Funded Research

Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Examining the Longitudinal Effects of Behavior Tracking in Educational and Work Settings

The goal of this project is to examine the immediate and long-term effects of working in smart environments that are capable of continuously tracking and influencing people’s behaviors.
Social and Behavioral Sciences; Industrial and Organizational Psychology; Social Psychology
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Intelligent Unmanned Aerial Systems for Atmospheric Turbulence Estimation

This project explores the capabilities of multirotors in replacing the balloon and tower systems for turbulence measurement, by using advanced atmospheric estimation, flight control, path planning.
Control Theory; Atmospheric Sciences; Multi-Vehicle Systems and Air Traffic Control
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Origami-inspired Expandable Soft Cages for Interbody Spinal Fusion

This research will explore the state-of-art design of origami-inspired, locally soft yet globally stiff, expandable biomedical cages for interbody fusion in spinal surgery.
Biomedical Devices and Instrumentation; Engineering Mechanics; Manufacturing
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Harnessing the Wandering Mind

How can you harness a wandering mind or control creativity? Our answers combine cognitive neuroscience, Western, and Buddhist philosophy to illuminate "meta-actions" relevant to ADHD and depression.
Cognitive Neuroscience; Cognitive Psychology; Philosophy of Mind; History of Religions of Eastern Origins
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Community Archives, Collaborative Curation, and Creative Connections

The proposed project aspires to engage and support connections between community-based archives, arts, and oral history projects in South Africa, Tanzania, and the United States.
Music; Social and Cultural (Anthropology); Speech and Rhetorical Studies; American Popular Culture; African Languages and Societies; Ethnomusicology
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Climate change impacts on coral reefs: linkages between the warming ocean and coral bleaching

This study aims to quantify how variations in coral topography alters heat flux from the coral surface, while at the reef-scale how water temperatures and flow patterns impact coral bleaching.
Environmental Sciences; Fluid Dynamics; Heat Transfer, Combustion
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Development of antibiotic resistance "in the wild"

The study of emergence of antibiotic resistance in real-life by modeling complex microbial communities, characterizing resistance in wastewater treatment, and simulating drug-protein interactions.
Immunology and Infectious Disease
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Electro-thermal properties of correlated electron materials from first principles

This project aims at combining electron-phonon and electron correlation effects into a unified formalism allowing us to accurately compute electro/thermal properties of materials.
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Patients’, Family Caregivers’ and Clinicians’ Perspectives on ‘What Matters Most’ in the Management of End-stage Kidney Disease

A mixed-methods project to describe patient, family and clinicians’ perspectives on the most pressing palliative care needs in ESKD; This will inform the development of targeted interventions.
Nursing; Health Communication
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Brain Synchrony During Student-Teacher Interactions

Real-world interactions involve multiple brains engaging together. Traditional neural metrics consider individuals in isolation. We will quantify engagement via student-teacher brain synchrony.
Cognitive Neuroscience; Developmental Psychology; Education
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Comparing and Contrasting Artificial Neural Networks with Biological Neural Networks for Improved Representation Learning

We will study what are the implications of the different modes of operation of artificial neural networks and biological neural networks, and how do they build abstraction into their representations.
Computer Sciences; Computational Neuroscience; Artificial Intelligence/Robotics; Philosophy
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Development of a Classroom Observation Protocol to Improve College Teaching and Learning

This project will create a suite of digital tools to observe and measure college teaching that documents frequency and duration of classroom activities but does not require subject matter expertise.
Education
Trio Funded