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Distinguished Colloquium – Computer Science

Virtual Event Monday, May 3 at 10:00am to 11:00am

Distinguished Colloquium – Computer Science

Date: Monday, May 3, 2021 @10:00 am CDT

Speaker: Dr. David Corman, NSF (National Science Foundation)

Title: Perspectives on Foundational and Use Inspired Research at National Science Foundation – Cyber Physical Systems and Smart and Connected Communities

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Abstract: In this talk, Dr. Corman will provide a unique perspective on the Cyber Physical Systems and Smart and Connected Communities program. Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are engineered systems that are built from, and depend upon, the seamless integration of computation and physical components. Advances in CPS will enable capability, adaptability, scalability, resiliency, safety, security, and usability that will expand the horizons of these critical systems.  Dr. Corman has led the CPS program at NSF since 2013.  The CPS program includes the CISE (Computer and Information Science and Engineering) Directorate and the Engineering Directorate at NSF along with multiple Federal agency partners including National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (DOT/FHWA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Department of Homeland Security Directorate of Science and Technology (DHS S&T).  Since its inception, the CPS program has funded nearly $500M of foundational research. 

The Smart and Connected Community Program (S&CC) was kicked off by NSF in 2015 with a series of visioning workshops and Dear Colleague Letters requesting EAGER projects.  The S&CC program supports integrative research that addresses fundamental technological and social science dimensions of smart and connected communities and pilot solutions together with communities.  Dr. Corman will discuss S&CC research technologies and present program highlights.  In addition, Dr. Corman will present insights from the CIVIC Innovation Challenge (CIVIC) program which is completing Stage 1.  CIVIC is a research and action competition in the Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) domain designed to build a more cohesive research-to-innovation pipeline and foster a collaborative spirit.  CIVIC flips the community-university dynamic encouraging communities to identify civic priorities ripe for innovation and then to partner with researchers to address those priorities.  Co-creation of research concepts is strongly encouraged as opposed to the traditional academic push of technology to communities.

Speaker’s Bio: Dr. David Corman is the Program Director leading Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) and Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) Programs for the National Science Foundation.  The CPS program is a cross-disciplinary and inter-agency program and seeks to reveal cross-cutting, fundamental scientific and engineering principles that underpin the integration of cyber and physical elements across all application domains. The Smart and Connected Communities program was started by NSF in 2016. The goal of this program is to support strongly interdisciplinary, integrative research and research capacity-building activities that will improve understanding of smart and connected communities and lead to discoveries that enable sustainable change to enhance community functioning.  The focus here is not simply on cities – but on cities, towns, and rural regions. 

Dr. Corman joined NSF 2013.  He previously worked for McDonnell Douglas / Boeing in a variety of research positions.   Dr. Corman was chief scientist in the Network Systems Technology for Boeing Research and Technology during the period from 2007 – 2013.  His responsibilities also included development and leadership of research projects in cybersecurity for airplane and avionics systems. Dr. Corman obtained a dual BS degree in System Science and Mathematics and Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis. He then obtained a dual MS degree in SSM and Mechanical Engineering from Washington University. He completed his graduate education at the University of Maryland – College Park and obtained a PhD in Electrical Engineering with a major in controls and minor in communications and applied mechanics.


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