Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC)

ICC Newsletter

From the Director

Timothy C. Havens

Dear ICC Members and Friends,

Happy New Year! As we begin the new year and the Spring 2020 semester, I wanted to offer some reflections about the 2019 and share some goals for 2020.

For the ICC, the past six months have been thrilling, to say the least. The number of new awards is far above last year, with over $2 million in new projects to-date. And ICC research expenditures are on track for a record year. Thank you to everyone for all your hard work in developing collaborations, writing proposals, winning awards, executing your exciting research, mentoring, advising, and so much more.

The launch of Michigan Tech's new College of Computing is such a fantastic opportunity. With this shift, we boldly announce that computing is a major field of study and not just an underpinning to other disciplines. I see the new College as a place of opportunity to experiment, collaborate, develop new pedagogies, and become a model for other institutions of higher learning. Our team is strong and creative, and it’s fun working on this puzzle with them.”

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Timothy C. Havens
Director, Institute for Computing and Cybersystems


New FY20 ICC Members

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The ICC  welcomed the following new member researchers in FY20:


Member Recognition 

Soner Onder

At the annual Michigan Tech Research Development Day, January 9, 2020, Computer Science professor Soner Onder was recognized as one of the top two College of Computing researchers in terms of 2019 research expenditures. Onder's total 2019 research expenditures exceeded $174K. Learn more.


Jinshan Tang

Jinshan Tang, a member of the ICC’s Center for Cyber-Physical Systems, was awarded a Portage Health Foundation (PHF) Infrastructure Enhancement (IE) Grant for his proposal, “High Performance Graphics Processing Units.” Learn more.


Benjamin Ong

Benjamin Ong (Math/ICC-DataS) was awarded the Michigan Tech Department of Mathematics 2019-2020 Kliakhandler Fellowship, which will support two parallel-in-time conferences being held at Michigan Tech in June 2020. Awarded annually, the purpose of the Kliakhandler Fellowship is to stimulate research activity in the Michigan Tech Department of Mathematics. Learn more.


Save the Date

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Please save the date for the following ICC events. Additional events will be announced soon. 

Thursday, January 23, 4 p.m., EERC 103: Tomorrow Needs Seminar with Homin Song. (Learn more.)

Friday, January 24, 3–5 p.m., Rekhi 214: ICC Institute Mixer with the Health Research Institute (HRI) and the Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture (IPEC). (Learn more.)

Second Week of May: ICC trip to D.C. meet program managers, funding agencies, etc.


Havens Named Associate Dean

Timothy C. Havens, the William and Gloria Jackson Associate Professor of Computer Systems and the director of the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems, has been appointed the associate dean for research for the College of Computing. 

In his new role, Havens will encourage and enable research success in the College and promote collaborative, cross-disciplinary research and learning experiences through research support and development, communication and marketing, advancement, and College strategy and planning.

“Tim is highly passionate about supporting research creativity and pushing the boundaries of computational knowledge.  He also has a strong history of supporting student degree completion and growing Michigan Tech’s reputation,” said Dean Adrienne Minerick, College of Computing. “For these reasons and more, he is an outstanding individual to cultivate and grow the College of Computing via independent research, collaborative research, and large team endeavors.  I am thrilled he has agreed to lead in this exciting new era of computing at Michigan Tech.” Learn more.


Member Spotlight: Tony Pinar, ECE

Tony Pinar

The ICC welcomed Tony Pinar as a member researcher in October 2019. Pinar’s primary research interests are in applied machine learning and data fusion. A lecturer in Michigan Tech’s Electrical and Computer Engineering department, Pinar holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Tech. Pinar’s teaching interests include machine learning, signal processing, and electronic design. Learn more.


Tomorrow Needs Seminar Series

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A seminar series to bring advanced PhD students and postdoctoral scholars to Michigan Tech has been launched by the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems, in partnership with the colleges of Computing, the Engineering, Sciences and Arts, and the Great Lakes Research Center. The Tomorrow Needs Faculty and Scientist Seminar Series is intended to build connections with up-and-coming researchers, recruit and retain top talent at Michigan Tech, and provide opportunities for these promising scholars to learn more about Michigan Tech and the University’s excellent resources for research and education. Those selected will be invited to present a research seminar, tour the Michigan Tech  campus and research facilities, and meet with faculty and students. Learn more.


Fall 2019 Seminars and Lectures

Theda Daniels-Race

Researchers from the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) (Learn more.)

Timothy Wilkin, Deakin University, Australia (Learn more.)

Anna Wilbik, Eindhoven University of Technology (Learn more.)

Laura MonroeLos Alamos National Laboratory (Learn more.)

George Anderson and Sally Sutherland, US Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC)-Newport (Learn more.)

Theda Daniels-Race (pictured above), Louisiana State University (Learn more.)