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Nobles to Serve as Interim Vice Chancellor for Research

Robert Nobles has agreed to serve as interim vice chancellor for research beginning August 1.

An internal search for the next vice chancellor will begin in the coming weeks, with a goal of having a new leader in place by November. Information about the search, including the appointment of the search committee members and a call for applications, will be posted at in the coming days.

Read more about the search and Robert’s accomplishments at

Shaw Earns 2018 Best Land Transportation Paper Award

Shi-Lung Shaw, professor of geography, will receive an award for his paper A Sensor-Fusion Drivable-Region and Lane-Detection System for Autonomous Vehicle Navigation in Challenging Road Scenarios, originally published in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology in 2014.

The IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Awards Committee will honor Shaw and his team with the 2018 Best Land Transportation Paper Award, which recognizes the best propagation paper published in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology in the past 5 years. The award will be presented to his Shaw and research collaborators on August 29, at the Fall 2018 Vehicular Technology Conference in Chicago.

A Sensor-Fusion Drivable-Region and Lane-Detection System for Autonomous Vehicle Navigation in Challenging Road Scenarios demonstrates a novel real-time optimal-drivable region and lane detection system for autonomous driving, based on both the fusion of light detection and ranging (LIDAR) and vision data. Multiple sensors cover the most drivable areas in front of an autonomous vehicle, and then a conditional lane detection algorithm selects optimal route. Shih-Lung and research collaborators demonstrate the effectiveness of this system on both structured and unstructured roads, a challenge autonomous vehicles face in real urban environments.

Master’s in Environmental Engineering Online Ranked No. 9

UT’s online master program for environmental engineering ranks 9th among public universities nationwide, according to the Best College Reviews ranking. The article, published on the organization’s website in May, has named the 15 best master’s in environmental engineering online programs for 2018.

Best College Reviews created the ranking using the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator database, taking in to account criteria such as tuition, customization options, and U.S. News and World Report Recognition.

Best College Reviews is an objective, editorially independent college review journal. Read the full article at their website here.

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