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Mixture model algorithms for inferring covariance structures and microbial associations from microbiome data
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant 

Department: CS
Description: This computational biology project will develop machine-learning algorithms to infer microbial associations from microbiome data generated using high-throughput DNA sequencing technologies. This effort will contribute to understanding the rules of life for microbial ecosystems.
Degree Programs: PhD 
Advisor: Shibu Yooseph
Lab/Group Name: Yooseph Lab, Genomics and Bioinformatics Cluster
Keywords: Machine learning, computational biology, microbiome, algorithms
Location(s): UCF Main Campus 
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Determination of Evolution of Aggressive Cancer Cells Through Integration of Biomechanical Modeling with Cell Culture Experiments and Machine Learning
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant 

Department: MAE
Description: Computational modeling of cell membrane mechanics. Integration results with cell culture experimental data (from collaborators in Biomolecular Sciences) and deep learning (from Collaborators in Computer Science) for identification of the unique features of potentially aggressive cancer cells.
Degree Programs: PhD 
Advisor: Olusegun J. Ilegbusi
Lab/Group Name: Biomedical and Process Modeling Research Lab
Keywords: Cellular mechanics, deep learning, cell culture, Cancer cells, Computational modeling
Location(s): UCF Main Campus 
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Poro-elastic model of airflow and deformation in human lungs
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant 

Department: MAE
Description: Utilize Computational Fluid Dynamics to model spatio-temporal flow and deformation in human lungs. Application to COPD and lung lobectomy. Collaborate with Radiation Oncology researchers at a major Medical Institution.
Degree Programs: PhD 
Advisor: Olusegun J. Ilegbusi
Lab/Group Name: Biomedical and Process Modeling Research Lab
Keywords: Lung property, Poro-elasticity, Computational modeling, Fluid flow, Lung deformation.
Location(s): UCF Main Campus 
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Dynamics of Cough and Penetrants in the Human Upper Airway and Implications for Viral Transmission
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant 

Department: MAE
Description: Utilize Computational Fluid Dynamics to model cough flow and penetrants (droplets, particulates) in the human upper airway. Quantify aspiration potential of droplets and particulates and explore implication for COVID-19 pandemic. Collaboration with College of Health Sciences.
Degree Programs: PhD 
Advisor: Olusegun J. Ilegbusi
Lab/Group Name: Biomedical and Process Modeling Research Lab
Keywords: Computational modeling, Cough flow, Droplet behavior, Particulate behavior, Aspiration pneumonia.
Location(s): UCF Main Campus 
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Development of tissue-equivalent materials for radiological application
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant 

Department: MAE
Description: Materials processing of alginate-hydrogels with elastic and radiological properties equivalent to human organ tissue. Utilize material for 3D printing of equivalent human organs (lung, kidney).
Degree Programs: PhD 
Advisor: Olusegun J. Ilegbusi
Lab/Group Name: Biomedical and Process Modeling Research Lab
Keywords: Alginate material, Tissue elasticity, Tissue radiological property, 3D printing.
Location(s): UCF Main Campus 
Human-on-a-chip based systems and neuro-engineering
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant 

Department: MAE
Description: This postdoctoral research opportunity in the Hybrid Systems Laboratory focuses on combining microfabrication, surface chemistry and cell culture to construct in vitro models of the human body or “Body-on-a-Chip” for use in drug development. (see http://www.nanoscience.ucf.edu/faculty_hickman.php).
Degree Programs: Postdoc 
Advisor: James J Hickman
Lab/Group Name: Hybrid Systems Laboratory, NanoScience Technology Center, University of Central Florida
Keywords: Human-on-a-chip, cell culture, surface chemistry, surface modification,
Location(s): UCF Research Park 
Development of Surgical Robots, Biomedical Devices, and Healthcare Assistive Systems
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant,  Researcher 

Department: MAE
Description: Students will work on need finding, literature study, idea brainstorming, requirements identification, design specifications, CAD, simulation, prototyping, benchtop evaluation, and publication.
Degree Programs: PhD,  MS,  Undergrad 
Advisor: Sang-Eun Song
Lab/Group Name: Interventional Robotics Laboratory
Keywords: Robotic Surgery, Image Guided Intervention, Soft Robotics, Biomedical Device, Healthcare Innovation
Location(s): UCF Main Campus,  Lake Nona (Main Campus) 
The impact of Iso-Valeric Acid on Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal (EBPR)
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant 

Department: CECE
Description: The PhD student will work on a research project where we will study the impact of Iso-Valeric Acid on the performance of Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal.
Degree Programs: PhD 
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Amis Randall
Lab/Group Name: Advanced Wastewater Treatment Research Group (AWTRG)
Keywords: Phosphorus Removal, Wastewater, Iso-Valeric Acid
Location(s): UCF Main Campus 
Corporate Entity Tracking Automation
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant,  Researcher 

