Technical Session Descriptions

The technical sessions for EGS are listed below.  It is recommended that participants look carefully at all sessions before choosing.  Please refer to the submission guidelines for instructions on how register to present and submit your abstract.  Please note that these are proposed sessions and the actual list of sessions may change depending on the number submissions received per session.  If you have questions, refer to the FAQs or send the organizers an email at SymposiumInfo@umich.edu.


Tentative Technical Session Descriptions 

Applied Electromagnetics and Plasma Science (AEP)
Atmospheric and Climate Sciences (ACS)
Automotive and Transportation Engineering (ATE)
Chemical Physics (CPH)
Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)
Control, Dynamics and Robotics (CDR)
Engineering in Biological Systems (EBS)
Fluid Dynamics, Acoustics, and Thermal Science (FAT)
Functional Material Research (FMR)
Industrial, Operations, and Financial Engineering (IOF)
Integrated Circuits, VLSI and Microsystems (IVM)
Medicine and Translational Research (MTR)
Multidisciplinary Design, Manufacturing, and Mechatronics (MDM)
Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences (NRS)
Optics, Photonics, and Solid-State Devices (OPS)
Power and Energy (PEN)
Signal and Image Processing, Computer Vision and Communication (SICC)
Space and Planetary Sciences (SPS)
Structural Material Research (SMR)
Systems, Software Engineering and Computer Science (SSEC)
Tissue, Cellular, and Biomolecular Engineering (TCB)


Applied Electromagnetics and Plasma Science (AEP) 
Session Chair: Sarah Cusson, cusson@umich.edu 
This session covers various aspects of applied electromagnetics technology and plasma physics.  Topics within this session include, but are not limited to:
  • Microwave and millimeter wave circuits
  • Wave propagation studies for wireless applications
  • Computational electromagnetics
  • Antennas
  • Active and passive microwave remote sensing
  • Plasma electrodynamics
  • EM metamaterials
 
Atmospheric and Climate Sciences (ACS)
Session Chair: Naomi Ramesar, nramesar@umich.edu 
 
This session covers research in all aspects of the climate, including the land, ocean, ice, and atmosphere. Topics within this session include, but are not limited to: 
  • Aerosols and air quality
  • Atmospheric dynamics
  • Biogeochemical cycles
  • Climate modeling, climate change, and anthropogenic impacts
  • Clouds and precipitation
  • Ice and glaciers
  • Numerical methods and scientific computing
  • Radiative transfer and remote sensing
  • Statistical methods and data assimilation
 
Automotive and Transportation Engineering (ATE)
Session Chair: Justin Koczak, jskoczak@umich.edu
 
As oil prices remain volatile, engine efficiency, vehicle dynamics and fuel alternatives are increasingly important research sectors. Topics in automotive research encompass the areas of engines and energy conversion, mechanics and dynamics, design and manufacturing, and controls. Research in this area may include:
  • Automotive engineering
  • Human factors in vehicles
  • High density energy storage
  • Biofuels development
  • Vehicle/multi-vehicle dynamics and control
  • Hybrid and advanced power trains
  • High performance and smart materials
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Advanced vehicle manufacturing methods
  • Ignition and reaction kinetics
  • Driver modeling and control
 
Chemical Physics (CPH)
Session Chair: Tianyu Liu, ltianyu@umich.edu 
 
This session covers original studies aiming to understand the physics behind various chemical technologies, with focus on the synthesis, processing and characterization of novel functional bulk and thin film materials. Research topics in this session include, but are not limited to:
  • Polymers
  • Nanoparticles
  • Composites and thin films
  • Colloidal self-assembly
  • Percolation
  • Gelation
  • Catalysts
  • Fuels
  • Batteries and fuel cells
 
Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)
Session Chair: Mohammad Mahdi Khalili, khalili@umich.edu  
 
This session is focused on cutting-edge research, evolving and vital areas that address societal needs for well-designed and well-operated buildings, energy, transportation, and water systems.  Topics within this session include, but are not limited to:
  • Infrastructure systems
  • Structural engineering
  • Construction engineering and management
  • Monitoring of civil systems
  • Transportation
  • System optimization and control
  • Geotechnical engineering
 
Control, Dynamics and Robotics (CDR)
Session Chair: Amin Ghadami, aghadami@umich.edu 
 
