Workshop: "Cyber-Enabled Discoveries and Innovations" Initiative
Date: Sunday, November 11, 2007 Time: 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel,
Cirrus Room, 35th Floor
This workshop focuses on the upcoming 2007 NSF “Cyber-Enabled Discoveries and Innovations” (CDI) Initiative. It will be held one day prior to the 2007 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exhibition (IMECE). The objective of the workshop is two-fold:
- To introduce the CDI Initiative to researchers in science and engineering disciplines via invited talks, breakout discussions, and a question-and-answer session.
- To obtain feedback from workshop participants regarding how mechanical engineering researchers can better respond to the CDI Initiative.
The workshop will consist of 7 invited talks, a breakout discussion session, and an NSF question-and-answer session. The invited speakers will be outside of traditional disciplines to spark multi-disciplinary interaction and collaboration (see workshop agenda for more detail). For the discussion session, workshop participants will first break out into small groups to identify critical areas and issues that researchers can address under the CDI initiative. Participants will reconvene to hear an oral report from each group. Finally, the question-and-answer session aims to have NSF directors field questions from participants about the upcoming CDI initiative.
A coffee break and a simple reception will be included in the workshop. The workshop will also partially reimburse the participants for their travel expenses. Since the budget is limited, the number of participants is limited to 70. Among the 70 participants, 20 seats are reserved for post-doctoral fellows and graduate students. Young or underrepresented minority groups of researchers are especially encouraged to register and participate. There is no registration fee to attend the workshop.
Professor I. Y. Steve Shen of the University of Washington will chair the workshop. Professors Masayoshi Tomizuka (University of California, Berkeley) and A. Galip Ulsoy (University of Michigan) will serve as advisors to the workshop Chair. Discussions resulting from the breakout sessions will be recorded and published.
Benefits of the Workshop
CDI is the newest NSF initiative, with a planned investment of $750M over five years. By attending the interactive workshop, potential principal investigators will have a deeper understanding of the scope and spirit of CDI initiative. Moreover, researchers will have a chance to give feedback to NSF regarding how we can better respond and add values to the CDI initiative.