SECURITY AND INTELLIGENCE RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTING INNOVATION BY WVU FACULTY
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Ruby Grand Hall Erickson Alumni Center
The WVU Office of Research and Economic Development, with support from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the STEM and Business Deans, has launched an initiative to encourage innovation and commercialization through research. The initiative, titled LIINC (Linking Innovation, Industry and Commercialization), is designed to bring faculty expertise and talent to the attention of our industry partners through networking events. This particular event focuses on security, defense, aerospace, and intelligence research. To our industry partners, we greatly appreciate your attendance at this event and we hope you will take this opportunity to learn about the research taking place at WVU. To facilitate new partnerships and future collaboration, this booklet contains brief abstracts of our facultyâ€™s research activities. We strongly encourage you to contact them to learn about and discuss their research in greater detail. On behalf of our faculty, we thank you for your participation and we hope you will see us as trusted partners for continued collaboration.
Dr. Fred King Vice President for Research
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ATTENDING INDUSTRIES 9three Solutions, Inc. 9three Solutions is a new and interesting company here in Morgantown primarily involved with developing solutions improving missioncritical functions pertaining to coal and natural gas operations. An agile, cross-disciplinary approach allows 9three to creatively apply the latest advances in technology to classic operational, engineering and business challenges.
Aces & Eights Corporation Aces & Eights Corporation is an advanced technology, services and solutions provider for U.S. Defense, Intelligence, and Homeland Security and Law Enforcement communities. We focus on providing a wide range of services and solutions to the government in support of national security on advanced technology and current and future operational needs while integrating the most cutting edge technology into our custom hardware and software solutions.
Action Facilities Management Action Facilities Management is committed to providing a full spectrum of project management - from small jobs to managing an entire facility complex. We continually build on the experience gained from previous government and commercial contracts. Our team offers the most highly competent and professional staffing available. Highly motivated employees are trained to the client's specifications and we constantly strive for optimum efficiency. Quality control inspections ensure that clients receive the premiere services for which AFM is known.
Agile5 Technologies Agile5 Technologies is a small, womanowned systems architecture and software development firm that specializes in enterprise software systems for government agencies, as well as commercial interests.
Allegheny Science & Technology Allegheny provides Management and Technology solutions for federal, state, and local governments, federal civilian agencies, and commercial clients. We work in areas such as project management, financial analysis, software and systems engineering, as well as training and simulation, and specialized scientific, engineering, and technical support.
American Intertech, Inc. American Intertech specializes in heavy industry automation; controls and monitoring; and communication via dedicated wired and wireless connections (HMI/ SCADA). Real-time monitoring, control, and alarming of remote sites with Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) Utilizing Allen-Bradley, Rockwell Automation, and SEIMENS Products. Legacy PLC support of TI, SEIMENS, and other deprecated brands. Remote communications of UHF, VHF, GSM, and 2.4GHz SpreadSpectrum point-to-point communications. Voice-dialing alarm services. Live trending and reporting.
Ashburn Cyber Security At Ashburn Cyber Security, our mission is to provide you with the best security solutions to discover and eliminate unknown threats on your network, minimize expensive computer downtime and minimize data loss. Sophisticated malware attacks against enterprises and government agencies are on the rise. We help you understand, document, manage and mitigate cyber security risk while, reducing security costs and achieving compliance with applicable regulations, standards and guidance. Our solutions are specifically developed to improve your information security posture, while meeting FISMA requirements, including OMB standards, NIST guidance and DIACAP directives.
Athena Sciences Corporation Athena Sciences Corporation is a Woman Owned Small Business that provides technical services and solutions to commercial and government clients in the fields of aerospace and information technology. Athena core competencies include software development, spacecraft modeling and simulation, command and control, information technology services, and independent verification and validation (IV&V) of mission critical software.
Aurora Flight Sciences Aurora Flight Sciences is a leader in the development and manufacturing of advanced unmanned systems and aerospace vehicles. Aurora is headquartered in Manassas, VA and operates production plants in Bridgeport, WV and Columbus, MS; and a Research and Development Center in Cambridge, MA. The mission of Aurora’s Research business sector and it’s Research and Development Center (RDC) is to perform basic and applied research supporting Aurora’s core business and product development efforts in the areas of unmanned aircraft systems, small space systems, and other flight vehicles.
Azimuth As a leading electronic and software engineering firm for the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies and federallyfunded projects, Azimuth delivers solid contract performance and loyalty to customers, with focus areas in defense, aerospace, medical services, infrastructure analysis, and manufacturing.
BIMA (Biometrics Identity Management Agency) The Biometrics Identity Management Agency leads Department of Defense activities to program, integrate, and synchronize biometric technologies and capabilities and to operate and maintain DoD's authoritative biometric database to support the National Security Strategy.
BlueTree Allied Angels BlueTree Allied Angels is a group of accredited investors that invests in regional, early-stage companies. Our members-only organization operates as a network of private equity investors that meets monthly to evaluate and consider pre-institutional investments. Leveraging our members’ knowledge and experience helps to mitigate investment risk, thus, strengthening the probability of investment success. Although the membership works together as a group to efficiently and effectively evaluate investment opportunities, each member makes his or her own individual investment decisions.
Bunseki Software Authority In support of software litigation, the Bunseki Software Authority tools suite derives objective metrics from case related software, software artifacts, and documents. Our results prioritize relevant information for targeted analysis. Bunseki offers the services of experienced technology professionals to analyse, report, and testify as expert witnesses. Our technologists provide independent analyses focusing on the specific items identified by the objective results. The result provides the client and legal team with timely, relevant, and targeted opinions.
CH2M Hill From major sewerage programs in London and Abu Dhabi to super cleanrooms in China, from nuclear cleanup in Scotland to major highways and airports in the United States, CH2M HILL's project experience is as diverse as the world itself. Our talented staff works hard to provide clean drinking water, efficient transportation, lean production facilities, environmental remediation and safe energy, offering communities sustainable economic and social benefits.
CrossResolve CrossResolve applies scientific rigor to the business of creating technical solutions in biometrics, forensics and identity intelligence. As a result, our solutions are measurable, defensible, and valuable. Our expertise and knowledge of fundamental drivers within Government, industry, and academia, provide an exceptional perspective for providing focused, targeted results while understanding and managing risk.
