List of Announcements (details below):

  * VSE in the News
  * Photo of the Week
  * Masonvale Information: on-campus housing
  * Presentation by Oracle (Jan 28, 12pm, Research Hall 163)
  * “Death by Robot” (NY Times)
  * Limited-submission Funding Opportunities
  * Funding Opportunity:Summer of Code (Google)
  * Funding Opportunity:University Cyber Research Forum (Navy)
  * Funding Opportunity:Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure
    Systems and Processes (NSF)
  * Funding Opportunity:Transparent Computing (DARPA)
  * Funding Opportunity:Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Data, Networking,
    and Innovation Program (NSF)
  * Funding Opportunity:Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies (NSF)
  * Funding Opportunity:Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks (IARPA)


*VSE in the News***

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

Outside Mason

  * WashingtonExec
    2015 Market Outlook: GMU’s Dr. Kamaljeet Sanghera — 2015 the Year of
    Data-Driven Decision-Making Solutions
  * US News & World Report
    Mason alumna and astronaut Anousheh Ansari is inducted into the
    magazine's STEM Leadership Hall of Fame
  * Washington Post
    DHS-backed security start-up to enter commercial market (the story
    features Angelos Stavrou of the Computer Science Department)
  * Washingtonian
    - US Agencies Are Using the Web to Pick Our Brains (discussing the
    SciCast project from VSE’s C4I Center)

At the Mason News Desk (

  * Volgenau Sweeps Emerging Scholar, Research, Creator Awards
  * Graduating Seniors Share Advice, Mason Highlights
    profiles of Patrick Early, who graduated with a B.S. in Electrical
    Engineering, and Kelsey Ryan, who graduated with a B.S. in Civil and
    Infrastructure Engineering]

At the Volgenau website (

  * Graduating Senior Shares Advice to Students
  * Faculty Profile: Amarda Shehu
  * Students Compete in Battle of the STEM Departments
  * Faculty Profile - Max Albanese
  * Faculty Profile - Huzefa Rangwala

If you have suggestions for other stories, please submit them to Martha 
Bushong, [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>.


*Photo of the Week*

A winter storm blew through Fairfax and Northern Virginia producing snow 
on Tuesday, January 8, 2015.


*Masonvale Information**: on-campus housing*

**Masonvale is looking for new ways to reach the Graduate Student 
population and to remind them that Masonvale is a housing option for them.

If you would like to learn more about Masonvale, you can visit their 
Or you could contact
Mary Stone
Business Manager - Masonvale
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*Presentation by Oracle (Jan 28, 12pm, Research Hall 163)*

Who – Oracle
When – 1/28/2015 @ 12:00 PM
Where – Research Hall 163

Oracle is primarily known for its world class relational database. 
Although the Oracle database is a significant component of its product 
offerings, Oracle is more than a database company. The focus of this 
brown bag presentation is to provide the audience with a high-level 
overview of Oracle as a product and solution company. This presentation 
will touch on several Oracle products and solutions that address various 
technologies that include the Oracle database in combination with other 
products that are part of Oracle’s growing product families. 
Technologies that will be covered include the Oracle database, Solaris 
and Linux operating systems, SPARC processors, storage and file systems, 
and Oracle's approach to Big Data.

This is a great presentation for all to attend.

Bob Osgood
Director Computer Forensics and Data Analytics Engineering
ENGR 3255
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*“Death by Robot” (NY Times)*

This article appeared in the /New York Times/ on Sunday, January 11, 2015.

“Imagine it’s a Sunday in the not-too-distant future. An elderly woman 
named Sylvia is confined to bed and in pain after breaking two ribs in a 
fall. She is being tended by a helper robot; let’s call it Fabulon. 
Sylvia calls out to Fabulon asking for a dose of painkiller. What should 
Fabulon do? …”


*Limited-submission Funding Opportunities*

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We wanted to share with you some updates the Office of Research has made 
for disseminating limited submission opportunities to the Mason research 
community.We recently created a listserv to distribute messages directly 
to interested faculty.We will use the listserv to announce major limited 
submission opportunities and to highlight upcoming deadlines on a 
periodic basis.Faculty can also monitor limited submission opportunities 
at (

A dedicated email account ([log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>) has 
been established for the limited submission committee to send updates to 
faculty and manage the selection process.Faculty and administrators can 
subscribe or unsubscribe to the limited submission listserv by sending a 
request to [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

The Limited Submission website 
provides a summary of the process for sharing information, submitting 
internal proposals for consideration and the selection process.


*Funding Opportunity:Summer of Code (Google)*

Google Summer of Code is a global program that offers students stipends 
to write code for various open source software projects.

Deadline(s):02/20/2015, 03/27/2015

Web Site:
Program URL:

Mentoring organizations can begin submitting applications to Google on 
February 9, 2015. The mentoring organization deadline is February 20, 
2015. The student proposal period begins 16 March, 2015 at 19:00 UTC and 
ends 27 March, 2015 at 19:00 UTC.

Through Google Summer of Code, accepted student applicants are paired 
with a mentor or mentors from the participating projects, thus gaining 
exposure to real-world software development scenarios and the 
opportunity for employment in areas related to their academic pursuits. 
In turn, the participating projects are able to more easily identify and 
bring in new developers.


Representatives and mentors for the organizations must be at least 18 
years old. Google defines a student as an individual enrolled in or 
accepted into an accredited institution including (but not necessarily 
limited to) colleges, universities, masters programs, PhD programs and 
undergraduate programs. Student must be eligible to work in the country 
in which they will reside throughout the duration of the program.Mentor 
organizations must be organizations or individuals running an active and 
viable open source or free software project whose proposals are approved 
by Google's Open Source Programs Office. Organizations based in Iran, 
Syria, Cuba, Sudan, North Korea and Myanmar (Burma), with whom we are 
prohibited by U.S. law from engaging in commerce, are ineligible to 
participate. Representatives and mentors for the organizations must be 
at least 18 years old.


