I am an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan-Flint. Prior to joining University of Michigan in 2013, I was an Assistant Professor at University of North Texas. My research interests include heat transfer in microelectronics and nanostructures, thermal properties of thin films of new and existing materials, multimodal sensing of human behavior, computational modeling of forced and natural heat convection. I am the recipient of several awards, including the 2006 Harvey Rosten Award for Excellence for “outstanding work in the field of thermal analysis of electronic equipment”, the best paper award at the Semitherm conference in both 2013 and 2006, the Young Engineer of the Year from the North Texas Section of ASME (2006), a Leadership Award from SMU (2002), and a Valedictorian Award (1995).

Projects

My research projects are in the broad area of heat transfer in microelectronics and nanostructures, multimodal sensing of human behavior, computational modeling of forced and natural heat convection.

Thermoreflectance

One of our main research goals is to advance the understanding of the thermal behavior of modern microelectronic devices. We focus on using experimental, numerical, and analytical tools to improve the design of to-be-built devices, to analyze the thermal behavior of existing devices, and to characterize the thermophysical properties of nanoscale films. An important result of our research in this area is the fact that it is now possible to rapidly design and build a thermoreflectance system and to easily identify the optimal composition and geometry of the samples to be tested.

Multimodal Deception Detection







We work on the automatic identification of deception in a multimodal setting, using data collected from lab experiments as well as from real-life situations (e.g., trial data). Our multimodal deception detection system relies on both verbal and non-verbal clues to discriminate between truthful and deceptive statements, with accuracies in the range of 60-75%, which exceeds by a large margin the non-expert human performance on this task.

Sensing of Human Behavior



We are exploring a new generation of computational tools for joint modeling of human behavior. Using information drawn from physiological sensing (e.g., heart rate, respiration rate, galvanic skin response, skin temperature), gesture analysis, and linguistic signals, we develop models able to detect and analyse various human behaviors, including thermal discomfort, driver alertness, acute stress. Our data-driven learning approaches take advantage of the recent progress in early, late, and temporal fusion models.

Students

I have been fortunate to work with a number of very talented students and postdoctoral fellows.

Mohamed Abouelenien

Postdoctoral fellow

Maaliek Harris-Carter

Research student

Anthony Perge

Research student

Kristen Rusinek

Research student

David VanAlstine

Research student

Kevin Young

Research student

Publications

2016

  • Mohamed Abouelenien, Mihai Burzo, Rada Mihalcea, Human Acute Stress Detection via Integration of Physiological Signals and Thermal Imaging, in Proceedings of the 9th ACM Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA 2016), Corfu, Greece, July 2016. [pdf] Best paper award
  • Mohamed Abouelenien, Rada Mihalcea, Mihai Burzo, Analyzing Thermal and Visual Clues of Deception for a Non-Contact Deception Detection Approach, in Proceedings of the 9th ACM Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA 2016), Corfu, Greece, July 2016. [pdf]

  • 2015

  • Yu-Cheng Liu, Mihai G. Burzo, Scott Sier and Cassandra Ellis, Improved Thermal Comfort of Office Occupants Through Better Air Diffuser Designs, under review in the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Houston, November 2015.
  • Veronica Perez-Rosas, Mohamed Abouelenien, Rada Mihalcea, Mihai Burzo, Deception Detection using Real-life Trial Data, in Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2015), Seattle, November 2015. [pdf]
  • Rada Mihalcea, Pallavi Moghe, Mihai Burzo, Women in Mechanical Engineering: The Gender (Im)balance by the Numbers, Proceedings of ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE), Houston, TX, November 2015. [pdf]
  • Veronica Perez-Rosas, Mohamed Abouelenien, Rada Mihalcea, Yao Xiao, CJ Linton and Mihai Burzo, Verbal and Nonverbal Clues for Real-life Deception Detection, in Proceedings of the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2015), Lisbon, Portugal, September 2015.[pdf]
  • Mohamed Abouelenien, Mihai Burzo, Rada Mihalcea, Cascaded Multimodal Analysis of Alertness Related Features for Drivers Safety Applications, in Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA 2015), Corfu, Greece, July 2015.[pdf]
  • Mohamed Abouelenien, Rada Mihalcea, Mihai Burzo, Trimodal Analysis of Deceptive Behavior, Proceedings of the ACM Workshop on Multimodal Deception Detection, Seattle, WA, November 2015.[pdf]

