List of Announcements (details below):
 

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.


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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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Phone: (703) 993-1505
Fax: (703) 993-1633
http://www.gmu.edu/departments/seor/faculty/nash.html