Center for Smart Spaces Research

NSF Grant: 2113905/IUCRC: Planning Grant

Smart spaces are characterized by the presence of smart services built on emerging sensing, computing, and communication technologies. This planning grant will create a multi-university Center for Smart Space Research (CSSR) involving Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and the University of California, Irvine (UCI). CSSR takes an integrated approach to make them versatile and adaptable to situations by ensuring the availability and accessibility of data, knowledge, and services. This planning grant will identify research challenges to build application-focused smart spaces. Applications encompass health and disease monitoring systems, smart buildings, public spaces and cities, mission critical systems, transportation, and others.

The center’s focus will be on four main areas of relevance to industry, university, and society: creation of adaptive computing and communications infrastructure; trustworthy acquisition, processing, interpretation and sustainability of data and knowledge; and applications that span all aspects of life and the environment. RIT researchers will engage in collaborations with industrial organizations, technology developers, and users, with an objective to create proactive, scalable, secure, and efficient smart spaces. The planning grant will identify challenges and research tasks to make smart spaces adaptable to multiple applications.  Collaborations with industry will lead to the emergence of new applications of smart spaces.  

The planning phase of CSSR will significantly impact research directions and pedagogical activities at RIT. The research activities will be fine-tuned to enable effective transfer of research artifacts to the collaborating industries with an emphasis on applications to improve quality of life, enhance public health, conserve energy, and sustainability. Workshops and interactions with industry collaborators will be leveraged to recruit and mentor diverse groups of students. At RIT, students from diverse backgrounds, including those from the National Institute for the Deaf (NTID) will be exposed to challenges and solutions in the research and development of smart spaces.

In the near future, access to smart spaces and smart infrastructure will impact every individual and will greatly improve quality of life. CSSR activities in fostering innovation in accessible smart spaces will play a major role in the future world. Planning phase will serve as a platform for meetings, discussions, and workshops, to identify critical research to guide the development of smart spaces. CSSR will maintain a publicly-accessible repository comprising meeting materials, workshop information, research topics and details, and publications. This repository will be maintained at this site at RIT for the lifetime of the center.

Mohan Kumar
Professor
Department of Computer Science
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Center Director

Amlan Ganguly
Department Head
Department of Computer Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Site Director

Michael Kuhl
Professor
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Andres Kwasinski
Professor
Department of Computer Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Minseok Kwon
Professor
Department of Computer Science
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Rui Liu
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Xumin Liu
Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Mehdi Mirakhorli
Director of Cybersecurity Research in GCI
Department of Software Engineering
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
M. Mustafa Rafique
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Hanif Rahbari
Assistant Professor
Department of Computing Security
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Victor Perotti
Professor
Department of MIS, Marketing, and Analytics
Saunders College of Business
Ferat Sahin
Department Head
Department of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Amlan Ganguly

The Center for Smart Spaces Research (CSSR) is in the planning phase with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

CSSR is a multi-university, multi-disciplinary partnership. Conversations with potential industry partners are in progress to identify industry-wide research challenges in the broad area of smart spaces. Challenges in Interoperability in IoT SpaceContext-aware Data Processing and Machine Learning, and Creation of Flexible Workspaces are some of the problems under consideration. ​

Amlan Ganguly
Center Director
axgeec@rit.edu

RIT Team

 

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Interim Associate Dean of Research
Office of the Associate Dean for Research
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

 

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Associate Director, Center on Access Technology
Center on Access Technology
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

 

 

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Professor
Department of Computing and Information Sciences Ph.D.
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
585-475-4238
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Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
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Professor
Department of Computer Science
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
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Minseok Kwon headshot
Professor
Department of Computer Science
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
585-475-4524

 

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Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
585-475-7459

 

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Interim Department Chair
Department of Computer Science
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
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Professor
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
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Healthcare Systems
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Department Head
Department of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
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Director of Cybersecurity Research in GCI
Department of Software Engineering
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Kodak Endowed Scholar
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Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
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