Sandia seeks Purdue faculty, including CLA, who might be interested in partnering with Sandia PI as collaborators in the upcoming FY21 LDRD proposals. In order to improve the timeline for university collaborations, Sandia is collecting faculty research summaries that align with Sandia’s research needs so that potential PIs can engage with faculty sooner to develop proposals. Sandia PIs will review the faculty input and will engage with faculty as they see fit (if they are invited to submit a proposal). Sandia requests that faculty read the short call description and fill out the one-page word document. Forms can be emailed back to firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in collaborating or have relevant research or applicable concepts to the topics in the call.
Deadline: submit the form by January 1, 2021
Potential topics of interest to CLA faculty
Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: Climate change is recognized as an existential threat to our national security. The scientific and engineering communities face research gaps in finding affordable and risk-based methods for assessing risk and consequence, designing infrastructure materials and systems to be more resilient in the face of decadal change, and developing system-wide decision-making processes for investments across industry and government to mitigate (e.g., decrease
Cyber Deterrence and Resilience: It is predicted that 10 years from now, nations will continue to compete to shape security architectures (great-power competition) and technologies will become more accessible to everyone (democratization of technologies). These drivers will proliferate cyber-security threats both in their quantity and diversity. The confluence of these advances has the potential to yield new vulnerabilities in our infrastructure that could be exploited to pose a threat to national security. In order to prevent this scenario from becoming reality, new research opportunities centered on data, architectures and algorithms, sensors, and materials are needed.
Pandemic Response: With the emergence of the novel coronavirus and its impacts on human health and the economy, we have learned the importance for the nation to be able to anticipate, detect, and respond to public health emergencies and biological events. Increasing the nation’s ability to prevent or delay spread of pathogens will require advancements in technologies supporting surveillance and situational awareness, epidemiological modeling for policy planning, rapid and agile diagnostics, and disease science. National bio-preparedness require advancements in digital biosecurity and ways to anticipate over-the-horizon threats.
Intelligence Science for Proliferation (ISP) The ISP focus area seeks technologies that can be used to identify, analyze, understand, and counter threats from a range of potential adversaries. Research Needs
Autonomous, innovative sensing systems, and sensor integration
Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML), social system theory, data integration for strategic and operational exploitation of data
Empowering Humans through Computing: Workflows, automation, decision support, and human-data systems that improve productivity and enhance our ability to design national security systems.
NI2: Research at the boundaries between IAs, interdisciplinary topics, and unconventional ideas NI3: Ideas that have long time horizons where mission relevance and potential impacts may be great, but the specifics are presently quite uncertain