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Group and Alumni,

It's another half a year. As usual, a lot of exciting things have happend since January.

First and foremost, Sankar just got a job offer from Science & Technology International as an Image Processing Scientist. I'd say the most exciting news is probably not about the job, it's about the location of the job - Aloha! Have you guessed? Yes, it's Honolulu, Hawaii!! He must have presented himself very well that he got the offer when he was there interviewing. Just consider that every day in the future would be like vacation time. And that gives me some incentive to find a conference in Hawaii. Anyway, the company's website is He's probably heading there this or next week? Congratulations!

And you already knew about Bala's appointment with Genex Technology this March, Gaurav's Ziplip this April, and Woye's decision to go with the MBA at the University of Chicago?

Three M.S. students have successfully defended their theses and graduated. Chris will go on Ph.D. study at Georgia Tech; Lu just started her work at Rockwell Collins, Ceder Rapids, Iowa last month; and Cheng passed his defense yesterday. Time does fly. I remember in our last newletter, Chris and Lu are only new members joining AICIP and now they both graduated. And Cheng, in this same newsletter, he is both a newcomer and a graduate!

We welcome three new members to our group, Tom from ORNL as a part-time Ph.D. student, Austin part-time with ORNL will be finishing up his MS and starting the "roller-coaster" Ph.D. study, and Ying will enroll in Fall this year to start her Ph.D. We are supposed to have another student, Jabari Walker, recruited through the Pipeline program as Ph.D., but I haven't talked to him yet.

Both Hongtao and Lidan have passed their proposal defense. Hongtao is probably aiming at graduating this semester and Lidan next summer. Ortal will be defending her proposal the end of this month and hope to graduate the end of next summer.

Internship experience is important no matter if it relates to your research or not (that's my personal opinion). I'd strongly suggest all our students to try to find an internship when the thesis work is on the right track. Alumni might have a different view. Please let us know. This summer, Lidan took an internship with ORNL's image processing group and Raghul took one with ORNL's sensor network group. Ortal will begin hers this Fall with ORNL's security group. UT is at a unique position to have their students intern with excellent research groups and at the same time to be in town with family and friends.

What else, uh, yes, we had another volleyball match with the Power group and this time, without exception, we lost again and by a large margin :-( Well, there's always HOPE.

Before I get into the "mundane" detail of our students' academic achievements, I have some news about myself. Feiyi will be joining ORNL as an R&D staff member soon. So this would be the last summer that I'm tele-commuting with my students. I just wanted to say "Thank You" for being very independent and understanding.

OK, now to our list of achievements (in Chronological order):

- Gaurav, Lidan, and Hongtao attended the SPIE EI conference in San Jose in Feb. Well, it's a mixed feeling. Gaurav and Hongtao liked it but Lidan was not much of a fan. Gaurav's topic is "Demosaicking methods for multispectral cameras using mosaic focal plane array technology", Lidan's is "Generic MSFA mosaicking and demosaicking for multispectral cameras".

- After having two journal papers accepted (one of which is the Elsevier Ad Hoc networks Journal), Yingyue presented two conference papers in April. One is WCNC (40% acceptance rate) in Las Vegas (On mobile agent itinerary for collaborative processing). The other is ICNSC in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (Mobile agent migration algorithms for collaborative processing). WCNC is a small and focused IEEE conference but of a high quality. ICNSC is a new sensor network conference organized by the IEEE control society. This is the first year of the conference and we'll see about its popularity.

- And I told you about Hongtao and Lidan's Chancellor's award this April.

- Lidan and I went to the SPIE D&S conference again this year in Orlando. I'm really tired of this conference and will call a break next year. On our way there, we also attended the IPSN conference. These two conferences are exactly opposite of each other. IPSN is becoming THE top conference in the area of information processing in sensor networks. Single track is one of the criteria of being the top conference.

- After returning from a trip to China, Hongtao presented his paper at ICPADS in Minneapolis last month on "A parallel independent component analysis algorithm". The conference is with a 35% acceptance rate. He also had a paper at ICNSC but Yingyue presented it on his behalf.

- After a presentation at ORNL's security workshop which landed her the internship position, Ortal's another paper to SECON was accepted in its poster version with a 25.9% acceptance rate. The title is "Self-certified public key generation on the Intel Mote 2 sensor network platform". SECON is becoming a very good conference in the area of senor network research and is getting more popular. Ortal also had a first-authored journal paper accepted at IJSN on "Load-balanced key establishment methodologies in wireless sensor networks".

- Lidan just returned from a trip to Denver, CO where she presented her paper at IGRSS on "A thermodynamic energy minimization approach to spectral unmixing of remote sensing imagery". She'll have another one at ICPR and ICIP.

- Sankar is probably the most productive MS student. So far, he's already got three journal publications. One of them went through 5 revisions but finally accepted at IJBI on "Automated analysis of fluorescence microscopy images to identify protein-protein interactions"

- Chris's conference paper on "Distributed self-deployment in visual sensor networks" was accepted at ICARCV with a 53% acceptance rate.

That's all so far. To read newsletters from previous editions, goto

Take care you all,

Hairong Qi

-- Hairong Qi Associate Professor Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept. University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN 37996 Tel: 865-974-8527, Fax: 865-974-5483 </pre>