CSC Our service offerings include cloud computing; business process, software and platform as a service solutions; system design and integration; IT and business process outsourcing; applications software development; cyber security; Web and application hosting; mission support and technical services; and management consulting.
EWA Government Systems EWA Government Systems, Inc. (EWA GSI) is known for our EW expertise and engineering prowess in cyber security and cyber defense, radar development, EW software and hardware products, as well as expertise in test & evaluation, miniaturization & microelectronics, EW training and simulation products, and our unique tagging, tracking and locating technology.
EXDEL Services, LLC EXDEL offer’s a diverse group of former Business Leaders, Military Specialists, Special Operations/Special Forces soldiers, Civilian Professionals and Law Enforcement officers with a wide variety of experience, expertise and maturity in the field. EXDEL offer’s a wide range of services including, Program and Project Management, Business Development, Logistical support, Training and Education, as well as Technology Solutions.
Fenwick Technologies, Inc. Since 1994 Fenwick Technologies has served federal, state and commercial markets by providing large scale application development project and staffing solutions. We provide superior service to our clients and a caring workplace for our employees. Whether your need is to architect an IT project, develop or implement an IT solution, our staff of talented technology professionals are dedicated to completing your mission critical projects and service needs on time and in a quality manner.
Fox Rothschild LLP Fox Rothschild LLP is a national law firm with more than 550 attorneys practicing in 19 offices coast to coast. We’ve been serving clients for more than a century, and we’ve been climbing the ranks of the nation’s 250 largest firms for many years, according to The National Law Journal. Our lawyers provide a full range of legal services to public and private companies – from family-run businesses to multinational corporations. We also represent charitable, medical and educational institutions both in the United States and in more than 50 countries worldwide.
Global Science & Technology, Inc. GST provides superior service in the fields of science, engineering, Information Technology (IT), and technical support to worldwide government, industry, and academic clients. GST has built a highly specified workforce that includes experts in these key domains. From projects such as instrument engineering for the Hubble Space Telescope program, to meteorology, software engineering, and satellite communications—GST is committed to technical excellence and customer satisfaction.
I-79 Development Council The goal of the I-79 Development Council is to nurture and retain the traditional business base and to promote economic diversity through the development of dynamic new sectors of high technology, biotechnology, forensic science, biometrics and aerospace manufacturing.
IBM IBM has a strong tradition of research collaboration with academia. We go beyond the boundaries of our IBM labs to work with colleagues in universities around the world. We also foster collaborative relationships through fellowships, grants and funding for programs of shared interest.
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory The Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is a notfor-profit center for engineering and research and development. APL is dedicated to solving critical problems of national security and advancing the nation's vision in research and space science through our work on more than 600 programs serving the Navy, Air Force, Army, NASA, and numerous other government agencies. As a University Affiliated Research Center, we serve as a liaison between government and industryâ€”a trusted, impartial, and noncompetitive technical agent.
KeyLogic KeyLogic is an information technology consultant that offers IT systems consulting, knowledge management consulting, program management, system engineering and development, and intelligence community support.
Liquid X Printed Metals Liquid Xâ„˘ is a technology company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that manufactures functional metallic inks. Our well-known technology transforms various metals into ink form which is then deposited onto a wide variety of substrates. When heated at low temperatures, the ink converts to the base metal and exhibits comparable features.
Lockheed Martin Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
ManTech ManTech is a leading provider of mission critical, advanced technology solutions and technical services that include, but are not limited to: Systems Engineering & Integration, Technology & Software Development, Enterprise Security Architecture, Intelligence Operations Support, Critical Infrastructure Protection, and Computer Forensics. The ManTech Enterprise Integration Center (e IC), a part of ManTech Information Systems and Technology, a subsidiary of ManTech International Corporation, is a preeminent provider of high quality biometrics and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) information technology services.
Meyer Unkovic & Scott LLP We are a business law firm whose diverse clientele includes Fortune 100 companies, significant financial institutions, small venture enterprises and individuals. The lawyers of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP are engaged every day - whether in the courtroom or at the conference room table - in providing their clients with creative, insightful and cost-effective legal advice that is targeted to resolve problems and add value to the bottom line.
Mid-Atlantic Aerospace Complex The Mid-Atlantic Aerospace Complex (MAAC) markets and promotes the capabilities in aviation and aerospace of the North Central West Virginia Airport and its component members to government, industrial clients and prospects throughout the world.
Mylan Pharmaceuticals Mylan is one of the world’s leading generics and specialty pharmaceutical companies, providing products to customers in more than 150 countries and territories. The company maintains one of the industry’s broadest and highest quality product portfolios, which is regularly bolstered by an innovative and robust product pipeline. With a workforce of more than 16,000, Mylan has attained leading positions in key international markets through its wide array of dosage forms and delivery systems, significant manufacturing capacity, global commercial scale and a committed focus on quality and customer service.
Office of United States Senator Joe Manchin U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) was sworn into the United States Senate on November 15, 2010 to fill the seat left vacant by the late Senator Robert C. Byrd. As a Senator, Joe Manchin is committed to bringing this same spirit of bipartisanship to Washington. As he has done throughout his entire life, he remains committed to working with Republicans and Democrats to find commonsense solutions to the problems our country faces and is working hard to usher in a new bipartisan spirit in the Senate and Congress.
Oracle Corporation Oracle is shifting the complexity from IT, moving it out of the enterprise by engineering hardware and software to work together—in the cloud and in the data center. By eliminating complexity and simplifying IT, Oracle enables its customers—400,000 of them in more than 145 countries around the world—to accelerate innovation and create added value for their customers.
Parrish Law Offices Parrish Law Offices has one of the United States’ leading health care law practices. We combine (1) a focus on areas of primary importance to the development and spread of innovative medical technologies and patient care, with (2) expertise addressing the full range of our clients’ regulatory, intellectual property, and corporate needs.
Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) RCBI is the only statewide facility that provides manufacturers with regional access to advanced CNC equipment, affordable workforce development and technical training programs to develop new business and jobs in West Virginia. RCBI offers a wide variety of both standarized and custom training courses including the Machinist Technology Program which includes a college degree option. Each of our locations offers the latest equipment for you to train on or lease.
SAIC SAIC has a strong commitment to supporting programs of national importance – helping to solve or undertake our country’s most significant problems. We offer a broad range of services and products to address our customers' most complex and critical technology-related needs. These services include the following: National Security, Health, Energy & Environment, and Cybersecurity.
