Posts Tagged ‘grant’

NSF Awards $15M to DataONE Environmental Linked Data Project

dataoneMary Martialay of RPI News reports, “The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $15 million to a team of environmental and earth science data researchers, including researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, who are providing tools and infrastructure that improve access to vast amounts of scientific data. As part of the project, Rensselaer will provide semantic technology leadership to help improve scientific discovery, said Deborah McGuinness, director of the Rensselaer Web Science Center,  and Tetherless World Senior Constellation Chair and professor of computer science and cognitive science at Rensselaer.” Read more

NSF Funds Claremont McKenna Mathematics Professor to Research Compressive Signal Processing

cmCLAREMONT, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Claremont McKenna College assistant professor of mathematics Deanna Needell has been awarded a prestigious, five-year National Science Foundation CAREER grant of more than $413,000 for her research on the practical application of compressive signal processing (CSP). The grant, from the NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development Program, supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Read more

Hoyos Labs Issues $78,000 Research Grant to Villanova University


NEW YORK, Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – In order to further technological advancements in secure identity authentication, Hoyos Labs, a digital infrastructure company, has provided a $78,000 research grant to Villanova University in the area of computer security focusing on identity assertion, role gathering, adjudication and access control.


Hoyos Labs’ identity assertion products use a multi-biometric recognition system that includes the face, periocular region and iris to confirm one’s identity. The technology leverages smartphones via its app, HoyosID, as biometrics acquisition devices (on the front-end), interacts with middleware and accesses the back-end before identity authentication. This system tackles the unmet needs in identity security, such as incorporating “liveness,” which detects a real person from an image or video in a quick and easy-to-use manner. Read more

Glasgow Wins Grant to Become One of UK’s First Smart Cities

Jane Wakefield of the BBC reports that Glasgow has been awarded a £24 million grant by the British government to make it one of the UK’s first smart cities. She writes, “[Glasgow] will use the money on projects to demonstrate how a city of the future might work. They will include better services for Glaswegians, with real-time information about traffic and apps to check that buses and trains are on time. The council will also create an app for reporting issues such as potholes and missing bin collections. Other services promised by the council include linking up the CCTV cameras across the city with its traffic management unit in order to identify traffic incidents faster.” Read more

New Grant to Promote Open Data in Developing Countries

Jose M. Alonso reports, “The Web Foundation is announcing a new grant, awarded by the Ford Foundation, to demonstrate and accelerate the global adoption of Open Data.  Within the scope of this grant, the Web Foundation will continue to contribute to raising global awareness of the feasibility and benefits of Open Data in developing countries.  There will be a special focus on Indonesia.  This effort is expected to last until the end of June, 2013.” Read more

OKF Receives Grant for Open Economics Working Group

OKF recently announced that  ” the Open Knowledge Foundation in partnership with the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law at the University of Cambridge has received a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for the development of an Open Economics Working Group. The aim of the working group is to encourage more active and efficient collaboration between scholars and the dissemination of economic results to the wider society.” Read more

News360 Joins the Microsoft BizSpark One Program

News360 has received some good news of its own: the startup has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Skolkovo Foundation and has also been selected to join the prestigious Microsoft BizSpark One program. According to the article, the company “has been selected to join the Microsoft BizSpark One program, identifying a small number of high-potential startups from among more than 45,000 BizSpark program participants in 100 countries. BizSpark One participants demonstrate a strong potential to succeed, shape the industry’s future and enhance the overall value of Microsoft products and services for end users.” Read more

Are News Organizations Trying to Reinvent the Wheel?

A new article by Kevin Anderson asks the question, does journalism really need another open-source CMS? Anderson writes in response to the Knight Foundation’s choice of giving a $975,000 grant to the Texas Tribune and Bay Citizen: “The goal is to create a nimble open-source content management system. I guess WordPress or Drupal, just to name two open-source content management systems, didn’t fit the bill.” Read more

Bringing Semantic Technologies to the Ocean

A pair of data scientists from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is joining forces with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to make use of a $2 million grant and see what they can learn about our oceans.

Peter Fox, one of the scientists commented, “A massive amount of data about the oceans is gathered every single day by sensors, cameras, sonar, and other technologies. Maybe three percent of that information is ever even looked at again. Any other valuable knowledge is essentially lost. … What we are doing through this collaboration is integrating and enhancing this data so that it can be more easily consumed and used by other scientists and the public.”

Through this project WHOI expects to learn important information regarding the current and future health of our oceans. Rensselaer’s data technologies might also help uncover “discoveries on everything from underwater geological activity to the impacts of glacial melting.”

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