WPI Computer Science Department

Computer Science Department

Emmanuel Agu: Associate Professor

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I am currently an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at WPI after receiving my PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. I also received a Masters degree from the same department and a Bachelors degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Benin in my home country, Nigeria. My research interests are in the areas of mobile health, computer graphics including mobile, real-time and photorealistic graphics.. I am also interested in most areas of mobile computing

Mobile Health: I am interested in researching and developing smartphone apps that patients with health ailments can use to better manage their conditions. Since 2011, I have been involved in the NSF-funded Sugar project to develop a mobile application for patients with advanced diabetes, which automatically analyzes the healing progress of their foot ulcers and helps them manage their condition at home. I am also on the faculty steering committee of the Health Delivery Institute

Mobile Computing: I am interested in most areas of mobile and ubiquitous computing especially using smartphones. I have researched and developed a wide range of mobile applications including location-aware tour guides, location-aware security modules, a mobile incident reporting application for the WPI Emergency Medical Services.

Mobile Graphics: In mobile graphics, we have created and prototyped a programmable mobile graphics API called the Mobile Adaptive Distributed Graphics Framework (MADGRAF) in which a powerful server can assist a mobile device in rendering relatively complex 3D scenes by applying techniques such as polygon simplification, image-based techniques, rendering using various Level-of-Detail (LOD) techniques and remote execution. As part of our efforts, we are developing performance monitoring tools including PowerSpy, a Windows tool for fine-grained power profiling.

Photorealistic Graphics: In photorealistic computer graphics, I work in the emerging area of computer graphics known as appearance modeling in which research tries to create realistic surface reflectance models (BRDFs) and reproduce effects like weathering of stones and aging of paint pigments to make computer graphics images even more realistic while reducing the almost plastic look of previous models. Examples of work that I have done in appearance models include modeling interesting natural wavelength-dependent phenomena like diffraction which produces the color streaks we observe when we look at a CD-ROM and interference which produces color in oil slicks and soap bubbles.

I teach the undergraduate and graduate computer graphics, undergraduate computer networks class as well as a graduate seminars in computer graphics and mobile computing.

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Previous Classes (Last Offering)

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Major Qualifying Projects (MQPs) Interests 2014-2015

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Interesting Independent Study Projects (ISPs)/Directed Research

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Selected Publications



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