Schonstedt Instruments Our patented Heliflux® magnetic sensor technology is unsurpassed for its environmental stability and ability to detect ferrous objects to extreme depths. In 1998 the company moved to its custom-built headquarters location in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, about an hour's drive from Washington and Baltimore. Here we assemble and quality control our instruments, provide repair services, design and develop new products and manage communications with our customers, dealers, and representatives.
SecurLinx SecurLinx offers solutions that store, process and share biometric template information specific to the challenges of law enforcement, gaming and the security industry. SecurLinx’ products have evolved out of our extensive experience in the biometrics field, our relationships with Biometric Service Providers and our work on behalf of the end users in law enforcement, the gaming industry and government security services.
ShieldSmith Shieldsmith Corporation (Shieldsmith) is a supplier of systems and services to assist aircraft platform providers and lead system integrators to meet emerging aerial surveillance requirements of government agencies and commercial enterprises. From integrated power systems to complex payload systems, Shieldsmith solutions are powering advanced surveillance capabilities for airships, airplanes and other specialty airborne systems.
TASC TASC provides enterprise systems engineering, integration and analytical decisionsupport services to the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense and civilian agencies of the federal government. We leverage our subject -matter expertise, process-driven approach and unparalleled technical capabilities to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. These solutions help our customers strengthen security and safety and protect the basic values of our society.
TechConnectWV TechConnectWV is a coalition of professionals dedicated to growing and diversifying West Virginiaâ€™s economy by advancing technology-based economic development (TBED). We serve mainly as facilitators, enhancing awareness, increasing collaboration, and raising the discussion of important issues to spur technology development and commercialization in West Virginia.
Thrasher Engineering Thrasher provides you with the resources you need utilizing our single source management approach. By combining engineering, architectural, surveying, environmental, construction monitoring and materials testing staff, we have become the regionâ€™s industry leader. We are able to pull together a wealth of experienced talent, bringing the best minds and proven methods to every job.
TMC2 Technologies TMC Technologies is an information technology (IT) services company with significant contract experience at the federal and state government levels and a reputation for outstanding quality and service. First established in 1996 with headquarters in Fairmont, West Virginia, and offices in Asheville, North Carolina, and Boulder, Colorado, TMC Technologies--
after a five year hiatus--is back in business with its original management team intact. Our past experience includes providing cost effective solutions to complex problems in the fields of software engineering, data management, project management and biometrics.
TreMonti Consulting TreMonti Consulting, LLC has extensive experience in providing advice and assistance to universities, governments and companies, regarding intellectual asset management issues. We have fully dedicated professionals with broad experience and in-depth knowledge in all sectors and disciplines relating to intellectual asset management. We utilize state-of-the-art tools and methods in the management and commercialization of a wide spectrum of intellectual property.
U.S. Small Business Administration The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace.
White Oaks Development White Oaks Business Park is located near the FBIâ€™s Criminal Justice Information Services Center (CJIS) in Bridgeport, West Virginia, a 500,000 square foot facility that employs more than 3,000 workers. The FBIâ€™s new Biometric Center of Excellence will be a 360,000 square foot facility and employ 1,500 people. Additionally, the new West Virginia University Hospital's affiliate, United Hospital Center (UHC), has recently completed construction across Route 279 from White Oaks, employs 1,800 full-time people and has 220 beds.
WV Angel Network The West Virginia Angel Investor Network seeks investment opportunities in two sectors â€“ companies seeking seed capital (companies that do not have sales or may not have a completed or tested product/service) and early stage capital (companies with sales near or above $500k per year).
West Virginia Army National Guard The WV Army National Guard has 38 units and activities stationed in 22 counties throughout West Virginia and overseas. WV Army National Guard currently has units supporting operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo. The WV Army National Guard plays a key role, in the defense of our country and interests around the world. Together with active military forces, the WV Army Guard is supporting activities as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Homeland Security, and supporting peace keeping missions in Kosovo. West Virginia Development Office The West Virginia Development Officeâ€™s role is to: support existing businesses in the expansion and retention of their operations; attract new businesses to locate in the state; generate new leads and prospects of potential investors; diversify West Virginiaâ€™s economy by marketing to targeted industries; provide comprehensive development assistance; provide research, planning and technical support; work with local governments and economic developers to improve the quality of life in communities; and market West Virginia at primary and secondary target industry trade shows. WV High Technology Consortium Foundation The WVHTC Foundation, based in Fairmont, West Virginia, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization functioning as an engine of economic change for growing a statewide, regional and national high-tech business sector. We have established a multi-faceted approach to maximize economic development, commercialization and workforce development. Our departments include Advanced Technologies Group, Mission Systems Group, Technology Transfer and Commercialization Group, INNOVA Commercialization Group, Affiliate Services Group, and I-79 Technology Park Development Group. WV Small Business Development Center (SBDC) The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) is a division of the West Virginia Development Office and is funded by the State of West Virginia, the United States Small Business Administration, and our Community Colleges and Workforce Investment Board Partners. The WVSBDC promotes economic development through a program
of practical, interrelated services, providing assistance to existing small businesses and the emerging entrepreneur. The WVSBDC provides many free services that assist you, the entrepreneur, in your business venture. If you need financial help and/or coaching, then you have come to the right place. X3DCAE X3DCAE: located in Morgantown WV, X3DCAE is a Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Consulting firm and a Business Developer for Biometrics Software and Hardware, Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (IDS/IDPS), Communication Encryption Systems, GPU Applications, Specialty Technical Software and Efficient Sustainable Energy Systems.
Z-Medica Welcome to Z-Medica, home of the innovative blood clotting technology behind QuikClot® family of products for hemostasis. Z-Medica was founded in 2002 by Francis X. Hursey, a veteran of the Apollo Project Breathing Air Team. For the first time in history, we’ve put the ability to quickly stop severe, life threatening bleeding into the hands of anyone who can tear open a package and follow a few simple directions. Because of the intuitive format and ability to rapidly control bleeding, our products were quickly adopted by the US Military, where we made an immediate impact saving many lives on the battlefield. With our established military history, QuikClot® products have now become an essential part of saving lives throughout the healthcare market and emergency response teams.
The following companies were invited, but regrettably were unable to attend: Allos Ventures LLC; Ardara Technologies; Booz Allen Hamilton; Brooks Consulting; Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation; Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA); FBI CJIS; FirstEnergy; InnovationWorks; Jackson Kelly; KFMR; KG Science Associates; Novetta Solutions; Pittsburgh Equity Partners; Reed Smith LLP; Regional Contracting Assistance Center; SNA International; SRA International; WesBanco; West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.
