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NSF CyberSEES Program in Sustainability Awards Over $700K to Faculty Research

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Georgios Giannakis
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Arindam Banerjee

The National Science Foundation has awarded over $12.5 million to 16 research projects across the country as part of its Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES) program. The goal of CyberSEES is to advance research in sustainability through innovation in computing and communication technologies. The 2-4 year awards span projects in 15 states, including two awards for University of Minnesota faculty.

Associate Professor Arindam Banerjee will receive $100,000 over two years for “Learning Relations between Extreme Weather Events and Planet-Wide Environmental Trends.” His proposed research focuses on the growing need for advanced environmental technology in the face of climate change. Predicting extreme weather events and identifying relations between variables in massive data sets will improve sustainability planning by preventing the catastrophic losses that often accompany extreme environmental events.

Professor Georgios Giannakis, who is the ADC Endowed Chair Professor in Wireless Telecommunications and the Director of the Digital Technology Center at UMN, is to receive $620,202 over three years for “Tenable Power Distribution Networks.” The research will focus on advancing modeling and computational frameworks for power distribution networks, with an emphasis on environmental, economic, and social sustainability.

Read more about the CyberSEES Sustainabiilty Project by clicking here.

Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos Directs $1 Million Interdisciplinary Robotics Project

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $1,000,000 to an interdisciplinary team at the University of Minnesota, headed by Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos. Collaborators include Miki Hondzo, Jiarong Hong, Ibrahim V. Isler along with the Saint Anothony Falls Laboratory and Prof. Vijay Kumar of the University of Pennsylvania.

The project, "NRI: Collaborative Research: Robotics 2.0 for Disaster Response and Relief Operations," started years ago as a part of the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program, through the Center on Safety, Search, and Rescue Robotics. The team now introduces Robotics 2.0, a new framework which sets autonomous robots as co-workers with humanity. Through unique laboratory and in-situ field experiments, designs are adapted to large-scale problems from disaster response to power grid monitoring and urban traffic operations. Outreach includes seminars and webcasts, engineering day camps for under-represented middle-schoolers, local K-12 demonstrations, and international collaboration.

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