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UCF wins DOE’s 2018 Cyberforce Competition

December 4, 2018
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the University of Central Florida’s Cyber Defense Team as the national winner of DOE’s 2018 CyberForce CompetitionTM. Sponsored by DOE’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER), the CyberForce Competition is DOE’s fourth cyber defense competition designed to develop the next generation of cybersecurity professionals to help defend and bolster our nation’s critical energy infrastructure and ensure our energy security.

Dedication of Mittra ARMI Laboratory

December 1, 2018
With generous support of Dr. Raj Mittra, the Mittra Antenna, RF and Microwave Integrated Systems Laboratory is dedicated today. Dr. Mittra, a Courtesy Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is a world-renowned scholar in EM.

Big Data Collaboration Focused on Advancing Smart Infrastructure Technologies

October 22, 2018
UCF and Siemens unveiled a new collaboration around smart infrastructure. In addition to the existing Siemens’ Digital Grid Lab, the newly expanded partnership establishes the Smart Infrastructure Data Analytics Lab in ECE. Software and hardware installed in the lab aims at improving the performance and efficiency of buildings and the energy grid by harnessing the power of data. The full release can be viewed at:

CpE Students winning top prizes at Duel Factor Capture the Flag Competition.

October 20, 2018
Our CpE students won the top prizes at Duel Factor Capture the Flag Competition at 2018 Florida Cyber Conference. The Capture the Flag competition was open to college students and industry professionals and had two categories: individual participants and 2-person teams. David Maria won 1st place in the individual category, and Austin Sturm and Sara Abbak won 1st place in the team category.

Online Learning Consortium’s Effective Practice Award

October 18, 2018
Congratulations to Ronald F. DeMara and his collaborators Baiyun Chen and Richard Hartshorne for receiving the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Effective Practice Award for “Elevating Participation and Outcomes with Digitized Assessments in Large-Enrollment Foundational STEM Curricula: An immersive development workshop for STEM faculty.” Details of the award is available at The Evaluation and Proficiency Center, spearheaded by Professor DeMara, was established by ECE Department in 2014 to integrate self-paced tutoring, asynchronous testing, and rapid post-test remediation. Since then, it has expanded into seven engineering degree programs as plus physics.

Congratulations to Dr. Fallah

September 25, 2018
Congratulations to Dr. Fallah whose work on connected and automated vehicle technologies has been recognized and featured in the IEEE ITS magazine’s “ITS people” column. The article features Dr. Fallah’s accomplishments and the recent contributions of his work at UCF to developing standards and solutions for vehicle safety and vehicular communications. For more information, see the article at:

Smart Infrastructure Data Analytics Laboratory is opened as the newest research lab in the ECE Department.

September 5, 2018
Smart Infrastructure Data Analytics Laboratory is opened as the newest research lab in the ECE Department. It focuses upon real-time data analytics, learning and control for such infrastructure systems as smart building management, renewable energy and digital grids, and smart communities. The lab further enhances the existing collaborations among UCF faculty and students, Siemens, UCF Facility, Duke Energy, OUC, and City of Orlando, as well as the larger FEEDER Center. A Siemens-UCF Ideation Workshop was held to kick off R&D activities in the lab.

Congratulations to Nazanin Rahnavard and Ronald DeMara

September 5, 2018
Congratulations to Nazanin Rahnavard and Ronald DeMara for their new NSF project entitled “Cross-layer Adaptive Rate/Resolution Design for Energy-Aware Acquisition of Spectrally Sparse Signals Leveraging Spin-based Devices.