FACULTY RESEARCH Dynamics and Morphology of Premixed Flames: Hydrodynamic Consideration Slava Akkerman works on several interconnected problems in combustion science, namely, intrinsic flame instabilities; turbulent burning; flame interaction with acoustics, shocks, combustor walls and interior obstacles; and flame acceleration with particular interest in the deflagration-to-detonation transition (DDT). The last item lies behind countless disasters in rockets, power plants and mines, although it can also be constructively utilized in such combustion devices as the pulse-detonation engine. Specifically, Dr. Akkerman and his colleagues have revealed several distinctive stages within the DDT scenario. The next step is to extend this approach to multi-phase flows, and thereby adopt it to coal mining safety applications. Vâ€™yacheslav (Slava) Akkerman Mechnical & Aerospace Engineering 304-293-0802 Vyacheslav.Akkerman@mail.wvu.edu
Computational Chemistry for Molecular Design and Characterization We employ molecular science techniques for the analysis of molecular interactions. Our tools include ab initio quantum chemistry for the parameterization of intermolecular interaction energies for novel compounds and molecular dynamics techniques for the characterization of molecular interactions. Particular systems of interest include the interaction of organic or inorganic incipient molecules with biological targets such as neurological proteins. These tools can be used to design molecular systems for the identification of chemical or biological agents. Brian Anderson Chemical Engineering 304-293-9334 Brian.email@example.com
Natural Designs for Network Threats The need for enhanced information system security measures is broad, and solutions to current and future threats necessitates unorthodox/clean slate approaches to develop new ideas which revisit implicit assumptions in security. Proper functioning of both cellular and information systems necessitates interaction with external environments, and therefore both risk exposure to potentially toxic threats. Understanding the defense mechanisms of biologi16
cal systems, specifically exploiting the years of evolution that led to cellular signal transduction networks capable of sensing, amplifying, and responding to threats, could greatly enhance future network systems and software applications by incorporating novel “secure by design” techniques learned from nature. Research in the Boyd laboratory focuses on defining the signal transduction networks responsible for the threat assessment decision process of cells in response to toxic exposures. Identifying key mechanistic features and cellular network strategies (e.g., localization, amplification, signal matching and routing) could be used to design faster, more efficient and effective information system security measures with fewer false alarms and failures. Jonathan Boyd Chemistry 304-293-3435 Jonathan.firstname.lastname@example.org
Hybrid Projectiles and UAV/MAV Aerodynamics
Hybrid Projectiles: Transforming 40mm grenades and 60mm mortars into precision strike and ISR platforms. Dynamic Roughness: Micro flow control elements to delay stall on airfoils and maneuver projectiles and UAVs. Novel Aerodynamics: Morphing wings, CFD for UAV configuration optimization, CFD and experimental studies of precision air-drop cargo delivery concepts, feathered and membrane wing studies. Systems Design: Autopilot, navigation, sensor systems, and structural battery development for in-house UAVs.
Patrick Browning, Wade Huebsch, Jay Wilhelm, Shanti Hamburg Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 304-293-3719 Shanti.email@example.com
Face Recognition in Difficult Environments
The Multispectral Imagery Lab, at WVU, is dealing with some of the most insidious problems of visible- and infrared-based face recognition systems, including dealing with (1) the variation in level and nature of illumination, (2) the automated determination of the origin (e.g., specific spectrum or device) and quality (restorable or not) of face images, (3) the restoration of degraded (image compression, occlusion etc.) face images, (4) the improvement of the performance of face recognition matchers. Thirimachos Bourlai Computer Science & Electrical Engineering 832-713-9773 Thirimachos.firstname.lastname@example.org
Center for Identifiction Technology Research (CITeR) CITeR is the founding site of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/ University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC). CITeRâ€™s mission to advance identification technology is strongly focused in the areas of biometric systems, user authentication and identity management. Our portfolio of activities achieves this mission through cross-cutting research of emerging enabling technologies, interdisciplinary training of scientists and engineers, and facilitation of technology transfer to the private and government sectors through its affiliates and local industry partners. CITeR maintains interdisciplinary collaborative partnerships with other academic institutions to effectively respond to industry and government research needs. Bojan Cukic Computer Science & Electrical Engineering 304-293-9686 Bojan.email@example.com
Biologically Inspired Algorithms Our research designs and implements genetic algorithms to task teams of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to do coordinated missions. To date, these missions include intelligence collection and surveillance, but could be designed for many other purposes. The algorithms have been field tested with small UAVs and are being perfected and generalized to include heterogeneous teams and real-time constraint changes. Marjorie Darrah Mathematics 304-376-3506 firstname.lastname@example.org
Enabling Technologies for Rapid DNA Identification Platforms The research of the Interdisciplinary Research Team (IRT) 1 of the current NanoSAFE program at WVU is focused on hardware component development for rapid DNA and lab-on-chip systems. This group is developing new lab-on chip technologies based on coupled nanophotonic/microfludic systems, as well as new methods of target isolation and separation. Application areas include environmental monitoring, chem/bio detection, and public health. Jeremy Dawson Computer Science & Electrical Engineering 304-293-4028 Jeremy.email@example.com
Computer Vision, Image and Video Analysis, Intelligent Video, and Biometrics The WVU Vision Laboratory, http://vision.csee.wvu.edu/, is focusing on core aspects of Computer Vision research. Those include: (a) human action recognition; (b) human behavior analysis; (c) human recognition based on whole body appearance; (d) social network analysis from video; (e) target and scene recognition and analysis; (f) multispectral analysis of video. Typical DOD applications of this research include, but are not limited to, Video Analytics for Intelligence, Reconnaissance and Surveillance (ISR), as well as Situational Awareness (SA), both in ground-based as well as aerial settings. Gianfranco Doretto Computer Science & Electrical Engineering 304-293-9133 Gianfranco.firstname.lastname@example.org
Data Signatures and Social Networks Digital data (email/chat messages, bulletin board/forum/blog postings, web pages, internet browsing habits, financial transactions, files on seized disks, computer code, cell phone activity, video imagery, etc.) can carry signature patterns. These patterns can be used to categorize data, identify individuals, and discover social networks. We are developing methods for quantifying content, intent, orientation, and emotive shift in data based on signature patterns. Our prototype software package Semantic Signature Mining Tool (SSMinT) is designed to aid investigators in identifying data and interactions between players that are of interest in the intelligence/security arena. Intelligence is greatly enhanced when multiple modes of data can be analyzed simultaneously. We are developing models and analysis techniques for multimodal data networks. Elaine Eschen Computer Science & Electrical Engineering 304-943-6091 Elaine.email@example.com
