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UI multidisciplinary research team wins $1.57 million project
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa multidisciplinary research team
has been awarded a three-year, $1.57 million contract for a project that
may save industry time and money in the development of new products.
The project, titled "Optimized Algorithm For Meshless Based Integration
of CAD, Simulation, and Design," is aimed at simulating complex manufacturing
Coordinated by the UI's Center for Computer Aided Design (CCAD), the
project is funded under the federal Optimized Portable Algorithms and Applications
Libraries (OPAAL) initiative for complex simulation which, in turn, is
funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The UI research team is composed of
faculty members from the departments of mechanical engineering, mathematics,
and computer science.
"This is a very challenging, real manufacturing problem that will
reduce product development time significantly in industry if we are successful.
To attack this challenging engineering problem, we need engineers, mathematicians,
and computer scientists working closely together. I hope this will be
a major starting point for future multidisciplinary research that finds
mathematicians and engineers working together at Iowa," said K.K.
Choi, CCAD director.
He added that numerical methods developed under this research will be
tested in an engineering design process at Ford Motor Company. Later,
an internship program with Ford will be developed, and a workshop will
be held to disseminate the results.
The grant total of $1,569,547 includes a two-year grant of $1,081,304
from the NSF with $400,043 to be received from DARPA in the project's third
year, and $88,200 from CCAD, home of the Iowa Driving Simulator. In addition
to the University of Iowa, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne
and the California Institute of Technology are the only other universities
funded under the prestigious OPAAL program.
Project team members include: Weimin Han -- principal investigator --
and David Stewart, department of mathematics; Suely Oliveira, joint appointment
in the departments of mathematics and computer science; and J. S. Chen
and K.K. Choi, department of mechanical engineering.
"This is the first major interdisciplinary grant for the department,
and I hope that it is just a beginning of interdisciplinary grants that
the mathematics department will be awarded," said Borluh Lin, chair