First ICES Workshop Held Among USGS, NASA and CMU-SV-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, March 25, 2013

First ICES Workshop Held Among USGS, NASA and CMU-SV

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recently held its 2013 workshop of the Innovation Center for Earth Sciences (ICES) in Menlo Park, Calif. The meeting brought together scientists and researchers from USGS, NASA Ames Research Center, Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley (CMU-SV) and UC Santa Cruz for keynote discussions and poster sessions focused on applying new technologies to solve scientific problems.

CMU-SV professors Drs. Ole Mengshoel, Bob Iannucci and Pei Zhang, and Ph.D. student, Corey Ippolito, participated in and presented at the ICES Workshop. The workshop was based upon a recent history of successful collaborations between USGS and its NASA and CMU-SV partners. Some core national USGS scientific needs were identified, with the hope of creating new project to address them.

“We have already had several follow-up conversations with our counterparts at USGS, and many ideas for joint projects are currently in development,” says Dr. Ole Mengshoel, Director of the Intelligent and High Performing Lab. Project presentations included “SensorFly: Minimalistic Flying Sensors” by Dr. Pei Zhang, Assistant Research Professor, and “Rethinking Networking for the Internet of Thing,” by Dr. Bob Iannucci, Director of the CyLab Mobility Research Center at the Silicon Valley campus.

There is a scheduled follow-up meeting on March 28, where approximately ten project ideas with potential for collaboration will be discussed. The 2013 workshop is the first of a planned bi-annual series of workshops to foster collaboration between USGS and its Silicon Valley partners.

To learn more about the ICES and see presentations and posters from the 2013 ICES Workshop, visit the USGS collaboration site.