This session includes submissions discussing the theory, practice, and application of control and robotics.  Research topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Discrete event and hybrid systems
  • Embedded control systems
  • Linear feedback control
  • Nonlinear and adaptive control
  • Aerospace dynamics and controls
  • Application to problems in power systems, automotive, cyber-physical systems, etc.
  • Robot locomotion and path planning
  • Control of multi-robot (multi-agent) systems
  • Optimal control system
  • Human robot interaction
 
Engineering in Biological Systems (EBS)
Session Chair: Neda Maghsoodi, maghsudi@umich.edu 
 
This session explores engineering in biological systems on many scales, from molecules up to whole organs.  These projects often apply concepts from biology, chemistry, mathematics, or computer science to solve problems in the life sciences.  Research topics in this session include, but are not limited to:
  • Artificial organs
  • Biomaterials
  • Protein engineering
  • Biomechanics
  • Tissue Engineering
 
Fluid Dynamics, Acoustics, and Thermal Science (FAT)
Session Chair: Yawei Chen, yawei@umich.edu 
  
Thermofluids is the collection of several broad fields of science and engineering, and here at Michigan we have a rich variety of theoretical, experimental and computational research in areas all across the board. These topics have applications in practically every discipline of engineering, notably aerospace and naval engineering. Research foci may include but are not limited to:
  • Cavitation and bubbles
  • Turbulence and flow
  • Waves
  • Plasmas
  • Engine systems and combustion
  • Fuels
  • Conductive and convective heat transport
  • Far and near-field radiation
  • Acoustics and vibration
Functional Material Research (FMR)
Session Chair:
 Maria Ward Rashidi, mariarw@umich.edu
 
This session covers a broad range of material and chemical technologies, with focus on diverse applications including biology, microelectronics, aerospace, automobile, naval and marine engineering, etc.  Research topics in this session include, but are not limited to:
  • Electronics and optoelectronics
  • Magnetic
  • Biological
  • Chemical
  • Optical functions of the materials 
 
Industrial, Operations, and Financial Engineering (IOF)
Session Chair: Francisco Aldarondo, faldaron@umich.edu 
 
This session brings together current and innovative research in the diverse field of operational modeling, decision analysis and financial engineering.  It also covers theoretical and applied research in the ergonomics and safety field.  Topics in this area may include, but are not limited to: 
  • Optimization 
  • Queuing theory
  • Simulation
  • Network flow
  • Stochastic processes
  • Decision analysis
  • Game theory
  • Math programming
  • Health care
  • Supplychain
  • Cognitive and physical ergonomics
 
Integrated Circuits, VLSI and Microsystems (IVM)
Session Chair: Amin Sandoughsaz, aminsa@umich.edu 
 
These research areas aim to create electronic and mechanical microsystems that allow us to interface with the physical world, communicate with one another, and process information.  Topics within this session include, but are not limited to:
  • Analog circuits
  • Data converters
  • Digital circuits
  • RF circuits
  • Sensing systems
  • Implantable devices
  • MEMS technology and packaging
  • Microfluidics
  • RF MEMS
  • Mechanical resonators
 
Medicine and Translational Research (MTR)
Session Chair:  Nahal Habibi, nahali@umich.edu
 
This session brings engineering expertise to medical applications, including diagnostics, therapeutics, and patient monitoring.  Its encompassing nature calls for a broad spectrum of collaborative research initiatives that involve researchers across multiple disciplines within engineering and the sciences.  Research topics in this session include, but are not limited to:
  • Drug design
  • Drug delivery
  • Medical device design
  • Medical imaging and optics
  • Neural engineering and rehabilitation
  • Applied biomechanics
 
Multidisciplinary Design, Manufacturing, and Mechatronics (MDM)
Session chair: Muhammed Abdullah Hasmi, mahashmi@umich.edu
 
This session includes submissions discussing the mechatronics, electromechanical systems, manufacturing processes, design and realization of devices.  Research topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Electromechanical devices
  • Engineering design
  • Prototyping
  • Manufacturing process
  • Production line
  • Metal forming
  • Design optimization
 
Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences (NRS)
Session Chair: Marcel Georgin, georginm@umich.edu 
 
