Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Graduate Student Seminar

ECE Graduate Student Seminar

The ECE Graduate Student Seminar is a research forum run by ECE graduate students to disseminate and discuss their research, as well to enage in opportunities that allow for professinal growth. The current seminar leaders are Ali Daneshkhah and Maryam Alibeik

For more information about participating contact ece at   use ECE graduate student seminar in subject header

Previous workshops/seminars in 2016


This book explains the basics of mongodb in a simple way. The book is verbose, so if possible look for some more examples of your topics on google.
Link for the book:


  • 7/13    Kyle                           Chapter 3(Getting started) and 4(Basics)
  • 7/15    Alvero                        Chapter 5(Updating)
  • 7/20   Siddhesh                     Chapter 6(Mastering find)
  • 7/22    Zachary/Zina              Chapter 7(Data Modeling)
  • 7/29    Jerry                          Chapter 9(Aggregating data)
  • 8/01    Eric                            Chapter 10(Performance Tools)

Past Workshops

R programming language  --completed July 11

A multi-week workshop on the R programming language will start on Wednesday June 22nd. The workshop will meet Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 am room TBA. The workshop is organized by Dr. Zina Ben Miled. If you are interested in participating please contact her at zmiled at

The draft of the workshop schedule

  • Using R / Vectors   -  6/22 - Zina
  • Matrices  -  6/24 - Zachary
  • Summary statistics  - 6/ 29 - Jerry
  • Factors - 7 / 1 - Eric
  • Data Frames -  7/6  Siddesh
  • Real word data - 7/8  Kyle
  • What's next and small project - 7/13 Alvaro  (to be discussed)

Past Seminars

May 13th


DATE: FRIDAY, MAY 13TH 2016    TIME: 2:30PM

Euzeli dos Santos, Ph.D.
Purdue School of Engineering And
Technology, Indianapolis
    Rebecca Bartlett Ellis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Science of Nursing Care

Medication adherence is critical for the health and wellbeing of people with multiple chronic conditions. Approximately 30-50% of patients do not adhere to taking their medications as prescribed. Nonadherence is a threat to patients’ individual health and adds an estimated $290 billion annually to the costs of the healthcare system; a burgeoning problem. Over 75 million Americans manage 2 or more chronic conditions and this number is expected to increase as the US population ages. Up to two-thirds of hospitalizations are related to medication-taking behaviors and nonadherence to prescribed regimens, costing upwards of $100 - $200 billion in annual avoidable healthcare costs. Despite decades of intervention research, medication nonadherence remains a significant and growing problem.    Pillboxes are frequently recommended by healthcare providers, widely available for purchase, and highly used by patients. In the research literature, randomized controlled trials of interventions often included pillboxes as an intervention component to support adherence behavior. Capitalizing on pillboxes as a widely available, simple, and inexpensive component of medication adherence will require a systematic approach to measure the aforementioned pillbox use dimensions to understand how individuals interact with and use pillboxes (e.g. pillbox behaviors). In order to address adherence in those who use pillboxes, it will be necessary a more comprehensive electronic measurement such as the pillbox proposed in this project.


Ali Jafari, PhD
Professor, and CyberLab Director
Purdue School of Engineering And
Technology, Indianapolis

"My philosophy is to translate state of the art research into a successful venture that can have a wide impact in enriching the teaching and learning by using technology". Our practical experience in designing, developing and commercializing software systems over the past two decades will be presented.     Specifically, we will cover challenges and opportunities as well as the requirements of an environment that can help promote creativity and accelerate the transfer of ideas to actual commercial products. The role of mentors and the importance of establishing key partnership will also be discussed. 

April 1st

Industry perspective to job and career

Two professionals will discuss their job experiences and topics related to successful careers in industry including making a good impression on the interview and on the job. Questions from the audience are encouraged

Dave Powers, M.S.
High Performance Computing
Dow AgroSciences
    Yue Webster, Ph.D.
 Senior Research Scientist
 Eli Lilly and Company


This presentation introduces our current research in nanotechnology which is aimed at fabricating nanosensor array for the detection of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in the breath of diabetic patients. We will discuss the synthesize of sensing material and the characterization and development of the nanosensor array.
Ali Daneshkhah, PhD student in Electrical Engineering
Purdue School of Engineering And
Technology, Indianapolis

Nanotechnology and Smart Sensor Systems

This presentation introduces nanotechnology and smart sensor systems and their applications. It will also cover some of the nanotechnology research and educational activities being carried out at IUPUI.   
Sudhir Shrestha, PhD
Purdue School of Engineering And
Technology, Indianapolis

February 19th

DATE: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH 2016    TIME: 12:00PM – 1:30PM

Multi-factor Authentication via an Access Structure using heterogeneous data points

Vinayak Tanksale, PhD student in Computer Engineering
Purdue School of Engineering And
Technology, Indianapolis

Current single and multi-factor authentication systems are vulnerable to attacks such as impersonation, man-in-the-middle, social engineering, and others. Our goal is to design an unobtrusive authentication system that travels with the subject. We are using traditional factors such as what you know, what you have, and who you are.
In addition, we plan to include multiple biosignals as authentication factors.    The subject should not have to actively perform any action to provide data points. Majority of the data collection must be done using passive monitoring. Weather, environmental, spatial, and other factors need to be considered. Access structures will be used to perform authentication. This seminar will cover our findings and future research direction.

Zina Ben Miled, PhD
Purdue School of Engineering And
Technology, Indianapolis

A case study of a modern civil registry with proper identification and authentication of individuals as well as proper registration of civil events will be discussed.
Data fusion and iterative cross-validation techniques were used to consolidate several data sources into a single unified data source with a high level of accuracy.    This presentation will also discuss the technology and techniques used in the process stream as well as the key issues that had to be addressed.