Department: CS
Description: This project will develop statistical inference and automated reasoning techniques that provide the foundations for automatically analyzing large sets of corporate and individual entity metadata on a large scale. Using real-world datasets drawn from public and proprietary data, we will evaluate our techniques for several applications, e.g., investigating foreign ownership in US industries via shell corporations, and tracking government subcontractor relationships for foreign influence.
Degree Programs: PhD,  Undergrad 
Advisor: Paul Gazzillo
Lab/Group Name: APPLeSEEd Lab, Cyber Security and Privacy Cluster
Keywords: automated reasoning, data analysis, corporate tracking
Location(s): UCF Main Campus 
Resilient, Intelligent, and Sustainable Energy Systems (RISES)
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant,  Researcher 

Department: ECE
Description: RISES focuses upon efficient and secure grid operation, high-penetration integration of renewables, grid-forming technology, zero-emission power generation, resilient microgrid, data analytics, and cyber-physical security. US citizens and green-card holders preferred.
Degree Programs: PhD,  MS 
Advisor: Zhihua Qu, Pegasus Professor of ECE and SAIC Professor of CECS
Lab/Group Name: RISES Center, a university research center on energy systems
Keywords: Systems Theory and Control, Optimization and Control of Networked Dynamical Systems, Distributed Control and Optimization for Smart Grid, Autonomous, Unmanned, and Cooperative Systems, Medical Robotics
Location(s): UCF Main Campus 
Inferring and Securing Software Configuration
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant,  Researcher 

Department: CS
Description: Compounding the problem, a complete computing system may combine hundreds or thousands of software packages whose configuration settings interact unexpectedly. The goal of this project is to automate the creation of valid configurations that are reliable and secure. As the world increasingly depends on smart infrastructure and Internet-of-Things devices to enhance lives, this research will benefit society by improving the reliability and security of the configurable software used in these computing devices.
Degree Programs: PhD,  Undergrad 
Advisor: Paul Gazzillo
Lab/Group Name: APPLeSEEd Lab, Cyber Security and Privacy Cluster
Keywords: configuration, misconfiguration, security, automated reasoning, software engineering
Location(s): UCF Main Campus 
Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAS)
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant,  Researcher 

Department: ECE
Description: UAS Lab focuses upon research in cooperative control of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), distributed estimation and data fusing, and intelligent decision making. The lab participants must have US citizenship.
Degree Programs: PhD,  MS 
Advisor: Zhihua Qu, Pegasus Professor of ECE and SAIC Professor of CECS
Lab/Group Name: UAS Lab
Keywords: Systems Theory and Control, Optimization and Control of Networked Dynamical Systems, Distributed Control and Optimization for Smart Grid, Autonomous, Unmanned, and Cooperative Systems, Medical Robotics
Location(s): UCF Main Campus 
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Wireless Systems for Infrastructure-less Communications and Networking
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant 

Department: ECE
Description: NWSL is looking for a motivated and exceptionally qualified full-time Ph.D. student. The selected candidate will perform cutting-edge research in computer communications and networking as part of externally funded projects. An ideal candidate will have the enthusiasm and passion for performing quality graduate work as well as patience to tackle academically challenging problems.
Degree Programs: PhD 
Advisor: Murat Yuksel
Lab/Group Name: Networking and Wireless Systems Lab (NWSL)
Keywords: Wireless Systems, Optical Wireless, Spectrum Sharing, Network Economics, Cloud Networking
Location(s): UCF Main Campus 
Bio-sorption Media Filtration for Reducing Nutrients and Algal Mass
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant 

Department: CECE
Description: Lab-scale fixed bed column studies and field campaigns of pilot plant for water and media sampling and analysis.
Degree Programs: MS 
Advisor: Ni-Bin Chang
Lab/Group Name: Stormwater Management Academy
Keywords: Filtration media, nutrient removal, algal toxin removal, PFAs removal
Location(s): UCF Main Campus 
Research Projects at the Interactive Computing Experiences Research Cluster
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant,  Researcher 

Department: CS
Description: We seek dedicated and hardworking students to work on various research projects in Human Computer Interaction, specifically virtual and augmented reality, sketch- and touch-based interfaces, 3D user interfaces, and educational software.
Degree Programs: PhD,  MS 
Advisor: Joseph J. LaViola Jr.
Lab/Group Name: Interactive Computing Experiences Research Cluster
Keywords: Virtual reality, augmented reality, sketch-based interfaces, gesture recognition, user studies
Location(s): UCF Main Campus 
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Continuum-Level Life Prediction of Materials under Combined Extreme Environments
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant 

