Archive for the ‘National Security’ Category

Hazmat Response: Chemical Companion Evolves from Information Resource to Sophisticated Decision-Support System

February 19, 2014 — Researchers have released a new version of the Chemical Companion Decision Support System (CCDSS), a software system that provides first responders with detailed and easy-to-access information about chemicals that may be associated with hazmat incidents.

Online Design: Novel Collaborative Software Helps Systems Engineers Link Performance and Cost

January 22, 2014 — Researchers have produced an advanced web-based tool that lets physically separated participants collaborate on model-based systems engineering projects. The program utilizes open-source software components to allow users to visualize a system’s potential expense alongside its performance, reliability and other factors.

Optimizing Energy: $2.9 Million Award Will Help Reduce Fuel Use in Forward Operating Bases

January 16, 2014 — Georgia Tech researchers have begun a project to develop information that military resource planners can use to optimize energy consumption depending on mission needs and local conditions.

Department of Energy Awards Contract to Detect Cyber Attacks on Utilities

January 13, 2014 — Today’s cyber attacks aren’t just a threat to computer networks. Those with malicious intent can disrupt important infrastructure systems such as utilities and power grids. To counter this threat, the Department of Energy has awarded the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) $1.7 million to help detect cyber attacks on our nation’s utility companies.

Sticky Business: Magnetic Pollen Replicas Offer Multimodal Adhesion

November 21, 2013 — Researchers have created magnetic replicas of sunflower pollen grains using a wet chemical, layer-by-layer process that applies highly conformal iron oxide coatings. The replicas possess natural adhesion properties inherited from the spiky pollen particles while gaining magnetic behavior, allowing for tailored adhesion to surfaces.

Carbon Nanotube Field Electron Emitters Will Get Space Testing

November 14, 2013 — A pair of carbon nanotube arrays will be flying in space by the end of the year to test technology that could provide more efficient micro-propulsion for future generations of spacecraft. The devices will be part of a Cube Satellite (CubeSat) developed by the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT).

Going Digital: Researchers Evaluate Electronic Flight Bags for the Air National Guard

October 15, 2013 — Researchers are currently assessing the usability of electronic flight bags based on tablet computers for Air National Guard pilots. Electronic flight bags could improve safety, operational effectiveness and efficiency for crew members, plus save paper and printing costs.

Researchers Receive $2 Million Grant to Develop Unique Origami-Shaped Antennas

September 30, 2013 — A research team has been awarded a $2 million grant to develop a unique approach to making extremely compact and highly efficient antennas and electronics. The new technology will use principles derived from origami paper-folding techniques to create complex structures that can reconfigure themselves by unfolding, moving and even twisting in response to incoming electromagnetic signals.

Quantum Inverted Pendulum: Control Scheme Dynamically Maintains Unstable Quantum Systems

August 27, 2013 — Georgia Tech researchers have demonstrated a way to maintain an unstable quantum system by applying bursts of microwave radiation. The technique is comparable to methods used for controlling an inverted pendulum in classical physics.

FACE Time: Georgia Tech Team Supports Open Architecture Software Standards for Military Avionics

August 22, 2013 — Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are helping the U.S. military make key changes in how aircraft electronic systems, called avionics, are produced. The effort focuses on modifying the design of avionics software, especially the ways in which it interfaces with an aircraft’s hardware and other software.