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The 4th Mission Critical Big Data Analytics (MCBDA)

The fourth edition of the Mission-Critical Big Data Analytics workshop (MCBDA 2019) has taken place on May 14-15, 2019 at Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX, USA. This workshop covered the state-of-the-art research and development in deep learning and high performance computing for big data analytics, especially for mission-critical applications. There were three keynote speeches by invited renowned speakers, and tutorial sessions with hands-on training. Research works of cutting edge research topics in big data were presented, plus a poster session and a demo session where students presented their works.

Poster Competition Results 

First Place ($400 cash prize): Intrusion Detection For IoT Devices Based on RF Fingerprintingusing Deep Learning
Joshua Bassey, Damilola Adesina(ECE Dept, PVAMU) 

Second Place ($300 cash prize): Deep Two Path Semi Supervised Learning for Fake News Detection;  
Student: Uboho Victor(CS Dept, PVAMU) 

Third Place ($100 cash prize): Scalable Deep Learning; 
Student: E. Raut (Stony Brook University) 

Third Place ($100 cash prize): Augmenting Mathematical Investigations with AI and ML Algorithms; 
Student:Cody Kearse(Math Dept,PVAMU) 

Congratulations to all the studentwinners !! 

Students Poster Committee: Dr. Kelvin Kirby, Dr. Richard Wilkins, Dr. Lin Li 

College of Engineering Receives State-of-the-Art Equipment from IBM

IBM researchers install donated servers in the Deep Learning Lab of the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering. IBM donated and installed two POWER8 and FPGA servers in the Deep Learning Lab of the CREDIT center in the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering at Prairie View A&M University. The advanced POWER8 server facilitates big data computing, while FPGAs speeds up computing while maintaining high-energy efficiency. It typically costs upwards of $2,000 per month to rent such equipment. “At 1TB and 256GB memory respectively, and up to 160 threads each, these systems are optimized for in-memory computing frameworks such as Apache Spark and (NoSQL) databases,” said H. Peter Hofstee, a distinguished research staff member at the IBM Austin Research Laboratory. “Each system is also equipped with a shared-memory (CAPI) FPGA, providing new opportunities to integrate new big data frameworks with FPGA-based logic for acceleration or teach advanced classes on FPGA programming.” Faculty and students can take advantage of the new equipment in the Deep Learning Lab, which is located in the Electrical Engineering Building, room 223. “We are excited about receiving the equipment because it will continue to allow PVAMU to engage in cutting-edge innovation and research,” said Roy G. Perry College of Engineering Dean Pamela Obiomon. “We are looking forward to integrating IBM’s servers and FPGAs into our existing NVIDIA platform and continuing to be leaders in this area.”

PVAMU Professor Receives A&M System’s Regents Professor Award

Dr. Lijun Qian, AT&T Endowed Professor in Prairie View A&M University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received The Texas A&M University System’s Regents Professor Award. Along with Qian, the Board of Regents designated 14 other faculty members and seven agency service, extension or research professionals within the A&M System as Regents Professors and Regents Fellows for 2017-2018. Each year, the A&M System’s Board of Regents honors professors who have had exemplary performances in teaching, research, and service. “These outstanding individuals are doing incredible work on behalf of the A&M System and the entire state of Texas,” said A&M System Chancellor John Sharp. “They exemplify the values and commitment to excellence that defines the A&M System, and I am grateful for their dedication.” During Qian’s 15-year tenure at PVAMU, he has played a leadership role in developing the Ph.D. program in Electrical Engineering and establishing the five-year BS/MS program. He has secured more than $15 million in research funding for the university and created PVAMU’s Center of Excellence in Research and Education for Big Military Data Intelligence (CREDIT Center) where he serves as principal investigator and director. “The Regents Award is the highest honor granted to a faculty member by the A&M System,” said Dr. James Palmer, interim provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs at PVAMU. “Dr. Qian and the team at the CREDIT Center are leading developments at PVAMU in big data science and deep learning for artificial intelligence (AI),” he added. “This effort is transforming our university into a leader in big data science and AI.” “I am very encouraged by this recognition,” Qian said, “and I am looking forward to continuing our efforts to improve teaching, research, and service at PVAMU further.” The Board established the Regents Professor Awards program in 1996 and the Regents Fellow Service Awards program in 1998. To date, 239 A&M system faculty members have received the Regents Professor Award, with 142 agency professionals having earned the Regents Fellow Service Award. The award carries with it a monetary stipend of $15,000. By Marchita Shilo

The 4th Mission Critical Big Data Analytics (MCBDA)

The 4th Mission Critical Big Data Analytics (MCBDA) Workshop on May 14-15, 2019 at Prairie View A&M University. You are all welcome to participate. Registration fee is waived for DoD personnel

AFCEA 2016 Big Data Analytics Workshop and IEEE MILCOM 2018

Together with the AFRL team (Dr. Kroecker, Dr. Aved, Dr. Bennett), the CREDIT Center offered a Big Data Analytics Workshop during the AFCEA C4ISR & Cyber Conference in Utica, NY, on June 13-17, 2016

IEEE Military Communication Conference (MILCOM 2018) Track 5 “Big Data and Machine Learning for Tactical Networks” and “IoBT” (Qian is track co-chair)