U-M nuclear engineering and radiological sciences research spans areas such as nuclear security/defense, environment/health and enabling scientific discovery.  Topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Numerical methods for radiation/thermo hydraulic modeling
  • Reactor instability kinetics
  • Radiation imaging for medical and industrial applications
  • Health/medical physics
  • Radiation detector development & diagnostics
 
Optics, Photonics, and Solid-State Devices (OPS)
Session Chair: Harsh Agarwal, agharsh@umich.edu
 
This session focuses on the theory of solid-state physics and light-matter interaction, as well as the characterization and implementations of optoelectronic devices. Topics within this session include, but are not limited to:
  • Optical resonators and waveguides
  • Lasers and LEDs
  • Plasmonics and metamaterials
  • Ultrafast optics
  • Biophotonics
  • Solar cells and photo detectors
  • Organic electronics
  • Condensed matter physics
  • Magnetics and spintronics
  • Memory devices
 
Power and Energy (PEN)
Session Chair: Tyler Cousins, tcousins@umich.edu 
 
This session covers the power systems and energy processing (power electronics and electromechanical conversion).  Research topics in this session include, but are not limited to:
  • Electric vehicles, HEVs, PHEVs
  • Electromechanical energy conversion & harvesting
  • Power electronic circuits
  • Power/energy systems analysis, optimization and control
  • Smart grid
  • Energy sources, storage, and utilization
 
Signal and Image Processing, Computer Vision and Communication (SICC)
Session Chair: Zhaolun Su, zhsu@umich.edu 
 
This session covers the representation, manipulation, and analysis of signals, images, video, and other media.  It also covers topics in the theories and applications of computer vision.  Research topics in this session include, but are not limited to:
  • Image reconstruction, restoration, and segmentation
  • Fast processing algorithms
  • Tomography and other inverse problems
  • Wavelets and time-frequency distributions
  • Image and video coding
  • Steganography and watermarking
  • Signal detection, target tracking, and remote sensing
  • Pattern recognition and pattern matching
  • Parameter estimation and performance bounds
  • Communication and network
  • Autonomous navigation 
  • Visual surveillance
  • Content-based image and video indexing
 
Space and Planetary Sciences (SPS)
Session Chair: Suyash Tandon, suyashtn@umich.edu
 
This session covers research in the space environment, from Earth’s upper atmosphere to interstellar space, and our interactions with it.  Topics within this session include, but are not limited to:
  • Satellite development and data assimilation
  • Optimization of aerospace structures
  • Ionospheres, magnetospheres, and planetary atmospheres
  • Solar and heliospheric physics
  • Space weather
  • Upper earth atmosphere
  • Remote sensing
 
Structural Material Research (SMR)
Session Chair: Benjamin Derby, benderby@umich.edu 
 
This session focuses on the synthesis, characterization and processing of nanostructures, functional bulk and thin film materials for diverse applications.  Research topics in this session include, but are not limited to:
  • Structural materials and nanostructures
  • Polymers
  • Organic and bio-materials
  • Thin films
  • Bulk oxides
  • Colloidal self-assembly
  • Ceramics
  • Alloys
 
Systems, Software Engineering and Computer Science (SSEC)
Session Chair: Houtan Jebelli, hjebelli@umich.edu 
 
This session focuses on system design, optimization, and performance analysis, as well as on the development of theory to characterize the fundamental limits of communication system performance, including its mathematical foundations and scientific approach to computation and its applications.  Research topics in this session include, but are not limited to:
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Machine learning
  • Computer engineering
  • Software design
  • Computer graphics
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Software architecture
  • Digital modulation
  • Channel coding
  • Source coding
  • Security
  • Information theory
  • Optical communications
  • Detection and estimation
  • Spread spectrum communication
  • Multi-user communications and networks
  • Embedded systems
 
Tissue, Cellular, and Biomolecular Engineering (TCB)
Session Chair: Adeline Hong, xho@umich.edu 
 
This session explores engineering in biological systems on many scales, from molecules up to whole organs.  These projects often apply concepts from biology, chemistry, mathematics, or computer science to solve problems in the life sciences.  Research topics in this session include, but are not limited to:
  • Artificial organs
  • Biomaterials
  • Protein engineering
  • Biomechanics
  • Biotechnology
  • Tissue design