NJIT’s second annual Research Centers and Laboratories Showcase, featuring the work of more than 50 centers and laboratories, will take place on Thursday, Nov. 17 in the Campus Center ballrooms.
Research on display will range from the development of next-generation construction materials for infrastructure, to automation and robotics, to face recognition technology, to the application of research on the coordination of large animal groups to problems such as the organization of pedestrian traffic and the control of miniature robotic swarms.
The centers are divided among four research clusters around the life sciences and engineering, sustainable systems, data science and information technology, and a broader transdisciplinary category created to address problems such as intelligent transportation, systems resilience and point-of-care healthcare devices. Over the past five years, NJIT has hired nearly 90 new faculty members.
“The more than 50 labs and centers participating in the event reflect steady, strategic growth in the university’s research enterprise, much of it collaborative and multidisciplinary. I am excited to report that our faculty members, graduate students and undergraduates continue to reach across disciplines to translate their ideas into useful applications to correct eye problems and help the disabled go about their daily lives with increased mobility and confidence,” said Atam Dhawan, vice provost for research.
Dhawan called the newly created Center for Big Data, which devises novel methods to analyze data for diverse applications, including building intelligent transportation systems, characterizing traumatic brain injuries in comprehensive detail and keeping several steps ahead of financial bubbles, a good example of the university’s approach toward centers.
“We expect our Big Data researchers to work closely with colleagues in the Cybersecurity Research Center, another hub in the Data Science and Information Technology research cluster, on overlapping areas of interest, wherever the need to analyze complex data and protect it are both paramount,” he noted.
Nora Savage, Ph.D., the program director for Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials in the Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems division of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Engineering Directorate, will give the keynote talk. Savage will focus on the development of nanotechnology as it moves from passive employment in composites and materials towards active devices and structures, embedded with intelligence, and the accompanying need for fundamental research to shed light on the behavior of nanoparticles. She will also discuss funding opportunities at the foundation and offer tips on how to secure them.
The event begins at 10:30 a.m. with introductions and the keynote talk, and ends at 2:30 p.m., following a two-hour poster presentation and networking session. The research centers and labs will display their current projects on electronic posters in ballroom A from 10:30 in the morning until the event ends. Faculty, students, research collaborators and advisory board members are invited to view them.
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Introductions and Welcome
10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. Keynote Talk and Q&A: Dr. Nora Savage, Program Director - Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials - Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems - Engineering Directorate - National Science Foundation
12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch and Networking
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Poster Session and Networking