  • 2014

  • Veronica Perez-Rosas, Cristian Bologa, Mihai Burzo, Rada Mihalcea, Deception Detection Within and Across Cultures, in ``Text mining,'', Springer, 2014.[pdf]
  • Mohamed Abouelenien, Veronica Perez-Rosas, Rada Mihalcea, Mihai Burzo, Deception Detection Using a Multimodal Approach, in Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2014), Istanbul, Turkey, November 2014.[pdf]
  • Mihai Burzo, Mohamed Abouelenien, Veronica Perez-Rosas, Cakra Wicaksono, Yong Tao, Rada Mihalcea, Using Infrared Thermography and Biosensors to Detect Thermal Discomfort in a Building's Inhabitants, in Proceedings of ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE 2014), Montreal, Canada, November 2014.[pdf]
  • Mihai Burzo, Cakra Wicaksono, Mohamed Abouelenien, Veronica Perez-Rosas, Rada Mihalcea, Yong Tao, Multimodal Sensing of Thermal Discomfort for Adaptive Energy Saving in Buildings, in Proceedings of the Net Zero Symposium, Florida, March 2014.[pdf]
  • Veronica Perez-Rosas, Rada Mihalcea, Alexis Narvaez and Mihai Burzo, A Multimodal Dataset for Deception Detection, in Proceedings of the Conference on Language Resources and Evaluations (LREC 2014), Reykjavik, Iceland, May 2014.[pdf]

  • 2013

  • Veronica-Perez Rosas, Rada Mihalcea, Mihai Burzo, Automatic Detection of Deceit in Verbal Communication, in Proceedings of the International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2013), Sydney, Australia, December 2013. [pdf]
  • Veronica Perez-Rosas, Alexis Narvaez, Mihai Burzo, Rada Mihalcea, Thermal Imaging for Affect Detection, in the International Conference on Pervasive Technologies for Assistive Environments (PETRA 2013), Rhodes Island, Greece, May 2013.
  • Ickchan Kim, Mihai G. Burzo, Pavel L. Komarov, Peter E. Raad, Thermal Conductivity Measurements of Ultra-thin Amorphous Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) Films using the Transient Thermoreflectance Method, ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, San Diego, CA, November 2013.
  • Mihai G. Burzo, Cakra Wickasono*, Choi Tae, Peter E. Raad, and Pavel L. Komarov, Measurement of Thermal Conductivity of Nanofluids and Thermal Interface Materials Using the Laser-Based Transient Thermoreflectance Method, 29th Semiconductor Thermal Measurement, Modeling, and Management Symposium (SEMITHERM), San Jose, CA, March 18-22, 2013 - Best paper award

  • 2012

  • Mihai Burzo, Alexis Narvaez, Measurement of Thermal Conductivity and Interface Thermal Resistance of Multilayered Thin-Films Using Variable Pulse-Width Transient Thermoreflectance, ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Houston, November 2012.
  • Mihai G. Burzo, Peter E. Raad, Taehun Lee, and Pavel L. Komarov, Thermal Conductivity Measurements of Novel SOI Films using Submicron Thermography and Transient Thermoreflectance, 28th Semiconductor Thermal Measurement, Modeling, and Management Symposium (SEMITHERM), San Jose, CA, March 18-22, 2012.
  • Mihai Burzo, Daniel McDuff, Rada Mihalcea, Louis-Philippe Morency, Alexis Narvaez and Veronica Perez-Rosas, Towards Sensing the Influence of Visual Narratives on Human Affect, in Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, Santa Monica, October 2012.
  • Rada Mihalcea and Mihai Burzo, Towards Multimodal Deception Detection -- Step 1: Building a Collection of Deceptive Videos, in Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, Santa Monica, October 2012.

  • 2011

  • Peter E. Raad, Pavel L. Komarov, Mihai G. Burzo, Taehun Lee, Moon J. Kim, and, Jim Wilson, Thermal Mapping of Delphi Thermal Test Dies, 27th Semiconductor Thermal Measurement, Modeling, and Management Symposium (SEMITHERM), San Jose, CA, March 20-24, 2011.
  • Taehun Lee, Mihai G. Burzo, Pavel L. Komarov, Peter E. Raad, and M. J. Kim, Direct observation of heat transport in AlN film using thermal imaging and transient thermal reflectance method, Solid State Letters 14, H184-186, 2011.

