ECE seniors Daniel Lingerfelt, Matías Mendieta, Christopher Neff, and Christopher Beam were invited to present their work at the Smart Cities Connect Conference in Denver, Colorado, held in April 1 – 4, 2019. The conference was sponsored by the NSF and US Ignite and was attended by city leaders and policy makers around the globe to discover new and emerging technologies that facilitate smart and connected environments in their communities. The presentation was part of a Senior Design project sponsored by NVIDIA and demosntrated research directions on the NSF-sponsored projects on “Building Safe and Secure Communities through Real-Time Edge Video Analytics” that is led by UNC Charlotte Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Hamed Tabkhi. Co-principal investigators are Shannon Reid from the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology; Arun Ravindran from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Srinivas Pulugurtha from the IDEAS Center and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; and Douglas A Shoemaker from the Center for Applied Geographic Information Science.
The UNC Charlotte team also had the opportunity to participate in the NSF Smart & Connected Communities Primary Investigator meeting. As part of this meeting, students presented their research during the poster exposition. Many city leaders showed interest in incorporating this technology into their cities, and several businesses focusing in artificial intelligence and smart devices expressed interest in partnering with the researchers or incorporating their technology into their products for smart security, smart transportation, and other smart infrastructure applications for national and international communities.