September 7, 2020

VIP Team First Step in AFRL, Purdue Educational Partnership Agreement

Purdue University and the United States Air Force Research Laboratory have partnered to sign an education partnership agreement (EPA). The overall mission of this five-year AFRL-Purdue EPA is to encourage and enhance study and research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as well as develop the workforce opportunities for Purdue STEM students. This EPA's first program, “Air Force Research Laboratory - Unmanned Aerial System (AFRL-UAS),"; is presented through Purdue's Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program. This AFRL supported group will enable a diverse team of students from various majors to work on hands-on team design projects and network directly with researchers and facilities at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base's AFRL.
September 4, 2020

VIP student highlighted for research contributions in NewScientist and recent paper submission

Isha Ghodgaonkar, senior in Purdue's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and researcher in the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program is highlighted for her significant contributions in the NewScientist's article "Public Webcams are Telling us Whether People are Social Distancing" and for being lead author on a recently submitted paper, "Analyzing WorldWide Social Distancing through Large-Scale Computer Vision."
August 10, 2020

Google and Purdue Team up to Create Open-Source TensorFlow Model Implementations

Google is collaborating with a Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) student team at Purdue University to create open-source TensorFlow models. TensorFlow is a deep learning framework created by Google. The student team will implement recently-published algorithms and methods in machine learning. The implementations will be made available through a public repository called “Model Garden” maintained by researchers and engineers from Google.
July 1, 2020

How have people responded to COVID-19 restrictions around the world?

VIP advisor, Prof. Yung-Hsiang Lu, and his team of student researchers use public camera footage of how people have responded so far to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines that could help inform new policies as the pandemic progresses. Purdue engineers built a website that pools together live footage and images from approximately 30,000 network cameras in more than 100 countries, making data easier to analyze.
May 18, 2020

New VIP Team to Analyze the Risk of COVID-19 in Crowded Locations

This summer, students in the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program will begin research with faculty members to aid in the investigation of the risks associated with COVID-19 spread using location-based services data. Professors Yung-Hsiang Lu, David Ebert, David Barbarash, and Wei Zakharov have recently been awarded a National Science Foundation grant through the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure. VIP students will continue working on the team throughout the academic year.
May 6, 2020

VIP Awards Announced for Spring 2020

We are pleased to announce the creation of the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program Awards to recognize outstanding participants through individual and team awards along with monetary prizes starting Spring 2020. Student and team categories include Leadership, Outstanding First Year/Sophomore, and Share with the World. Additionally, graduate students and faculty are recognized for the efforts in mentoring successful teams. Nominations were sought from students, faculty, and staff. The following individuals and teams are recognized for their contributions for Spring 2020.
January 22, 2020

Forest Inventory Analysis receives 3 year - $150,000 grant

The Forest Inventory Analysis team received a 3 year, $150,000 grant from the Van Eck Fund of the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue. Students in Engineering, mentored by faculty in Engineering and Agriculture, will design a system for using video images to extract information about the size and architecture of forest trees.

A description of the prototype of the system has already been accepted for publication in the (refereed) internationally recognized Journal of Forestry. The current group of undergraduate researchers will improve the system by developing software tools to quantify the shape and size of trees and their branches in real time. The goal of the project is to develop a tool that non-expert users can deploy to inventory forests so that their ecological and economic value can be estimated without the need for costly, slow, and labor-intensive hand measurements.
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