NSF III: Large: Collaborative Research: Moving Objects Databases for Exploration of Virtual and Real Environments



This material is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF Terra-map) under Grant Numbers IIS-1213026 (FIU), IIS-1213013 (UIC), IIS-1212508 (Brown), IIS-1213038 (Northwestern). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF. NSF Program Director: Dr. Maria Zemankova.

Investigators: Naphtali Rishe (FIU), Ouri Wolfson (UIC), Roberto Tamassia (Brown University), Isabel Cruz (UIC), Goce Trajcevski (Northwestern University), Bo Xu (UIC), Tao Li (FIU), Scott Graham (FIU)

Objectives:

Florida International University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Brown University, and Northwestern University are transforming the fields of computational transportation and mobile sensing by developing a universal high-performance model for information processing and fusion in mobile environment, providing a collaborative integration between the real and virtual worlds. This model enables querying and visualization of moving objects data (MOD) and their relationship to static and dynamic geospatial data. Expected results include: balancing the processing of location-based data streams into MOD servers with efficient processing of visualization-related queries; determining optimal distribution of queries/tasks among multiple regional servers; maximizing the scalability of prediction techniques in terms of efficient management of objects' data and queries; modeling data uncertainty; coupling map generalization with trajectories' data reduction when zooming across different scales; resolving issues of privacy and security; and enabling semantic querying. A demonstration of the outcomes is available within the testbed at http://TerraFly.fiu.edu -- a public GIS mapping engine and location-based data repository.

This work takes a transformative step towards combining the real and virtual worlds, an emerging research frontier. The virtual world is relatively well understood, but this combination of the real and virtual poses great challenges and promises high potential payoff, including in-car navigation systems, massive fleets of mobile sensors, self-navigating vehicles, situation command, and location-based services. While advancing Computer Science, the project also leverages prior investment of, and provides direct benefit to, NSF, NASA, DoI, DoT, DHS, and other stakeholders. By improving the efficiency of spatial, temporal, and moving object data management and making these results available to constituencies, the project is producing societal benefits. Student involvement at all levels, educational modules being developed, and curriculum expansion will have broad educational impacts. This project provides foundation for improving the quality of services in multiple applications such as disaster management, environmental monitoring, transportation, education, and logistics. The resulting technology will serve as a base to advance research on self-navigating vehicles, robots, and mobile sensors. In particular, this work facilitates the technologies of Informed Traveler Programs, dynamic navigation, situation control, and airborne observational systems.

Among translational outcomes of this project is the $11M TIGER Project contracted by U.S. Department of Transportation in June 2014 to FIU under Rishe's PIship with participation of Ouri Wolfson at UIC and IBM. This project implements navigational and parking crowdsourcing algorithms developed at FIU and UIC developed under the NSF Moving Objects grant.

Products:

Papers published (list and PDFs)

Web Demos:

Students:

Undergraduate student Erik Edrosa recently published 3 papers acknowledging this grant. He co-authored a 2015 ACM Transactions paper. Erik is now with Fairlogix.
MS student Huibo Wang recently published 3 papers acknowledging this grant. She co-authored a 2015 ACM Transactions paper. SInce 10/2016 Huibo is working at Facebook.
MS student Yudong Guang recently published 4 papers acknowledging this grant. He co-authored a 2015 ACM Transactions paper. Since 1/2016 Yudong is working at Facebook.
Doctoral student Jaime Andres Ballesteros recently published 8 papers acknowledging this grant. He defended his Ph.D. dissertation June 2013 and was granted a Ph.D. degree in August 2013. Jaime's paper has received the Best Paper Award of ICDCS-2013. Dr. Ballestros is now at HERE/Nokia.
Doctoral student Yun Lu recently published 9 papers acknowledging this grant. He defended his Ph.D. dissertation in November 2013 and granted a Ph.D. degree in December 2013. Dr. Lu is now the CEO of a stratup.
MS student Shonda Witherspoon recently published a paper acknowledging this grant. Shonda and Shalisha Witherspoon, who started as undergraduate research assistants of Dr. Rishe funded by this grant, both graduated with the highest GPA in the College of Engineering and Computing for the spring 2016 commencement: 3.95. Shonda and Shalisha have joined our graduate program from Fall 2016. On July 21, 2017 the team of Shonda and Shalisha won the IBM's BlueHack hackathon for Internet of Things TJBot Challenge. The Team has created a robot that understands the manual alphabet and translates and speaks each letter given by an individual and then finally says the complete word once the sign language signal for stop is given to the robot.
Doctoral student Guangqiang Zhao recently published 5 papers acknowledging this grant. He graduated with a Ph.D. in August 2016. Dr. Zhao is now at Everest Tech.
Doctoral student Shuo Ma recently published 6 papers acknowledging this grant. He defended his Ph.D. dissertation April 2014 and was granted a Ph.D. degree in August 2014. Shuo's paper has received the Best Paper Runner-up Award of ICDE-2014.
Doctoral student Olga Ohrimenko recently published 2 papers acknowledging this grant. She received her PhD degree in Computer Science from Brown University in May 2014. She is currently a researchwer at Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK
MS student Venkat Raghavan Ganesh recently published 2 papers acknowledging this grant. He defended his MS thesis July 2014. One of these papers received the Best Demo Paper Award at ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2013. Venkat is currently working for IBM.
Doctoral student Besim Avci recently published 8 papers acknowledging this grant. He successfully defended his PhD dissertation "Managing Evolving Shapes" in February 2016.

