Industrial and Systems Engineering Research
Virtual Reconstruction of a Juvenile Apatosaurus in collaboration with the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History has collected limited number of bones (15%) from a juvenile Apatosaurus and are in the process of reconstructing the entire skeletal structure. Several ISE students (Aimee Dilley-Jones, Laura Friend and Jacob Ferguson) guided by Drs. Starly and Raman are helping the paleontologists to virtually reconstruct the remaining bone structure using existing data and domain specific knowledge. The students have used state-of-the-art reverse engineering software and hardware technologies to collect point cloud data of existing bone structure and processed them to obtain virtual digital models. Computer aided design(CAD) software and rapid prototyping technologies are being extensively used to reconstruct the entire juvenile structure. The traditional techniques of clay modeling, molding and casting are cumbersome and time consuming. The new digitally enabled process will significantly cut down the modeling and fabrication timeline.
Areas of Concentration
Faculty in the OU School of Industrial and Systems Engineering are very active in pursuing funding, advising students, publishing journal articles, and attending conferences relating to the following six diverse areas of research concentration.
There are a number of research opportunities for faculty and students at several research centers operated by the School, the College, and the University.
Cognitive Science Research Center
CSRC is a multi-disciplinary research center at the University of Oklahoma that focuses on the development and application of computer-based tests for assessing human performance across a broad range of military, industrial, educational, and medical applications. CSRC is one of the nation’s premier sites for developing advanced computerized testing technology and for conducting research exploring the limits of human cognitive and neuropsychological function.
Oklahoma Transportation Center (OTC)
The OTC is a multidisciplinary coalition of Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma, and Langston University to serve as a resource for solving critical transportation problems in the state and in the nation in a cooperative manner. The OTC has over 30 founding partners including the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Transportation Authority, and companies and associations representing all transportation modes. Since its inception, the OTC faculty and students have worked collaboratively on different projects covering a broad spectrum of topics, including improving work zone safety through remote monitoring, modeling statewide freight movement, developing a computerized accident analysis system, analyzing impacts of highway construction, and implementing emerging technologies for structural health monitoring and material testing.
Research Institute for STEM Education (RISE)
The Research Institute for STEM Education brings together a multi-disciplinary research team whose mission is to study the complex array of factors contributing to diverse student’s academic experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors (STEM) and to make recommendations to academic policy makers based on those factors.
Wireless Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Center
The Wireless EMC Center is the only such research center in the United States, studying interference issues between wireless communication and other electronic devices. The EMC Center performed the premier study on the interaction between implantable pacemakers and wireless phones. The Center is a leading organization in the total systems approach to integrating electrical engineering technology and industrial engineering systems study and optimization to yield solutions for interaction problems. Funding comes from a consortium of industries and the National Science Foundation. Graduate research assistantships are available for interested students.
Center for Shape Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (SEAM)
The Center for Shape Engineering for Advanced Manufacturing (SEAM) seeks to help aerospace maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) businesses to make, repair and replace parts more accurately and rapidly. SEAM is a blend of innovative technologies, methodologies, and expertise designed to provide rapidly reconfigurable measurement and manufacturing to support the MRO activities of the increasing number of military and commercial aerospace industries. Shape Engineering (SE) is an assessment of product requirements collected with accurate measurement methods including cutting-edge instrumentation, material reverse engineering, and digital compatibility. Advanced Manufacturing (AM) is the translation of that data into viable digital models and designs with a quick turnaround and near-net-shape. SEAM aims to sustain and improve the country's technical workforce through research, training, and education objectives.