Smart living network session set for Feb. 4

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On January 28, 2019

The first of three smart living networking sessions for this semester will be held 3-4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in the St. Pat’s Ballroom of the Havener Center. Come listen to smart living hires and those who have received smart living seed funding to learn about research in the smart living area. There are some spots left if you would like to pitch your idea for smart living.

Speakers will include:

Smart living hires (out of five total): 

  • Devin Burns, assistant professor of psychological science
  • Xianbiao “XB” Hu, assistant professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering

Seed funding recipients (out of seven): 

  • Yun Seong Song, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Dr. Devin Burns, received seed funding for their project titled “Light-touch Based Virtual Cane for Balance Assistance During Walking.”
  • Abhijit Gosavi, associate professor of engineering management and systems engineering, and Dr. Lesley Sneed, associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, received seed funding for their project titled “Machine Learning for Post-Earthquake Response in a Smart City.”

Pitch presenters:
If you would like to be a presenter, please contact Dr. Nancy Stone, professor of psychological science, at and let her know when you can present. If you can present Monday, Feb. 4, please let Stone know by Wednesday, Jan. 30. Organizers hope to have two or three pitches along with other speakers.

As a pitch presenter, you will have two minutes and up to two slides to share who you are, your research focus or need, and your resources or resource availability.

For example, slide No. 1 can include who you are (research ideas, proposals or projects related to smart living, expertise areas, current funding or resources available). Slide No. 2 can detail what you need to move forward (collaborators with specific skills, knowledge or perspective; technology, lab or research access).

To further support the development of networks and proposals, individuals can apply for some seed money through the Center for Smart Living. Research teams must be interdisciplinary in smart living. Multiple teams could target an assortment of funding agencies.

Following the presentations will be time to socialize and further discuss ways to build smart living research teams. Snacks will be provided.

Following the Feb. 4 session, the next two smart living networking sessions will be held:

  • 3-4:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, in the Missouri-Ozark Room of the Havener Center
  • 3-4:30 p.m. Monday, April 1, in the Missouri-Ozark Room of the Havener Center


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