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Announcement -  Louisiana Universities recieve $9 million to develop cybertools

Tulane University Health Sciences Center is one of nine Louisiana institutions participating in the cybertools project.
Images courtesy of Louisiana EPSCoR
A team of faculty researchers representing nine Louisiana universities has been awarded a US$9 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop new cyber tools aimed at enabling significant advances in science and engineering.
With matching funds of $3 million from the Board of Regents Support Fund and $3.2 million from the participating institutions, the total of the three-year award is over $15.2 million.

“This grant will allow Louisiana university researchers to capitalize on the state’s recent investments in cyberinfrastructure,” said Commissioner of Higher Education Joseph Savoie. “The project will take full advantage of the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI), the high-speed optic network that connects supercomputers at our major universities and research centers and links Louisiana to the National Lambda Rail, one of the nation’s most advanced grid-based, distributing and computing infrastructures.”
Michael Khonsari, project director of the Louisiana EPSCoR program and the RII award, said that the RII will develop new cyber tools for high-performance computing, advanced networking and data management capabilities that will further advance the capabilities of the State’s university researchers.
“It will give the investigators greater access to an advanced research tool that will allow them to conduct many more tests in a much shorter period of time and with better results than traditional screening techniques,” he added.
According to Ed Seidel, the project’s lead scientist on cyberinfrastructure and director of LSU’s Center for Computation and Technology, a critically important feature is the recognition that the cyber tools cannot be built in isolation from the scientific projects they are designed to aid.
“We will be targeting studies of biotransport phenomena; the simulation, design and manufacturing of biosensing devices; and forecasting catastrophic environmental events such as storm surges caused by hurricanes. We will also support applications in many other disciplines in science and engineering,” said Seidel.
The RII cyber tools and science projects will be developed in tandem by close-knit teams from the nine participating institutions: Louisiana State University (LSU), LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans, Louisiana Tech University, Southern University-Baton Rouge, Tulane University, Tulane University Health Sciences Center, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, University of New Orleans, and Xavier University.

- Louisiana Board of Regents  



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