Faculty Profile for Dr. Damian Valles Molina

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Dr. Damian Valles Molina
Assistant Professor — Ingram School of Engineering
IGRM 2210G
phone: (512) 245-5611

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Damian Valles is an Ingram School of Engineering Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor at Texas State University. He focuses on High-Performance Computing (HPC), Machine Learning (ML), and Embedded System implementations under the High-Performance Engineering (HiPE) research group. Dr. Valles received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from The University of Texas at El Paso from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, focusing on Reconfigurable Processors and HPC research. Dr. Valles did a post-doc at Montana Tech as the HPC Application Scientist under the Computer Science department. He also worked as an HPC System Administrator in the Information Systems department and an adjunct position in the Computer Science department at Wake Forest University. He is currently a member of IEEE, ACM, ACM's SIGHPC, and SHPE.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Sharotry, A., Jimenez, J. A., Wierschem, D., Mendez Mediavilla, F. A., Koldenhoven, R. M., Valles, D., … Aslan, S. (2021). A Digital Twin Framework for Real-Time Analysis and Feedback of Repetitive Work in the Manual Material Handling Industry (pp. 2637–2648). https://doi.org/10.1109/WSC48552.2020.9384043
  • Sharotry, A., Jimenez, J. A., Mendez, F. A., Wierschem, D. C., Rolfe, R. M., & Valles Molina, D. (2020). Manufacturing operator ergonomics: A conceptual digital twin approach to detect biomechanical fatigue. IEEE Access.
  • Valles Molina, D., Umali, L. A. R., Paveglio, T., Brinson, J. N., Hyder, M., Jackson, G. E., … Liu, T. (n.d.). Data Collection and Real-Time Facial Emotion Recognition in iOS Apps With CNN-Based Models. Seattle, WA, USA: IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/AIIoT58121.2023.10174520
  • Nooruddin, M., & Valles Molina, D. (2023). An Advanced IoT Framework for Long Range Connectivity and Secure Data Transmission Leveraging LoRa and ASCON Encryption. USA: IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/AIIoT58121.2023.10174401
  • Ishola, A. A., & Valles Molina, D. (2023). Enhancing Safety and Efficiency in Firefighting Operations through Deep Learning and Temperature Forecasting Modeling in Autonomous Unit. Sensors - Advances in Intelligent Robotics Systems Based Machine Learning, 23(10). https://doi.org/10.3390/s23104628

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Best Paper Award, IEEE AIIoT 2023. June 7, 2023 - June 10, 2023
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Best Presenter Award, IEEE-AIIoT 2021. May 13, 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Best Presenter Award, IEEE-CCWC 2020. January 8, 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Best Presenter Award, IEEE-CCWC 2020. January 8, 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Best Paper Award, IEEE IEMCON 2018. 2018

Selected Grants

  • Ekin, Tahir (Principal), Tesic, Jelena (Co-Principal), Qasem, Apan Muhammad (Co-Principal), Valles Molina, Damian (Co-Principal), Summers, Lucia (Co-Principal), Hewitt, Barbara A (Supporting), Liu, Xiangping (Supporting), Chang, Carolyn T (Supporting), Mendez, Francis A (Supporting), Irvin, Jennifer A (Supporting), Resendiz, Maria D (Supporting). Expanding AI Curriculum and Infrastructure at Texas State University to Advance Interdisciplinary Research and Grow a Diverse AI Workforce, National Science Foundation, Federal, $400000. (Submitted: June 2023, Funded: January 2024 - December 2025). Grant.
  • Fulton, Lawrence V (Principal), Villagran, Melinda Morris (Co-Principal), , Bing Zhou (Co-Principal), Mendez, Francis A (Co-Principal), Ekin, Tahir (Co-Principal), Qasem, Apan Muhammad (Co-Principal), Konur, Dincer (Supporting), Alanis, Emmanuel (Supporting), Zihagh, Fereshteh (Supporting), Dong, Zhijie (Co-Principal), Shen, Xiaoxi (Supporting), De Nadai, Alessandro Stevens (Supporting), Zhu, Ye (Co-Principal), Hewitt, Barbara A (Co-Principal), Valles Molina, Damian (Supporting), White, Alexander (Supporting), Dolezel, Diane M (Supporting), Ioudina, Vera (Supporting), Islam, Tanzima Z (Supporting), Lee, Chul Ho (Supporting), Metsis, Vangelis (Supporting), Moradi, Masoud (Supporting), Gao, Ju (Supporting), Li-Jen, Lester (Supporting), Jones, Dustin (Supporting), Pham, Vung (Supporting), Holt, Melinda (Supporting), Kyung An, Min (Supporting), Islam, ABM (Supporting), Cho, Hyuk (Supporting), Liu, Quigzhoung (Supporting), Liang, Fan (Supporting), Topinka, Joseph Baar (Supporting). The Accelerating Credentials of Purpose and Value for the Texas Innovation Corridor (TIC) Consortium Grant, THECB, State, $1450000. (Submitted: November 2021, Funded: February 2022 - October 2022). Grant.
  • Jimenez, Jesus (Principal), Aslan, Semih (Co-Principal), Koutitas, Georgios (Co-Principal), Mendez, Francis A (Co-Principal), Valles Molina, Damian (Co-Principal), Wierschem, David C (Co-Principal). Using Industry 4.0 Digital Twins to Model Human Labor in Smart Material Handling Systems, Toyota Material Handling, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $197411.11. (Submitted: December 14, 2018, Funded: August 14, 2019 - August 13, 2020). Grant.
  • Muci-Kuchler, Karim Heinz (Principal), Valles, Damian (Co-Principal), Londa, Michelle (Co-Principal), Collins, Kristina Henry (Co-Principal), Tate, Jitendra (Co-Principal), Kulesza, Stacey Elizabeth (Supporting), Talley, Kimberly Grau (Supporting). S-STEM: Scholars of Excellence in Engineering Design (SEED), National Science Foundation (NSF), Federal, $2499310. (Submitted: March 2, 2023, Funded: January 1, 2024 - December 31, 2029). Grant.
  • Chen, Heping (Principal), Asiabanpour, Bahram (Co-Principal), Drewery, Merritt L (Co-Principal), Valles Molina, Damian (Co-Principal). AnimalCareBot: Bridging the Gap between Emerging Technologies for Livestock Production and Education in Agricultural Sciences, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Federal, $399720. (Funded: September 15, 2023 - September 14, 2027). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Technical Committee Member
November 2023-Present
Principal Investigators (PI) Council
September 2023-Present
Research Selection Committee
September 2023-Present
Reviewer / Referee
American Society for Engineering Education
September 2023-Present
Search Committee
June 2023-Present