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October 2016: Professor Helal has been elected to the Board of Governors of the IEEE Computer Society for a 3-year term beginning on January 1, 2017. Full press release can be found here.

March 2016: Professor Helal and his Mobile & Pervasive Computing class receive the 2016 Google Internet-of-Things Research Pilot Award.

January 2015: Professor Helal named IEEE Fellow in recognition for his achievements and contributions to the fields of pervasive and mobile computing.


January 2015:
Professor Helal takes the helm as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Computer, the Computer Society's premier and flagship publication

October 2013: Dr. Helal receives the ACM Outstanding Service Award in appreciation for contributions to ACM as Chair of the 19th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom), Sept 30-Oct 4, 2013, that was held in Miami, Florida. Pictured with Prof. Suman Banerjee, ACM SIGMOBILE Chair.

October 2012: Dr. Helal invited to be a 2012 Peking University Distinguished Lecture Series speeker at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Lecture title: “ICT for a Smarter Planet: Challenges, Enablers, and Opportunities”. Pictured with Professor Hong Mei, EECS Dean.

September 2012:Dr. Helal agrees to chair the 19th ACM Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom) sponsored by ACM SIGMOBILE, to be held in Miami, Florida September 2013.

February 2012: Dr. Helal's new book on Mobile Platforms & Development Environments has finally been completed. The book, co-authored by Dr. Raja Bose, and Mr. Wendong Li (both of whom are Gators Alums), hit the stores late February in both electronic and print formats. The book can be obtained from online book store (Amazon) or directly from the publisher (Morgan & claypool).

September 2011: Dr. Helal has been named Finland Distinguished Professor (FiDiPro). Five researchers from around the world in all fields of science and engineering have been named and awarded FiDiPro in 2011. The Distinguished Professorship involves collaborative research with the European EIT ICT Labs through the Finland node and Aalto Universaity, Otaniemi, Finland.

August 2011: Dr. Helal was invited to the Alpach Technology Forum to give a talk titled "Smart Home in a Box: An Ecosystem and Enablers for Assistive Environments." Associated meda coverage: Die Presse (original article in pdf, translation in pdf)

June 2011: Dr. Helal delivered a keynote speech to the 8th International Conference on Wearable, Micro and Nano Technologies for Personalized Health (pHealth), Lyon, France, June 2011.

May 2011: Dr. Helal visited the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) and participated in a workshop on Ambient Assisted Living – Smart Homes and Beyond. He also visited the NovaHome in Vösendorf prior to his visit to AIT. Associated media coverage: APA OTS (online), AIT Press (online), AIT Press release (pdf).

May 2011: Dr. Helal delivered a Keynote speech to the European Union South East Europe I3E Conference on Efficient Technology Transfer In the fields of Industrial Informatics and Embedded Systems. The conference was held at the National Academy of Engineering, Vienna, Austria. Associated media coverage: Der Standard (pdf), Tiroler Tageszeitung (online).

December 2010: Dr. Helal delivered the opening Keynote in the Second International ICST Conference on Sensor Systems and Software (S-Cube), held December 13-15, in Miami, Florida.

October 2010: Dr. Helal delivered a keynote speech titled: "Programming Pervasive Spaces," to the delegates of the 7th International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing (UIC 2010), held October 26-29, in Xi'an, China.

August 2010: Dr. Helal delivered a Keynote speech titled: "The Cloud, The Edge and Beneath," in the 18th Annual Meeting of the IEEE International Symposium on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems, that was held August 17-19, in Miami, Florida.

July 2010: Dr. Helal along with Ph.D. students Chao Chen, Yi Xu and Kun Li won the 2010 IEEE/IPSJ SAINT Conference Best Paper Award. The paper titled "Reactive Programming Optimizations in Pervasive Computing," was presented July 22, 2010 in the 10th Annual International Symposium on Applications and the Internet is jointly sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and the Information processing Society of Japan (IPSJ), Seoul, Korea.

June 2010: Finally, The Landscape of Pervasive Computing Standard is finished and published by Morgan & Claypool. The book can be purchased fromMorgan & Claypool Publisher online store or from Amazon.

March 2010: Dr. Helal featured as the cover story in the March 2010 issue of the prestigious Florida Trend magazine. The article can be viewed here.

September 2009:Dr. Helal organized and served as Conference Chair and gave the opening remarks for the 11th ACM International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp 2009). The conference was held at the Disney World Yacht & Beach Club in Orlando, Florida.

September 2009: Dr. Helal was appointed by the IEEE Computer Society as the Editor of IEEE Computer's new column on Industry Perspective.

July 2009: Ph.D. Candidate Chao Chen and Dr. Helal won the IEEE/IPSJ SAINT Conference's Best Paper Award. The paper titled "Device Integration in SODA using the Device Description Language." was published and presented in the 9th Annual International Symposium on Applications and the Internet is jointly sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and the Information processing Society of Japan (IPSJ).

June 2009: Dr. Helal was appointed as Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Computer, the Flagship publication of the IEEE Computer Society.

January 2009: Dr. Yeunsook Lee, Professor of Design at Yonsei University, Korea, visited the Mobile and Pervasive Computing lab and toured the Gator Tech Smart House. Dr. Lee is a world leader in the design of urban friendly environments for the elderly.

November 5, 2008: Drs. Takeo Kanade and Howard Wactlar from the Computer Science department at CMU visited the Mobile and Pervasive Computing lab and tour the Gator Tech Smart House. Dr. Kanade also gave a seminar on the recent developments in the Quality of Life Technology NSF-ERC Center at CMU.

