Currently Funded Projects

Advanced 3D Software for Ground Penetrating Radars

  • NSF: I-Corps
  • PI: Hung (Jim) La
  • $50,000
  • May 2016 - October 2017

Collaborative Research: Capacity building in Cybersecurity-literacy: An inter-disciplinary approach

  • NSF Division of Graduate Education
  • PI: Dr. Shamik Sengupta, co-PIs: Dr. George Bebis, Dr. Mehmet Gunes, Nancy LaTourrette, Dr. Nicholas Seltzer
  • $300,000
  • September 2015 - August 2017

Collaborative Research: Spatio-Temporal Situational Awareness in Large-Scale Disasters using Low-Cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, (with University of Cincinnati)

  • NSF
  • PI: Dave Feil-Seifer
  • $500,000 ($166,666 to University of Nevada, Reno)
  • January 2016 - December 2017

Designing Collaborator Robots for Highly-Dynamic Multi-Human, Multi-Robot Teams

  • Office of Naval Research
  • PI: Monica Nicolescu, Co-PI: Dave Feil-Seifer, Mircea Nicolescu
  • $656,511
  • April 2016 - March 2019

The goal of this proposal is to establish at the University of Nevada, Reno a robotic infrastructure that would enable groundbreaking research in a wide range of topics related to mobile articulated robots. The proposed system consists of the Baxter humanoid robot and the PR2 robotic platform, whose extensive sensory, motor and computational capabilities open up the possibility of addressing research questions that could not have even been formulated in the context of the current publicly available robotic systems.

Design of Secure and Dependable Next Generation Automotive Cyber-Physical Systems

  • Funding Agency: NSF-CRII-CPS-1564801
  • PI: Dr. Arslan Munir
  • $174,440
  • April 2016 - March 2018

Drone and Robotic Systems for Civil Infrastructure Inspection and Environmental Monitoring

  • NSF I-Corps
  • PI: Hung (Jim) La
  • $50,000
  • November 2015 - September 2016

Drones Demystified

  • RAS CEMRA
  • PI: Dr. Kostas Alexis
  • $10,000
  • 2016-2017

Enhanced Situational Awareness Using Unmanned Autonomous Systems for Disaster Remediation

  • NSF
  • Co-PI: Dr. George Bebis
  • $800,000 ($203,000 for Computer Science and Engineering)
  • August 2014 - July 2017

Establishing market based mechanisms for CYBer security information EXchange (CYBEX)

  • Funding Agency: NSF
  • PI: Dr. Shamik Sengupta
  • Amount: $329,658
  • September 2015 - August 2018

High Throughput Tissue Microarray (TMA) Construction and Interpretation to Facilitate Biomarker Discovery - phase 2

  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • Co-PI: Dr. Monica Nicolescu (PI: Sanford Barsky, Co-PI: Emil Geiger)
  • $20,000
  • May 2013 - present

The goal of this project is to develop technology utilizing mechanical engineering, image analysis and knowledge of tissue patterns of disease that will enable us to analyze human tissues. Specifically using collaborative expertise, the project will develop a method of analyzing thousands of individual samples in a high throughput manner. These samples will be robotically constructed in a tissue microarray (TMA) and then interpreted through virtual microscopy and the application of imaging algorithms, which will facilitate biomarker discovery.

Infosys Foundation Award: SimViz

  • Infosys Foundation
  • Eelke Folmer
  • $10,000

SimViz is a free app giving a first hand experience how a visually impaired person sees the world.

Inspecting and Preserving Infrastructure through Robotic Exploration (INSPIRE)

  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • PI: Dr. Hung M. La, Co-PI: Dr. Sushil Louis
  • $721,995 (University of Nevada, Reno portion)
  • November 2016 - September 2022

Intent Recognition for On-Water Dynamic Maritime Domains

  • Office of Naval Research
  • PI: Dr. Monica Nicolescu, co-PI: Dr. Mircea Nicolescu
  • $685,355

Knowledge Fund UAS: Improving UAV Vehicle Safety: Algorithms for Computer Vision Based Detect and Avoid and Failure-Resistant Control

  • State of Nevada Knowledge Fund
  • PI: Dr. David Feil-Seifer, co-PI: Dr. Kostas Alexis
  • $280,000
  • 2015-2017

Minimally Invasive Robotic Non-Destructive Evaluation and Rehabilitation for Bridge Decks