Participants:

Roberto Tamassia is the Plastech Professor of Computer Science at Brown University and the Director of Brown's Center for Geometric Computing. He is a fellow of ACM, AAAS, and IEEE. He holds 7 patents and he has published 7 books and over 240 peer-reviewed papers. (Brown University)
Esha Ghosh is a PhD student at Brown University. (Brown University)
Evgenios Kornaropoulos is a PhD student at Brown University. (Brown University)
Fatemeh Abyarjoo (FIU)
Ms. Martha Gutierrez is the Managing Co-Director of the NSF FIU-FAU Industry-University Center. Gutierrez has published 19 papers and articles on Spectral Sensing, and Database Design and Applications. (FIU)
Alain GalvanAlain Galvan is pursuing a BS degree in Computer Science. (FIU)
Guangqiang ZhaoGuangqiang Zhao is pursuing a PhD degree in Computer Science. (FIU)
Huibo WangHuibo Wang is a Computer Science researcher. (FIU)
Jahkell LazarreJahkell Lazarre is pursuing a BS degree in Computer Science. (FIU)
Jose AcostaJose Acosta is pursuing a BS degree in Computer Science. (FIU)
Jose CastilloJose Castillo is pursuing an MS degree in Computer Science. (FIU)
Karell MullerKarell Muller is pursuing a BS degree in Computer Science. (FIU)
Kevin DelamoKevin Delamo is pursuing a BS degree in Computer Science. (FIU)
Li LiLi Li is a Computer Science researcher. (FIU)
Michael RodriguezMichael Rodriguez is a Computer Science researcher. (FIU)
Mingjin ZhangMingjin Zhang is a Computer Science researcher. (FIU)
Nitin JainNitin Jain is pursuing an MS degree in Computer Science. (FIU)
Oliver UllrichOliver Ullrich is a Computer Science researcher. (FIU)
Peng LiuPeng Liu is a Computer Science researcher. (FIU)
Shonda WitherspoonShonda Witherspoon is pursuing a BS degree in Computer Science. (FIU)
Susana ValenzanoSusana Valenzano is pursuing a BS degree in Computer Science. (FIU)
Yudong GuangYudong Guang is pursuing an MS degree in Computer Science. (FIU)
Yulong QiuYulong Qiu is pursuing an MS degree in Computer Science. (FIU)
Yun LuYun Lu is a Computer Science researcher. (FIU)
Yuzhou FengYuzhou Feng is a Computer Science researcher. (FIU)
Zhaowei HouZhaowei Hou is a Computer Science researcher. (FIU)
Dr. Naphtali Rishe is the inaugural FIU Outstanding University Professor, Eminent Chair Professor in Computer Science, and Director of the NSF FIU-FAU Industry-University Center. Rishe has published 5 books, 300 papers, and 5 patents, and has been awarded $55 million in grants. (FIU)
Daniel LuckerathDaniel Luckerath is a Computer Science researcher. (FIU)
Chunqiu is a third-year Ph.D. student and he has published about 6 research papers. He did summer internships at IBM research in 2013, and at Google in 2014 and 2015. (FIU)
Hongtai Li is a Computer Science researcher. (FIU)
Dr. Tao Li is currently a full professor in the School of Computer Science, Florida International University. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the Department of Computer Science,University of Rochester in 2004 (My old homepage at Rochester). He was a recipient of NSF CAREER Award (2006-2010) and multiple IBM Faculty Research Awards (2005, 2007 & 2008). In 2009, he received FIU's Excellence in Research and Creativities Award. In 2010, he received IBM Scalable Data Analytics Innovation Award. He received the inaugural Graduate Student Mentorship Award from the College of Engineering and Computing at FIU in 2011. (FIU)
Ramesh Baral is a second year PhD student currently working in Affective Social Computing Laboratory, FIU with the supervision of Dr. Christine Lisetti. He has completed his B.E. from Pokhara University, Nepal. His research interests include Virtual Agents, Spoken Dialog Systems, Semantic Web, Discourse Analysis. (FIU)
Reza Amini is a Ph.D candidate in the School of Computing and Information Sciences, at Florida International University (FIU). He is a member of the Affective Social Computing Lab. He received his Master degree in Computer Science from FIU in 2012. He received his Master in Electrical Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology in Iran in 2009, and his Bachelor degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Isfahan in Iran in 2006. His interests include Software Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Affective Computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Data Mining. (FIU)
