List of Announcements (details below):


VSE in the News

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

Outside Mason

At the Mason News Desk (

At the Volgenau website (

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


Photo of the Week

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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 website:
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]) 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].

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, [log in to unmask] or 18372 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.

Deadline(s):      03/20/2015

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.

Deadline(s):      02/10/2015

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 Networking.

Deadline(s):      03/24/2015

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.

Deadline(s):      01/19/2015

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. …

Deadline(s):      03/03/2015

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