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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? 

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 

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 

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