Department: MAE
Description: Advanced materials used for hot components (e.g., hypersonic fuselage panels, turbine blades) are often subjected to both (1) low rate, high amplitude mechanical loading due to conventional cycling and (2) high rate, low amplitude stresses due to vibration. Although materials with anisotropic microstructures confer superior strength against creep-fatigue up to 850°C, materials may display a number of failure mechanisms depending on the specific loading scenario. Directionally-cast and additively-manufactured materials are increasingly employed in conditions where thermal and mechanical cycling facilitate cyclic plasticity and creep. Life prediction methods at high temperatures have yet to progress to the point in which thermo-acousto-mechanical loading can be predicted with reasonable accuracy. Materials for hypersonic flight applications will be subjected to thermo-elastic buckling with super-imposed acoustic loading in an existing mechanical testing platform to support the development of constitutive models for deformation and lifting methods for crack nucleation and early propagation. Both graduate and undergraduate students will be exposed to experimental, theoretical, and computational mechanics as a part of this module; optimization and analysis of variance methods may be included per student interest.
Degree Programs: MS 
Advisor: Ali P. Gordon
Lab/Group Name: Mechanics of Materials Research Group (MOMRG)
Keywords: Fatigue, Constitutive Modeling, High Temperature, Life Prediction, Finite Element Analysis
Location(s): UCF Main Campus,  Other 
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Deep Learning for Next Generation of Wireless Communication Systems, Deep Learning Theory and Applications, Manifold Representation and Learning
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant 

Department: CS
Description: Project 1: Given a dataset, the grad student/postdoc will develop mechanisms to learn the manifold representations of the data. The researcher will explore the manifold by predicting how the objects will look like when moving to another point in the manifold and use this knowledge to enhance the classification accuracy. Project 2: The graduate student or postdoc will develop deep learning and/or computer vision techniques for advancing wireless communications systems especially for Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) and mmWave Communication systems.
Degree Programs: PhD 
Advisor: Nazanin Rahnavard
Lab/Group Name: Learning, Communications, and Wireless Networks (LCWN) Lab
Keywords: Deep learning, Computer Vision, Compressive Sensing, Wireless Communication
Location(s): UCF Main Campus 
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Human exposure to ambient air pollution: the role of low-cost sensor network, smartphone location data, and air quality model
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant,  Researcher 

Department: CECE
Description: The candidate will be able to join a highly interdisciplinary team to investigate how ambient air pollution impact human health. On-going efforts with the team include: 1) design, deploy and maintenance of 100-node low-cost air pollution sensor network for Orlando region; 2) collect and analyze smartphone location data to quantify how spatiotemporal individual movement impact their exposure to ambient air pollution;3) perform emission estimation and air quality modeling using state-of-the-art computational models to simulate spatiotemporal pollution distributions, and investigate air quality outcomes of emission control policies.
Degree Programs: PhD,  MS 
Advisor: Haofei Yu
Lab/Group Name: UCF Air Quality Research Lab
Keywords: ambient air pollution, air quality model, emission estimation, sensor network, health impacts
Location(s): UCF Main Campus 
Advanced Materials Development by and for Additive Manufacturing
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant,  Researcher 

Department: MSE
Description: Students and post-docs would design and develop metallic alloys, produce alloy powders, and 3D print/additively manufacture various samples and engineering components for microstructural characterization and properties/performance assessment.
Degree Programs: PhD,  MS,  Undergrad,  Postdoc 
Advisor: Yongho Sohn
Lab/Group Name: Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing (AM)2
Keywords: Additive Manufacturing, Metallic Alloys, Microstructure
Location(s): UCF Research Park,  Other 
Real-Time and Intelligent Systems
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant,  Researcher 

Department: ECE
Description: I am in general interested in foundational and theoretical research related to topics in real-time systems and machine learning, with various applications such as autonomous driving, smart healthcare systems.
Degree Programs: PhD,  MS 
Advisor: Zhishan Guo
Lab/Group Name: Real-Time and Intelligent Systems Lab
Keywords: Real-time scheduling theory, machine learning theory, cyber-physical and intelligent systems, cyber-human health systems
Location(s): UCF Main Campus 
Cyber Security and Privacy
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant 

Department: CS
Description: Conduct research in the area of cybersecurity and privacy, especially on networking and communication security and privacy.
Degree Programs: PhD 
Advisor: Cliff Zou
Lab/Group Name: Data Systems Group
Keywords: Cybersecurity, Privacy, Networking, Performance evaluation
Location(s): UCF Main Campus