WV Robotic Technology Center - Robotic Servicing of Orbital Space Assets The WV Robotic Technology Center (WVRTC) performs research and development in autonomous robotic control, non-cooperative feature based machine vision, tactile sensor systems, and sensor fusion. WVRTC supports NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office in the develop-
ment of assistive technologies for autonomous and teleoperated robotic interaction with orbiting spacecraft and space assets. Thomas Evans Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 304-333-6063 Thomas.firstname.lastname@example.org
Agent Based Control of Smart Grids The Advanced Power and Electricity Research Center is developing an integrated sensing, communication and decision framework for improving the operational efficiency of the electric grid infrastructure. Power systems are complex systems involving myriads of components and complex interactions between these components. A real-time exchange of information between components and an up-to-date knowledge of system state can prove to be valuable feedback for these systems and can significantly improve optimality of operations. Such a real-time measurements and supply of information has been made feasible by advent of MEMS sensing devices and wireless communication capabilities. Several 1000s of sensors can now be embedded into components of power systems for acquiring real-time state information and accordingly making decisions that maintain a required level of system performance. However, the transition from idea to practice has proven to be a hard problem â€“ the realization of such a large scale sensor-actuator network poses several challenges, especially when implemented over a capacity constrained wireless communication medium. Moreover, security issues need to be addressed if the information is shared over a wireless network or the internet. Ali Feliachi Computer Science & Electrical Engineering 304-293-9690 email@example.com
Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs)
Solid oxide fuel cells are promising energy conversion devices for stationary power applications. Our research focuses on methods of evaluating performance of SOFCs and understanding degradation mechanisms that reduce power over time. Harry Finklea Chemistry 304-293-4742 Harry.Finklea@mail.wvu.edu
Aptamer Design and Discovery Historically, aptamers which are similar to antibodies, are discovery by a SELEX based method. The process of developing a new aptamer for a specific target (e.g., chemical or biological toxin) can take 1-2 years. To speed the discovery and development of aptamers, we are developing a computer based approach that will be able to speed identification of aptamers and ultimately, design aptamers using only computational methods. Peter Gannett Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences 304-293-1480 firstname.lastname@example.org
Secure and Dependable Cyberspace Dr. Goseva-Popstojanovaâ€™s research interests related to cybersecurity include continuous monitoring and situation awareness, assessment and prediction of malicious attacker activities, vulnerability analysis, information assurance, and system resilience. Her research in the area of software engineering is focused on characterization of software faults and failures, risk analysis, and prediction of components fault and failure proneness. She also conducts research on modeling, simulation, and empirical evaluation and prediction of software and systems reliability and performance. Dr. Goseva-Popstojanovaâ€™s research work has a strong emphasis on empirical studies, including large industrial systems (e.g., NASA missions, European Space Agency, Avaya, and Motorola), open source software systems (e.g., Eclipse, GCC), network traffic and application logs of production servers (e.g., LCSEE, WVU, NASA IV&V), honeypots and sensors that monitor malicious activities, and controlled experiments based on prototypes. Katerina Goseva-Popstojanova Computer Science & Electrical Engineering 304-293-9691 Katerina.Goseva@mail.wvu.edu
Energy - Efficient Wireless Sensor Networks Wireless sensor networks hold great promise for use in applications such as environmental monitoring, protection of borders/resources against intruders, and monitoring critical infrastructure like bridges and power grids. Wide-scale deployment of sensor networks has been inhibited primarily by the inability to last for long durations on small power sources, such as batteries and energy-
harvesting systems. This work focuses on greatly extending the lifetimes of the sensor nodes by using ultra-low-power analog and mixed-signal electronics to work cooperatively with the digital signal processing of sensor networks. The energy-efficient electronics have applications ranging from watermonitoring systems to smart homes and even to consumer electronics and biomedical implants. David Graham Computer Science & Electrical Engineering 304-293-9692 David.email@example.com
Interactive Robotics Researchers from the WVU Interactive Robotics Laboratory (IRL) are interested in exploring the interactions between robots and humans. Their main research areas include sensor fusion, autonomous aerial and ground vehicle design and testing, human machine interaction, bio-inspired sensing and control, and remote sensing. IRL researchers are currently working on several NASA funded research projects related to aviation safety, autonomous close formation flight, and navigation within GPS degraded/denied environments. They are also leading a WVU team to build an autonomous rover for the $1.5M NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge. More information about IRL can be found at their website: http://www2.statler.wvu.edu/~irl/ Yu Gu Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 304-293-3992 Yu.firstname.lastname@example.org
Visual Computing for Smart Environment Dr. Guodong Guoâ€™s research areas: Computer Vision, Image and Video Computing, and Biometrics. To be specific, his research includes: (1) Human identification and human description based on computational analysis of face and body images, using different modalities, for security, law enforcement, and surveillance; (2) Human age estimation via face images; (3) Human gender and ethnicity classification in face images; (4) Human facial expression or emotion analysis and recognition; (5) Facial makeup analysis and digital antiaging; (6) Human action/behavior recognition from videos for intelligent video surveillance; (7) Body mass index (BMI) prediction from face images, which was reported by the New Scientist Magazine in June 05, 2013; and (8) Social
computing and social network analysis using Computer Vision and Machine Learning techniques. Guodong Guo Computer Science & Electrical Engineering 304-293-9143 Guodong.email@example.com
Stochastic Simulations of Biological and Engineered Systems I am interested in computational / mathematical modeling of systems that exhibit a mixture of stochastic (random) and deterministic (mechanistic, fully predictable albeit complex) behaviors. Such systems are common in fundamental physics, and methods developed in that context (commonly referred to as Monte Carlo methods) made their way into chemistry, engineering, and more recently, biology and social sciences. My current research focuses on cell signaling, more specifically, signal initiation by VEGF receptors. VEGF is a growth factor responsible for angiogenesis, the growth of new blood vessels. This process is relevant, among other things, to the development of secondary tumors in many types of cancer. Adam Halasz Mathematics 304-293-6305 Halasz@math.wvu.edu
Understanding the Physics at Material Boundaries (Surfaces and Interfaces) While we use optics to understand a variety of material properties in semiconductors and oxides, we are currently focused the physics at the boundary between magnetic and ferroelectric oxides. The strong magnetoelectric coupling at these interfaces has the potential to electrically control magnetism for applications in computing, magnetic sensing, energy scavenging and more. We recently discovered the mechanism behind this coupling and are exploring the implications of this exciting discovery! Our temperature, field and angle dependent measurements provide information on symmetry, magnetic properties, carrier lifetimes, recombination, and interfacial fields. We would love to discuss avenues of collaboration. Mikel Holcomb Physics 304-293-5196 Mikel.firstname.lastname@example.org
