Sumi Helal, Ph.D., Fellow, IEEE, is a Professor at the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Department at the University of Florida. He is a recognized leader in the fields of Mobile and Pervasive Computing. His current research focuses on Smart Spaces (new technological enablers, architectures, ecosystem, intelligent interactions, and real world deployments), Internet of Things (scalable cloud-sensor architectures for smart cities, IoT programmability and city-scale IoT optimizations), and Assistive Technology (successful aging, affective and persuasive interactions, context-driven simulation, and assistive technology for the blind and hearing impaired). He is well known for his interdisciplinary research on smart homes and Health Telematics in support of Health Care and Aging, Disabilities and Independence (ADI). He directs the Mobile and Pervasive Computing Laboratory in the CISE department at University of Florida. He is co-founder and director of the Gator Tech Smart House, an experimental facility for applied research development and validation in the domains of elder care and health telematics. He led and directed technology development of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Successful Aging (2001-2007). He is well published with over 280 books, book chapters, Journals/transactions, and conference and workshop articles.
Dr. Helal is a technologist at heart. Some of his research led to the creation of emerging technologies especially in mobile and pervasive computing. He is highly experienced in matters of intellectual property and technology protection (15 patent applications, and 9 issued patents), business development, launching technology startups, incubation, technology management, and policy issues of the emerging “innovation economy” science and technology parks. He is the founder of two companies: Phoneomena, Inc., one of the earliest mobile application and middleware company (2002-2007), and Pervasa, Inc., focused on IoT platform and middleware products for sensor based systems and enabler tools for creating smart spaces (2006-2011).
Dr. Helal secured significant grants (both federal and industrial) to fund his research programs. As PI or Co-PI, he raised over $8.8M since he joined UF in 1998 (not counting equipment grants). He has funded, supervised and graduated 20 Ph.D. students and 49 Masters thesis students in the past 16 years. Among the funding agencies and companies who funded (or currently fund) his research are: National Science Foundation, NIH, DARPA, the US Special Operation Command, IBM, Motorola, Harris Corporation, Microsoft Research, Citrix Systems, Sun Microsystems, Nokia Research Labs, and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. He has also been funded by international organizations including Tekes, Finland, and several times by ETRI, Korea.
Dr. Helal is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Computer, the premier and flagship magazine of the IEEE Computer Society. He has been Associate Editor-in-Chief for Computer since 2009. Dr. Helal is also one of the co-founders and an editorial board member of the IEEE Pervasive Computing magazine. He has been the Editor of the magazine's column on Standards, Tools and Emerging Technologies since the magazine’s inception in 2002 until 2011. He also lately served as Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Pervasive Computing.
Dr. Helal’s research received substantial media attention and broad coverage since 2001. This includes the New York Times, the MIT Technology Review, the Chicago Tribune, the USA Today, the Discovery Channel Beyond Tomorrow TV program, and many other newspapers and famous computer magazines. In March 2010, Dr. Helal was featured as the cover story highlight in the Florida Trends Magazine, the premier business and technology magazine of the state of Florida. Details of all media coverage of Dr. Helal, his students and his research findings can be accessed here.
Born in Suez, Egypt, Dr. Helal earned his B.E. and M.E. degrees summa cum laude in Computer Engineering and Automatic Control from Alexandria University, Egypt, in 1982 and 1985 respectively. He earned his MSc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Sciences from Purdue University in 1989 and 1991, respectively. Dr. Helal’s latest news can be followed here.
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