2012 S&T Fund Awards

Professors Yanlei Diao and Prashant Shenoy – UMass Amherst – Big Data Informatics Initiative (BDI2). This project focuses on areas such as detecting financial fraud in large-scale securities data, correlating video/audio surveillance data to spot trends or anomalies in real time; and smart-meter data processing by energy utilities. Collaborators include the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, Holyoke Gas & Electric, MIT, and commercial partners such as EMC, Nokia, GE Global Research, and Yahoo Research. Amount awarded: $136,250.

Professor Holly Yanco – UMass Lowell – NE Robotics Validation & Experimentation (NERVE) Center. The center will provide robotics companies and research institutions with a National Institute of Standards and Technology designed test course for year-round validation of robots and robotic systems. Collaborators include UMass Amherst’s Rod Grupen and Tufts University, while Worcester Polytechnic Institute and local robotics companies such as iRobot, QinetiQ, Black-I Robotics are likely to use the NERVE Center. Amount awarded: $135,000.

Professor Andrea Foulkes – UMass Amherst – Institute for Computational Biology, Biostatistics & Bioinformatics (ICB3). This institute will develop the University’s bioinformatics research capabilities in applied biotechnology, pharmacology, and bioinformatics, as well as establish a center to train the regional workforce and researchers on all five campuses in computational and bioinformatics methods and use of software tools. Amount awarded: $97,500.

Professors Deepak Ganesan-UMass Amherst; Sherry Pagoto-UMass Medical School – mHealth-based Behavioral Sensing & Interventions. This center will research mobile health technologies such as wearable jewelry and smartphones on patients with a variety of health conditions, including an initial study to develop wearable sensor software with real-time data analysis and patient feedback. Partners include mobile health device companies such as Jawbone/Aliphcom, Rock Health, Nexercise, Runkeeper, Microsoft Research, IBM, Google, as well as the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke. Amount awarded: $185,000.

Professor Robert Giles – UMass Lowell – Biomedical Applications of Terahertz Technology. This research center is focused on developing terahertz imaging technologies (currently used in government defense applications) for the biomedical industry and health care such as skin cancer imaging, cancer tissue screening, and testing for exposure effects of THz radiation. Partner institutions include UMass Medical Center/UMass Worcester and Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners HealthCare. Amount awarded: $101,000.

Professor Brian Howes – UMass Dartmouth and SMAST – Expansion of Hydrokinetic Energy Programs to Chile. This project builds on the campus’s research strengths in marine renewable energy and the work of the New England Marine Renewable Energy Center, and follows Gov. Deval Patrick’s 2011 trade mission to Chile, where he signed a joint memorandum of understanding with Florida International University and Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC) for research and education projects related to tidal research and marine renewable energy. Chile is considered one of the top international sites for hydrokinetic energy research globally, and has identified multiple industry and university partners as part of the coastal research to be studied. Amount awarded: $90,000.