Fifteen PhD students at the University of Minnesota have been awarded PhD Graduate Assistantships through UMII. These awards are made to grad students involved in research at the intersection of informatics and any of the five MnDRIVE areas (robotics, sensors, and advanced manufacturing; global food ventures; advancing industry, conserving our environment; discoveries and treatments for brain conditions; and cancer clinical trials). See the Funding Opportunities page for more information on this program and other funding programs.

The awardees are:

Hava Blair

  • Advancing the Interoperability and Interpretation of Soil Health Data in Minnesota
  • MnDRIVE area: Global Food Ventures’

Ali Tevfik Buyukkocak

  • Motion Planning and Control of Multi-Robot Systems With Complex Team Objectives
  • MnDRIVE area: Robotics, Sensors, and Advanced Manufacturing

Adriana Cushnie

  • Characterizing the Functional Connectivity of the Salience Network in Nonhuman Primates
  • MnDRIVE area: Discoveries and Treatments for Brain Conditions

Sadman Sakib Enan

  • What the Robot is Trying to Say: A Robot-to-Robot Communication Framework
  • MnDRIVE area: Robotics, Sensors, and Advanced Manufacturing

Mojgan Goftari

  • Developing Predictive Models for Optimizing Subject-Specific Deep Brain Stimulation for Treating Parkinsonian Gait
  • MnDRIVE area: Discoveries and Treatments for Brain Conditions

Amey Joshi

  • Automated Microinjection System
  • MnDRIVE area: Robotics, Sensors, and Advanced Manufacturing

Chenxi Li

  • Developing an Innovative Topology-Based Classification Framework for Cropland Mapping in Minnesota
  • MnDRIVE area: Global Food Ventures

Chaochih Liu

  • Crossing Parents
  • MnDRIVE area: Global Food Ventures

Hamidreza Movahedi

  • Estimation Algorithms for Non-Monotonic Nonlinear Systems
  • MnDRIVE area: Robotics, Sensors, and Advanced Manufacturing

Megin Nguyen

  • Computational Modeling of C3aR1 Ligands and Their Role in Alzheimer's Disease
  • MnDRIVE area: Discoveries and Treatments for Brain Conditions

Colin Pierce

  • Engineering Bacteria to Degrade Polyethylene Terephthalate
  • MnDRIVE area: Conserving Our Environment

Mathew Rynes

  • Investigating the Evolution of Mesoscale Cortical Dynamics During Spatial Learning
  • MnDRIVE area: Discoveries and Treatments for Brain Conditions

Ashraf Shabaneh

  • Characterizing Unmapped RNA Sequencing Reads in GVHD Biopsy
  • MnDRIVE area: Cancer Clinical Trials

Taaresh Sanjeev Taneja

  • Physics Informed, Data Augmented, Reduced Order Manifold Model for Plasma Assisted Combustion to Control Emissions
  • MnDRIVE area: Conserving Our Environment

Yang Yang

  • Attribute-based Interactive Robotic Manipulation
  • MnDRIVE area: Robotics, Sensors, and Advanced Manufacturing

Research Computing partners:

  • UMII (funding)

 

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