Professor Selected for DARPA Computer Science Study Group-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Professor Selected for DARPA Computer Science Study Group-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Professor Selected for DARPA Computer Science Study Group

Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley Campus (CMUSV) Professor Pei Zhang has been selected as a member of this year’s DARPA Computer Science Study Group (CSSG). The Computer Science Study Group (CSSG) is a multi-year program that supports university research in computer science and related fields, while informing selected researchers on Department of Defense (DoD) information technology needs and priorities.

Zhang was selected based on his work on the SensorFly project. The project, titled “SensorFly: A Controlled-Mobile Aerial Sensor Network for In-door Scouting,” aims to develop a swarm of self-deploying sensors for scouting in indoor environments.

The select panel of twelve members will participate in briefings by senior military and industry leaders to inform them of DoD practices, challenges and risks. CSSG members receive DARPA research grants during their first year of participation, with up to four years of funded research available to explore and develop technologies of interest to the DoD.

“Being part of the CSSG will allow me to serve as a liaison to offer what I learn from the program to my colleagues at CMUSV,” said Zhang. “It’ll give us more insight into government priorities and problems in the computer science field, in addition to problems facing the industry, giving us both the short- and long-term view. This can guide our research as well.”