  • 2010

  • I. Haneef, M. Burzo, S. Z. Ali, 4, P. Komarov, F. Udrea, P. E. Raad, Thermal Characterization of SOI CMOS Micro Hot-plate Gas Sensors, 16th International Workshop on Thermal Investigations of ICs and Systems (THERMINIC), Barcelona, Spain, pp. 1-4, 6-8 October, 2010.
  • Taehun Lee, Mihai G. Burzo, Peter E. Raad, Ali E. Aliev, Pavel L. Komarov, and Moon J. Kim, New SOI substrates with high thermal conductivity for high performance mixed-signal applications, Electrochemical Society Transactions, Vol. 33, Issue 4, pp. 145-151, 2010. – Best paper award

  • 2009

  • Mihai G. Burzo, Pavel L. Komarov and, Peter E. Raad, Pixel-by-Pixel Calibration of a CCD Camera Based Thermoreflectance Thermography System with Nanometer Resolution, 15th International Workshop on Thermal Investigations of ICs and Systems (THERMINIC), Leuven, Belgium, pp. 130-135, 7-9 October, 2009.
  • Peter E. Raad, Mihai G. Burzo and, Pavel L. Komarov, Numerical simulation of complex submicron devices with experimentally determined power maps, 15th International Workshop on Thermal Investigations of ICs and Systems (THERMINIC), Leuven, Belgium, pp. 36-39, 7-9 October, 2009.
  • Peter E. Raad, Pavel L. Komarov and Mihai G. Burzo, Numerical Simulation of Complex Submicron Devices, Electronics Cooling, Vol. 15, No. 2, page 18-22, May 2009.

  • 2008

  • Peter E. RAAD, Pavel L. Komarov, Mihai G. Burzo, Challenges in Submicron Thermal Measurements and Computations, International Symposium on Thermal Design and Thermophysical Property for Electronics, Tsukuba, Japan, June 18-20, 2008.
  • Peter E. Raad, Pavel L. Komarov, and Mihai G. Burzo, Thermo-Reflectance Thermography for Submicron Temperature Measurements, Electronics Cooling, Vol. 14, No. 1, page 28-29, February 2008.
  • P. E. Raad, P. L. Komarov, and M. G. Burzo, Thermal characterization of embedded electronic features by an integrated system of CCD thermography and self-adaptive numerical modeling, Microelectronics Journal, Vol. 39, Issue 7, pp. 1008-1015, 2008.

  • 2007

  • Peter E. Raad, Pavel L. Komarov and Mihai G. Burzo, An Integrated Experimental and Computational System for the Thermal Characterization of Complex Three-Dimensional Submicron Electronic Devices, IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technologies, Vol. 30, pp 597 – 603, 2007.
  • Raad, P.E., Komarov, P. L., and Burzo, M. G., Non-Contact Surface Temperature Measurements Coupled with Ultrafast Real-Time Computation, 23rd Semiconductor Thermal Measurement, Modeling, and Management Symposium (SEMITHERM), San Jose, CA, pp. 57-63, 2007.
  • Pavel L. Komarov, Mihai G. Burzo and, Peter E. Raad, Influence of transparent surface layer on effective thermoreflectance coefficient of typical stacked electronic structures, 13th International Workshop on Thermal Investigations of ICs and Systems (THERMINIC), Budapest, Hungary, pp. 126-127, September 17-19, 2007.

  • 2006

  • Pavel L. Komarov, Mihai G. Burzo and, Peter E. Raad, CCD thermoreflectance thermography system : methodology and experimental validation, 12th International Workshop on Thermal Investigations of ICs and Systems (THERMINIC), Nice, Côte d’Azur, pp. 126-127, September 27-29, 2006.
  • Peter E. Raad Pavel L. Komarov and, Mihai G. Burzo, A Coupled Thermoreflectance Thermography Experimental System and Ultra-Fast Adaptive Computational Engine for the Complete Thermal Characterization of Three-Dimensional Electronic Devices: Validation, 12th International Workshop on Thermal Investigations of ICs and Systems (THERMINIC), Nice, Côte d’Azur, pp. 126-127, September 27-29, 2006.
  • Mihai G. Burzo, Pavel L. Komarov, and Peter E. Raad, Optimized Thermo-Reflectance System for Measuring the Thermal Properties of Thin-Films and Their Interfaces, 22nd Semiconductor Thermal Measurement, Modeling, and Management Symposium (SEMITHERM), Dallas, Texas, March 14-16, 2006.
  • Pavel L. Komarov, Mihai G. Burzo, and Peter E. Raad, A Thermoreflectance Thermography System for Measuring the Transient Surface Temperature Field of Activated Electronic Device, 22nd Semiconductor Thermal Measurement, Modeling, and Management Symposium (SEMITHERM), Dallas, Texas, March 14-16, 2006.
  • Peter E. Raad, Pavel L. Komarov and Mihai G. Burzo, Coupling Surface Temperature Scanning and Ultra-Fast Adaptive Computing to Thermally Fully Characterize Complex Three-Dimensional Electronic Devices, 22nd Semiconductor Thermal Measurement, Modeling, and Management Symposium (SEMITHERM), Dallas, Texas, March 14-16, 2006 – Best paper award

