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Krishnamurty and Collaborators Get I-Corps Award

October 22, 2012 in Home Slideshow

Dr. Sundar Krishnamurty and Dr. Tony McCaffrey of the University of Massachusetts Center for e-Design, along with Karen Utgoff of the University of Massachusetts, have been granted a 2012 National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) award. Below is an excerpt from the article on the University of Massachusetts Mechanical and Industrial Engineering news page

Sundar Krishnamurty, the director of the Center for e-Design and a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, leads a multidisciplinary team that received a 2012 National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps, or I-Corps, award. The I-Corps program aims to prepare scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and broadens the impact of select NSF-funded projects. It is one of 100 awards for this year and the first such grant awarded to UMass Amherst. The project funded by the NSF builds upon a fundamental new way of thinking about innovation, tentatively called an “Innovation Accelerator” (AI), and replaces the minimally successful artificial intelligence techniques from the 1980s that were unable to get machines to be innovative by themselves.

Post-doctoral researcher Tony McCaffrey of the Center for e-Design is the team’s entrepreneurial lead, while Karen Utgoff, a market-oriented strategist, serves as a mentor from the business perspective.

The grant will support the Center for e-Design’s project entitled “Innovation Accelerator: A New Web-based Portal Software Tool to Find Disruptive Innovative Solutions.” The grant is aimed at helping to commercialize a product based on research done at the center: a human-machine synergism in which humans and machines complement each other during the innovation process.

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IAB October 2012: A Great Success!

October 16, 2012 in Home Slideshow

This year’s October IAB Meeting was a great success. Growth of the Center for e-Design was on full display; faculty and students from the participating universities met with representatives from the partner-industries. Students were able to collect feedback from industry partners that would help them tailor their projects to address real-world problems, and industry partners were able to view projects from other universities in the Center.

Vivek Premkumar, Doug Eddy, and Jeffrey McPherson, three of the students who represented the University of Massachusetts Amherst at the meeting, are pictured below standing next to their project posters.

Vivek Premkumar presenting his project “A Semantic
Knowledge Management System for Laminated

Doug Eddy presenting his project “A Semantic
Knowledge Management System for Sustainable
Product Design

Jeffrey McPherson presenting his project
Integration of e-Design Ontologies and Methods
into Commercial Design Processes