Prof. DasGupta wins Global Challenges Research Fund Workshop Award

Assistant Professor Debanuj DasGupta wins Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Workshop Award.

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government in late 2015 to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. Professor DasGupta will be collaborating with C0-PI Dr. Trude Sunberg at the University of Kent and Subham Mukherjee at the Free University of Berlin. Together DasGupta, Sundberg, and Mukherjee will be organizing research workshops around water security and gender issues at Kent, Canterbury; Kolkata, India; Kathmandu, Nepal, and Guangzhou, China. DasGupta, Sundberg, and Mukherjee are recipients of the GCRF Critical Workshop Fund for 2019. 

Putting Humans in the Autonomous Vehicle Driver’s Seat

Please join us for a one day Conference: “Putting Humans in the AV Driver’s Seat” which will present intellectual leaders from across the United States and beyond whose work focuses on societal impacts of AVs.  The event will culminate in an interactive Town Hall session moderated by WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil, the host of “Where We Live”.  The event is free and open to the public.

As seating is limited, attendees need to register ahead of time.  Visit for more information and to register.


Dr. Atkinson-Palombo to Arizona for research on Autonomous Vehicles

Dr. Carol Atkinson-Palombo
Dr. Carol Atkinson-Palombo

Dr. Atkinson-Palombo has received funding from UConn’s Scholarship Facilitation Fund to travel to Arizona in spring 2019 during her sabbatical leave to undertake research into the public’s perceptions of Autonomous Vehicles.  Her study will focus on Waymo, a subsidiary of Google, which has been testing self-driving vehicles in Chandler, Arizona, since April 2017.  During this testing period, which was limited to selected customers, services have been gradually expanded.  Most recently, Waymo announced that it will begin a robotaxi service in Chandler and the neighboring municipalities of Tempe, Gilbert, and Mesa.  Not everyone welcomes the new technology. A recent NY Times article reported that people were trying to run AVs off the road, while others had attacked them with rocks and knives.  The research will contribute to an ongoing effort to better understand the broader impacts of transportation technologies on society that is being carried out by UConn’s Transportation Technology & Society Group, an initiative funded by the Provost’s Academic Plan Award.

Congratulation to Ruiting Zhai for her recent publication

Congratulation to Ruiting Zhai for the publication of her article in Landscape Ecology, which is titled as “The transiogram as a graphic metric for characterizing the spatial patterns of landscapes“.  Landscape Ecology is the flagship journal in ecological understanding of spatial heterogeneity. 

Ruiting’s progress is important, similar to the significant progress made by Weixing Zhang in detecting horizontal and vertical urban expansions in megacities from medium resolution imagery, which was published in a top journal called Landscape and Urban Planning in 2018.

Professor DasGupta appointed to the Salzburg Global LGBT Forum

Assistant Professor Debanuj DasGupta was selected to be a member of the Salzburg Global LGBT Forum. This comes with a scholarship from the German Federal Foreign Office in order to present his research and help form a transgender policy Taskforce for the South Asian region.

More information on the Salzburg Global LGBT Forum can be found here: