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List of Announcements (details below):

*         This Week at the Volgenau School

*         VSE in the News

*         Photo of the Week

*         Upcoming Events at the Volgenau School

*         Funding Opportunity: Naval Engineering Education Consortium BAA

*         Funding Opportunity:  Multi-INt Operations Technologies And Unification Research (Air Force)

*         Funding Opportunity:  Deep Learning for Actionable Intelligence Discovery ... (Air Force)

*         Avesta Sasan & Houman Homayoun Receive Funding from NSF

*         Brian Mark & Yariv Ephraim Receive Funding from NSF


This Week at the Volgenau School

Ask me about Mason.

If you walk around campus today - the first day of classes - you will encounter staff and volunteers wearing t-shirts in Mason colors with these words across the back.  Small tents have been erected at well-traveled locations, equipped with brochures, maps, and refreshments.  I don't think that they are expecting anyone crawling along the sidewalk gasping for water after days in the wilderness, but I'm sure that the gesture is appreciated.

I don't have on one of the official t-shirts, but I've been giving directions to various people today.  If you walk around the building, particularly near the elevators and the main doors, you are likely to see some confused faces.  They might be peering at the building directory, staring down at a paper map, or just gazing this way and that hoping for insight.  It usually doesn't take much to help them, although occasionally they are far from their destination.  Today, at least, there are many people around to help them as they find their way.

But these are the easy questions to answer about Mason.

For example, if a new faculty member is trying to find a collaborator for an interdisciplinary research project, the folks in the green t-shirts aren't going to be able to help.  There is no research map for Mason.

Here in the Volgenau School we're trying to provide some insight by organizing our activities using areas of expertise<https://volgenau.gmu.edu/expertise>.  This applies to research, news, and academic programs.  Our Annual Reports<https://volgenau.gmu.edu/about/annual-reports> are also organized in this way.  So for major topics like Big Data and Cyber Security it is possible to get a sense of what we are doing.

This is helpful, but it is incomplete.  Discussions are underway around the university about improved ways of cataloging and organizing all that is going on, but no solution is in sight.  To do it well requires a holistic understanding of the university and no one person has that knowledge.  (Nor do we have the software tools that would offer a different approach.)  So, for now, I rely on my 30 years of experience on campus.  In that time I've developed a network of contacts, served on many committees, worked on many projects, attended many PhD defenses, and (more recently) overseen the School's communications activities.  It all helps.


VSE in the News

Here is a list of news stories about VSE that have been posted:

Beyond Mason

*         Associated Press (via Washington Times): Mason and U of Mass.'s 'EclipseMob' is mentioned in a news brief.<http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/20/professor-to-use-sky-as-a-laboratory-during-solar-/> Also in the San Francisco Chronicle.<http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/education/article/Professor-to-use-sky-as-a-laboratory-during-solar-11945861.php>

On the Mason news site (https://www2.gmu.edu/news)

*         Mason welcomes new Bioengineering chair and Eminent Scholar<https://www2.gmu.edu/news/442021>. Michael Buschmann has done groundbreaking work in the field of tissue regeneration.

On the Volgenau news page (https://volgenau.gmu.edu/news/latest-news)

*         Mason Engineering's new faculty members share secrets to academic excellence<https://content.gmu.edu/node/443136>. This fall the school welcomes more than a dozen new faculty to campus. Here is some of their advice to students.

*         Mason Engineering hosts welcome reception for faculty and staff.<https://volgenau.gmu.edu/news/442896> The Country Club of Fairfax was the scene for a festive welcome back reception last week.


Photo of the Week


Faculty, staff, and students gathered in front of the engineering building to watch the solar eclipse last Monday.


Upcoming Events at the Volgenau School

Whether you're looking for a specific event or browsing, our calendar lets you know what's happening at the school. Here is a sample of what's coming in the next several weeks. For more information visit our calendar<https://volgenau.gmu.edu/events#/?i=1> on the web. From this page you can share the event on social media, get updates, forward to friends, or save it to your own calendar.