Micro Scale Bioassays Miniaturized separation techniques are developed to improve human health by detecting molecules important to treating disease, diagnosing disease, and assessing disease prognosis. Microscale separation techniques are advantageous because of the low sample volume requirements, the instrument portability, and the low production and operation costs of small-scale devices and methodology. Lisa Holland Chemistry 304-293-0174 Lisa.email@example.com
Polymer Composites Development and Impleystems Manufacturing, laboratory evaluation and field implementation including nondestructive evaluation of glass and carbon fiber reinforced composites for military and civil infrastructures is the focus of WVU's Constructed Facilities Center (CFC). CFC is awarded Industry-University Cooperative Research Center status by NSF and leads a team of 4 universities across the country. Approximately 16 industries participate in this program. CFC has been working with several state departments of transportation and US Army Corps of Engineers in developing a variety of products with polymer composites and cost effectively applying to infrastructure systems and enhancing service life. Gangarao Hota Constructed Facilities Center; Civil & Environmental Engineering 304-293-9986 firstname.lastname@example.org
UAS-based Thermal Natural Resource Mapping WVU NRAC is currently developing an Unmanned Aircraft System capability to compliment our ongoing airborne LiDAR, GIS, and remote sensing program. Our quad-copter UAS systems will be equipped with video, photo, and thermal sensing capability. Initially, we will be mapping spatial distributions of surface temperatures and cold water refugia in WV native brook trout streams in cooperation with the WV Division of Natural Resources. Paul Kinder Natural Resource Analysis Center 304-612-0836 Paul.email@example.com
WVU NanoSAFE Nanotechnology Sensing Advances in Field and Environment (NanoSAFE) is West Virginia University’s initiative for nanoscale science, engineering and education. Statewide, this effort also includes researchers at Marshall University and West Virginia State University, and those involved with the National Science Foundation's Research Infrastructure Improvement 2010-2015 award, Bionanotechnology for Public Security and Environmental Safety. NanoSAFE is fully aligned with Vision 2015, the state’s science and technology plan, in which research and innovation are key drivers of West Virginia’s new, diverse and competitive economy. NanoSAFE focuses on developing portable biosensing technologies for specific pathogens, toxins, and nanoparticles based on rapid DNA identification, bioelectronic and biophotonic integrated devices, and monitoring of cellular function in chip-based devices. David Lederman Physics/NanoSAFE 304-293-5136 David.firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Choice and Crowdfunding: A Design Creating Main Street Winners and Losers?
The research question that this article seeks to answer concerns the recent Congressional federal law, Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (the “Act” or the “JOBS Act”), which includes within it a crowd funding feature allowing emerging growth companies to raise capital through internet funding portals. The research seeks to assess the public choice implications of Title III (the “Crowdfunding Act” within the larger Jobs Act) and the recently SEC proposed Crowdfunding Rules. Additionally, the research seeks to determine whether the legislative design will create main street (EGCs, Investors, and Worker) winners and losers? The research paper also shares thoughts about the potential impact and pitfalls of this legislation and ways to overcome the perceived deficiencies in the design. Patricia Lee Law 304-293-6838 Patricia.email@example.com
Translational Orthopaedic Research: From Nanomedicine, to Animal Models, to Clinical Studies Our research focuses on tuning cellular interactions via a combination of nanomedicine and innovative therapeutic pathways. We have originally proposed and proved that stimulating appropriate host’s immune responses could reduce open fracture-associated infection. Our research group is very productive: We have published more than 13 papers and patents in 2013 alone and have been recognized and awarded two international prestigious prizes within the last three years. Bingyun Li Orthopaedics 304-293-1075 firstname.lastname@example.org
Advanced Composites Techniques for Rapid Repair and Rehabilitation of Infrastructure Our nation's infrastructure includes buildings, highways, dams, waterways, pipelines, etc. Many of these structures are in need of upgrading, repair or replacement. For example, we have an extremely large number of outdated, old, and structurally degraded bridges. However, there is so little money to do the work. We have a funding problem! West Virginia University Constructed Facilities Center runs a National Science Foundation (NSF) program to develop advanced fiber reinforced polymer composites techniques for rapid repair and rehabilitation of highway, railway and waterway infrastructure. We are currently seeking partnerships and support for the program. Ray Liang Constructed Facilities Center 304-293-9348 email@example.com
Innovative Water Technologies
Flowback and produced water treatment for shale gas production Energy efficient wastewater technologies Sulfate removal Sustainable water management
Lance Lin Civil & Environmental Engineering 304-293-9935 Lianshin.firstname.lastname@example.org
Center of Electrochemical Energy Systems (CEES) in West Virginia University Center of Electrochemical Energy Systems (CEES) in West Virginia University is developing high temperature electrochemical systems for energy conversion and storage. Our current research is focused on solid oxide fuel cells for highly efficient electricity production with coal syngas and natural gas as fuels, and developing sodium battery for stationary energy storage applications. Xingbo Liu Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 304-293-3339 Xingbo.email@example.com
Collagen-like Genes as Targets for PCR-based Detection of Infectious Agents My research is focused on microbial pathogenesis. Specifically, we have been studying the role of collagen-like proteins in the pathogenesis of group A streptococcal infections. In addition, our research includes projects focused on PCR-based pathogen detection based on sequence polymorphisms in collagen-like genes in association with WVNanoSAFE Program. bcl-gene polymorphisms as basis for B. anthracis detection and fingerprinting. A major challenge to defend against anthrax is the inability to rapidly and accurately distinguish infection by B. anthracis from more benign infections with other members of the B. cereus group. Here, we evaluate sequence polymorphisms of the Bacillus collagen-like genes, bcl A-E, as a basis for B. anthracis detection and fingerprinting. First, we identified sequence polymorphisms within bclB alleles that allowed for the specific detection of B. anthracis strains by PCR using both purified DNA and spores as templates. Next, we demonstrated that the combined bclA-E PCR products generate markedly different fingerprints, thus creating unique signatures for B. anthracis strains. Altogether, we present a new diagnostic concept for anthrax detection and fingerprinting. bucl-genes: novel targets for Burkholderia detection. Burkholderia pseudomallei (Bp), the causative agent of melioidosis, and Burkholderia mallei (Bm), the causative agent of glanders, are both category B select agents. Poor understanding of Burkholderia pathogenesis, naturally increased resistance against many clinically useful antibiotics, and lack of vaccines and detection methods are the hallmarks of problems associated with Burkholderia infections. Therefore, identification of new targets for Burkholderia detection will protect the general population and the Warfighter. Using bioinformatics, we
