Florida International University is an American public research university in Greater Miami, Florida, in the United States, with its main campus in University Park in Miami-Dade County. Florida International University is classified as a research university with high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation and a first-tier research university by the Florida Legislature. Founded in 1965, FIU is the youngest university to be awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter by the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the country's oldest academic honor society.FIU belongs to the 12-campus State University System of Florida and is one of Florida's primary graduate research universities, awarding over 3,400 graduate and professional degrees annually. The university offers 191 programs of study with more than 280 majors in 23 colleges and schools. FIU offers many graduate programs, including architecture, business administration, engineering, law, and medicine, offering 81 master's degrees, 34 doctoral degrees, and 3 professional degrees.FIU is the largest university in South Florida, the 2nd-largest in Florida, and the 7th-largest in the United States. Total enrollment in 2012 was 50,394 students, including 14,177 graduate students, and 2,974 full-time faculty with over 180,000 alumni around the world. In 2012, FIU's research expenditure was $104.6 million, with an endowment of $140 million. The university has an annual budget of $1.07 billion.Since 2007, more valedictorians from South Florida choose to attend FIU than any other university in the country. As Miami's public research university, competition to enroll at FIU has heightened as more students apply each year. Wikipedia.
Florida International University | Date: 2015-08-03
The subject invention provides novel apparatuses and methods for assessing the structure and function of photoreceptors in retina. In a specific embodiment, the assessment is accomplished by imaging rhodopsin, pigmented protein responsible for initiating vision acquisition of the eye, in living subjects. Advantageously, the technologies provided herein can be used for clinical evaluation of retinal photoreceptors for diagnosis, disease staging and follow-up, and outcome measurement for clinical trials of retinal degenerative disorders, including, for example, hereditary retinal degeneration and age-related macular degeneration.
Florida International University | Date: 2016-07-05
A multi-lead multi-electrode system and method of manufacturing the multi-lead multi-electrode system includes a multi-electrode lead that may be used to deploy multiple separable electrodes to different spaced apart contact sites, such as nerve or muscle tissues, for example, that are spatially distributed over a large area.
Florida International University | Date: 2016-08-01
The invention provides methods for identifying the presence of, or an increased risk of developing, organ damage in a subject having an autoimmune disease, for example, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) or Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD), or other disease in which the lungs and/or kidneys are involved. In one embodiment, a significantly increased combined IgM reactivity against the peptides having the sequences of SEQ ID NOs: 4, 9, 12, and 15 in a sample obtained from a patient compared to a healthy control indicates lung damage or an increased risk of developing lung damage in the subject. In another embodiment, a significantly increased combined IgM reactivity against the peptides having the sequences of SEQ ID NOs: 2, 8, 12, 14, 15, and 17, in a sample from a patient compared to a healthy control indicates kidney damage or an increased risk of developing kidney damage in the subject.
Florida International University | Date: 2016-09-06
Paper microfluidic devices for the detection of bodily fluids are provided. Such devices can be used, for example, for detection of bodily fluids from or at crime scenes, including blood, saliva, semen, urine, feces, vaginal fluids, and perspiration. Detection can be performed using colorimetric reagents that react when placed in contact with the fluid of interest. A single device can be used to test for multiple bodily fluids at the same time.
Florida International University | Date: 2015-08-18
Systems and techniques are described to enable the dynamic selection of a transit route through the stop zones of a transit line. Techniques are disclosed for receiving a current location of a transit vehicle on a transit line and determining a transit route through one or more of the vehicles remaining stop zones by choosing an optimized combination of stop options and route segment options for that specific transit vehicle. Techniques may be performed in some cases by accessing a real-time traffic information service to obtain one or more traffic condition factors on a route segment, determining a dynamic route segment option weight, calculating a dynamic cost function with respect to the weights, and determining an optimized set of the route segments with respect to the cost functions.
Florida International University | Date: 2015-09-08
Techniques and systems for facilitating the calibration of oscillation frequencies for an analog audio synthesizer are disclosed. Included are embodiments for performing the initial calibration of an audio synthesizer and for continuously compensating for the frequency irregularities which originate from insufficient calibration and/or frequency drift of the oscillator circuits. Embodiments can utilize the microcontroller already present in most synthesizers and require no further hardware.
Florida International University | Date: 2015-09-01
To ameliorate the detrimental effects of time delays, techniques and systems are disclosed for detecting time delays in a plant, facility, or environment (such as a power system) controlled by an NCS, and for providing more resilient control capabilities for adapting to the detected time delays. A time delay estimate can be determined by comparing the expected state of the plant, calculated from a plant model, with the state of the plant described by its telemetry data. Techniques for adapting to a time delay include: switching to an emergency controller and acting in accordance with a local reference model; sending adjusted control commands in accordance with an expected plant state; and instructing a transmitter to transmit subsequent communications packets over multiple redundant communication channels.
Florida International University | Date: 2016-08-25
The subject invention provides the materials and methods for fabricating and using an electrochemical immunosensing device to detect a target antigen. In a preferred embodiment, the subject invention utilizes Camelid-derived, single-domain antibodies as the sensing agents immobilized onto the surface of the immunosensing device, more specifically, the working electrode of the immunosensing device. Furthermore, embodiments of the subject invention provide means for increasing the devices detection sensitivity by utilizing a working electrode optionally configured with an array of interdigitated electrodes.
Florida International University | Date: 2016-10-21
Multipath load-balancing algorithms, which can be used for data center networks (DCNs), are provided. A multipath load-balancing algorithm can be, for example, a distributed multipath load-balancing algorithm or a centralized multipath load-balancing algorithm. Algorithms of the subject invention can be used for, e.g., hierarchical DCNs and/or fat-tree DCNs. Algorithms of the subject invention are effective and scalable and significantly outperform existing solutions.
Florida International University | Date: 2016-12-06
Techniques are disclosed for determining a specific velocity of a device attached to a wireless network. The specific velocity can be determined using a handover count of the base station boundary transitions over a time window and/or using a set of sojourn time samples that each denote the duration the device remains in the zone of a particular base station. Techniques operate effectively in cellular networks having high base station densities. The specific velocity estimates may be inputs to components on the device or network to adjust a local device function or performance behavior.