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First SEC scholars arrive at Digital Futures

The Digital Futures Summer Early Career (SEC) visiting programme has welcomed its first scholars. This initiative supports early career academics from non-Swedish universities, offering them the opportunity to engage with the Digital Futures environment for short to mid-term visits between May and September. The programme, which spans a minimum of one month to a maximum of five months, aims to foster global perspectives and enrich the research landscape within Digital Futures.

The SEC programme provides tenure-track academics the flexibility to take a sabbatical at Digital Futures, where they can contribute to various activities such as research, teaching, events, and mentorship of PhD and post-doctoral researchers. This year, twelve scholars have been awarded funding, with the first arrivals including Chinwendu Enyioha, Mohamed Elbadawi, Barbara Giunti, Hana Khamfroush, Ebru Susur, Cesar A Uribe, and Yongqiu Zhu.

Meet the Scholars:

  • Mohamed Elbadawi: A lecturer in Computational Biomedicine at Queen Mary University London, UK, Elbadawi aims to explore collaborative research opportunities between his home institution and Digital Futures. His research will focus on digitalizing the medicine manufacturing workflow.
  • Chinwendu Enyioha: An Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Central Florida (UCF), Enyioha leads a research group focused on Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. His work involves the analysis, control, and optimization of networked systems.
  • Barbara Giunti: With a background in topological data analysis and a categorical approach, Giunti is interested in the computational aspects of applied topology, specifically developing algorithms to retrieve invariants.
  • Hana Khamfroush: An Associate Professor at the Pigman College of Engineering, Khamfroush’s research encompasses distributed learning, edge computing, IoT, and applied AI. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.
  • Ebru Susur: An Assistant Professor in Innovation Studies at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Susur’s research interests include innovation management, sustainability, circular economy, and digitalization.
  • Cesar A. Uribe: A Louis Owen Assistant Professor at Rice University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Uribe’s research focuses on distributed learning and optimization, decentralized control, algorithm analysis, and computational optimal transport.
  • Yongqiu Zhu: An Assistant Professor in the Department of Transport and Planning at Delft University of Technology, Zhu’s research addresses uncertainty and scalability in user-centric decision-making problems within passenger transport systems.

The arrival of these distinguished scholars is set to enhance the diversity and scope of research at Digital Futures, driving innovation and fostering new global perspectives on digitalization research. More scholars are expected to join in the coming months, contributing to the dynamic academic environment at Digital Futures.