Q&A with the Great Lakes Research Center’s Timothy Havens

Timothy Havens is the new director of the Great Lakes Investigate Center.

Timothy Havens came to Michigan Technological College as an electrical and pc
engineering researcher. As of January 1, he’s now the director of the Great Lakes
Investigate Center (GLRC), in addition to continuing his roles as director of the Institute
of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) and the William and Gloria Jackson Professor in
Personal computer Science. Havens succeeds outgoing GLRC director Andrew Barnard.

“I am extremely pleased that Tim has stepped up and approved the directorship of the
Great Lakes Investigate Center,” said Dave Reed, Michigan Tech’s Vice President for Investigate.
“Tim has been a incredibly successful chief of the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems
for various many years and I am confident he will bring that practical experience and technique to
the GLRC.”

We recently sat down with Havens to examine the future of the GLRC and his position at
Michigan Tech.

“The GLRC is striving to come to be the premier research establishment on campus, both equally in
phrases of the excellence in research being executed and also in the assist that GLRC
staff members bring to campus scientists. The college and staff members and their diverse research
are at the best of their fields.”

Timothy Havens sits outside the GLRC

Timothy Havens

Director, Great Lakes Investigate Center

Q: Why had been you selected as the upcoming GLRC director?

TH: My practical experience in being a researcher and research administrator plays properly with
being the director of the GLRC. I’m at present the director of the ICC and was the
associate dean of research for the School of Computing, with both equally units looking at significant
expansion all through my management. 1 of our objectives in the ICC has been to improve into a sustainable,
self-supporting device with fantastic assist for our scientists, typically employing the GLRC
as an instance. We have produced significant strides towards this intention, recently employing
a comprehensive-time assistant director for research improvement. I’m enthusiastic I now get the
likelihood to guide the center we’ve been employing as a position product.

Q: Your former research has been concentrated on computing and cybersystems. What does
that have to do with Great Lakes research?

TH: To be a profitable research administrator, just one desires to be a robust researcher
but not necessarily in any specific spot. My practical experience will allow me to appear into the
directorship with the substantial-amount look at vital to leverage means in innovative
means, this kind of as new vessels and research platforms, upcoming-technology computing and skilled
personnel. Investigate centers are firms, and the features of balancing men and women, infrastructure
and means are mainly the same, no matter the research focus.

That said, I do Great Lakes research. I have worked with the U.S. Navy for various many years,
creating signal processing for detecting objects beneath and on the water and ice
employing acoustics. The relationship of my research to the GLRC is extra on the techy facet,
but I’m cognizant of and strongly assist all of the center’s research and I’m seriously
thrilled to discover extra about the spots I haven’t but experienced immediate connections with.
Moreover, I look ahead to connecting my land-dependent robotics research to the GLRC:
maritime autonomy, smart ships and the Marine Autonomy Investigate Web page.

Q: What do you do in your work?

TH: I guide the Pattern Recognition and Clever Equipment Engineering lab. For quite a few
many years I have been working with the Division of Defense and industry associates on challenging
sensing complications. For instance, detecting explosive dangers, creating AI that can
predict motor vehicle malfunctions properly just before a examine engine mild turns on, and how to
make robots extra sturdy to sensor malfunctions or malfeasance, to name a handful of.

In my research I’m investigating how to pull details out when valuable knowledge are
hidden driving the sounds. I take all those knowledge and turn them into choices — “You should really
almost certainly take your car or truck in to examine its transmission within just the upcoming 1,000 miles,”
for instance.

Tim Havens stands next to the research vessel Agassiz outside the Great Lakes Research Center
Tim Havens is the new director of the Great Lakes Investigate Center.

Q: How does your work relate to the other research at the GLRC?

TH: Equipment understanding is relevant almost everywhere you go. I take knowledge and build implicit
designs that can make choices with all those knowledge: predictions, assessments, diagnostics,
etc. Dr. Pengfei Xue and I have by now started conversing about how we can incorporate my
AI research with his hydrodynamic designs, enabling possibly far better or extra effective
predictions about vital indicators of local weather change in the Great Lakes. When I boil
down what I really like about research, it’s that I really like to solve puzzles — there are tons
of hard and significant puzzles to solve with GLRC scientists and I look ahead
to the collaborations.

Q: What is your eyesight for the future of the GLRC?

TH: We should really definitely feel about growing our creating! The GLRC is striving to
come to be the premier research establishment on campus, both equally in phrases of the excellence
in research being executed and also in the assist that GLRC staff members bring to campus
scientists. The college and staff members and their diverse research are at the best of their
fields. The center will not only carry on to force the envelope about what can be uncovered
about Great Lakes and coastal oceans devices, but also look for chances in the
uncharted waters of complex, actual-earth complications that involve numerous-disciplinary
approaches to take care of.

 

Michigan Technological College is a public research university established in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is dwelling to extra than seven,000 pupils from 55 nations around the earth. Continually ranked between the very best universities in the country for return on investment decision, the College provides extra than 125 undergraduate and graduate degree packages in science and technology, engineering, computing, forestry, small business and economics, health and fitness professions, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is located just miles from Lake Excellent in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, presenting yr-spherical chances for outdoor journey.