Tufts engineers recognized for research excellence

Senior Jordan Lueck, Associate Professor Jason Rife, and collaborators received a best of conference award for their paper on sensor-aided simulation.
Student and faculty member pose with their award in front of brick wall
Jordan Lueck and Associate Professor Jason Rife posed in Robinson Hall for a photo with their award. Photo courtesy of Briana Bouchard.

At the 2019 Winter Simulation Conference, a team that included a student and faculty member from the Tufts Department of Mechanical Engineering won a best of conference award for their paper on sensor-aided simulation in disaster management applications. Titled "Who goes there? Using an agent-based simultaion for tracking population movement," the paper presented the research team's method to apply simulations to tracking a live event like an evacuation.

Jordan Lueck, E20, and Associate Professor Jason Rife collaborated with Research Associate Professor Samarth Swarup of the University of Virginia and Professor Nasim Uddin of the University of Alabama at Birmingham on the research. The paper's primary contribution to the scholarship is developing "an efficient method for managing the combinatorial complexity of data association." The method described in the paper allowed for close tracking of the population over time, when tested in a simulation study of an evacuation via roads.

Hosted in National Harbor, Maryland, the 2019 Winter Simulation Conference addressed a broad range of individual and societal risks, through the use of simulation. The conference highlighted the latest simulation techniques and how they can be used to make more robust decisions.