Sept. 7, 7:00 p.m. - Cybersecurity Innovation Series, 163 Research Hall
Sept. 12, 13, and 14, 11:00 a.m. - Command, Control, Comm STAR-TIDES Technology, Johnson Center
Sept. 13, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Dean's Ice Cream Social, Nguyen Building Atrium
Sept. 20, 3:00 p.m. - DHS Cybersecurity Talk, Research Hall 163

For information about getting your event posted visit this page.<http://scheduling.gmu.edu/>


Funding Opportunity: Naval Engineering Education Consortium BAA

Opportunity Title: Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC) Broad Agency Announcement
Sponsor:  Department of the Navy
Sponsor Number:  NSWC IHEODTD BAA N00174-17-0001
Deadline Date:  31-Oct-2017
Program URL: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=296758

Synopsis:  This BAA is open only to colleges and universities.  On behalf of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Warfare Centers, NSWC IHEODTD is soliciting research of interest in support of the NEEC. The topics of interest are listed below:

*         CR1: Sensor Fusion: ...

*         CR2: Machine Learning Systems for Wireless Cyber Environments: ...

*         DD1: Research on emerging software development including: ...

*         DD4: Research on analysis of mission engineering for ... systems engineering techniques and algorithms, ...

*         DD5: Modeling and simulation research and development including: ...

*         DD6: Research on Radar unitization in a marine environment to include ...

*         DD8: Innovation for Big Data analysis tool development including: ...

*         DD9: Artificial intelligence/autonomy research and development including: ...

*         PC1. Communications and Processing for Mobile Distributed Sensor and Weapon Networks: ...

*         PC2. Multi-vehicle Autonomy, Sensing, and Collaboration: ...

*         KPT1: Cyber and Cyber-Warfare Research and Development: ...

*         KPT2: Innovative concepts and development for robotics for Navy Shipyard applications: ...


Funding Opportunity:  Multi-INt Operations Technologies And Unification Research (Air Force)

Opportunity Title:  Multi-INt Operations Technologies And Unification Research (MINOTAUR)
Sponsor:  Department of the Air Force
Sponsor Number:  BAA-AFRL-RIK-2016-0007
Program URL : https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=7037512ce93f4ce2f7027de40bce0d64&tab=core&_cview=1

Synopsis:  The Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate (AFRL/RI) is soliciting white papers under this broad agency announcement (BAA) for research, design, development, test, evaluation and experimentation of innovative technologies and techniques for Multi-INt Operations Technologies and Unification Research (MINOTAUR). The objective of the BAA is to incrementally deliver a suite of tools and technologies to enhance Open Architecture Intelligence Information Systems from the sensor through the analyst, chain of command, and out to the operational units. This effort will research, develop, test, and evaluate new methods for integrating multiple intelligence sources and improving the fusion, processing and exploitation of raw source data from the battlefield to actionable mission criteria through assured and adaptable technologies. These tools and technologies will be able to securely share information and integrate new sensors and sources of data. Additionally, this effort is intended to advance baseline performance beyond what is currently operational or fielded. Research efforts under this program are expected to result in next generation tools and technologies, which incrementally deliver a suite of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities. ...


Funding Opportunity:  Deep Learning for Actionable Intelligence Discovery ... (Air Force)

Opportunity Title:  Deep Learning for Actionable Intelligence Discovery and Exploitation
Sponsor:  Department of the Air Force
Sponsor Number:  BAA-AFRL-RIK-2015-0014
Deadline Date:  04-May-2018
Program URL : https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=91eb6450e655c1d1f90c6201e06d5fc5&tab=core&_cview=1

Synopsis:  The goal of this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is to develop and demonstrate a time-dominant data fusion and closed-loop Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) system for intelligence customers. The system will automate threat detection and classification with speed and precision and in a tactically relevant timeframe, automate the generation of in-mission intelligence reports, and be responsive to intelligence squadron needs. This announcement is for acquisition under the Neuromorphic Fusion of Timely Intelligence (NFTI) program. ...


Avesta Sasan & Houman Homayoun Receive Funding from NSF

Avesta Sasan & Houman Homayoun of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department received $500K from the National Science Foundation for their project, "CSR: Small: Evolution of Computer Vision for Low Power Devices, Breaking its Power Wall and Computational Complexity."


Brian Mark & Yariv Ephraim Receive Funding from NSF

Brian Mark & Yariv Ephraim of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department received $500K from the National Science Foundation for their project, "CIF:Small:Network Tomography and Resource Allocation."


Stephen G. Nash
Senior Associate Dean
Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
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Fairfax, VA 22030

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