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Blood Glucose Analysis
Sugar content strongly affects the complex electrical permittivity of blood. This project is part of the Microwave Applied Metrology Research.

Configurable Fault Tolerant Processor
The Configurable Fault Tolerant Processor is an experiment that explores the application of programmable systems on a chip in space environments. The project is being led by the Naval Postgraduate School in collaboration with the U. S. Naval Academy and Baylor University.

Energy Efficient Power Electronics Systems and Smart-Grid
We develop and promote highly efficient energy conversion technologies for power electronics systems and energy renewal conversion systems for smart-grid.

Exercise Equipment
Curves International is the parent company for the "Curves for Women" exercise franchises seen in every state and all over the world. As with any highly successful business endeavor, the company and its founder/CEO Gary Heavin recognize that continued success depends on innovation.

F/A-18 Avionics Architecture Study
Military avionics systems represent some of the most complex real-time embedded computing systems in existence. The focus of this research is extending the performance and lifetime of these systems.

Intelligent Distributed Control of Power Plants
The objective of this research is development of an Intelligent Distributed Control System (IDCS) for a large-scale power plant, coupled with complex network of sensor/actuators. To operate a large-scale power plant, the monitoring and control systems are distributed and automated for each subsystem in the power plant. The approach is to use Multi-Agent Systems (MAS), which allows implementation of significantly more sophisticated measures to compensate for the unsecure and nonrobust properties plaguing traditional control systems.

Microwave Applied Metrology
Our research in microwave applied metrology focuses on the use of low level microwave signals and ultra wideband pulses of energy to measure the electromagnetic properties of materials and relates these measurements to biomedical and industrial sensing problems.

Multi-Agent Systems
A multi-agent system is made of many agents. An agent is a computer software program that is autonomous and situated in some distributed environments in order to meet its design objectives. Since the agents are faced with different environments, they are designed differently and properly for the given environment. Moreover, the agent is intelligent because it is reactive, proactive, social, flexible, and robust. In a large-scale distributed complex system, the agent's autonomous and intelligent properties can reduce the complexity by reducing the coupling problems between the subsystems. Furthermore, the proactive, reactive, and robust properties can be well suited for applications in a dynamic and unreliable situation.

Neural Networks Architectures
The proposed project will focus on an investigation of a mathematical approach to extrapolation, using a combination of system-type neural network architecture and the semigroup theory. The target of the investigation will be a class of distributed parameter systems for which, because of their complexity, lack an analytic description. Although the primary objective is extrapolation, this effort must begin with the development of an analytic description from the given empirical data, and then, proceed to extend that analytic description into an adjoining domain space for which there is neither data nor a model. That is, given a set of empirical data for which there is no analytic description, we first develop an analytic model and then extend that model along a single axis. Semigroup theory provides the basis for the neural network architecture, the neural network operation and also for the extrapolation process.

Pulp Stock Consistency Calibrator
Paper fibers are processed and transported throughout the paper mill in a water slurry. Precise measurement of the weight of fibers present in the slurry is required at each step of the process. This project is part of the Microwave Applied Metrology Research.

Reconfigurable Computing
Reconfigurable computers use large field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) to augment traditional microprocessors. The circuitry in the FPGAs can be reconfigured in a fraction of a second to implement a custom coprocessor that is optimized for a particular application. For some problems it is possible to achieve a speed up of over two orders of magnitude.

Swarm Intelligence
A swarm can be defined as a loosely coupled set of agents obeying simple rules that combine to an emergent behavior whose aggregate performance exceeds the sum of individual efforts. Mechanized autonomous swarm behavior has compelling characteristics, including fault tolerance, performance plasticity, and decentralized control.

Time Scales
Engineers world over are familiar with the similarities and differences between continuous and discrete systems, manifested in the study of Laplace and Z transforms, continuous and discrete Fourier transforms, continuous and discrete Lyapunov equations and a host of other results.

Time Transit Tomography
Allan M. Cormack and Godfrey N. Hounsfield were recipients of the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their independent inventions of computer tomography - a procedure whereby objects are reconstructed from their projections.