Students Faghmous, Styles, and Mithal Win Best Student Paper Award
Ph.D. students James Faghmous and Varun Mithal, along with undergraduate student Luke Styles won the Best Student Paper Award at the 2012 IEEE Conference on Intelligent Data Understanding (CIDU 2012) for their paper "EddyScan: A Physically Consistent Global Ocean Eddy Monitoring Application." In their work, Faghmous and colleagues were able to track ocean eddies (the oceanic analog of hurricanes in the atmosphere) on a global scale much more efficiently and accurately than existing methods. Monitoring global ocean eddy activity is crucial to understanding how salt, heat and nutrients are transported across the ocean as well as future marine biodiversity.
The paper was authored by James Faghmous, Luke Styles, Varun Mithal, Shyam Boriah, Stefian Liess, and Vipin Kumar in collaboration with Michel Mesquita and Vikebø Frode from Norway where Faghmous spent 5 months as part of an National Science Foundation (NSF) Nordic Research Opportunity Fellowship.