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Prof. Donald E. Brown receives award from the LMI Research Institute

Prof. Donald E. Brown, Systems and Information Engineering, Dr. John Gates, Associate Dean for Diversity, SEAS, and Robert Tai, Curry School received an award from the LMI Research Institute for the proposal, "Logical Pathways to Critical Diversity in Organizational Leadership." This award will allow UVA to conduct a comprehensive, multi-method study of the factors contributing to striking differentials in the academic success and overall outcomes between admitted undergraduate engineering students from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, particularly African-American students.

Dr. Benjamin Lobo wins 2nd place at UVA postdoctoral symposium

Dr. Benjamin Lobo, Systems and Information Engineering won 2nd place in the 'Physical Sciences & Engineering' category at the UVA postdoctoral symposium on September 20, 2016. His poster is titled "A Decision Support Tool for the Army Fuel Planner" and the work is supported by the Army Research Laboratory.

Prof. Gregory Gerling co-chairs 2018 IEEE Haptics Symposium

Prof. Gregory Gerling will be serving as the co-chair, along with Prof. Katherine Kuchenbecker of the University of Pennsylvania, for the 2018 IEEE Haptics Symposium (as well as in 2020), which is sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. Also, in odd numbered years, the Haptics Symposium combines with EuroHaptics and AsiaHaptics Conferences to hold a single event. Beginning in 2017, Prof. Gerling will be North America's representative on the editorial board for the IEEE World Haptics Conference, to be held in Munich, Germany.

Prof. Nicola Bezzo wins the best paper award: The future of digital rapid design and fabrication of robots

Robohub, a popular robotic news website, wrote an article about Prof. Nicola Bezzo's recent Robotics and Automation paper which recently won best paper award. The article titled "Robot makers: The future of digital rapid design and fabrication of robots" describes the current techniques and challenges on co-design and rapid prototyping of robotic systems. The article is available at

Profs. Matthew Gerber and Laura Barnes presented at the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference

Profs. Matthew Gerber and Laura Barnes presented at the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2016) in Heidelberg, Germany, which is the premier international venue for research in ubiquitous computing. Prof. Gerber's talk covered recent developments in mobile systems for collecting human oriented data. Prof. Barnes's presentation regarded the investigation of anxiety and depression using smartphones and wearables.

Prof. James Lambert's Talk at the 2016 IEEE Conference

Prof. James H. Lambert gave a plenary talk at the 2016 IEEE Conference on Analytics and Risk in Beijing in July 2016. The conference was located at the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. This link  has the press release by the UCAS including photos with Prof. Lambert. In a plenary welcome and a later plenary technical talk, Prof. Lambert represented the SEAS/UVa, the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems (, and the Society for Risk Analysis (, for which he is serving as President in 2015-2016.

Prof. Michael Smith Participated in AASHTO Standing Committee

Prof. Michael C. Smith participated in the joint AASHTO Standing Committee on Security and Emergency Management (SCOTSEM) and the TRB Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee meeting in Tucson, AZ, August 21-24, 2016.  Prof. Smith served as lead technical analyst for an update to the NCHRP-sponsorted "Costing Asset Protection: An All-Hazards Guide for Transportation Agencies (CAPTA) (see

Professors Publish Book: How to do Systems Analysis: Primer and Casebook

The late John E. Gibson (founding SIE Department Chair), Prof. William T. Scherer, William F. Gibson (John "Jack" Gibson's son), and Prof. Michael C. Smith recently published "How to do systems analysis: Primer and Casebook," published in the Wiley Series in Systems Engineering and Management. This book combines the wisdom drawn from Jack Gibson's teaching notes with an updated context, illustrations, and perspective and provides a set of cases that can be used to communicate the essence of systems thinking and systems methodology.  (see for more information about the book).