List of Announcements (details below):

  * Careers in the Academy:Mason Program for Ph.D. Students
  * International Summer School on High-Performance Computing
  * Seminar:Bioengineering Dept.:Mar 6, 12pm
  * Ariela Sofer, Edward Huang, and Abbas Zaidi Receive Funding from
    Pohang University
  * Arun Sood and Duminda Wijisekera Receive Funding from the Cyber
    Security Research Alliance

*Careers in the Academy:Mason Program for Ph.D. Students*

Mason's Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence is now accepting 
applications for its PROV 701 program, Preparing for Careers in the 
Academy. This program is geared towards advanced PhD and MFA students 
who are interested in joining the academic ranks after graduation.


Deadline:Monday, March 31

*International Summer School on High-Performance Computing*

International Summer School 2014 on HPC Challenges in Computational 
Sciences (sponsored by the National Science Foundation)

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Europe, 
Canada, Japan and the United States are invited to apply for the fifth 
International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, 
to be held June 1-6, 2014, in Budapest, Hungary. The summer school is 
sponsored by the European Union Seventh Framework Program's Partnership 
for Advanced Computing in Europe Implementation Phase project 
(PRACE-3IP), U.S. National Science Foundation's Extreme Science and 
Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) project, RIKEN Advanced 
Insti­tute for Computational Science (RIKEN AICS), and Compute/Calcul 

Leading American, Canadian, European and Japanese computational 
scientists and HPC technologists will offer instruction on a variety of 
topics, including:

  * Access to EU, U.S., Japanese and Canadian HPC-infrastructures
  * HPC challenges by discipline (e.g., bioinformatics, computer
    science, chemistry, and physics)
  * HPC programming proficiencies
  * Performance analysis & profiling
  * Algorithmic approaches & numerical libraries
  * Data-intensive computing
  * Scientific visualization

The expense-paid program will benefit advanced scholars from European, 
U.S., Canadian and Japanese institutions who use HPC to conduct 
research. Interested students should apply by March 9, 2014. Meals, 
housing, and travel expenses will be paid for the selected participants. 
Applications from students in all science and engineering fields are 
welcome. Preference will be given to applicants with parallel 
programming experience and a research plan that will benefit from the 
utilization of high performance computing systems.


For more information, contact Scott Lathrop (XSEDE) at NCSA, University 
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, [log in to unmask] 
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*Seminar:Bioengineering Dept.:Mar 6, 12pm*

/Title:/Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy: Basic Principles and 
Applications to Aerospace, Medicine, and Clinical Life-saving Solutions

/Speaker:/Hasan Ayaz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biomedical 
Engineering, Drexel University

Thursday, March 6, 2014
12:00 PM
ENGR 3507


Functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) is an emerging brain 
monitoring technology that relies on optical techniques to detect 
changes in cortical hemodynamic responses to sensory, motor, or 
cognitive activation. It was originally developed for clinical 
monitoring of tissue oxygenation but evolved into a useful tool for 
neuroimaging studies, and better understanding of human brain function. 
The fNIRS technology is a portable, safe, affordable and negligibly 
intrusive system that uses specific wavelengths of light, irradiated 
through the scalp, to enable noninvasive measurement of localized 
concentration changes of deoxygenated hemoglobin (deoxy-Hb) and 
oxygenated hemoglobin (oxy-Hb). Consistent with the neuroergonomic 
approach, fNIRS sensor can allow capturing brain at work in naturalistic 
environments during everyday tasks. This presentation will introduce 
fNIRS technology principles, latest system designs, and signal 
processing approaches. The second part of the presentation will review 
our recent fNIRS applications ranging from human computer interaction to 
medical devices, including cognitive workload assessment of operators, 
synthetic speech perception (sound quality and neural correlates), brain 
computer interfaces for control and communication.


Hasan Ayaz, PhD is an Assistant Research Professor in Biomedical 
Engineering. He received his BSc. in Electrical and Electronics 
Engineering at Bogazici University with high honors and MSc. and PhD 
degrees in Biomedical Engineering and studied Functional Near Infrared 
(fNIR) Spectroscopy. Research interests include brain computer 
interfacing and human performance assessment using optical brain 
sensors. Experienced in software development, computer graphics, user 
interface design and embedded system development.

Ariela Sofer, Edward Huang, and Abbas Zaidi Receive Funding from Pohang 

Ariela Sofer, Edward Huang, and Abbas Zaidi of the Systems Engineering & 
Operations Research Department received $100K from Pohang University of 
Science and Technology for their project, "A Case Study: Designing an 
Electric Power Plant Using Model-Based Systems Engineering Techniques."

*Arun Sood and Duminda Wijisekera Receive Funding from the Cyber 
Security Research Alliance*

Arun Sood and Duminda Wijisekera of the Computer Science Department and 
the International Cyber Center received $60K from the Cyber Security 
Research Alliance for their project, "A Survey and Taxonomy on the Roots 
of Trust in Cyber-Physical Systems."


Stephen G. Nash
Senior Associate Dean
Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
Nguyen Engineering Building, Room 2500
Mailstop 5C8
Fairfax, VA 22030

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