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The University Of Akron

  • Contact Person: Kathryn Watkins
  • Contact Phone: 330-972-6764
  • Contact Email: kwatkin@uakron.edu
  • Business Structure:
  • U.S. Government Entity
  • Business Type:
  • U.S. State Government
  • Educational Institution
  • State Controlled Institution of Higher Learning
  • Industries Served: Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology), Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools

Sampling of Recent Federal Government Funding Actions/Set Asides

In order by amount of set aside monies.

  • $224,152 - Tuesday the 5th of September 2017
    National Aeronautics And Space Administration
    NASA SHARED SERVICES CENTER
    EFFICIENT COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS AND EFFECTIVE COMPUTING TECHNIQUES ARE CRUCIAL TO ENSURE THE SUCCESS OF EACH NASA MISSION. CONSIDERING THE DISRUPTED AND WIRELESS NATURE, EFFICIENT COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS REQUIRE THE IMPROVED AUTOMATION, ENVIRONMENTAWARENESS, AND INTELLIGENCE. TO MEET THIS REQUIREMENT, WE WILL DEVELOP A DATA-DRIVEN RESILIENT AND COGNITIVE NETWORKING MANAGEMENT ARCHITECTURE BY EMPLOYING THE SOFTWARE-DEFINED NETWORKING (SDN), CONSENSUS ALGORITHMS, AND DEEP LEARNING. FURTHERMORE, BECAUSE OF THE MASSIVE AMOUNT OF HIGH-DIMENSIONAL DATA, EFFECTIVE COMPUTING SYSTEMS DEMAND DECENTRALIZED AND SECURE MECHANISMS TO REDUCE THE COMPUTATION COST, PRESERVE THE PRIVACY, AND HEAVY RELIANCE ON THE CLOUD VENDOR. TO ADDRESS THIS DEMAND, IN THIS PROJECT WE WILL EXPLOIT BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGIES AND DEEP LEARNING TECHNIQUES TO DESIGN A SECURE AND DECENTRALIZED COMPUTING AND DATA ANALYSIS INFRASTRUCTURE. MAJOR OBJECTIVES: 1.DESIGN A SECURE AND DECENTRALIZED COMPUTING AND DATA ANALYSIS INFRASTRUCTURE. WE WILL EMPLOY THE BLOCKCHAIN TECHNIQUE TO DESIGN A SECURE AND DECENTRALIZED INFRASTRUCTURE FOR PROCESSING THE MASSIVE DATA FOR SPACE EXPLORATION AND RELATED SCIENCE. OUR INFRASTRUCTURE WILL BE DESIGNED TO FACILITATE DEEP LEARNING BASED DATA ANALYSIS. FURTHERMORE, TO ACHIEVE HIGH SCALABILITY FOR THE BLOCKCHAIN-BASED INFRASTRUCTURE, WE WILL EXPLOIT THE SOFTWARE-DEFINED NETWORKING (SDN) TECHNIQUE AND PROPOSE AN ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT STRATEGY. 2.DEVELOP A DATA-DRIVEN RESILIENT AND COGNITIVE NETWORKING MANAGEMENT ARCHITECTURE. WE WILL DEVELOP A NETWORKING MANAGEMENT SCHEME THAT CONSISTS OF AN INTELLIGENT PREDICTIVE SCHEME AND A COGNITIVE CONTROL SCHEME. THE INTELLIGENT PREDICTIVE SCHEME WILL EXPLOIT THE DEEP LEARNING TECHNIQUES AND FUZZY LOGIC METHODS TO LEVERAGE THE OPERATION DATA AND DETECT THE UNEXPECTED SITUATIONS. THE DECISION ACHIEVED BY THE INTELLIGENT PREDICTIVE SCHEME WILL BE USED AS ONE CRITICAL INPUT FOR THE COGNITIVE CONTROL SCHEME. FURTHERMORE, WE WILL PROPOSE A SDN BASED CONTROL SCHEME THAT LEVERAGES THE OUTPUT OF OUR PREDICTIVE SCHEME TO ACCOMPLISH THE PROACTIVE AND ACTIVE CONTROL PLANE. 