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DOD Minerva Research Initiative (MRI)

The Department of Defense has released its annual Minerva Research Initiative solicitation. The topics identified are within the following broad interest areas:

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ONR Electronic Warfare Technology

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has published a solicitation entitled Electronic Warfare Technology. This program seeks to “develop and demonstrate technologies for the next generation systems in electronic warfare” in the areas listed below, which are described on pp. 3-6 of the solicitation.

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Professional Formation of Engineers: REvolutionizing engineering and computer science Departments (IUSE/PFE: RED)

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) is NSF’s comprehensive, Foundation-wide framework for an integrated vision of the agency’s investments in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE) and the Pledge of the Computing Professional refer to the formal and informal processes and value systems through which people become engineers and computer scientists respectively. They include the ethical responsibility of practicing engineers and computer scientists to sustain and grow the profession in order to improve quality of life for all people. The goal of REvolutionizing engineering and computer science Departments (RED) is to address cultural challenges and develop well-functioning departments through faculty development, structural change, and cultural change, with a focus on student success in their professional formation attainment. While the RED program has a focus on the middle two years, approaches should consider the curriculum holistically. The Principal Investigator must be a department chair/head (or equivalent). Continue reading  of your interest in the following opportunities.

DARPA: Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI)

DARPA has recently published the attached solicitation entitled Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI).  The goal is to “create a suite of new or modified machine learning techniques that produce explainable models that, when combined with effective explanation techniques, enable end users to understand, appropriately trust, and effectively manage the emerging generation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems.”  DARPA seeks to address 3 related challenges through this program:  how to produce more explainable models, how to design the explanation interface, and how to understand the psychological requirements for effective explanations.
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