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Research at Stevens: Improving Lives, Impacting the World

With a legacy built on research that has steadily developed state-of-the-art technologies to improve lives around the globe, the research enterprise at Stevens is extensive, deep and a fundamental part of the fabric of the university.

From addressing the nation's critical need for more resilient infrastructure to improving healthcare systems to developing low cost, reliable wireless broadband access technologies, research efforts at Stevens tackle pressing technical and social challenges, and seek to expand human knowledge through analysis, innovation and insight.

Compiled here are some of the latest initiatives from the School of Systems & Enterprises (SSE) at Stevens:

Joint Professor in SSE and the School of Engineering (SES), R. Chandramouli recently launched the Institute for Cognitive Networking (iCON), a national center funded by the NSF. iCON aims to promote and sustain cognitive wireless networking related research and education collaborations between the U.S. and the African Continent. A major emphasis of the center is on the investigation of the fundamental challenges related to low cost, reliable wireless broadband access technologies for traditionally underserved areas using dynamic spectrum access/sharing/management techniques that exploit spectrum (e.g., T.V.) white spaces (WS). With an initial seed investment of $350,000 from the NSF, iCON is projected to grow to a multi-million dollar collaborative research enterprise between the U.S and African government.

Assistant Professor Babak Heydari’s project, ‘Hybrid Human-Agent Networks: A Framework for Modeling and Design of Teams of Human and Autonomous Agents,’ explores how several critical systems in the future will rely on coordinated teamwork of a hybrid group of humans and smart, decision-making, autonomous agents. The study aims to provide needed understanding of dynamics, behavior and coordination mechanisms of human-agent networks, which can result in efficient designs of future intelligent systems for disaster response, energy and transportation, all of which will rely on efficient, dynamic coordination between a group of people and a network of autonomous agents. The project has received a $230,000 Early Concepts Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) funding for National Science Foundation’s (NSF) new program – Human- Centered Adaptive Collaborative Engineered Systems (HACES). 

Industry Professor Linda Laird is leading an innovative program that enables liberal arts majors to join the software engineering (SwE) master’s degree program at Stevens. Funded by the $632,000 NSF scholarship grant awarded to Stevens, the program aims to help broaden access into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) professions by creating another pathway specifically for talented liberal arts graduates. This is the first NSF sponsored attempt to recruit liberal arts students into software engineering. The grant provides Stevens funding for 53 $10,000 scholarships over five years, and enhances overall opportunities for students as STEM knowledge and skills are in increasingly high demand throughout the job marketplace.

Associate Professor of Engineering and Innovation Management at the University of Naples Federico II, and a Visiting Research Professor at SSE, Luca Iandoli' project is a web platform that utilizes social web mining to map, and analyze the supply and demand of cultural events in Naples (Italy). Using analytics and data visualization that is based on information extracted from the social media buzz generated by event-goers and organizers, the platform will locate and display on a map the cultural events available in Naples, as well as analytics that are automatically extracted from social media conversations. The project is a collaboration between SSE, the University of Naples Federico II and two Italian software companies, and has received a grant for €750,000 from Campania Regional Government (Italy). 

Assistant Professor Roshanak Nilchiani’s research on ‘A Complex Systems Perspective of Risk Mitigation and Modeling in Development and Acquisition Programs,’ explores, formulates and models the complex risks and failure mechanisms to improve the current inaccurate subjective assessment of risk in different stages of an engineered system development program as well as acquisition programs. The study proposes a novel approach to major improvement of risk assessment by creating a set of appropriate complexity measures (informed by historical case studies) as pre-indicators of emergence of risks at different stages of a systems development process, and a framework that enables the decision makers on assessing the actual risk level at each phase of the development based on requirements, design decisions and alternatives. The project is sponsored by the Naval Postgraduate School with a funding of $120,000 per year.

Associate Professor Jose Emmanuel Ramirez-Marquez is one of the principal researchers on a new project funded by the NSF to address the nation's critical need for more resilient infrastructure and enhanced services. The project titled ‘Resilience Analytics: A Data-Driven Approach for Enhanced Interdependent Network Resilience’, is part of the projects that are the first in a new NSF activity known as CRISP: Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes. These three- and four-year projects, each with funding up to $2.5 million, are part of NSF's multiyear initiative on risk and resilience, and aim to transform the nation’s interdependent infrastructure systems, from physical structures to responsive systems.