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The Imaging Wind and Rain Profiler (IWRAP) developed and built by the Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was being used for sophisticated measurements of precipitation and the ocean surface during repeated flights in January and February as conducted by NOAH’s Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR). IWRAP is a C-band and Ku-band dual-polarized (vertical and horizontal polarization) profiling scatterometer system designed to measure the backscattered signal from precipitation and the ocean surface.

The National...

Professor David McLaughlin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is leading an initiative to light up a February 28 dance party, sponsored by the UMass Amherst Stonewall Center, with computerized Arduino lighting and thereby electrify the event in every possible way. The theme of the dance is “Come out as You Are: An LGBTQIA+ Dance.” The affair, taking place in the Student Union Ballroom from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., aims to include everyone.

The Stonewall Center is a campus resource for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, and asexual students. When...

According to the UMass Amherst Research Next website, Professors Michael Zink and Tilman Wolf of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department are key researchers in two campus projects funded by the Future Internet Architecture (FIA) Program, which is supporting five multi-million-dollar projects nationwide. As part of the two UMass Amherst projects, computing and engineering experts Jim Kurose, Arun Venkataramani, Wolf, and...

A team of four seniors from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has conceived, designed, and is currently building a camera-toting drone aircraft that can hover above a mountain biker, surfer, climber, or any of the country’s 4.88-million action athletes and videotape the performance. Named “Otto: the Personal Cameraman,” the device will be mounted on a scale-model “quadcopter” and is the brainchild and senior design project of Andrew Sousa, Seth Kielbasa, Albion Lici, and Noah Portnoy, who also receive plenty of helpful input from faculty advisor Christopher Hollot. Go to...

A holiday feature story (see feature here: Globe) and sidebar (see sidebar here: Globe) in The Boston Globe looked at the indoor navigation system to help the visually impaired designed by Aura Ganz of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Her...

On December 5, Professor David McLaughlin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department held his second, annual, end-of-class demonstration of model, collision-avoiding  “smart cars,” as built by the students in his Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering course, ECE 361. The event is a sort of anti-demolition derby, in which 60 model smart cars, built in teams by the 193 mechanical and industrial engineering students in McLaughlin’s class, duck, dodge, and dart across the floor in a choreography of collision avoidance. The demonstration marks the culmination of a semester-long...

On November 13 through 17, three graduate students from the UMass Amherst College of Engineering and School of Computer Science won the $5,000 first prize in the Juniper/Comcast Northeast Division Hackathon. The winning team was composed of Rufina Chettiar, School of Computer Science, advisor Professor Jim Kurose; Abhishek Dwaraki, Electrical and Computer Engineering, advisor Professor Tilman Wolf; and Divyashri Bhat, Electrical and Computer Engineering, advisor Professor Michael Zink.

The Software Defined Networking Hackathon organized by Comcast and Juniper, which took place...

Two College of Engineering students, senior Andrew Sousa of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and graduate student Angela Berthaume of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, have been accepted for an National Science Foundation sponsored project to bring about transformative changes to engineering curricula, pedagogy, and academic culture. The workshop is entitled “Transforming Undergraduate Education in Engineering” (TUEE). 

TUEE is multi-phase, multi-year sequence of meetings designed to develop a clear understanding of the knowledge, skills, and...

C.V. Hollot, the head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, is a member of the interdisciplinary research team from UMass Amherst and the University of Minnesota that received a four-year, $2.4-million, National Science Foundation grant to study the increasingly complex ways in which content is delivered to users on the Internet and to invent new architectural and algorithmic mechanisms to coordinate these interactions better. Hollot’s expertise is in control theory and its applications. As co-investigator and UMass Amherst computer scientist Don Towsley noted, "Solving...

According to an article by the UMass Amherst News Office, the Engineering Center for Collaborative Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) at UMass Amherst has a four-year, $2.48-million National Science Foundation grant to study how mobile devices carried in our pockets, bags, and backpacks can serve as the next generation of weather warning systems in the coming decade. A mobile weather app that would allow officials to send targeted, neighborhood-level warnings of approaching severe weather, something that might have helped residents of Hadley and Easthampton during recent hazardous weather...

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