Our center is well known for its Information Centric Engineering (ICE) work which emphasizes the modeling, simulation and exchange of information to support product and process design activities. This ICE related work has been instrumental in enabling industrial organizations adopt virtual engineering methods and digital manufacturing approaches to support distributed collaboration. We have developed such ICE approaches for advanced manufacturing, space systems and bio medical environments.

Dr. Cecil is an acknowledged leader and scholar in information centric engineering; a large segment of his work involves creation of advanced Virtual Prototyping based approaches and frameworks based on use of physics based Virtual Reality techniques and technologies to support cross functional analysis and distributed collaboration.

Some of our notable achievements include the following:

  • Developed the first Virtual Reality based simulation environment  to facilitate evaluation of satellite designs from downstream perspectives including assessment of manufacturing/assembly feasibility, service and launch analysis. This Virtual Satellite Analysis environment enables cross functional analysis essential to supporting Concurrent Engineering based design process and was used in several satellite design projects
  • Achieved a notable milestone in spring 2013 by creating a Cloud based Digital Manufacturing framework using the Next Internet (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwxXZqn7R34); this was the first Digital Manufacturing application demonstrating a unique cyber physical application involving distributed planning, simulation and assembly of micron sized part devices
  • Developed the first physics based Virtual Reality environment which would enable engineers and doctors to interactively study the effects of mechanical forces on blood cells. His collaborative work with Dr. J. N. Reddy (Texas A&M University) provided more insights on the behavior of red blood cells (especially those infected with sickle cell disease) when they are deformed using Holographic Optical Traps (HOT)
  • Working with orthopedic surgeons, we have developed an advanced Virtual Reality environment (2013) to support training of surgical residents from distributed locations; this physics based Virtual Reality based environment allows residents to use a haptic device and improve their surgical skills which can also be guided through an expert surgeon who can be at a different location. Several medical residents in different geographical locations can interact at the same time with the simulator.
  • Unique REU project targeting undergraduate students with physical challenges (majoring in engineering and sciences) seeking to expose them to research experiences in Information Centric Engineering (ICE) and encouraging them to graduate research careers
  • Home of the Soaring Eagle program which is a successful outreach and mentoring program aimed at providing workshops for minority and other K-12 students with a goal of providing an early introduction to engineering for school students (http://www.okstate.edu/cinbm/outreach.htm )
  • CICE has pioneered innovating learning techniques based on creation of advanced Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) to support learning of engineering design and manufacturing concepts. We are part of an interdisciplinary group which is offering courses in space systems design. Dr. Cecil is teaching an engineering course ‘Virtual Engineering for Space Systems’ in which students are exposed to virtual prototyping tools and techniques. A unique aspect of this course is a semester duration class project involving the design of space habitats.  This activity is conducted with close interaction with NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville). Some of the activities have been funded through grants by the Oklahoma EPSCoR program. During the course of the semester, bi-weekly discussions are held between OSU students in this class and NASA engineers as part of the design activities.
  • We are leading a special interdisciplinary initiative seeking to help children with autism learn science, math and engineering using Virtual Reality based learning environments
  • We are part of  core group of engineering faculty who are involved with designing technology based applications to support engineering design, manufacturing and educational activities using the Next Internet (which is being developed as part of the Global Environment for Network Innovation and US Ignite initiatives)
  • We organized the First NSF Information Centric Engineering (ICE) workshop, Hersonissos, Greece, Sept 8 -11, 2011 (funded by NSF CMMI).
  • We are active in US Ignite activities and developing ICE frameworks to support IoT activities including cyber centric global cities using ultra fast networks

In acknowledgement of his all-round emphasis on teaching, research, service and innovation, Dr. Cecil was recently awarded the 2014 OSU Faculty Award for Excellence in support of OSU’s Land Grant Mission. He is also the receipient of the 2015 IIE Award for Technical Innovation.