San Diego State University -- September 15, 2003
SDSU Awarded R&D Contract By Spawar Systems Center San Diego:
Potential Value $10.2 Million
Potential Projects Include High-Performance Computing,
Signal Processing, Sensor Development
Faculty at San Diego State University have received part of a multiple-award
contract with a potential value of $10.2 million from the Space and Naval Warfare
Systems Center San Diego (SSC San Diego) for research, engineering and analysis
on a range of projects over the next two years. The contract is one of the largest
SDSU has ever received from SSC San Diego.
"This new contract will enable us to work with SSC San Diego on many different
cutting-edge technologies that will enhance homeland security and defense efforts
and one day may have public applications in areas such as personal computing and
communications," said SDSU assistant physics professor Matt Anderson, the contract's
associate project manager. "SDSU has worked with SSC San Diego on research and
development in numerous areas for decades, and we're looking forward to adding
this new chapter."
Faculty and staff from SDSU's colleges of Sciences and Engineering, and potentially
other schools and departments, will support scientific projects at the Space and
Naval Warfare Systems Center, San Diego; Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command
(SPAWAR); the Naval Health Research Center; and other government research and
development activities. Anderson said he expects half of the work will be done
on the SDSU campus, and half will be subcontracted.
Research project areas listed in the contract include:
SDSU faculty have done much research and development work for the SSC San Diego
in similar areas under previous contracts. Specific examples range from the
development of an advanced oil content monitor designed to help Navy ships adhere
to international pollution control standards, to analyzing the potential performance
of tiny, high-speed processing hardware devices known as deep submicron complementary
metal oxide semiconductors (CMOS).
- High-Performance Computing: Developing algorithms and writing
and testing software to take advantage of parallel computing architectures in the
solution of "high throughput" signal, data and information processing problems.
- Intelligent and Fault-Tolerant Processing: Developing algorithms,
writing and testing software and building hardware that employs artificial intelligence,
neural networks, genetic algorithms and similar techniques for solutions to
problems in pattern recognition, robotics and other mechanical disciplines.
- Advanced High-Speed Processing Hardware: Performing studies,
designing, building,testing and demonstrating advanced applications of very large
scale integration (VLSI) technology, including wafer-scale integration,
three-dimensional computing and high-speed electro-optical interconnects.
- Advanced Sensor Development: Investigating new materials and
designs for the development of state-of-the-art sensors across acoustic, radio and
optical frequency ranges for use in sonar, radar, lidar (a detection system that
uses light to gauge movement and composition of objects), and communications
- Advanced Signal and Information Processing: Developing
advanced concepts in signal processing, information processing and data fusion
concepts, including nonlinear filtering, imaging and information display techniques.
- Advanced Communications: Researching new methods of
communications, employing new information channels and message processing techniques
that have less chance of error or being intercepted.
- Modeling and Simulation: Simulating advanced military
technological systems and their operating environments to determine potential
performance in previously untested scenarios.
- Analysis of Personnel Performance Factors: Examining how
intelligence, training, health, stress and other factors affect the ability of
military personnel to carry out their duties, and developing tools to determine
which personnel are right for certain tasks/responsibilities.
- Environmental Analysis and Prediction: Modeling and
analyzing the environmental effects of military operations.
- Marine Engineering: Modeling, analyzing, designing and
testing components, vehicles, structures and facilities used in marine environments.
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