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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.

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Dr. Elias Fernandez, Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology, has been awarded a new R15 award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for his project, “The Role of Allostery in CAR Transactivation.” NIH has established the R15 Award to stimulate research at educational institutions that provide baccalaureate training for a significant number of the nation’s research scientists but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. The award provides funding for small-scale, new or ongoing health-related research projects.

Gross Named NIMBioS Director, Chosen as Fellow

Louis J. Gross has been named the new NIMBioS director. A distinguished UT professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and mathematics, Gross is the founding director of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) and director of UT’s Institute for Environmental Modeling. He has also been chosen as a member of the inaugural class of fellows of the Society for Mathematical Biology. His research focuses on computational and mathematical ecology, with applications to plant ecology, conservation biology, natural resource management, and landscape ecology.

Alderman to Study Role of Geography, Geospatial Intelligence During Civil Rights Era

Derek Alderman, a UT professor of geography, has received a three-year $373,000 National Science Foundation grant to explore those geospatial tactics and determine what can be learned about patterns of racial inequality. Alderman will also examine how groups like the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) collected and leveraged geospatial intelligence data to bolster their activist efforts. The findings will be crucial to advancing modern knowledge of geospatial intelligence, particularly since many of the issues of the civil rights era are still relevant today. It also would help define how we view African American resistance and geography in general, Alderman said.

Student, Faculty Design/Build Project Recognized with Statewide Award of Excellence

The multi-awarded Beardsley Farm Education Center has earned statewide recognition from the Tennessee American Institute of Architects. The project, a product of the college’s successful design/build program, received the Design Award of Excellence, the organization’s highest honor, during its state convention in Memphis this month.Led by professors Jennifer Akerman and Bob French, students and faculty designed and largely built the 1,200-square-foot center at CAC Beardsley Community Farm, an urban farm that serves those in need in Knoxville. The structure used more than 30,000 bricks donated by General Shale to provide a classroom, office spaces and restrooms for the farm. Students also designed and built an amphitheater for the outdoor classroom.


Please send faculty, staff and student recognitions to Erin Chapin (erin.chapin@utk.edu).


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  • Four construction projects at UT have been honored by American School and University magazine’s November issue as examples of the best in design among colleges and universities:
    • UT’s Engineering Quad and Estabrook Road/Second Creek Restoration project was given an Outstanding Landscape Architecture Design award.
    • The ongoing Strong Hall Science Laboratory Facility and Stokely Family Residence Hall projects received Outstanding Works in Progress awards.
    • The John D. Tickle Engineering Building received an Outstanding Post-Secondary Project Design award for projecting “a welcoming image and unique departmental identity”.

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