Krishnamurty and Collaborators Get I-Corps Award

October 22, 2012 in News


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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