UNM ECE Prof. Meeko Oishi Receives CAREER Award

May 15, 2013 - Charles Reuben

MeekoMeeko Oishi, Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, recently received a highly sought-after National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.

Oishi’s award focuses on developing theoretical and computational techniques to make collaborative human-automation systems more reliable by identifying potential problems in user-interfaces and automation at the design stage. The research will use control theoretic techniques for dynamics-driven user-interface design, with application to large, safety-critical, high-risk, or expensive systems.

The $400,000 award for “Formal Tools For Analysis and Design of Collaborative Hybrid Systems” will support Oishi’s research for five years. The CAREER Program award supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Oishi’s research focuses on providing guarantees of safety and performance in cyberphysical systems through careful design of controllers and user-interfaces (for systems that are not fully automated). Another aspect of her work is characterization of biomedical systems using control theoretic techniques. In collaboration with neurologists who focus on Parkinson's disease and neurosurgeons who focus on traumatic brain injury, her group aims to identify potential biomarkers through system identification and dynamical system analysis.