Auburn engineering faculty member awarded NSF grant

Published: Oct 8, 2009 4:01:00 PM
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Dr. Jeff Ku

Wei-Shinn Ku

Auburn University's Wei-Shinn Ku, faculty member in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSSE), was recently appointed as lead investigator for a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant totaling more than $160,000. Ku's project, "An Infrastructure for Scalable Data Dissemination and Query Evaluation in Mobile Environments," focuses on building a scalable mobile computing emulation infrastructure named ScalableSQ. Also working on the project as co-investigators are Auburn faculty members Xiao Qin and Alvin Lim of CSSE, as well as Shiwen Mao of electrical and computer engineering.

The research is designed in response to an increasing need to allow mobile users to access data and process queries universally through their mobile devices. Thus, the investigators' main objective is to design and develop a scalable data dissemination and query evaluation infrastructure for querying, indexing and routing datasets to support novel mobile applications. The project will also benefit education by providing hands-on experience in mobile computing through the ScalableSQ infrastructure to undergraduate and graduate students. The investigators plan to organize workshops at Tuskegee University and collaborate with industry partners to broadcast new discoveries. Upon completion, the results will be circulated through research papers and freely available online tools.

Ku holds bachelor's degrees in special education and information and computer education from National Taiwan Normal University and master's degrees in electrical engineering and computer science, as well as a doctoral degree in computer science from the University of Southern California. He joined the Auburn engineering faculty in 2007 as an assistant professor.

Contributed by Cassity Hughes