Restricted Research - Award List, Note/Discussion Page

Fiscal Year: 2018

1348  The University of Texas at Arlington  (74853)

Principal Investigator: Yan Wan

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 289,714

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): Yes

Start and End Dates: 9/1/17 - 8/31/20

Restricted Research: YES

Academic Discipline: UT Arlington Research Institute

Department, Center, School, or Institute: Office of the Vice President for Research

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: CI-NEW: Collaborative Research: Developing an Open Networked Airborne Computing Platform

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Program Title: N/A
CFDA Linked: Computer and Information Science and Engineering


Overview: Originated from the field of aerospace, the research on unmanned aerial systems (UAS) is rapidly penetrating to all sub-disciplines of CISE. Although most existing UAS applications involve a single UAS, many new civilian UAS applications are expected to desire cooperative computing capabilities of multiple UAS. This trend leads to opportunities for CISE researchers to tackle rich fundamental research challenges in a new cross-interdisciplinary research area---networked airborne computing. Existing infrastructures for UAS research cannot serve the need because they are often designed specifically for a single purpose and/or oriented to missions that involve a single UAS. Also due to the cross-disciplinary nature, it becomes difficult for an individual CISE researcher to fully master problems of a full scale. An open networked airborne computing platform is critically needed to enable broad participation of new research development in this burgeoning field. The objective of this proposal is to develop a new community infrastructure to enable advanced research on networked airborne computing systems. Keywords: Computer and Network Systems (CNS); Networked Airborne Computing; Mobile Edge Computing; Cooperative UAS Control Intellectual Merit: The proposed airborne computing platform is innovative in that it includes a UAS-carried generic and interactive computing system, a broadband wireless communication system, a UAS/antenna cooperative control system, and up-to-down application development capabilities to support a full-scale development. Both hardware and software are open for the community and designed in modules that can be easily enhanced, replaced, or extended to facilitate various network-based research development, applications and services. The modular design and its flexibility and extensibility for new development allow researchers to easily isolate and develop specific components of their own research focus while relying on the basic functionality of other components, and thus saving significant cost and time for learning and development. This infrastructure enables new research development in CISE, such as content delivery via cache-enabled airborne network, and airborne edge computing. The proposed infrastructure opens up opportunities for CISE researchers to quickly develop and test solutions that address many new fundamental challenges in networked airborne computing, to significantly advance cross-cutting research development in computing, communication, control, and aerospace, and to produce broader civilian and economic impact related to multi-UAS applications. Broader Impacts: Three out of the four participating universities are minority-serving and/or Hispanic serving institutions with a large number of underrepresented minority students. Our education and outreach activities will produce huge impact to broad communities and significantly benefit the large number of underrepresented minority students in these institutions. Ongoing activities in curriculum and laboratory development will be expanded to port research results to education and training. PIs will attract US undergraduate students into research and development through organizing national competitions and delivering seminars to student societies. PIs will disseminate research results to local communities through K-12 outreach activities, and also pursue broad dissemination through organizing special sessions and workshops in international conferences, participating in national demonstration efforts, and reaching out to domain professionals. The proposed infrastructure will provide opportunities for broad CISE communities and beyond to address fundamental challenges in the new networked airborne computing area. This effort is expected to enable broad cooperative multi-UAS applications in emergency, energy, environment, and transportation sectors, produce new jobs and economic solutions that benefit the society.

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