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U. Virginia seeks CPS candidates: 2 faculty positions, 2 research scientists, and 15 grad students

The University of Virginia has begun a multi-million dollar initiative to create a collaborative world-class center of research excellence in Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). Last year, SEAS announced an 8-faculty cluster hire in CPS and construction will begin this year on a new, collaborative space called the Link Lab.

In Press! Automatic Optimization of Localized Kernel Density Estimation For Hotspot Policing

Using ideas from image processing, we proposed a much better and a more efficient density estimation method. We achieved significant improvements over the widely used KDE. We are very excited to share our preliminary results at the IEEE ICMLA 2016 in California, United States in December.

In Press! Area-Specific Crime Prediction Model

We developed area-specific crime prediction models that take advantage of the variation of crime patterns between various regions. We will present our preliminary results at the IEEE ICMLA 2016 in California, United States in December.

In Press! Sensus: A Cross-Platform, General-Purpose System for Mobile Crowdsensing in Human-Subject Studies

For the past two years we have been building Sensus, a cross-platform system for crowdsensing. You can read more about Sensus here, as well as in the attached paper preview. We'll be presenting the paper at UbiComp 2016 in Heidelberg, Germany in September. Please get in touch with us at predictivetech@virginia.edu if you are interested in using Sensus in your research.

University of Virginia seeks 8 new faculty and 16 new graduate students in CPS

The University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science has launched a multi-million dollar initiative to create a collaborative world class center of research excellence in Cyber-Physical Systems. This initiative includes an international search for new faculty members and graduate students across 5 different departments:

• Civil and Environmental Engineering
• Computer Science
• Electrical and Computer Engineering
• Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
• Systems and Information Engineering

Seeking testers for new mobile sensing app: Sensus

The PTL is developing a new cross-platform (Android, iOS, and WinPhone) app for mobile sensing. We looked carefully at alternatives (e.g., Funf), and concluded that no existing app quite fit the bill in terms of extensibility, user interaction, and portability across platforms. So we are building our own, and we're calling it Sensus. We have finished an early version of the Android implementation and have released it to the Google Play Store.

IACA Presentation

Was a pleasure to present at the 2014 Conference of the International Association of Crime Analysts. Talked about predicting crime using indicators extracted from social media [1]. Slides are attached to this post.


References

  1. [gerber2014predicting] Gerber, M., "Predicting Crime using Twitter and Kernel Density Estimation", Decision Support Systems (Elsevier), vol. 61, pp. 115-125, 2014.
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