Francisco OrtegaDr. Francisco R. Ortega (fortega@cs.fiu.edu), Post-Doc Fellow, received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Florida International University (FIU) in 2014, co-advised by Dr. Naphtali Rishe and Dr. Armando Barreto. He received outstanding graduate student 2014 from Computer Science. His dissertation was one of five nominated for best dissertation award for the college of engineering. Dr. Ortega received his bachelors degree in Computer Science, cum laude, in December 2008 from FIU and a masters degree in Computer Science from FIU in December 2009. Dr. Ortega has over 17 years of experience in software development and systems integration. His are of expertise are in 3D User Interfaces, Input Interfaces, Human-Computer Interaction, 3D navigation, input modeling, multi-threaded programming for 3D User Interfaces, and framework development, among others. Dr. Ortega has 22 publications, with many of them as first author. He is the also the first author of the upcoming book Interaction Design for 3D User Interfaces to be published by CRC Press/Taylor and Francis Group in December, 2015, the editor of the upcoming handbook titled Handbook of Input and 3D User Interaction: Theory and Practice (CRC Press), and a tentative series of 3D User Interfaces and Interaction Design Gems series (CRC Press) for 2017. (FIU)
Wei is a third-year Ph.D. student and he has published 2 papers. In summer 2015, he participated Google code project. (FIU)
Chaklader ArefeChaklader Arefe is a Computer Science researcher. (FIU)
David RodriguezDavid Rodriguez is pursuing a BS degree in Computer Science. (FIU)
Olga Ohrimenko is a Researcher at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK. She is also the Microsoft Fellow at Darwin College, Cambridge University. She worked on the project while a Ph.D. student at Brown University and published two papers acknowledging this grant. (Microsoft Research)
Dr. Goce Trajcevski is the Assistant Chairman at Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern University. He has published over 90 papers in refereed conferences and journals, co-authored 3 book-chapters and encyclopediae chapters, and has received 2 Best PaperAwards and one Best Short-Paper Award. He has been PI or coPI on grants in the amount of $6.3 million. (Northwestern University)
Mas-ud Hussain is a third year PhD student with the Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern University. His research is focused on geometric algorithms in Moving Objects Databases and sensor networks. His advisor is Dr. Goce Trajcevski. (Northwestern University)
Dr. Peter Scheuermann is a Professor Emeritus (in Active Service) with the Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern University. He has published over 130 papers in refereed conferences and journals and has co-authored 3 encyclopediae chapters. (Northwestern University)
Bing Zhang is a 4th year PhD student with the Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern University. His research is focused on fusing location tracking data from heterogeneous sources. His advisor is Dr. Goce Trajcevski. (Northwestern University)
Besim Avci is a 5th year PhD student at the Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His research is focused on tracking mobile shapes in wireless sensor networks and spatial/spatio-temporal data management broadly. His advisor is Dr. Goce Trajcevski. (Northwestern University)
Sandeep has been a PhD student at UIC since 2014. He conducts research in Intelligent Transportation under the supervision of Drs. Jane Lin and Ouri Wolfson (UIC)
Aishwarya started her PhD studies in Computer Science at University of Illinois Chicago in 2015. Aishwarya's long term career plan is teaching and with the experience of research. (UIC)
Isabel F. Cruz is a Professor of Computer Science in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She holds PhD and MS degrees in Computer Science from the University of Toronto. (UIC)
Seyed Iman Mirrezaei is a PhD student funded by Taship. (UIC)
Qing Guo is a PhD candidate in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His current advisor is Prof. Ouri Wolfson. He received his Bachelor's degree in Statistics at the University of Science and Technology of China in 2008. (UIC)
Ouri Wolfson, Ph.D., is the Richard and Loan Hill Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE, and AAAS. Wolfson authored over 200 publications, four of them award winning, and holds seven patents. (UIC)
MS thesis student, graduated, first job: Orbitz Worldwide, Analytics Division (UIC)
MS thesis student, graduated, first job: IBM, Watson Core Technology Group (UIC)
Smitha Krishnamurthy is a MS thesis student. (UIC)
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