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Virginia cyber accelerator gains key sponsorship

Virginia cyber accelerator gains key sponsorship

Virginia’s Mach37 cybersecurity accelerator gained an important endorsement this week with a four-year platinum sponsorship from General Dynamics Mission Systems.

The agreement will help further Mach37’s public-private partnerships that leverage Virginia’s university, industry and government cybersecurity assets to produce new innovative products and companies.

The Mach37 90-day program competitively selects entrepreneurs to be coached in creating and launching cybersecurity businesses, which are then pitched to investors. So far, the program has yielded 29 new cybersecurity companies.

“Mach37 gives us access to Virginia’s smartest minds and innovative technologies, accelerating the delivery of cybersecurity products and solutions that our customers need, when they need it,” said Nadia Short, vice president and general manager of the Cyber Systems line of business for General Dynamics Mission Systems.

This four-year platinum sponsorship was created to supplement the original funding for Mach37 by the Virginia General Assembly.

Posted on Dec 08, 2015 at 11:55 AM0 comments


EPA eyes digital services marketplace

EPA eyes digital services marketplace

The Environmental Protection Agency is considering a digital services marketplace to attract high-quality vendors. According to an 18F blog post published Dec. 3, the EPA “plans to create a marketplace of vendors who specialize in modern digital practices such as human-centered design, agile software development and DevOps.”

The EPA is conducting market research on the various digital services vendors offer; those findings will help the agency develop a strategy for a potential multiple award. The EPA also plans to evaluate vendors based on their environmentally sustainable business practices. 

18F’s consulting team said it has been working “hand in hand” with the EPA to help with its digital transformation. According to the blog, the EPA’s marketplace will be based on 18F’s Agile Delivery Services marketplace.

Posted on Dec 07, 2015 at 11:21 AM0 comments


Army researches more effective targeting

Army researches more effective targeting

The most subtle movements by soldiers can adversely affect advanced and precise targeting devices.  With the goal of improving the accuracy of targeting systems, the Army Research, Development and Engineering Command conducted a series of tests to determine the effect soldiers’ motions have on their ability to accurately target weapons.

The initial testing focused on collecting baseline motion data, with researchers developing a sensor to capture soldier motion data that could be incorporated into targeting systems and used in laboratory settings for prototyping. 

Researchers then conducted tests that would capture soldiers’ motions as the they carried the sensor in various exercises -- such as running, bounding, crawling, moving up and down ramps, dropping to the ground and targeting --  activities that are similar to those they may encounter in combat. The test results indicated that regardless of the soldiers’ size or shape, their motion data was very similar when they were engaged in the same activity.

The results will help researchers develop more accurate targeting systems that will reduce target location errors, reduce time to engage and decrease the number of munitions required to prosecute targets.

Posted on Dec 03, 2015 at 1:28 PM0 comments


Securing the grid by moving tech from lab to market

Securing the grid by moving tech from lab to market

As university researchers work to prevent crippling cyberattacks on the nation’s energy infrastructure, a Pennsylvania-based company will help ensure that the solutions they develop make it to market.

As part of the $12.2 million Department of Energy’s Secure Evolvable Energy Delivery Systems (SEEDS) program, Netizen Corp. will  work with the University of Arkansas, Lehigh University, Carnegie Mellon University and Florida International University, providing expertise and commercialization options for their research on the identification and remediation of vulnerabilities across the country’s energy grid.

“We are excited to have been chosen to partner with these prestigious institutions in the development and deployment of a new generation of algorithms, devices and systems designed to protect our nation’s critical infrastructure,” said Michael Hawkins, Netizen’s president and CEO.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 at 1:04 PM0 comments


new wang building

Berkeley Lab opens computational science facility

The Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has officially opened Wang Hall, a state-of-the-art facility for computational science.

The lab will be the new home for the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center and will become the center of operations for DOE’s Energy Sciences Network.

The 149,000 square-foot Wang Hall, also known as the Computational Research and Theory facility, is designed from top to bottom for energy efficiency, taking advantage of the region’s mild climate to cool the supercomputers and eliminating the need for mechanical cooling. Heat captured from those systems will in turn be used to heat the building, which will house two leading-edge Cray supercomputers – Edison and Cori.

The facility, which opened on Nov. 12,  was named after Shyh Wang, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and semiconductor researcher.  

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 12:48 PM0 comments