  • 2005

  • Peter E. Raad, Pavel L. Komarov and Mihai G. Burzo, An Integrated Experimental and Computational System for the Thermal Characterization of Complex Three-Dimensional Submicron Electronic Devices, 11th International Workshop on Thermal Investigations of ICs and Systems (THERMINIC), Belgirate, Lake Maggiore, Italy, 27 - 30 September 2005.
  • Mihai G. Burzo, Pavel L. Komarov, and Peter E. Raad, An Optimized Thermo-Reflectance Technique for Thermal Conductivity Measurements of Thin-Film Electronic Materials, 28th International Thermal Conductivity Conference (ITCC) and the 14th International Thermal Expansion Symposium (ITES), New Brunswick, Canada, June 26-29, 2005.
  • Pavel L. Komarov, Mihai G. Burzo, and Peter E. Raad, A Thermoreflectance Thermography System for Measuring the Transient Surface Temperature of Active Microelectronic Devices, 15th European Microelectronics and Packaging Conference & Exhibition, Brugge, Belgium, June 12 - 15, 2005,
  • Mihai G. Burzo, Pavel L. Komarov, and Peter E. Raad, Non-Contact Transient Temperature Mapping Of Active Electronic Devices Using The Thermoreflectance Method, in IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technologies, 2005.
  • Pavel L. Komarov, Mihai G. Burzo, and Peter E. Raad, Thermal Characterization of Pulse-Activated Microelectronic Devices by Thermoreflectance-Based Surface Temperature Scanning, in The Pacific Rim/ASME International Electronic Packaging Technical Conference and Exhibition on Integration and Packaging of MEMS, NEMS and Electronic Systems (InterPACK’05), San Francisco, Ca, July 17-22, 2005.

  • 2004

  • Mihai G. Burzo, Pavel L. Komarov, and Peter E. Raad , Minimizing the Uncertainties Associated with the Measurement of Thermal Properties by the Transient Thermo-Reflectance Method, to appear in IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technologies, 2004.
  • Mihai G. Burzo, Dani Fadda and Peter E. Raad, Fluid Flow Regimes in a Combustion Duct Induced by Natural Convection, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 2004.
  • Mihai G. Burzo, Pavel L. Komarov, and Peter E. Raad, Non-Contact Transient Temperature Mapping of Active Electronic Devices Using the Thermoreflectance Method, 10th International Workshop on Thermal Investigations of ICs and Systems, Sophia Antipolis, Côte d'Azur, France, September 29 - October 1, 2004.
  • Mihai G. Burzo, Pavel L. Komarov, and Peter E. Raad, Non-contact Thermal Conductivity Measurements of Gold Covered Natural and Isotopically-Pure Silicon and Their Respective Oxides, 5th International Conference on Thermal, Mechanical and Thermo-mechanical Simulation and Experiments in Micro-electronics and Micro-systems (EUROSIME 2004), Brussels, Belgium, May 10-12, 2004

  • 2003

  • Mihai G. Burzo, Pavel L. Komarov, and Peter E. Raad, Thermal Transport Properties of Gold-Covered Thin-Film Silicon Dioxide, IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technologies, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 80-88, March 2003.
  • Pavel L. Komarov, Mihai G. Burzo, Gunhan Kaytaz and Peter E. Raad, Transient Thermo-Reflectance Measurements of the Thermal Conductivity and Interface Resistance of Metallized Natural and Isotopically-Pure Silicon, Microelectronics Journal (published by Elsevier Science), Vol. 34, No. 12, pp. 1115-1118, 2003.
  • Mihai G. Burzo, Pavel L. Komarov, and Peter E. Raad, Minimizing the Uncertainties Associated with the Measurements of Thermal Properties by the Transient Thermo-Reflectance Method, 9th International IEEE Workshop on Thermal Investigations of ICs and Systems (THERMINIC), Aix-en-Provence, France, September 24-26, 2003.

