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. My research interests are in the areas of mobile health, computer graphics including mobile graphics and rendering (real-time and photorealistic).. 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. Specifically, I am interested in machine learning using smartphone sensor data to detect various ailments including alcohol consumption from gait analysis, or inferring depression, loneliness and sedentary behaviors from smartphone usage patterns. I am also interested in using machine learning/computer vision techniques to analyze smartphone images for health assessment including analyzing patients' wounds to assess healing progress.
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 have also been a co-Investigator on NIH-funded projects on obesity ( [RELAX] ) and substance (alcohol and drug) abuse. I am also the faculty director for the 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, and a mobile Emergency Medical Services (EMS) incident reporting application. I have worked on energy profiling of mobile applications ( [ PowerSpy ] and energy efficient techniques.
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.
Graphics Rendering: I am generally interested in global illumination techniques for realistic graphics rendering, both real time GI (shaders) and non-real time (ray tracing, photon mapping). I have researched and developed rendering models for realistic materials reflectance (BRDFs). Examples of realistic materials I have researched include interesting natural wavelength-dependent phenomena such as 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.
- Undergraduate Mobile and ubiquitous computing CS 4518 [ C Term 2017 ]
- Computer Graphics (Graduate), CS 543 [ Spring 2017 ]
Previous (Last Offering)
- Computer Graphics (Undergraduate) CS 4731, [ B term 2016 ]
- Graduate class in mobile and ubiquitous computing CS 528 [ Spring 2016 ]
- Digital Image Processing (Graduate) CS 545 [ Spring 2014 ]
- Advanced Topics in Computer Graphics CS 563 [ Spring 2012 ] [Past CS 563 Presentations ]
- Computer Networks (Graduate) CS 513, [ Spring 2010 ]
- Computer Networks (Undergraduate) CS 4514, [ C term 2007 ]
Note that the above links are to the current or last offering of the above courses. For older offerings of courses, please click [here] .
Major Qualifying Projects (MQPs) Interests 2014-2015
For more information on what sorts of MQPs I like to advise and information on older MQPs, please click [here] .
Interesting Independent Study Projects (ISPs)/Directed Research
- Topics in Computational Photography and Video-based Rendering by Cliff Lindsay
- Real-Time Ray Tracing by Peter Lohrmann and Chen-Hao Chang
- Rendering Participating Media Using Photon Mapping (Global Illumination, Volume Rendering, Image-based lighting) by Zack Waters
- Real Time Rendering Using Spherical Harmonics by Cliff Lindsay
My Research pages
- Healthcare Delivery Institute at WPI
- Mobile Graphics Research Group (MGRG)
- Mobile Adaptive Distributed Graphics Pipeline (MADGRAF)
- Bi-Directional Reflectance Viewer Development (BRAVADO)
- Real-Time photorealistic rendering on programmable mobile GPUs
- Investigating Postural Sway Features, Normalization and Personlization in Detecting Blood Alcohol Levels of Smartphone Users
Christina Aiello and Emmanuel Agu,
in Proc Wireless Health Conference 2016
- A Novel CyberPhysical System (CPS) for 3D Imaging of the Small Intestine in Vivo,
Kaveh Pahlavan, Yishuang Geng, Guanqun Bao, Liang Mi, Emanuel Agu, David R. Cave, Andrew Karellas, Vahid Tarokh, Kamran Sayrafian
IEEE Access Journal
- Smartphone-Based Wound Assessment System for Patients with Diabetes
Lei Wang, Peder C. Pedersen, Diane Strong, Bengisu Tulu, Emmanuel Agu and Ronald Ignotz,
IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol.62, no.2, pp.477,488, Feb. 2015
- Using Hashtags as Labels for Supervised Learning of Emotions in Twitter Messages
Maryam Hasan, Emmanuel Agu, Elke Rundensteiner
in SIGKDD Health Informatics Workshop (HI-KDD), co-located with ACM SIGKDD 2014
- A Frequency Domain Algorithm to Identify Recurrent Sedentary Behaviors from Activity Time-Series Data
Qian He and Emmanuel Agu,
IEEE International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics, Las Vegas, NV, USA on Feb 24-27 2016.
- Adaptive Spectral Mapping for Real-Time Dispersive Refraction
Damon Blanchette and Emmanuel Agu,
in Proc. International Symposium on Visual Computing (ISVC) 2012, Crete, Greece.
FULL PUBLICATION LIST .
- Mobile Health Research Links Page
- Graphics Links and Research Page
- Wireless/Mobile Computing Links and Research Page
- My Fun Links
- Advising aids by Dave Brown
- Collected advise on research and writing
- Writing Systems and Networking Articles by Henning Schulzerinne