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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 
Experimental and numerical research on solutions to time-critical challenges in clean power generation and aviation through novel fuels (hydrogen, ammonia), additive manufacturing, digital twin, energy storage, and advanced thermal management.
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant,  Researcher 

Department: MAE
Description: Ambitious and research-inclined students with strong fundamentals and hands-on attitudes are sought to join high impact topics in Professor Kapat’s research team. Students learn state-of-the-art numerical and experimental methods for decarbonization of power and aviation through hydrogen and ammonia, zero-emission aviation, additive manufacturing, digital twin, energy storage, and clean energy.
Degree Programs: PhD,  MS,  Honors,  Undergrad 
Advisor: Jayanta Kapat
Lab/Group Name: CATER
Keywords: Decarbonization, zero-emission aviation, hypersonics, gas turbine, heat transfer
Location(s): UCF Main Campus 
Holistic Global Decarbonization: True Cost and One Potential Solution -- Hydrogen
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant 

Department: MAE
Description: Ambitious and research-inclined students with strong fundamentals and hands-on attitudes are sought to join high-impact research topics in Professor Kapat’s research team. Students learn state-of-the-art numerical and experimental methods for decarbonization of power and aviation through hydrogen and ammonia, zero-emission aviation, additive manufacturing, digital twin.
Degree Programs: MS,  Undergrad 
Advisor: Jayanta Kapat
Lab/Group Name: CATER – Center for Advanced Turbomachinery and Energy Research
Keywords: Energy, global decarbonization, hydrogen
Location(s): UCF Main Campus 
Zero-Emission Ammonia Jet Engines
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant 

Department: MAE
Description: Ambitious and research-inclined students with strong fundamentals and hands-on attitudes are sought to join high-impact research topics in Professor Kapat’s research team. Students learn state-of-the-art numerical and experimental methods for decarbonization of power and aviation through hydrogen and ammonia, zero-emission aviation, additive manufacturing, digital twin.
Degree Programs: MS,  Undergrad 
Advisor: Jayanta Kapat
Lab/Group Name: CATER – Center for Advanced Turbomachinery and Energy Research
Keywords: Zero-Emissions, Aviation
Location(s): UCF Main Campus 
Multimodal Deep Learning for Object Detection
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant,  Researcher 

Department: ECE
Description: The student would work on developing multimodal deep learning architectures (with inputs in text, image and Lidar cloud point modalities) for object detection and applying them to autonomous driving and chat bot.
Degree Programs: PhD 
Advisor: Ying Ma
Lab/Group Name: Machine Intelligence and Deep Learning Lab
Keywords: machine learning; deep learning
Location(s): UCF Main Campus 
Energy Sustainability, Security and Resiliency
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant,  Researcher 

Department: ECE
Description: Conduct research on energy sustainability, security and resiliency. Specifically, they will design and apply state-of-the-art machine learning and optimization algorithm to solve challenging energy problems that involves transmission and distribution networks, smart buildings, solar power, and more.
Degree Programs: PhD 
Advisor: Qun Zhou Sun
Lab/Group Name: Smart Infrastructure Data Analytics Lab (SIDAL)
Keywords: Energy, sustainability, security, resiliency, smart buildings, solar power, transmission and distribution networks
Location(s): UCF Main Campus 
Modeling large-scale brain network dynamics
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant 

Department: ECE
Description: Modeling large-scale brain network dynamics, decoding various brain states from brain signals, and developing closed-loop systems to modulate brain states such as unconsciousness under anesthesia and neuropsychiatric states under major depression.
Degree Programs: PhD 
Advisor: Yuxiao Yang
Lab/Group Name: NeuroControl Lab
Keywords: large-scale brain network dynamics, decoding various brain states from brain signals, and developing closed-loop systems to modulate brain
Location(s): UCF Main Campus 
High-Capacity Optical Communication and Signal Processing Technologies
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant 

Department: ECE
Description: We develop high-capacity optical communication and signal processing technologies, exploiting synergy between advanced optical and electronic techniques.
Degree Programs: PhD 
Advisor: Guifang Li
Lab/Group Name: Optical Fiber Communications Group
Keywords: high-capacity, optical communication, signal processing technologies, exploiting synergy
Location(s): UCF Main Campus 
Highly Efficient Reactors that mimic Intracellular Structures
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant 

Department: MSE
Description: Graduate students will work on a NSF funded project to engineer highly efficient reactors that mimic intracellular structures. These biomimetic reactors are being developed using innovative peptide designs that facilitate enzyme kinetics.
Degree Programs: PhD,  MS 
Advisor: Lorraine Leon
Lab/Group Name: Leon Lab @ UCF
Keywords: Peptides, Biomaterials, Biocatalysis, Polymers, Enzymes
Location(s): UCF Main Campus 
High-Frequency Integrated Circuits and On-Chip Antenna Systems
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant 

Department: ECE
Description: Students and faculty at the Terahertz Integrated Circuits Lab (TICL) collaborate to develop new ultrahigh-speed integrated circuits and on-chip antennas for broadband wireless links, 3D imaging radar, spectral sensing, and analog computing applications.
Degree Programs: PhD 
Advisor: Mahdi Assefzadeh
Lab/Group Name: Terahertz Integrated Circuits Lab (TICL)
Keywords: ultrahigh-speed integrated circuits, on-chip antennas, broadband wireless links, 3D imaging radar, spectral sensing, analog computing applications
Location(s): UCF Main Campus 
FDOT
Position Type: Graduate Research Assistant,  Researcher 

Department: CECE
Description: Students will be involved in FDOT research projects. Duties include field data collection with video cameras, data extraction, statistical analysis, identifying measures of effectiveness & human factors affecting driving behavior.
Degree Programs: Postdoc,  PhD,  MS,  Honors,  Undergrad 
Advisor: Hatem Abou-Senna
Lab/Group Name: CATSS, Transportation & Air Quality
Keywords: Field data collection, video cameras, data extraction, statistical analysis, human factors
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