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News & Events: Sept. 26

Undergraduate bioengineering program is approved by CCHE, highlighted in Aurora Sentinel
Interview with Chris Yakacki featured on
Richard Benninger invited to speak at 2013 Endocrine Society Annual Meeting
CEAS seminar Oct. 3: Random Access Transmission Policies in Clustered Sensor Network Topologies

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Undergraduate bioengineering program is approved by CCHE, highlighted in Aurora Sentinel

On Thursday, September 13, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education approved the undergraduate program in bioengineering. The program will admit students for fall 2013; an open house is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23, in the Trivisible Room in RC2 on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

On Sept. 25, the program was featured in the Aurora Sentinel. Read the story here. Congratulations to department chair Robin Shandas and to the bioengineering faculty! For additional information related to this degree program, please contact Karen Gilbert.


Interview with Chris Yakacki featured on

Mechanical engineering assistant professor Chris Yakacki was interviewed by for a new series, Entrepreneurship in Materials, which focuses on materials scientists who have started companies that commercialize technologies developed in their labs. Chris is a cofounder of MedShape Inc., a biomedical devices manufacturer. The interview was featured on the company’s website and can be found here.


Richard Benninger invited to speak at 2013 Endocrine Society Annual Meeting

Richard Benninger, assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering, has been invited to be a symposium speaker next summer at the Endocrine Society Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Calif. The symposium is called “Insulin Pulsatility Matters” and is about insulin secretion pulsatile dynamics. Congratulations, Richard.


CEAS seminar Oct. 3: Random Access Transmission Policies in Clustered Sensor Network Topologies

The next CEAS seminar is scheduled on Wednesday, October 3. There will be a social time and refreshments at 11 a.m., before the seminar, in NC 3212.

College of Engineering and Applied Science
Fall 2012 Seminar Series
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
11:15 a.m., NC 3212

Random Access Transmission Policies in Clustered Sensor Network Topologies
Titsa Papantoni, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado Denver

We consider wireless clustered sensor networks consisting of large numbers of life-limited sensors, where the size of each cluster is determined by the data rate generated by the sensors it contains. The limited sensors’ life-span and their possible mobility induce variations in the sensor population and data rate dynamics. The variations of the sensors’ population necessitate the deployment of random access data transmission algorithms, where stable such algorithms lie within the limited sensing class. We propose the deployment of the Limited Sensing Stack Random Access Algorithms (LSSRAAs), whose appropriate modification may allow the accommodation of high priority data. We evaluate the performance of the LSSRAAs in the presence of sensor expirations.

Titsa Papantoni was born in Greece. She received the Diploma in Electrical, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 1968; the M.S, degree from Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, in 1970; and the Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, in 1973, both in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Statistical Communications and with minor in Mathematics.

She has been in the academia since 1973, as faculty at Rice University, University of Connecticut, University of Virginia, University of Ottawa (endowed research Chair position), University of Alabama (endowed research Chair position) and University of Colorado Denver. On leave of absence from the academia, she has also worked as a researcher at Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ, and as a grant officer/monitor at the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR).

Her research interests include Statistical Decision Theory, Distributed Processing and Neural Network Structures, Statistical-Communications, Information Theory, Robust Statistical and Encoding Methods, Stochastic Processes, Computer-Communication Networks and organizational networks. She is coeditor and contributor to the book: Nonparametric Methods in Communications (New York, Marcel Dekker, 1977). She is also coauthor of the book:  Detection and Estimation (Computer Science Press, 1989). In addition to these books, she has published over 250 refereed technical papers.

Dr. Papantoni is a Fellow of IEEE since 1991, for “Contributions to Communication Networks and to Detection and Estimation Theory”.




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