Yong directs the SMART Lab (Sustainable - Mobile - Autonomous - Real-time - Translational). His current research interests include: Human-AI Teaming, Applied AI, AR/VR and Sensory Systems. Yong has participated in many multidisciplinary research in Medicine, Education, Finance, Cyber, Smart Cities, and etc. His research have received media coverages in New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, US News & World Report, American Inno, and etc.
Yong received his MS and Ph.D. degrees in EE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1999 and 2002, respectively, and his BS degree in Electrical Power Engineering from Tsinghua University in 1996. He also received a Certificate of Technology Commercialization from The Ohio Department of Higher Education through the I-Corps@Ohio program in 2017.
Yong teaches a broad portfolio of computer science and engineering courses that include entry-level computer programming courses on Java/C++, as well as advanced courses on distributed/mobile/cloud/sensory computing. He also participates in cross-disciplinary course offerings, such as applied business, technology entrepreneurship and graduate medical educations. Among his latest innovations in engineering and computer science education is the NSF I-Corps style project experience embedded in both undergraduate and graduate classes.
Yong and his researches in Human-AI Teaming, AI, AR/VR and Sensory technologies intend to help address real-world challenges in our society and economy through creative applications of technologies that provide effective, scalable and sustainable solutions. His ultimate goal is to bring real-world opportunities and experiences in various industries to help prepare and develop Computer Science and Engineering students into the first caliber problem solvers. Yong led a student team to the 2017 Ohio Collegiate Venture Showcase, one of only 4 teams selected from universities across Ohio. He is also a top prize winner of Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge in 2018.
Yong actively participates in multidisciplinary research collaborations with research partners from, e.g., Boonshoft School of Medicine, WSU College of Nursing and Health, WSU College of Education and Human Services, WSU School of Music, Kettering Health Networks, Premier Health, Dayton VA Medical Center, AFRL, Dayton Entrepreneur Center and also with local industries.
Yong’s research are sponsored by DoD, NSF, SAMHSA, Ohio Federal Research Networks, Ohio Development Services Agency, Ohio Dept. of Medicaid, Ohio Dept. of Higher Education, as well as industry sponsors. Since 2016, he has led or participated in over $4 millions funded research with over 50 semesters of GRA supports for Computer Science and Engineering students.
Selected Active Research Projects at the SMART Lab:
- C-CIMS: Collaborative Communication Interruption Management System via human AI teaming.
- BLOSSOM: Blockchain based subject matter expertise ecosystem.
- Skill Lab: Surgical Skills Simulation Training.
- ReadMI: mobile and AI technology assisted motivational interviewing training.
- Medicaid Equity Simulation: improve the health services by addressing numerous social determinants of health through a virtual/augmented reality enabled interactive cultural proficiency training system for healthcare providers.
- Autonomous/remote piloted personnel air vehicle system: enable “Uber Air” type of services.
- Pain Management and Rehabilitations after surgery.
- WrightCAP: live in-class captioning and inclusive environment for augmented learning experience.
Since 2016, over 40 students (MS/PhD thesis, MS Cyber projects, graduate independent studies, undergraduate research experience, and etc.) have graduated from the SMART Lab, and have since started successful careers in various industry and government organizations, e.g., Amazon, AT&T, Cerner, Google, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, Sogeti, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, WPAFB and etc.
Yong is currently (Spring 2019) advising over 20 students in their research efforts.
Recently completed thesis and cyber projects:
- Saurabh Shukla, “Development of a human-AI teaming based mobile language learning solution for dual language learners in early and special educations”, 2018
- Barry Pfaff, “Overwhelming the SAA System of Delivery UAVs by Drone Swarming”, 2018
- Subhadra Tummalapally, “Augment the Multi-Modal Interaction Capabilities of HoloLens Through Networked Sensory Devices”, 2018
- Soumya Chiday, “Developing a Kinect Based Holoportation System”, 2018
- Glenn Sean Morrison, “Threats and Mitigation of DDoS Cyberattacks Against the U.S. Power Grid via EV Charging”, 2018
- Swathi Pamidi, "Development of an iOS App for Learning Intonation of Wind Instruments", 2018
- Yogesh Chavan, "Portable Motion Lab for Diagnostic and Rehabilitation Processes", 2017
- Imen Mbarek Kasrani, "Development Of A Performance Assessment System For Language Learning", 2017
- Anka Babu Billa, “Development of an Ultra-Portable Non-Contact Wound Measurement System”, 2017
- Brian Eckerly, "Cyber Security of Interfaces between Smart Electric Vehicles and the Power Grid", 2017
- Sowmya Pappu, "Development Of An Android Based Performance Assessment System For Motivational Interviewing Training", 2017
- Ashutosh Shivakumar, "Smart EV Charging For Improved Sustainable Mobility", 2017
- Andrew J. Mcnutt, “Model Preparation And User Interface Aspects For Microsoft Hololens Medical Tutorial Applications”, 2017.
- Dhruvkumar Navinchandra Patel, "Miniatured Inertial Motion and Position Tracking and Visualization Systems Using Android Wear Platform", 2016
- Rutvik Bharatkumar Patel, “Cost and Space Effective Range of Motion and Gait Analysis”, 2016
- Megha Dattatrey Dalvi, “Customizable 3-D Virtual GI Tract Systems for Locating, Mapping and Navigation Inside Human Gastrointestinal Tract”, 2016
- Krishna Chaithanya Mathi, “Augment HoloLens’ Body Recognition and Tracking Capabilities Using Kinect”, 2016
- Chad M. Murphy, "Application Layer Firewall – Internet Calendaring and Scheduling", 2016
- Steven B. Mahurin, "SMIMEEncrypt: Automatic Encrypting Mail Gateway Module", 2016
- Purumandla Sai Harin Kumar Reddy, “GUI based Firewall Control”, 2016
- Kristin Warren, "Reverse Engineering and Obfuscating Java Code", 2016
- Jennafer Sparks, "Reverse Engineering and Obfuscating Java Code", 2016
- Venkatamanikanta Subrahmanyakartheek Gokavarapu, “Computer Graphics and Visualization based Analysis and Record System for Hand Surgery and Therapy Practices”, 2016