  • National Science Foundation
  • H. M. La (Co-PI), J. Yi (PI at Rutgers), N. Gucunski (Co-PI at Rutgers) and D. Song (PI at Texas A&M)
  • $878,567
  • August 2014- July 2017

Motion Analysis Flight Training Arena

  • Motion Analysis
  • PI: Kostas Alexis
  • $12,500
  • 6 months

NAASIC Seed Grant Funding

Aerial Robots for Multi-Modal Characterization of Nuclear Sites

  • Kostas Alexis
  • $9,190
  • 9 months

Less Obstructive Vital Evaluation-inspection Robots for Bridges (Bridge-LOVER)

  • Hung (Jim) La
  • $10,000
  • 9 months

Sensing Environmental Change in Freshwater Ecosystems Via the Development of Autonomous Water Vehicles

  • Kostas Alexis, Eelke Folmer
  • $10,000
  • 9 months

NeTS: Modeling and Analysis of Green Mobile Crowd Sensing,

  • NSF
  • PI: Ming Li
  • $174,435
  • July 2016 - June 2018

NRI: Multi-Modal Characterization of DOE-EM Facilities (in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University)

  • Kostas Alexis
  • $1.3 million ($349,000 for University of Nevada, Reno)
  • September 2016 - September 2019

Research focuses on developing aerial robots to explore post-disaster nuclear sites.

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Supplement Grant

  • PI: Dr. Shamik Sengupta
  • $12,000
  • 2014 - 2017

The goal of this project is to involve undergraduate students in research related to developing inter-disciplinary models to mitigate vulnerabilities and maintain self-coexistence among legitimate cognitive-radio networks and evaluate the developed mechanisms with practical system implementations.

RET Site: Cyber Security Initiative for Nevada Teachers (CSINT)

  • NSF
  • PI: Dr. Shamik Sengupta, co-PI: Dr. David Feil-Seifer
  • $540,000
  • September 2015 - August 2018

The Solar Energy-Water-Environment Nexus

  • National Science Foundation EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track 1 Project
  • University of Nevada, Reno PI: Dr. Sergiu Dascalu
  • $23 million (CSE Department: about $3.2 million)
  • June 2013- May 2018

Addressing the national priority of developing renewable energy resources, the project investigates the linkages (or nexus) among solar energy generation, scarce water resources, and fragile environments in Nevada.

The project has three main components:

  • Nexus: focused on research on solar energy generation, water, and environment
  • Cyber infrastructure (CI): research and development on data processing and management, system architecture, software engineering, and communication networks
  • Human Infrastructure/Workforce Development (HI/WD): focused on education, outreach, and personnel development

Workforce Development

  • Nancy LaTourette
  • $379,942

The mission of the workforce development plan is to provide opportunities for capacity building in support of growth in STEM fields. The program will implement an integrated, multifaceted program that takes a coordinated "life-cycle" approach involving pre-college, undergraduate and graduate students; teacher professional development; and K-12 and public outreach through active involvement with researchers working on the Solar Energy-Water-Environment Nexus project. The On-line Learning and Outreach efforts of the workforce development program are to disseminate information and educate K-12 students, their families, and the Nevada community-at-large in STEM areas, specifically information related to the Solar Energy-Water-Environment Nexus. Through online bilingual (English and Spanish) peer-to-peer learning, the goal is to increase interest and diversity in STEM disciplines among students and the community.

Survivability and self-coexistence in the Battle of Cognitive Radio Network Societies

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Grant
  • PI: Dr. Shamik Sengupta
  • $400,000
  • March 2012 - February 2017

UGV-UAV Hybrid System for Unstructured Environment Exploration

  • Nevada NASA Seed RID
  • PI: Dr. Hung M. La, Co-PI: Dr. Dave Feil-Seifer
  • $83,523
  • September 2016 - August 2017

Undergraduate and Graduate Robotics Curriculum for University of Nevada, Reno College of Engineering

  • Nevada Space Grant Consortium
  • PI: Dr. Dave Feil-Seifer, Co-PIs: Dr. Monica Nicolescu, Dr. Logan Yliniemi, Dr. Hung La, Dr. Kostas Alexis
  • $45,000
  • 2016-2017

Virtual Environment Synthetic Training

  • DoD-DON/Cole Engineering Svcs Inc
  • PI: Dr. Sushil Louis
  • $102,489
  • 2016-2017

VPRI Fund: Autonomous Robots Arena

  • Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation
  • PI: Kostas Alexis, co-PIs from other departments at the University of Nevada, Reno
  • $100,000
  • 2016