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For Immediate Release
June 11, 2018

Purdue Fort Wayne Faculty Members Pursue Research Projects this Summer

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Purdue University Fort Wayne has seven faculty members doing summer research projects funded by grants from the Purdue Research Foundation (PRF). The grants were awarded in November 2017, with work to be done during summer session 2018.

The grants provide financial support in the amount of $8,000 to enable the faculty members to focus on their research this summer. There were four Summer Faculty Grants and three Senior Faculty Summer Grants awarded.

The recipients and their areas of research are as follows:

  • Mohammadreza Balouchestani-Asli, assistant professor of information technology, is researching early heart attack detection procedures that can monitor and analyze the important signs of a heart attack in his project entitled New Channel Model for Real-Time Monitoring and Detection of “Heart Attack” Using Wearable and Wireless ECG Sensors.
  • Chao Chen, assistant professor of computer engineering, was awarded a senior grant to design techniques in her project entitled Energy-Efficient Spectrum Probing in Multi-Channel Cognitive Radio Networks.
  • Yihao Deng, associate professor of mathematical sciences, is investigating different vine copula construction to find an “optimal” pairing approach in his senior grant entitled Vine Copula Construction for Multivariate Dependent Variables.
  • Seth Green, assistant professor of ceramics, will develop compelling and usable glazes to apply to ceramics that will be unique and stand out in comparison to existing glazes in his project entitled Developing Stunning, Stable and Reliable Pottery Glazes.
  • Rachel Hile, professor of English, is combining cognitive psychological and posthumanist philosophical work to develop a new way of thinking about and reading allegorical literature in her senior grant project entitled Posthumanist Allegory.
  • Andrew Kopec, assistant professor of English, will show how African-American culture before the Civil War addressed economic unrest in his project entitled Nineteenth-Century US Literature and the Business Cycle.
  • Daniel Yorgov, assistant professor of applied statistics, is improving upon the standard methods for vitiligo genetic risk prediction in his project entitled Machine Learning Disease Prediction via Neural Networks.

For more information about the Summer Faculty Grant Program or any of the research projects, contact Andrew Downs, associate professor of political science, at 260-481-6691 or email