have identified an unexpectedly large number of collagen-like genes, designated bucl, present in Bp and Bm. In an initial series of experiments we assessed the distribution of the bucl1 gene among Bp and Bm strains. Slawomir Lukomski and Beth Bachert Microbiology, Immunology & Cell Biology 304-293-6405 firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Management The West Virginia University Research Office of Program Management exists to assist West Virginia University faculty by facilitating research and performing highly effective project management of large, complex, highly visible university projects. At its maximum benefit, this endeavor is highly collaborative and solution driven to plan and execute successfully across an environment often consisting of multiple stakeholders, each with their own complex organizational structure. Our highly trained and skilled professional staff can successfully assist faculty throughout the entire life-cycle of their research endeavors including: Proposal Development, Initiation, Implementation, and Close-Out. Bryan Martin Office of Research Program Management 304-293-5885 Bryan.email@example.com
Food Safety and Nutritionally-enhanced Foods My research program lies within the field of Food Science, with an emphasis in two main areas: food safety and nutritionally-enhanced foods. Our lab explores the strengths and limitations of alternative processing and preservation technologies with a focus on microbial reduction for increased safety and shelf-life of foods. We also explore the effect of these processes on quality indicators and sensory properties of food. Other research in our lab includes the development of a series of value-added products enhanced with omega-3 fatty acids, reduced sodium and/or increased dietary fiber. Specific components of these studies include: shelf-life studies, sensory tests, consumer studies, texture analysis, etc. Kristen Matak Animal and Nutritional Sciences 304-293-1908 Kristen.firstname.lastname@example.org
Statistical Analysis of Firearms/Toolmarks The interpretation of firearms evidence has been the subject of much debate. Bayesian statistics have been used for some time to interpret forensic evidence, but not to a great degree in the US. Part of the problem is the lack of sufficient datasets upon which to base an interpretation. Additionally, there is little quantitative understanding of the various factors that influence the match/non-match decision in this domain. The research is focused on collecting large datasets of ground-truth data and developing Bayesian networks to allow for the interpretation of results generated during comparisons of cartridges and later between bullets fired by the same firearms, same models of firearms, same manufacturer, and different manufacturers. These data sets will allow for the generation of likelihood ratios for the evidence, which may be used for a number of purposes, but especially for the estimation of rarity similar to that used for nuclear DNA analysis. Keith Morris Forensic & Investigative Science 304-293-3169 Keith.email@example.com
Rolling Contact Dynamics on the GBT Telescope Azimuth Rotation System The azimuth rotation of the GBT Telescope is produced through a truck-rail system which carries the entire weight of the GBT Telescope. The loads is transferred to a wheel-track system under extreme loading conditions. This research is aimed at simulating the dynamic stress wave in the neighborhood of the contact to predict failure likelihood and improve track-wheel design. Victor Mucino Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 304-293-3150 firstname.lastname@example.org
UAV Applications in Flight Controls and Remote Sensing Over the course of two decades, the Flight Control Systems Laboratory (FCSL) has evolved into a dynamic and multi-disciplinary research group in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at West Virginia University (WVU). The mission of FCSL is to design intelligent and reliable aviation systems, to develop technology focusing on increasing flight safety, and to provide better monitoring of our environment through fundamental and applied research in manned and unmanned aircraft systems. Our research effort spans several areas including but not limited to Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) design, avionics and payload systems design, flight testing, aircraft
modeling and parameter identification, multiple sensor fusion, vision-based navigation, constrained motion planning, fault tolerant flight control, formation flight control, human-machine interface, and remote sensing. Please visit the Lab's website at http://fcsl.mae.wvu.edu for more details. Marcello Napolitano, Srikanth Gururajan Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 304-293-7827 Srikanth.Gururajan@mail.wvu.edu
Microvascular Xenobiotic Toxicology
Our research program has two well-developed areas that focus on the microvascular ramifications of xenobiotic particle exposures. Environmental toxicology focuses on the health effects of pulmonary exposure to airborne pollutants such as particulate matter. Nanotoxicology focuses on the health effects of exposure to engineered nanomaterials. Unique experimental approaches used to explore these toxicities include whole-body inhalation exposures, telemetry, intravital microscopy and isolated, pressurized and perfused arterioles. The purpose of the environmental toxicology research is to identify safe exposure limits to various environmental toxicants, and also to characterize the targeted physiological mechanisms in order to prevent and/or ameliorate the untoward health consequences of airborne pollutants. The purpose of the nanotoxicology research is to identify safe nanomaterials and their doseranges for use in diverse human applications. This is most commonly explored in the context of drug-delivery devices and implantable devices. Microvascular health or dysfunction is critical to study because it is at this level of the cardiovascular system that growth/development begins, and essentially all major diseases originate and/or their complications target. Tim Nurkiewicz Physiology & Pharmacology 304-293-7328 email@example.com
Cyber Security Cyber security and digital forensics in support of law enforcement. Roy Nutter Computer Science & Electrical Engineering 304-293-9131 firstname.lastname@example.org
Stem Cell Matrix Functions Cell Based Tissue Regeneration Our recent studies suggest extra cellular matrix deposited by stem cells provides a "stemness" cue, which can rejuvenate expanded cells in both proliferation and differentiation capacity. This finding provides a promising and powerful approach overcoming cell senescence resulting from ex vitro expansion and benefits cell based cartilage engineering and regeneration. The potential mechanisms are still under investigation. Ming Pei Orthopaedics 304-293-1072 email@example.com
Recognition Performance of Cross Spectral Partial Face and Periocular Regions at Short and Long Ranges Matching partial face images acquired by Short Wave Infrared (SWIR), Near Infrared (NIR) or Long Wave Infrared (LWIR) cameras against a library of visible images is a challenging surveillance scenario. Standoff distances may range from a meter to hundred meters. Our latest experiments have shown that face recognition software recently developed in our research lab for the purpose of cross spectral matching of full face images can also be applied to match partial face as well as periocular region of face. The software encodes multi-spectral images with Gabor Generalized Local Binary Patterns and Gabor Weber operators and compares them by means of a Kullbuck-Leibler matching metric. Our analysis has shown that three separate face regions such as (1) forehead and eyebrows, (2) eyes and partial nose, and (3) lower part of the nose and mouth yield nearly equal matching performance. Furthermore, we have evaluated performance of periocular regions. For a short standoff distance of 1.5 meters and a database of 48 classes, matching SWIR periocular region against visible regions resulted in 0.7 Correct Accept Rate at False Accept Rate (FAR)=0.01. Natalia Schmid Computer Science & Electrical Engineering 304-293-9136 Natalia.firstname.lastname@example.org
WVU Shared Research Facilities WVU Shared Research Facilities (WVU SRF) provides researchers with the opportunity to use cutting-edge materials, computational modeling, high performance computing equipment and science and engineering instrumentation.