October 2008: Dr. Helal's new book hits the bookshelves. The Engineering Handbook of Smart Technology for Aging, Disability, and Independence (Wiley, ISBN: 978-0-471-71155-1) is the first Handbook of its kind to be offered to both Academicians and Practitioners. The book can be ordered from Amazon.

September 2007: Dr. Helal gave a Keynote Speech at the 3rd IET International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE07), Ulm, Germany, September 24-25, 2007.

August 2007: Pervasa Inc., Dr. Helal's IoT start-up, won the Silver Best of SensorExpo Award for: "its Atlas Model 00ACMZB, a generic hardware/software interface for sensor-enterprise integration." - More details can be found here.

July 2007: Dr. Helal gave a Keynote Speech at the 31st Annual IEEE International Computer Software and Applications Conference(COMPSAC 2007).

July 2007: Dr. Helal visited Peking University, Beijing, and was honored by meeting with its Executive Vice President & Provost, Professor Jianhua Lin.

June 2007: Dr. Helal gave a Keynote Speech at the 5th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics (ICOST07), to be held in Nara, Japan, June 21-23, 2007.

April 2007: Professor Hani Hagras, Professor of Computer Science and Director of the iDorm project at the University of Essex visits the Mobile and Pervasive Computing Laboratory for a two-days research exchange on Intelligent Environments.

September 2006: Dr. Helal visits the Ubiquitous Robot Companion research team in ETRI, Korea to sign a Memorandom of Understanding and discuss joint research.

June 2006: Dr. Helal founds Pervasa, Inc., and enters into an agreement with the University of Florida Office of Technology Licesning to license back inventions and copyrights of the ATLAS Sensor Platform.

May 2006: Dr. Helal dlivers a Plenary Speech on "Plug and Play Sensor Networks" in the IEEE 23rd Biennial Symposium on Communications, held at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

May 2006: Dr. Helal delivered a Distinguished Lecture Series talk about “Programmable Pervasive Spaces,”in the School of Computing, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

May 2006: The StarHome researech team affiliated with the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Singapore visits the Gator Teach Smart House for a tour and technical discuission regarding future collaborations. In the picture, guests from left to right are: Mr. Chong Chieh Tseng, Ms. Khor Hwai Lin and Mr. Edward Chan Hoi Chuen.

May 2006: The Ubiquitous Robot Companion (URC) research team of the Electronics and Telecommunication Research Institute (ETRI), Korea, visits the Gator Tech Smart House to discuss joint research and the use of UF's ATLAS Sensor Platform in the URC Project. ETRI team: Dr. Hyun Kim (Leader), Dr. Kang-woo Lee, and Mr. Young-ho Seo.

February 2006: Dr. Helal attended the Advisory Board Meeting of the "Ultra Wide Band-based Sentient Computing" initiative administered by the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) under  A*STAR, Singapore

Feburary 2006: Dr. Helal delivers a Keynote speach to the attendees of the ICADI Conference on Aging and Independent Living, St. Petersburgh, Florida.

October 2005: Senator Mel Martinez tours the Gator Tech Smart House for a demo of the most recent developments in UF's Pervasive Computing research in support of successful Aging.

September 2005: Professor Helal visited the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) in Singapore and delivered a Keynote Address in the InfoComm Horizons 2005 Conference. The keynote covered current UF efforts in Pervasive Computing Research and its applications in the domain of Elder Care.

September 2005: Professor Helal visited the School of Information Systems at the Singapore Management University and presented a SIS research talk.

September 2005: Professor Helal and graduate students Raja Bose and Steven Pickles showcased the sensor platform at the 2005 Very Large Data Bases Conference (VLDB-05) held Aug. 29 through Sept. 3 in Trondheim, Norway. They presented the platform as part of a joint project with researchers from Purdue University. More details.

May 2005: The DISCOVERY CHANNEL Beyond Tomorrow program filmed the Gator Tech Smart House. The program covers cutting edge technology and innovation and airs world-wide.

March 2005: The Mobile and Pervasive Computing Laboratory at the University of Florida participates in the CTIA Wireless Home show in New Orleans, Louisiana . The lab demonstrated three of its smart home inventions, including the mobile Medicine Reminder, the Smartwave meal preparation assistant and Modia - the follow-me multimedia concept.

June 2003: Dr. Helal organized and co-chaired the Pre-ICADI Workshop on Aging DIsability and Independence, held at the British Royal Academy of Engineering. The workshop was sponsored by NSF, EPSRC and the Royal Academy of Engineering. The Workshop Web Site.

December 2002: The National Science Foundation and the British Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) visit the Mobile and Pervasive Computing Laboratory. Dr. Gilbert Divey (NSF), Dr. Lee Bartlett (EPSRC) and Dr. Andrew Sixsmith (The University of Liverpool) visited the lab and Matilda Smart House, where several demos were shown on the use of the smart phone as an assistive device.

July 2002: Dr. Helal gave the Keynote Speech in the opening session of the AAAI Workshop on Automation as Caregiver: The Role of Intelligent Technology in Elder Care, Edmonton, Canada.

October 15, 2001: Dr. Helal along with a team from the School of Health Professions won a Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center grant (RERC on Successful Aging) that will focus on applying pervasive computing technology for elders and disabled. The Center is funded by a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabiolitation Research (NIDRR) administered by the Department of Education.

October 9, 2001: Steve, Balaji, and Dr. Helal presented their paper on DRISHTI in the 5th International Symposium on Wearable Computing (ISWC'01), in Zurich Switzerland. The paper which is titled: "Drishti: An Integrated Navigation System for Visually Impaired and Disabled," is available online.