3.SIMULATE, TEST, AND VALIDATE THE RESILIENT NETWORKING AND COMPUTING PARADIGM RNCP. WE WILL EVALUATE THE PERFORMANCE OF RNCP IN VARIOUS SPACE COMMUNICATION ENVIRONMENTS, SUCH AS THE LOW EARTH ORBIT (LEO) AND DEEP SPACE. TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL, WE WILL USE TENSORFLOW, MATLAB/SIMULINK, ETHEREUM BLOCKCHAIN, AND MININET TO IMPLEMENT OUR SECURE AND DECENTRALIZED COMPUTING AND DATA ANALYSIS INFRASTRUCTURE. MOREOVER, WE WILL LEVERAGE TENSORFLOW, MININET AND NETWORK SIMULATOR 3 (NS3) TO SIMULATE THE BEHAVIOR OF OUR DATA-DRIVEN RESILIENT AND COGNITIVE NETWORKING MANAGEMENT ARCHITECTURE. EXPECTED SIGNIFICANCE THE OVERALL OUTCOME OF THIS PROPOSAL IS A GLOBAL, OPEN SOURCED, AND DECENTRALIZED COMPUTING PARADIGM THAT WILL CONTRIBUTE TO NEXTGENERATION COMPUTING INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS IS CRITICALLY NEEDED BY NASA SPACE EXPLORATION TO UNDERSTAND THE LARGE AMOUNT OF HIGHDIMENSIONAL COMPLEX DATA THAT ARE BEING RECEIVED FROM SPACE UNITS. FURTHERMORE, WE ALSO EXPLORE THE APPLICATION OF RNCP IN IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT-AWARENESS OF THE SPACE NETWORKING SYSTEM WHICH IS CRUCIAL TO ENSURE THE SUCCESS OF THE SPACE TASKS.
  • $123,076 - Thursday the 31st of August 2017
    National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration
    DEPT OF COMMERCE NOAA
    IGF::OT::IGF SUPPORT SERVICES FACETS RESEARCH.
  • $40,000 - Monday the 1st of May 2017
    National Aeronautics And Space Administration
    NASA SHARED SERVICES CENTER
    LONG-TERM HEALTH OF ASTRONAUTS IN SPACE RELIES ON EFFECTIVE IN-SITU DIAGNOSES, MANAGEMENT AND INTERVENTIONS. HOWEVER, CLINICIANS ARE NOT ALWAYS PRESENT DURING SPACE EXPLORATION. FURTHERMORE, THE CONSTRAINTS OF SPACE TRAVEL MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO BRING LARGE SCANNERS SUCH AS MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI) AND X-RAY COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY (CT) TO SPACE. ULTRASOUND IS SMALL AND COMPATIBLE WITH SPACE EXPLORATION. HOWEVER, ULTRASOUND SUFFERS FROM A SMALL FIELD OF VIEW, AND ULTRASOUND IMAGES ARE NOT EASILY CORRELATED WITH ANATOMICAL STRUCTURES, MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO USE FOR ASTRONAUTS. RECENTLY, SIGNIFICANT EFFORTS HAVE BEEN DIRECTED TOWARDS OPTICAL MODALITIES, SUCH AS FLUORESCENCE IMAGING, DUE TO THEIR HIGH SENSITIVITY AND SMALL SIZE. MINIATURE IMAGING SYSTEMS THAT CAN COMBINE THE ADVANTAGES OF SEVERAL MODALITIES WILL BE BENEFICIAL FOR CLINICAL USE IN SPACE. FOR EFFECTIVE DEPLOYMENT IN SPACE, AN IMAGING SYSTEM MUST BE ACCURATE, SMALL, SAFE AND EASY TO USE, PROVIDING FOR IN-SITU DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT ASSISTANCE. TO FACILITATE LONG-TERM HEALTH MANAGEMENT IN SPACE, WE PROPOSE TO DEVELOP A PROTOTYPE MINIATURE MULTIMODAL IMAGING GOGGLE DEVICE FOR GUIDING MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS AND INTERVENTIONS DURING SPACE EXPLORATION. WE WILL ADAPT THE IMAGING GOGGLE CONCEPT FOR AEROSPACE USE AND EXPAND THE PRESENT GOGGLE SYSTEM BY INTEGRATING MULTIPLE IMAGING MODALITIES, INCLUDING PREFLIGHT MRI AND REAL-TIME ULTRASOUND, WITH THE GOGGLE. THE 3D MULTIMODAL IMAGES WILL BE PROCESSED, CO-REGISTERED AND DISPLAYED IN THE GOGGLE EYEPIECES IN REAL-TIME. THE PROJECT WILL BE GUIDED BY THREE SPECIFIC AIMS: (1) DEVELOP A PROTOTYPE GOGGLE DEVICE THAT CAN OFFER FLUORESCENCE IMAGING AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION CAPACITY, (2) INTEGRATE MRI AND ULTRASOUND WITH FLUORESCENCE IMAGING, AND (3) USE