management, population health and community wellness, digital connectivity, transportation, e-governance and sustainability.
Earlier this year UTSA became a key collaborative partner in the R&D League, a new research and development program with the City of San Antonio, the Southwest Research Institute and USAA to address local civic challenges to enhance our neighborhoods and communities.
“The idea of ‘smart cities’ is not new, but it’s gathering momentum, particularly with the advent of COVID-19,” explained Bernard Arulanandam, vice president for research, economic development, and knowledge enterprise at UTSA. “The need for interconnected civic infrastructure with thoughtful engagement is critical to the well-being of the community.”
The first team—led by principal investigator Wenbo Wu (management science and statistics) in collaboration with Ying Huang (demography), Thankam Sunil (public health) and Eric Shattuck (public health)—is working on “Integration of Mobile Positioning, Sociodemographic factors, and Household Health for Urban Scale Energy Consumption Simulation and Planning,” integrating expertise from statistics, engineering, public health, and demography.
The team is developing a novel approach to understand how diverse occupant behaviors impact energy consumption, including tracking time use, mobility and health status—elements often overlooked in previous energy-use models.
Over 400 households in the San Antonio neighborhoods of Elm Creek and Jefferson Heights will be surveyed. The communities were chosen for their socioeconomic diversity. Data will be aggregated and combined with mobility data derived from cell phone GPS log files to understand how neighborhood population densities vary over time. The team will then be able to model neighborhood-level occupant behavior to better predict energy use and refine sustainable smart community/city models.
The second project is led by Dakai Zhu (computer science) working with Jeff Prevost (electrical and computer engineering), Keying Ye (management science), Amanda Fernandez (computer science) and Wei Wang (computer science).
The project, “Toward Statistical and Adaptive Learning in Edges for Smart Health Applications in Connected Communities with Security and Privacy Enforcement,” is focused on designing and developing a micro-service-based intelligent Edge computing framework.
The team will use digitized sensing data from IoT-enabled devices (such as smart thermometers and motion sensors) and smart applications (such as assisted living and pandemic flu status) from a large number of mixed-communities to better serve their health needs. The team is also considering the added requirements of ensuring the security and privacy of the data and the devices while providing operational flexibility and usage efficiency.
The team is leveraging statistical and learning models, scheduling algorithms and management schemes in Edge devices to support connected communities. These devices can provide effective protection for the privacy of the sensitive health data collected as well as enabling advanced security features for smart health applications.
The project will also provide education and research opportunities for underrepresented minority students.
Both of these projects align with UTSA’s vision of growing data intelligence across a wide spectrum of fields to address societal challenges and to improve our communities.
UTSA invites you to participate in our community altar by RSVP to this event. You can also use this link to learn more about Día de Los Muertos:https://anendlessconnection.weebly.com/the-project.html.Student Union Window Lounge, Main Campus
October 28th celebrates National Immigrants Day. On this day, we gather to explore the diverse heritage of our nation’s social fabric. We dedicate this day to understanding how our nation was founded and built by immigrants. Our goal is for the UTSA family to recognize and celebrate how all immigrants, regardless of their citizenship status, contribute to our community through their resiliency and ingenuity.Multicultural Student Lounge, HSU 2.207, Main Campus
The COLFA Advanced Career Pathways Workshops are focused on connecting your education with your career aspirations and exploring your pathways to reach your goal.Mesquite Room, Student Union, 2.01.24, Main Campus
The Westside Community Center will be creating an altar or "ofrenda" as many do within San Antonio and the Westside for "Dia de los Muertos." If you would like to participate, we invite you to send in a photo of a loved one that will be placed in this space. You are welcome to join us on October 28th at 3:00 pm to set up the space and come see us at the Westside Community Center.UTSA Westside Community Center, 1310 Guadalupe St., San Antonio, TX 78207
Blueprints For Pangaea is hosting its first on-campus inventory event of the semester! Join us for a Halloween-themed afternoon where we'll inventory medical supplies while enjoying Halloween movies. By the end of the event, you will have positively impacted the health of hundreds of individuals. We require at least one hour of attendance and come dressed up because the best costumes will earn awards.Flawn Sciences Building, 3.02.02, Main Campus
Chris Villanueva and other jazz faculty will perform standards in this concert. More details to come. The Fall 2021 concert schedule is subject to change. Please continue to monitor our website and social media for updates. This concert will be live-streamed via the UTSA Music Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/UTSAMusic When:UTSA Recital Hall, Main Campus
UTSA Sustainability will have three courses of varying difficulty to accommodate different ages and abilities. There will a one mile walk on generally level surface to introduce you to the student run community garden, a longer walk with stairs and topo changes, and a five mile bike ride to introduce you to the Leon Greenway.Tito Bradshaw Bicycle Repair Shop Ximenes Ave, Main Campus
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