  • 2002

  • Mihai G. Burzo, Transient Thermoreflectance Measurements of the Thermal Properties of Metallized Thin Film Electronics Materials, Ph.D. Dissertation, SMU, Dallas, TX, 2002
  • Mihai G. Burzo, Pavel L. Komarov, and Peter E. Raad, A Study of the Effect of Surface Metallization on Thermal Conductivity Measurements by the Transient Thermo-Reflectance Method, Journal of Heat Transfer (ASME), December 2002, Vol. 124, pp. 1009-1019, 2002.
  • Mihai G. Burzo, Pavel L. Komarov, and Peter E. Raad, Influence of a Metallic Absorption Layer on the Quality of Thermal Conductivity Measurements by the Transient Thermo-Reflectance Method, Microelectronics Journal (published by Elsevier Science), Vol. 33, pp. 697-703, 2002
  • Mihai G. Burzo, Pavel L. Komarov, and Peter E. Raad, Thermal Transport Properties of Gold-Covered Thin-Film Silicon Dioxide, ITherm 2002  (ASME/IEEE International Conference on Thermal, Mechanics and Thermo-mechanical Phenomena in Electronic Systems), May 29 - June 1, 2002, San Diego, California  - Nominated for best paper award.
  • Pavel L. Komarov, Mihai G. Burzo, Gunhan Kaytaz and Peter E. Raad, Transient Thermo-Reflectance Measurements of the Thermal Conductivity and Interface Resistance of Metallized Natural and Isotopically-Pure Silicon, 8th International IEEE Workshop on THERMal INvestigations of ICs and Systems (THERMINIC), October 1-4, 2002, Madrid, Spain.
  • Mihai G. Burzo, Pavel L. Komarov, and Peter E. Raad, A Study of the Effect of Surface Metallization on Thermal Conductivity Measurements by the Transient Thermo-Reflectance Method, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE), November 17-22, 2002, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

  • 2001

  • Mihai G. Burzo, Pavel L. Komarov, and Peter E. Raad, Influence of a Metallic Absorption Layer on the Quality of Thermal Conductivity Measurements by the Transient Thermo-Reflectance Method, 7th International IEEE Workshop on Thermal Investigations of ICs and Systems (THERMINIC), September 24-27, 2001, Paris, France.
  • Mihai G. Burzo, Dani Fadda, and Peter E. Raad,  Buoyancy Induced Flow in a Vertical Combustion Discharge Duct, Proceedings of the 3rd ASME/JSME Joint Fluids Engineering Conference, July 18-23, 1999, San Francisco, California.
  • Mihai G. Burzo, Dani Fadda, and Peter E. Raad, Instability Regimes for Buoyancy Induced Flows in a Non-uniformly Cooled Duct, American Physical Society - Division of Fluid Mechanics Meeting, November 22-24, 1998, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Teaching

    I have been teaching several graduate and undergraduate classes in mechanical engineering, in the areas of thermodynamics, statics, heat transfer, dynamics, and others.

    EGR 230 Statics

    Understanding of the principles of mechanics and their application to the solution of engineering problems, especially in equilibrium state. Free-body diagrams introduced; equilibrium problems and resultants of general force systems stressed.

    EGR 353 Thermodynamics

    Study of the first and second laws of thermodynamics and their applications to the analysis of processes involving the control and utilization of energy. Properties and behavior of pure substances, ideal gases, and mixtures; heat engine and refrigeration cycles.

    EGR 355 Thermofluids Lab

    Laboratory experiments in the thermal properties of matter, including thermodynamic states, transport and transfer of thermal energy, momentum and mass, with and without internal thermal sources, and the transient and steady-state thermal properties of matter.

    EGR 370 Dynamics

    Application of principles of mechanics and other engineering science to analysis of force systems in motion, including kinematics of particles and rigid bodies; kinetics of particles and rigid bodies by Newton’s laws; work and energy methods; impulse and momentum.

    Contact

    Mihai Burzo
    Assistant Professor
    Mechanical Engineering
    University of Michigan-Flint
    207 Murchie Science Building
    415 E. Kearsley
    Flint, MI, 48503

    (tel) 810-237-6677
    mburzo at umich.edu