University of Southern California Fred S. Grodins Graduate Research Symposium The USC Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering USC

14th Annual Fred S. Grodins Graduate Research Symposium

Los Angeles Convention Center

April 10th, 2010

Committee Members

(L-R): Bryce Wilkins, Patjanaporn “Sang” Chalacheva, Alexander Reyes, Prof. Michael Khoo (Dept. Chair),
Navya Davuluri, Heidi Gensler, Nora Nelson
Grodins 2010 Brochure (PDF, 0.2MB)


Grodins Graduate Award:
Vivek Pradeep

Platform First Place:
Nicholas Wettels – Thermal Characterization of Objects using Tactile Information

Platform Runner-Up:
Joseph Munaretto – Effect of Reaction Force and Elbow Orientations on Mechanical Load in Wheelchair Propulsion

USC Stevens Institute "Most Innovative" Research Award:
Vivek Pradeep – Robot Vision for the Visually Impaired

Poster Awards:

  • Biosystems and Signals
    Manish Kurse – Extracting Mathematical Models Defining Index Finger Kinematics Using Symbolic Regression
  • Cell and Tissue Engineering
    Kenrick Kuwahara – Cell-activated Release of BMP2 Using Transglutaminase Crosslinked Gelatin as a Delivery System
  • Devices and Diagnostic Technology
    Joshua Inouye – Design and Fabrication of a Device for Studying Unstable Grasp Mechanics
    Chia-Hsien Lin – Signal Processing, Fabrications and Implementation of a Biomimetic Tactile Sensor Array with Force, Microvibration and Thermal Modalities
  • Imaging
    Matthew Borzage – Simultaneous BOLD and NIRS Signal Correlation During Hypoxia
    Man Nguyen – Fresnel-based Beamforming for Low-cost Portable Ultrasound
    Sinchai Tsao – Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF) Contamination Correction in MR-based Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) Tractography of the Fornix in Brain Imaging Studies of Elderly Subjects
  • Neuroengineering
    Jeremy Fishel – Investigating the Effects of Fingerprints in Generating Microvibrations
    Arvind Iyer – Evidence against Reliance on Retinal Temporal Codes for Detection Tasks
    George Tsianos – Studying the Intrinsic Properties of Spinal Connectivity in the Context of Multi-Joint Arm Movement
    Andrew Weitz – Calcium Imaging of the Electrically Stimulated Retina

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