WVU SRF are open to all, including researchers at government laboratories and industries. Our staff provide training, guidance, and assistance in operating the instruments and perform routine maintenance. Among our labs, we have Cleanroom facilities, Electron Microscopy facilities, High Performance Computing facilities, Bio-Nano Research facilities and Materials Fabrication and Characterization facilities. Website: http://sharedresearchfacilities.wvu.edu. Lisa Sharpe, Don McLaughlin, Nathan Gregg, Huiyuan Li, Marcela Redigolo, Kolin Brown, Weiqiang Ding, and Harley Hart WVU Shared Research Facilities 304-293-6872 Lisa.Sharpe@mail.wvu.edu
Advanced Manufacturing of Novel Smart Sensors Use of 3-D printing methods and direct writing techniques to fabricate novel sensing structures with self-powering capabilities and mechanical flexibility. Potential applications spanning from energy, to bio-medical to haptic displays. Fundamental research investigating the relationship between processing, properties and output performance of such sensors. Device characterization focusing on electro-mechanical reliability and biodegradability. Kostas Sierros Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 304-293-3420 Kostas.email@example.com
Biological Elements for Sensing Applications Biomolecules composed of single-stranded DNA or antibody fragments may be incorporated into sensing devices. They bind a target (such as: pesticides, biowarfare agents, and cancer cells) with high affinity and specificity. Their inexpensive synthesis and robust nature make them well suited for field applications. Letha Sooter Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences 304-293-9218 firstname.lastname@example.org
Algorithms & Pattern Recognition Our research group is interested in developing and testing computational methods in pattern recognition that are germane to the forensic community. Recent work has focused on shoeprint and fingerprint evidence, but we are
now extending our efforts to include forensic sub-disciplines that have not yet taken full advantage of emerging technologies and theories (such as trace evidence and crime scene analysis). Jacqueline Speir Forensic & Investigative Science 304-293-9233 Jacqueline.email@example.com
Decision Support Systems for Resource Management Our research focuses on the integration of statistical and spatial models to aid in decision making. We have developed customized applications to aid in insecticide spray applications, land use development planning, watershed management, and energy development. Michael Strager Resource Management 304-293-6463 firstname.lastname@example.org
Field-portable OMS Devices for Molecular Threat Detection We are currently testing a new, miniaturized drift tube employing overtone mobility spectrometry (OMS) for chemical threat detection. The current device is ~1.5 cm long and computer simulations indicate that it should provide more than an order of magnitude improvement in resolving power compared with current commercial field portable drift tube devices. Such an increase in resolving power has tremendous implications for reducing the number of false positives produced by current field portable devices. Upon demonstrating the proof-of-concept design, we will seek SBIR/STTR funding to design and construct the precursor to the commercial field portable OMS drift tube. Stephen Valentine Chemistry 304-293-4937 Stephen.email@example.com
Efficient Utilization of Lignocellulose Biomass for Biofuels and Bioproducts Computer simulation and system modeling of environmental and societal impacts of biomass resources management and utilization. Thermal and chemical conversion of plant materials into hydrocarbons, chemicals, and nanostructures for production of biofuels, hybrid materials, nanocomposites, and advanced carbon materials. Current research activities primarily focus on
biomass logistic and harvesting, torrefaction of woody biomass, cellulose nanomaterials and nanocomposites, and lignocellulose derived carbon materials. Jingxin Wang Forestry & Natural Resources 304-293-7601 firstname.lastname@example.org
Non-traditional Remote Sensing for Acquisition of Highly Detailed Data Sets This research is focused on integrating remote sensing from a variety of sources including airborne and terrestrial lidar; UAS based platforms; panoramic photography and ground based and airborne hyperspectral sensors. We are attempting to gather highly precise data for targets that are underrepresented in the landscape or are anomalous to the environments being examined. In particular, we are researching the utility of what are referred to as "structure from motion" methods for performing precise photogrammetry using ground based and low altitude photography from UAS's and tethered platforms. Applications include rapid updating for situational awareness, damage assessments and precise physical measurement of relatively small features as well as the detection of anomalies. Charles Yuill Environmental Design 304-293-5674 email@example.com
Data Mining of Complex System Using Graph Theory Models Our group develops graph theoretic models, algorithms and software for data mining research in complex systems. Some aspects of graph structure used for this purpose include: Laplacian centrality, quasi-clique merging clustering, centrality guided clustering, optimal cluster selection, etc. Our novel methods can be used for pattern recognitions, local leader identification, graph clustering and community detection, etc. and compared with other popular methods, these methods and algorithms have significant advantages when applied to empirical data sets including faster computation times, more robust results, and greater reliability when applied to data with overlapping clusters. Our research collaborations with faculty of other units (Departments of Sociology and Anthropology, Political Science, Computer Sciences and Electronic Engineering, etc.) have yielded several real world applications of these tools. C-Q Zhang, Eddie Fuller Mathematics 304-293-8511 firstname.lastname@example.org
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