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Purdue University, Northwest - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

1. Adaptive Signal Processing: Nonlinear adaptive signal processing with applications including active noise control; multi-rate signal processing for data acquisition; EEG-based classifications using filter banks, sparse wavelet decomposition, and empirical mode decomposition; and data compression for communication systems.
2. Speech Processing: Audio steganography, stressed speech analysis, keyword spotting and speech recognition.
3. Biomedical imaging, image processing: Magnetic Resonance Diffusion Tensor Imaging (MR-DTI) for characterizing structures of ordered tissues by exploring the diffusion motion of water molecules in the environment of organisms. The research focuses on image acquisition and co-registration, noise removal and fiber tracking.
4. Microbial Source Tracking (MST): MST is to provide information regarding the source of microbial contamination. The research in MST focuses on optical scatter imaging and image processing and classification for microbial source species and sub-species identification and tracking.
5. Virtual Reality for Fluid Mechanics: Development of efficient supplementary tools for teaching students to understand abstract concepts and develop problem solving skills in fluid mechanics.
6. Wireless Communications and Microwave Engineering: Physical layer-based encryption based on wireless channel parameters. Design of microwave passive/active devices and antennas for wideband and multiband applications.
7. Communication and Networking: Quality-of-service (QoS) routing with resource allocation in computer and wireless networks
8. Control Systems: Control system strategies such as fuzzy logic PID controllers for automobile engineering such as vehicle stability and vibration control.
9. Model-free adaptive control for the doubly fed induction generator: Design the control gains of PI controllers in DFIG control system so that the control gains can be self-adjusted to guarantee an optimal performance in changeable power system operation conditions and to achieve the plug-and-play characteristic.
10. Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) Charging of Vehicles: Design and implementation of a simulation platform, using ANSYS/Maxwell/Simplorer, for validating the application of WPT for charging EVs.
11. Autonomous Mobile Robots: Apply Simultaneous Localization and Mapping techniques and sensor fusion to scale complex mobile robotic systems.
12. Applied Simulation for Industrial Problems: Development of applied numerical simulations to support the manufacturing, automotive, oil and steel industries. Algorithms are developed to detect real time faults in electrical machinery.

Mechanical and Civil Engineering

1. Nanofluids; ElectrothermoPlasmonic Nanostructure; Applied Optics; Water Purification and Membrane Technology; Thermal Transport Phenomena in Micro / Nano Porous Media, Cooling of Electronics and ThermoElectric Refrigeration; and Phase Change Heat Transfer.
2. Extractive / process metallurgy, mineral processing, resource recovery and physical metallurgy.
3. Multi-scale modeling and simulation of bio / nano / energy materials using molecular dynamics and finite element method, multi-scale characterization of materials using Atomic Force Microscopy.
4. Analytical and Experimental Mechanics, Fracture Methods, Fiber-Reinforced Composites, Photoelasticity Analysis, Dynamic System Modeling, structural analysis and finite element analysis.
5. Biomechanics of Red Blood Cell Membranes, Finite Element Methods and Structural Mechanics.
6. Computational fluid dynamics and convective heat transfer, Finite element methods and adaptive mesh techniques, Numerical modeling for environmental transport.
7. Air Pollution Control, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Combustion, Heat Transfer, Multiphase Reacting Flows, Simulation and Virtual Reality Visualization.
8. Alternative Energy Technology, PEM Fuel Cells, Fluid Management in Microsystems, Computation and Stability Analysis of Capillary Interfaces, High-Speed Microso-Phase Flow in Microchannels.
9. Water Resources Systems Analysis -Optimization â€" Reservoir operation and river system water resources planning, Artificial Intelligence in Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering- Neural Networks, Fuzzy logic and Expert Systems, Floods â€" Water Resources Engineering related Remote Sensing and GIS applications, Water Quality Modeling â€" Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), Surface Water and Ground Water Modeling.
10. Concrete-encased steel members, concrete filled box columns, multi-hazard mitigation, steel structures, bridge engineering, concrete materials, sustainable engineering, engineering education and finite element method.
11. Transportation systems analysis and evaluation, Pavement systems engineering, Network modeling and analysis, Statistical and econometric methods in transportation engineering, Civil engineering materials research, Application of artificial neural networks and fuzzy logic systems in transportation and infrastructure systems engineering, Transportation asset management.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS)

CIVS is a multidisciplinary center that combines advanced simulation techniques with 3-D visualization and virtual reality technologies. CIVS has been globally recognized by its integrated and application-driven approaches through the state-of-the-art simulation and virtual reality visualization technologies for providing innovative solutions to solve various university research problems, industry issues, as well as education and community problems. Through close partnerships with more than 90 external organizations, CIVS’s projects have provided substantial educational and econom­ic impacts, resulting in more than $38 million dollars for companies.

CIVS is continuing the development and implementation of cutting edge simulations, computer graphics, advanced visualization, and computing technology to serve faculty, staff, and students of Purdue Northwest University, as well as industry and the community.

Energy Efficiency and Reliability Center

The goals of the center include: Becoming a focal point for continued development of techniques, expertise, and products that optimize the value, quality, and reliability of energy and related processes for both existing and future uses; Developing new energy options including advanced Combined Heat and Power Systems (these have the potential to double the current conventional energy conversion efficiency), Advanced energy storage options either alone or integrated with renewable energy system technology, Advanced electric control systems that increase reliability and reduce power outages of electric transmission and distribution, Biological energy production systems, New approaches to use coal for industrial purposes that are clean and drastically reduce environmental impact, Modern lighting system design optimization and testing for LEDs as well as other developing new technologies, Development of analytic tools, devices, and process that increase energy value; Provide education regarding improved energy utilization and help create related career opportunities; and Assure energy information is made generally available.

Purdue Water Institute (PWI)

The Purdue Water Institute is an interdisciplinary academic research institute where researchers are actively engaged in the development and evaluation of advanced water technologies, such as opto-chemical sensors and membrane
systems, to address regional, national and global water challenges. The Water Institute collaborates with the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization on technology incubation and commercialization. These technologies help to secure the public water infrastructure, protect the environment and promote economic development.
Our Innovations include:
Opto-chemical sensor for the detection of ammonia in water (patent pending): This will allow for water treatment plant operators to be instantly alerted at any remote location of ammonia detected in fresh water supplies, rather than having to gather and test samples in the lab.
Membrane technology for Water Treatment Plants: “Fouling” decreases the efficiency of water filtration. By reducing fouling, we reduce energy consumption and the cost of treating our water.
Pharmaceutical contaminants and volatile organic compounds in our drinking water: It is vitally important to public health to monitor the presence of unused pharmaceuticals in our water resources. Advanced sensory technologies are being investigated to potentially provide cheaper and more convenient detection methods.
Online optical sensors for contaminant detection: PWI is developing a sophisticated online monitoring system to protect human and natural eco-system heath, that would characterize and detect low level water contaminants and alert utility operators in the event of a terrorist threat to contaminate our drinking water with chemicals, microbes, or radioactive compounds.