Lab Updates

Research updates, announcements, and posts by the members of the UVA Link Lab


    Students Present: Link Lab Opens Year with Poster Session

    September 02, 2021

    On August 24th classes began at UVA’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. It was the first opportunity for face-to-face collaboration in over a year. Faculty and students got together in the Link Lab to catch-up and share progress on cyber-physical systems research. From humorous robots, to climate resilience through crowdsourced data, to robotic surgery and even self-powering hardware for IoT, peers and faculty were excited to share ideas while contemplating the important work that will happen in the upcoming year.


    Engineering Systems and Environment Ph.D. Students Recognized for Cyber-Physical Systems Research

    August 11, 2021

    Benjamin Bowes and Esen Yel have received the Link Lab Outstanding Graduate Research Award, presented by Link Lab faculty members to students who have demonstrated excellence in cyber-physical systems research.

    Bowes and Yel are Ph.D. candidates in the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment at the UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science. Bowes is researching methods to make cities smarter in the UVA Hydroinformatics lab led by professor Jonathan Goodall, who also is associate director of the Link Lab. Yel is researching ways to make autonomous systems safer in assistant professor Nicola Bezzo’s Autonomous Mobile Robots Lab.

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    Making it Safer to Gather Indoors

    July 01, 2021

    UVA and Virginia Tech engineering collaborators aim to optimize HVAC systems to eliminate viruses and harmful particles in the air

    In response to COVID-19, a team of University of Virginia and Virginia Tech researchers are working together to make indoor spaces healthier — a development sure to be welcomed by all those heading back to work, school and other indoor spaces after a year of stay-at-home orders. The team’s research evaluates strategies for reducing indoor transmission of harmful particles and viruses, such as the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, through new methods using sensors, air cleaners, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning — or HVAC — systems.


    Student Committee Creates Stronger Community

    June 10, 2021

    The Link Lab Student Committee on Culture and Livability is a graduate student organization focused on building community through inclusivity. During a year of social distancing, the committee worked even harder to create opportunities for social gatherings in support of the well-being of students and faculty members of the Link Lab. The committee’s work to keep everyone connected in the difficult time of pandemic culminated in the year-end picnic with family and friends to celebrate a successful year.


    Meiyi Ma and John A. Stankovic Win Best Paper Award

    June 04, 2021

    Meiyi Ma, a computer science Ph.D. graduate, and her advisor John A. Stankovic, BP America Professor of Computer Science, are part of a team whose paper won the best paper award at this year’s ICCPS, the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems. The paper, titled “DeResolver: A Decentralized Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Framework for Smart City Services,” by Y. Yuan, M. Ma, S. Han, D. Zhang, F. Miao, J. A. Stankovic, and S. Lin, was recognized by ICCPS with this citation: “This paper provides an important contribution to a challenge in large-scale systems-of-systems. The authors’ work combines theoretical guarantees with machine learning optimization. The approach has been verified using real-world data applied to simulation.”


    ESE Team Wins Best Paper Award

    May 27, 2021

    A research team from the University of Virginia’s Department of Engineering Systems and Environment has won a 2021 Best Paper Award in the journal Water.

    The paper, “Forecasting Groundwater Table in a Flood-Prone Coastal City with Long Short-term Memory and Recurrent Neural Networks,” reports on research by Benjamin Bowes, an ESE Ph.D. student. Bowes co-authored the work with Jeffrey Sadler, a 2019 Ph.D. graduate; Mohamed Morsy, a 2017 Ph.D. graduate; Madhur Behl, assistant professor in computer science and engineering systems and environment; and Jonathan Goodall, professor in engineering systems and environment and associate director of UVA Engineering’s Link Lab. Behl is also affiliated with the Link Lab, an interdisciplinary center for cyber-physical systems research.

    Find the paper here.


    Yuan Tian Receives Google Research Scholar Award

    May 12, 2021

    Assistant professor of computer science Yuan Tian and her collaborator Yu Feng, assistant professor of computer science at University of California, Santa Barbara have received a Google Research Scholar Award on "Exploit Generation Using Reinforcement Learning.” The Google Research Scholar Program was introduced in 2020 with a focus on developing collaborations with new professors and encouraging the formation of long-term relationships with the academic community.



    ESE Department Chair Brian Smith Receives 3Cavaliers 2.0 Funding for Interdisciplinary Project

    April 14, 2021

    Professor Brian L. Smith, P.E., chair of the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment, and his collaborators in the Department of Environmental Sciences and the School of Architecture are among the interdisciplinary teams to win seed funding in the second round of UVA’s 3Cavaliers program.

    Smith, environmental sciences professor Patricia Wiberg and assistant professor of landscape architecture Michael Luegering sought the funding to build a “caster” system for UVA’s field research stations and surrounding regions to lower cost and raise consistency in field research data and instrumentation.

    The system will improve spatial data collection for more accurate location data using GPS, and provide Smith’s introductory civil engineering students access to state-of-the-art survey technology to support field data collection for design projects.

    Read more about the project here.


    Humans of Link Lab: Gabby Ringer

    April 02, 2021
    Gabby Ringer

    Gabby Ringer, class of 2021, is a native of Mechanicsville, Virginia. She is a fourth-year who is double majoring in media studies and women, gender, and sexuality studies. Gabby has been helping faculty and graduate students in the Link Lab, as a front desk assistant, since it opened in the beginning of 2018.