CARTA Fall 2022 Meeting Agenda



CARTA Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) Meeting Fall 2022

November 9, 2022

Hosted by UMBC Site




12:00 – 12:15 pm – Welcome & Meeting Overview

  • Welcome – Prof. Karuna Joshi, Center Director
  • State of CARTA – Prof. Dimitris Metaxas, Center Director

12:15 – 12:25 pm – NSF Overview and IUCRC Updates – Ann Von Lehmen

12:25 – 1:00 pm – CARTA Site Updates

  • Rutgers Site – Prof. Dimitris Metaxas, Rutgers Site Director
  • UMBC Site – Prof. Karuna Joshi, UMBC Site Director
  • NCSU Site – Prof. Rada Chirkova, NCSU Site Director
  • U of Miami Site – Prof. Mitsunori Ogihara, Miami Site Director
  • ASU Site – Prof. Ming Zhao, ASU Site Director (proposed site in Phase II)

1:00 – 1:05 pm – Break

1:05 – 1:35 pm – Guest Speaker: Claire Monteleoni (University of Colorado Boulder)

Title: AI Research for Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability

Abstract: Despite the scientific consensus on climate change, drastic uncertainties remain. Crucial questions about regional climate trends, changes in extreme events, such as heat waves and mega-storms, and understanding how climate varied in the distant past, must be answered in order to improve predictions, assess impacts and vulnerability, and inform mitigation and sustainable adaptation strategies. Machine learning can help answer such questions and shed light on climate change. I will give an overview of our climate informatics research, focusing on challenges in learning from spatiotemporal data, along with semi- and unsupervised deep learning approaches to studying rare and extreme events, and precipitation and temperature downscaling.


Bio: Claire Monteleoni is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder, and the founding Editor in Chief of Environmental Data Science, a Cambridge University Press journal, launched in December 2020. She joined CU Boulder in 2018, following positions at University of Paris-Saclay, CNRS, George Washington University, and Columbia University. She completed her PhD and Masters in Computer Science at MIT and was a postdoc at UC San Diego. She holds a Bachelor’s in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard. Her research on machine learning for the study of climate change helped launch the interdisciplinary field of Climate Informatics. She co-founded the International Conference on Climate Informatics, which turned 11 years old in 2022, and has attracted climate scientists and data scientists from over 20 countries and 30 U.S. states. She gave an invited tutorial: Climate Change: Challenges for Machine Learning, at NeurIPS 2014, and currently serves on the NSF Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education.

1:35 – 1:40 pm – New Proposals (5 minutes)

        At the end of each presentation the CARTA Industry Members insert their comments

  • New Proposal (UMBC) :  Optimizing Knowledge Graph Reasoning for High Performance Computing Environments, PI Drs. Anupam Joshi, Tim Finin and Karuna Joshi (UMBC)

1:40 – 2:20 pm – Ongoing Projects: Progress Reports 

Collaborative Projects (10 minutes each)

  • Project 1: Ethical and Secure Medical Analytics, PIs: Drs. Karuna Joshi (UMBC), David Chapman (UMiami), Dimitris Metaxas (Rutgers)
  • Project 2: Accelerated AI Forecasts: Drs. M. Halem (UMBC), B. Kirtman (UMiami)
    1. Data Driven Deep Learning OSSE Ensembles (Autoencoder, FourCastNet)
    2. Towards an AI Hi-Res Weather Regional Forecast Model (ERA5, HRRR4)
  • Project 3: Histopathology Analytics, PIs: Mitsunori Ogihara, Dimitris Mexatas, Yelena Yesha (UMiami)

UMBC (3 minutes each)

  • Searchable Malware Tensors, (PI) Dr. Charles Nicholas
  • Veracity Measure to Manage Disinformation Propagation, (PI) Dr. Karuna Joshi, Dae-young Leroy Kim (Student)
  • Trusted data model in edge computing environment using permissioned blockchain, (PI) Dr. Yaacov Yesha, Lawrence Sebald (Student)

2:20 – 2:25 pm – Break

2:25 – 3:05 pm – Ongoing Projects Continue: Progress Reports (3 minutes each)


  • (1)Cardiac Analytics: Dyssynchrony and CRT Outcomes – Qi Chang
  • (2) Exploiting Unlabeled Data with Vision and Language Models for Object Detection – Shiyu Zhao

NC State

  • (3)Fingerprinting IoT Devices at Real Time using Encrypted Traffic, Dr. Anupam Das (PI), Dilawer Ahmed (Student)
  • (4)Resource Protection in Cloud Data Centers Through Multi-Point Traffic Shaping, Dr. Muhammad Shahzad (PI), Naman Bhagat (Student)
  • (5)Privacy-preserving Analytics for Emerging IoT devices, Dr. Anupam Das (PI), Md Jakaria (Sstudent)
  • (6)Performance Analysis from Edges to Cloud, Prof. Xu Liu

University of Miami

  • (7)Music-induced Brain Activities – Combining Naturalistic Music Listening, Neuroelectric Recordings, and Machine Learning for Conscious – PIs: Dr. Andrew Dykstra, Dr. Mitsunori Ogihara
  • (8)Trends and patterns of Benzodiazepines: an overdose risk prediction model – PIs: Dr. Yelena Yesha, Dr. Smriti Prathapan
  • (9)Genotype-aware Consumer Product Recommendation – PI: Dr. Vanessa Aguiar-Pulido
  • (10)Cyber-Physical Security Analytics – PI: Steve Dinnis
  • (11) Comprehensive Testbed for Clinical Flow – PI: Dr. Yelena Yesha, Dr. Mitsunori Ogihara


3:05 – 4:00 pm – Phase II Directions and Focus with Industry Members 

4:00 – 4:10 pm – NSF Survey Completion: IAB Reps, Faculty, and Students

4:10 – 4:40 pm – Closed IAB meeting

4:40 – 5:00 pm – Closing Remarks & Adjournment