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Dr. Hongkai Yu, to lead new NSF Major Research Instrumentation Grant

Dr. Hongkai Yu, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (ECE) will lead a new National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant that will support the acquisition and implementation of new computing equipment for a wide range of Smart City research. The $434,431 grant is titled, "Acquisition of a GPU-based High Performance Computing Instrumentation for Smart City Research at Cleveland State University." Co-PIs on the award include ECE faculty: Dr. Sathish Kumar, Dr. Wenbing Zhao, Dr. Zicheng Chi, and Dr. Mehdi Rahmati, and Civil & Environmental Engineeirng faculty, Dr. Jacqueline Jenkins, who is the senior personnel on the grant.

NSF's MRI program catalyzes new knowledge and discoveries by empowering scientists and engineers with state-of-the-art research instrumentation, in turn promoting the development of a diverse workforce and facilitating academic/private sector partnerships.

Dr. Yu's project will establish a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)-based high performance computer cluster to facilitate and promote Smart City research. While there are a wide range of uses for this new computing resource, the researchers plan to pursue specific projects that will help transform Cleveland to a modern smart city with shorter commute times, reduced crime rates, and a highly robust and secure electric power grid. The researchers also intend to develop new computer vision methods to recognize and evaluate fine-grained activities of athletes to improve training and evaluation of players, leading to Cleveland's professional sports teams contending for more championships.

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Article orginally posted in the CSU Research Newsletter.