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Jannat Tumpa Attends Grace Hopper 2018 on Scholarship

Tumpa_GHCUbicomp Lab member, Jannat Tumpa received Student Scholarship to attend Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) on Sep 26-28, 2018 at Houston, Texas. The Grace Hopper Celebration is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists organized by Anita Borg Institute in partnership with ACM which takes place every year to encourage more women in technology and to reduce the gender disparity in the tech field. Among 22,000 people attending GHC this year, only 867 students received the scholarship from across the globe. The experience of GHC helped Jannat to broaden her vision about her career by attending various keynote and technical sessions, to make lots of new networks in the career expo organized by 200+ sponsor companies and to know more about current ongoing research from the poster sessions.

New Publication in Elsevier Journal Smart Health

Smartphone-based Human Hemoglobin Level Measurement Analyzing Pixel Intensity of a Fingertip Video on Different Color Spaces has been published in the Elsevier Journal Smart Health (Vol 5-6, January 2018, pp. 26-39). In this work by members of the Ubicomp Lab, RGB information of a 10-second fingertip video is used to covert into different color spaces including hue, saturation, value, lightness, and gray. Later, features are extracted from all the combinations of 10 different colors and applied to a Partial Least Squares algorithm. A prediction model is developed with data collected from patients, and achieves a reliable accuracy for detecting hemoglobin level. The article is available here.

Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed Nominated for the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences Scholar of the Year Award

Dr. Ahamed has been nominated for the Klingler College Arts & Sciences Scholar of the Year Award. The annual college-wide awards ceremony recognizes faculty, students and staff for exemplary contributions to the college. The 2018 awards program will take place on Tuesday, April 17th at 3:00 p.m. in the Eisenberg Reading Room-Sensenbrenner Hall.  There are 10 award categories and the awardee for each will be announced at the ceremony. Congratulations to Dr. Ahamed!

Md Kamrul Hasan Receives Travel Grant for IEEE BHI 2018

PhD student Md Kamrul Hasan has received a Graduate Research Travel Award to cover expenses to present two posters at the IEEE Biomedical and Health Informatics conference, to be held in Las Vegas, March 3-8,2018.

Hasan’s research work, “NICE HELP: Non-Invasive Computational Evolution (NICE) for Hemoglobin Level Prediction (HELP)” will be presented as a poster. His work on “ProPar HELP: Programming in Parallel (ProPar) for Hemoglobin Level Prediction (HELP) in the Cloud” will also be presented as a poster at the conference.

Md Kamrul Hasan is a 2018-19 Arthur J. Schmitt Leadership Fellow

kamrulPhD student and Ubicomp Lab member Md Kamrul Hasan has been awarded a 2018-19 Arthur J. Schmitt Leadership Fellowship. The fellowship comes with a 10 month stipend and tuition scholarship. Candidates must be admitted to a doctoral program at the time of nomination; must have a record of demonstrated leadership and a strong record of scholarship, and; must demonstrate personal character aligned with the university’s mission values of Excellence, Faith, Leadership, and Service.

Arthur J. Schmitt was an industrial executive who expressed his commitment to education, and the development of responsible leadership through Christian principles and ideals. He founded the Arthur J. Schmitt Foundation in 1941, dedicating its resources toward fashioning a better and more humane world.

Kamrul was a great candidate for the award. “Receiving the Schmitt Fellowship has helped me to affirm my goals as a PhD student and researcher in mobile health technologies,” he says. “I look forward to serving as a fellow and continuing to develop new venues for leadership at Marquette University not just for myself, but also for others that I work with. There are so many opportunities for us to make the world a better place…for me, it is through building healthcare tools that assist medical professionals and their patients to ease the burden on diagnosis and treatment of diseases and chronic conditions.”

More information on the Arthur J. Schmitt Fellowship is available on their Facebook page.

More information about Md Kamrul Hasan can be found on his website.

Md Kamrul Hasan Awarded Travel Grants in 2017

Md Kamrul Hasan, PhD student at the Ubicomp Lab, was awarded a number of travel grants for conference presentations in 2017.

1. Modern Advances in Computational & Applied Mathematics, Yale University, New Haven, CT. Awarded by Marquette University

2) PETSc USER MEETING 2017, University of Colorado Boulder, June 2017. Awarded by Intel.

3) Mason Modeling Days 2017, George Mason University, 2017. Awarded by the National Science Foundation

Hasan also presented posters at the WTA 2017 Educational Conference and the IEEE Great Lakes Biomedical Conference.


IEEE Talks Big Data: Sorel Reisman & Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed

Professor Sorel Reisman chairs the Standing Committee for the IEEE Computer Society Signature Conference on Computers, Software, and Applications (COMPSAC), serves as a tenured professor of information systems in the Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences in the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University (Cal State), Fullerton, and as managing director of MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching), a project of the Cal State University Chancellor’s Office.

Professor Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed chairs the COMPSAC Steering Committee and serves as a professor of computer science and director of the Ubicomp Research Laboratory at Marquette University. The two professors recently participated in a joint interview during COMPSAC 2017 in Turin, Italy, on the impacts of Big Data, disruptive technologies and how COMPSAC 2017 contributes to IEEE’s mission to advance technology for the benefit of humanity.

UPDATE: Spring 2017

Poster Presentation by Md Kamrul Hasan:

1. BILD (Big Image in Less Dimension): A Novel Technique for Image Feature Selection to Apply Partial Least Square Algorithm 2017 IEEE Great Lakes Biomedical Conference (GLBC) 06 – 07 Apr 2017
2. A Novel Process To Extract Important Information From Invisible Video Captured by Smartphone 2017 IEEE Great Lakes Biomedical Conference (GLBC) 06 – 07 Apr 2017

Travel Award to Md Kamrul Hasan:


1. Travel grant awarded from MSCS Department and Graduate School of Marquette University for Poster Presentation at Modern Advances in Computational & Applied Mathematics at Yale University
2. Awarded Travel Grant to Join the Conference on Nonconvex Statistical Learning to be held May 26 and 27 2017. The University of Southern California. Here is the photo.


Three peer reviewed conference papers are accepted for publication in the the IEEE Computer Society Signature Conference on Computers, Software and Applications (COMPSAC), 2017. This year the conference is taking place in Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy from July 4 to 8. The title and the first author of the accepted papers are listed below-

1. A Novel Framework to Recognize Complex Human Activity, Md. Osman Gani

2. A novel real-time non-invasive hemoglobin level detection using video images from smartphone camera, GM Tanimul Ahsan

3. A Novel Technique of Noninvasive Hemoglobin Level Measurement Using HSV Value of Fingertip Image, Md. Kamrul Hasan

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