Google will provide a total stipend of 6000 USD per accepted student 
developer, of which 5500 USD goes to the student and 500 USD goes to the 
mentoring organization.


*Funding Opportunity:University Cyber Research Forum (Navy)*


The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) seeks 
Universitiesthat possess the expertise, capabilities, facilities, and 
experience in the following areas of interest:

 1. Defensive Cyber Operations/Offensive Cyber Operations;
 2. Cyber Situational Awareness and Dynamic Semi-Autonomous Service
    Management Technologies;
 3. Mapping of Attacks to Business Processes, Real-time Assessment of
    Risks, and Decision Support Tools; and
 4. Trustworthy Cloud Computing.

The objective is to host a University Cyber Research Forum at Naval 
Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division in the spring timeframe.

Any University that believes it has the ability to conduct research in 
these areas of interest and would like to participate in this forum can 
identify its capabilities by submitting the information to Naval Surface 
Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, Kathleen Young, Z30, 
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Frontage Road - Suite 318, NSWC Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren, VA 22448-5160.

The information submitted should include: 1. Title of proposed 
Presentation and Synopsis (100 words max); 2. Briefer information;3. 
Recommended by: (if applicable); 4. Demonstrated ability or plan to 
perform contract research; and 5. Demonstrated ability or plan to 
conduct research at the Controlled Unclassified and Secret level.


*Funding Opportunity:Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure 
Systems and Processes (NSF)*

Critical infrastructures are the mainstay of our nation's economy, 
security and health. These infrastructures are interdependent. For 
example, the electrical power system depends on the delivery of fuels to 
power generating stations through transportation services, the 
production of those fuels depends in turn on the use of electrical 
power, and those fuels are needed by the transportation services. The 
goals of the Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Processes 
and Systems (CRISP) solicitation are to: foster an interdisciplinary 
research community of engineers, computer and computational scientists 
and social and behavioral scientists, that creates new approaches and 
engineering solutions for the design and operation of infrastructures as 
processes and services; enhance the understanding and design of 
interdependent critical infrastructure systems (ICIs) and processes that 
provide essential goods and services despite disruptions and failures 
from any cause, natural, technological, or malicious; create the 
knowledge for innovation in ICIs so that they safely, securely, and 
effectively expand the range of goods and services they enable; and 
improve the effectiveness and efficiency with which they deliver 
existing goods and services.


Web Site:
Program URL:


*Funding Opportunity:Transparent Computing (DARPA)*

DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of 
understanding complex distributed computing environments towards 
exposing and stopping advanced cyber adversaries (also referred to as 
Advanced Persistent Threats, or APTs). The Transparent Computing (TC) 
program aims to make currently opaque computing systems transparent by 
providing high-fidelity visibility into component interactions during 
system operation across all layers of software abstraction, while 
imposing minimal performance overhead.


Program URL:


*Funding Opportunity:Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Data, Networking, and 
Innovation Program (NSF)*

The Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Data, Networking, and Innovation 
(CC*DNI) program invests in campus-level data and networking 
infrastructure and integration activities tied to achieving higher 
levels of performance, reliability and predictability for science 
applications and distributed research projects. Science-driven 
requirements are the primary motivation for any proposed activity. The 
Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Data, Networking, and Innovation (CC*DNI) 
program welcomes proposals in seven areas: Data Infrastructure Building 
Blocks (DIBBs) - Multi-Campus/Multi-Institution Model Implementations; 
Data Driven Networking Infrastructure for the Campus and Researcher; 
Network Design and Implementation for Small Institutions; Network 
Integration and Applied Innovation; Campus CI Engineer; Regional 
Coordination and Partnership in Advanced Networking; and Instrument 


Program URL:


*Funding Opportunity:Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies (NSF)*

The purpose of the Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies 
program is to integrate opportunities offered by emerging technologies 
with advances in what is known about how people learn to advance three 
interconnected thrusts: Innovation: inventing and improving 
next-generation genres (types) of learning technologies, identifying new 
means of using technology for fostering and assessing learning, and 
proposing new ways of integrating learning technologies with each other 
and into learning environments to foster and assess learning; Advancing 
understanding of how people learn in technology-rich learning 
environments: enhancing understanding of how people learn and how to 
better foster and assess learning, especially in technology-rich 
learning environments that offer new opportunities for learning and 
through data collection and computational modeling of learners and 
groups of learners that can be done only in such environments; and 
Promoting broad use and transferability of new genres: extracting 
lessons from experiences with these technologies that can inform design 
and use of new genres across disciplines, populations, and learning 
environments; advancing understanding of how to foster learning through 
effective use these new technologies and the environments they are 
integrated into.


Program URL:


*Funding Opportunity:Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks (IARPA)*

Sponsor:Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity

The Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks (MICrONS) program to 
revolutionize machine learning by reverse-engineering the algorithms of 
the brain. The program is expressly designed as a dialogue between data 
science and neuroscience. Participants in the program will have the 
unique opportunity to pose biological questions with the greatest 
potential to advance theories of neural computation and obtain answers 
through carefully planned experimentation and data analysis. Over the 
course of the program, participants will use their improving 
understanding of the representations, transformations, and learning 
rules employed by the brain to create ever more capable neurally-derived 
machine learning algorithms. Ultimate computational goals for MICrONS 
include the ability to perform complex information processing tasks such 
as one-shot learning, unsupervised clustering, and scene parsing, aiming 
towards human-like proficiency. …


Program URL: 


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