MULTIMODAL IMAGING GOGGLE TO GUIDE MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS AND INTERVENTIONS BY FIRST RESPONDERS. WITH THE VERSATILE MULTIMODAL IMAGING GOGGLE AT ASTRONAUTS DISPOSAL, WIDE ARRAYS OF MEDICAL PROCEDURES IN SPACE CAN BE ENABLED. LOCAL AND SPACE-EARTH COLLABORATIONS CAN BE ESTABLISHED TO GUIDE VARIOUS PROCEDURES. MINIMAL MEDICAL TRAINING WILL BE NEEDED FOR OPERATING THE SYSTEM OWING TO ITS USER-FRIENDLINESS. THE PROPOSED MULTIMODAL GOGGLE WILL REVOLUTIONIZE LONG-DURATION HEALTH MANAGEMENT BY ENABLING ASTRONAUTS TO PERFORM COMPLEX IMAGE-GUIDED EXAMINATIONS AND INTERVENTIONS IN SPACE. THE PROPOSED ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH PROGRAM WILL OFFER ME COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING IN AEROSPACE-RELATED BIOENGINEERING RESEARCH, WHICH BRIDGES THE GAP BETWEEN MEDICINE AND SPACE. I WILL HAVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRAINING IN A NEW RESEARCH SETTING THAT INVOLVES MULTIPLE DISCIPLINES, INCLUDING MEDICAL IMAGING, AEROSPACE ENGINEERING, OPTICAL INSTRUMENTATION, EMERGENCY CLINICAL CARE AND TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH. SUCH EXPERIENCE WILL NOT ONLY AUGMENT MY EXPERTISE IN BIOMEDICAL AND AEROSPACE INSTRUMENTATION BUT ALSO WILL ENHANCE MY VISION IN INTERDISCIPLINARY INNOVATIVE RESEARCH. UTILIZING CLOSE COLLABORATIONS WITH TOP AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY RESEARCHERS AND CLINICIANS, I WILL BE ABLE TO INTEGRATE MY CAPACITY IN BIOENGINEERING WITH MY KNOWLEDGE IN AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY TO SOLVE CLINICAL CHALLENGES IN SPACE. THE VISITING TECHNOLOGIST EXPERIENCE WILL FURTHER SHARPEN MY PERCEPTION IN LONG-DURATION HEALTH MANAGEMENT FROM AN AEROSPACE PERSPECTIVE. FURTHERMORE, THE COLLABORATIVE NATURE OF THE PROPOSED TRAINING WILL INSPIRE ME TO DEVELOP MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP SKILLS, WHICH WILL GREATLY BENEFIT MY FUTURE CAREER AS A RESEARCHER WHO LEADS A MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM SOLVING AEROSPACE-RELATED BIOENGINEERING PROBLEMS.
  • $10,000 - Friday the 9th of December 2016
    National Aeronautics And Space Administration
    NASA SHARED SERVICES CENTER
    THE RESEARCH DESCRIBED IN THIS PROPOSAL DEALS WITH THE SYNTHESIS FLEXIBLE, LIGHTWEIGHT AEROGELS WHICH ARE COMPLIANT ENOUGH TO CONFORM TO CURVED AEROSPACE STRUCTURES. THE FLEXIBLE AEROGELS WILL ACT AS A LIGHTWEIGHT ANTENNA SUBSTRATE FOR USE IN AEROSPACE APPLICATIONS. THIS RESEARCH IS IN DIRECT SUPPORT OF THE MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES DIVISION S EFFORTS, FUNDED UNDER THE CONVERGENT AERONAUTICS SOLUTIONS (CAS) PROGRAM TO DEVELOP FLEXIBLE LIGHTWEIGHT ANTENNA ARRAYS FOR COMMUNICATION APPLICATIONS. THE MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES DIVISION AT GRC IS WORKING TO DEVELOP LIGHTWEIGHT ANTENNAS WHICH ENABLE BEYOND LINE OF SIGHT (BLOS) COMMAND AND CONTROL FOR UAVS. THE WEIGHT SAVINGS MAY ALSO BE APPLIED TO LARGER COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT. THE RESEARCH DESCRIBED IN THE SUBJECT PROPOSAL WILL PROVIDE US WITH NOVEL FORMULATIONS DEMONSTRATING A HIGHER DEGREE OF FLEXIBILITY THAN ANY PRIOR AEROGEL COMPOSITION.

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