Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering School: School of Engineering and Computing Sciences Campus: Old Westbury
Member of NYIT Since: 2007
Why teach at NYIT?
The university's global presence really intrigued me.
My work has focused on designing systems for the control of transportation, robotic, and crowd systemsall of which are 21st-century challenges that technology can address in profound ways. Here's a snapshot:
Feedback Control of Transportation Systems: Billions of dollars are lost each year because of time wasted on congested roadways. We can build more roads and lanes but the costs in most cases are prohibitive. Control systems engineering can be applied to the traffic flow optimization problems. I'm currently the associate editor of the journal IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems.
Feedback Control of Robotic Systems: I've worked on the feedback control and nonlinear controllability of autonomous robotic systems on land and underwater. I have also been working on extending my robotics research to the classroom by designing a number of projects based on planning, navigation, and control of mobile land robots. This has helped me induct students into robotics research and has resulted in the advancement of the robotics curriculum at NYIT. In fall 2011, I introduced a new undergraduate course, Principles of Robotics.
Feedback Control of Crowd Systems: I've been working on the modeling, design, and control of dynamic crowd systems. Recent advances in sensor technologies have made measuring pedestrian density and velocity realizable. Therefore, efficient control algorithms can be developed to control crowd movements in a variety of situations.
Are you the recipient of any internal or external grants?
Yes, I received an internal Institutional Support for Research and Creativity grant for my study, "Control of Freeway Traffic Using Wireless Cellular Networks," this year.
Has new technology influenced your teaching style?
Through the years, technology has transformed the way I teach. For all courses from 2007 to 2012, I have been using Blackboard for posting lecture notes, assignments, grades, and homework solutions online. The robotics course has used online videos by the instructor and students.
Proudest accomplishment at NYIT
First and foremost I am an educator. The education of our students at NYIT is my highest priority. I am most proud when I see my students who graduate and continue to further their research and training by pursuing doctorates in top-tier engineering schools. I take great pride in watching the transformation of our students, be it undergraduate or graduate, from novice to well-trained researchers. As an example, recently my students presented their research at the IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference at Princeton University. I believe that my accomplishments are measured through the accomplishments of my students.
Favorite tech gadget
My Android Galaxy S3 smartphone.
Reading is my primary hobby. I love to carry my Kindle everywhere I go so I don't miss any opportunity to read.
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Richard Simpson, Ph.D. Associate Professor Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering Campus: Old Westbury