Monica L. Nogueira

 

Monica L. Nogueira

Monday, August 2nd, 2010 - 13:37

Monica L. Nogueira directs the Intelligent Systems Laboratory of the Center for Logistics and Digital Strategy (CLDS) at the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. She leads the laboratory’s effort to identify, experiment with, and transfer new technologies to CLDS’ corporate and institutional customers, with an emphasis on exploring novel intelligent processes and logistics practices, and new simulation modeling tools and computational capabilities. Her current work is focused primarily on the development of intelligent software applications/prototypes for the center’s customers, using state-of-the-art computational tools. Recent applications have been implemented in the areas of: business, e.g., financial processes; health, e.g., food safety and smart applications for health care; homeland security, e.g., intelligence and situation awareness; defense; aviation, e.g., logistics and optimization; and business intelligence.

In the area of food safety, Dr. Nogueira has developed and implemented a number of projects and tools that demonstrate the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology for controlling the safety of perishable products (i.e., cold chain for food and medical drugs) by enabling the tracking and tracing of the perishables and total visibility throughout the supply chain to guarantee their safety. A current project, NCFOODSAFE, seeks new strategies for utilizing corporate food-related data and the development of new algorithms for fusing public health data and products’ recall data to reduce latencies of surveillance and response in food contamination events in North Carolina.

Last year, she co-authored a research brief on the use of informatics tools to reduce latencies in the North Carolina food safety system. Other related projects include ongoing collaborative work with Cranfield University (UK) to compare differences in the rates and policies between U.S. and European countries with regard to border refusals; alerts and recalls of contaminated food products; and a project with the North Carolina Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center to develop new information models based on principles of systems dynamics that support North Carolina’s efforts to build new capability in public health preparedness, including foodborne disease outbreaks.

Dr. Nogueira works closely with the joint UNC-Tsinghua Center for Logistics and Enterprise Development in Beijing, China. She has collaborated with Kenan-Flagler Business School faculty and students to develop and implement several RFID simulations to demonstrate the capabilities of the SIMSpace virtual environment linking the CLDS Intelligent Systems Laboratory and Tsinghua Logistics Laboratory in Beijing. Other projects connected to her research on RFID include ongoing collaboration with UNC Business School faculty on a comparative study of RFID adoption worldwide. In 2009, she also co-authored a research brief on the uses of RFID in national identification documents such as e-passports, PASS cards, and drivers’ licenses. She is currently working on research to implement agent-enabled diagnostics, prognostics for logistics, and decision support.

Dr. Nogueira holds a Ph.D. in computer engineering from The University of Texas at El Paso, an M.S. degree in computer science from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil, and B.S. degrees in electrical engineering and electronics engineering from the Fundação Universidade do Amazonas, Brazil, and the Instituto de Technologia da Amazonia, Brazil, respectively.  She has published a number of papers in the areas of answer set planning and programming.