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*List of Announcements (details below):*

  * C4I Seminar: Friday, Mar 8, 1:30 pm, room 4705
  * Sequestration: Effects on NSF and NIH
  * AFOSR Spring Review
  * NSF: Automated Compliance Checking of Proposals
  * Huzefa Rangwala Receives CAREER Award from NSF
  * Jan Allbeck and Michael Hieb Receive Funding from Tridium, CACI, and
    the U.S. Dept. of the Army
  * Duminda Wijisekera Receives Funding from US Dept. of Transportation
  * Kris Gaj and Jens-Peter Kaps Receive Funding from McQ, Inc. and the
    U.S. Dept. of the Navy



*C4I Seminar: Friday, Mar 8, 1:30 pm, room 4705*

Speaker: Mr. Jim Dear, MITRE Corporation

/Citizens Emergency Response Portal System Simulation Experiment:  
After-Action Review///

Abstract:

Real-time citizen interaction has the potential to transform society's 
response to crisis situations. New systems and processes must be 
developed to support citizen involvement and first responders must be 
trained in their use. The Citizens' Emergency Response Portal System 
(CERPS) Simulation Experiment (CERPS SIMEX) examined the role of public 
interaction through social media during emergency situations. The SIMEX 
was conducted over five days in October 2012 at the Net-Centric C4ISR 
Experimentation Lab (NCEL) housed at The MITRE Corporation's McLean, 
Va., headquarters and on the George Mason University (GMU) campus in 
Fairfax, Va. No actual emergency activities occurred on the campus; the 
SIMEX was conducted behind a firewall to avoid unintentional public 
panic. The SIMEX brought together emergency response personnel from 
federal, state, county and city jurisdictions in the National Capital 
Region of Washington, D.C. Emergency operators used real command and 
control systems with simulated reporting and sensor systems. Citizen 
participants were volunteers recruited from the GMU student body. The 
primary purpose of the SIMEX was to examine the hypothesis that citizen 
participation via social media in crisis response decision-making can 
improve the outcome of a crisis. This SIMEX was intended to establish a 
baseline for future research on crisis response decision support 
employing citizen participation.

Speaker information:*

*Jim Dear is Senior Principal Staff at the MITRE Corporation and the 
Project Leader for the Net-Centric C4ISR Experimentation Lab (NCEL). The 
technologies and concepts behind the CERPS SIMEX were developed and 
integrated in the NCEL. The government uses NCEL to conduct simulation 
experiments (SIMEXs) that place actual military and civilian operators 
in various crisis-based scenarios. During the SIMEXs, operators use real 
command and control systems linked to simulated reporting and sensor 
systems. In the last 10 years, sponsors and customers from the 
Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Homeland Security 
(DHS) have used these SIMEXs to develop concepts of operations (CONOPS) 
and tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) around the use of emerging 
technologies. Since 2002, NCEL has conducted 43 SIMEXs.

For further information contact Deb Schenaker, 993-3682, email: 
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http://c4i.gmu.edu/.


*Sequestration: Effects on NSF and NIH*

NIH: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-13-043.html
NSF: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/in133/in133.pdf


*AFOSR: Spring Review*

The 2013 AFOSR Spring Review will be March 4-8.  If you are planning to 
watch the live streaming of the Spring Review, please go to:
https://community.apan.org/afosr/spring_review_2013/p/streaming.aspx

For additional information, to include the agenda, please visit:
https://community.apan.org/afosr/spring_review_2013/default.aspx


*NSF: Automated Compliance Checking of Proposals*

URL: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/autocompliance.jsp

Beginning March 18, 2013, the NSF FastLane system will begin automated 
compliance checking of required sections of full proposals. This will 
bring NSF systems in line with long-standing proposal preparation 
requirements as outlined in the NSF /Proposal and Award Policies and 
Procedures Guide./

A webinar on the changes will be held on March 8th 2:30-4pm.See the 
above URL for further details.


*Huzefa Rangwala Receives CAREER Award from NSF***

Huzefa Rangwala of the Computer Science Department received $550K as a 
CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his project 
"CAREER: Annotating the Microbiome using Machine Learning Methods".


*Jan Allbeck and Michael Hieb Receive Funding from Tridium, CACI, and 
the U.S. Dept. of the Army*

Jan Allbeck and Michael Hieb of the C4I Center received $15K from 
Tridium, CACI, and the U.S. Dept. of the Army for their project "Army 
NVESD".


*Duminda Wijisekera Receives Funding from US Dept. of Transportation*

Duminda Wijisekera of the Computer Science Department received $330K 
from the US Dept. of Transportation for his project "Mapping GSM-R into 
US Wireless Frequency Intervals for High-Speed Rail".


*Kris Gaj and Jens-Peter Kaps Receive Funding from McQ, Inc. and the 
U.S. Dept. of the Navy*

Kris Gaj and Jens-Peter Kaps of the Electrical & Computer Engineering 
Department received $10K from McQ, Inc. and the U.S. Dept. of the Navy 
for their project "Distributed Storage in Wireless Sensor Networks"

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Stephen G. Nash
Senior Associate Dean
Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
Nguyen Engineering Building, Room 2500
Mailstop 5C8
Fairfax, VA 22030

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