Programs Funded Under the America COMPETES Act

The Supply Chain Integration and Bio-Imaging projects in the Manufacturing Systems Integration Division have gained incremental funding under the America COMPETES Act of 2007. The funding has been used to bolster the more strategic segments of the semantic mediation work in supply chain. This will speed its deployment for the benefits of the nation. Specific accomplishments include the following:

  • Development and demonstration (in the IV&I/ATHENA program8) of a tool to automatically translate between Resource Description Framework and Extensible Markup Language schemas, both of which are heavily used standards in the operation of global supply chains;

  • Development and demonstration (in the IV&I/ATHENA program) of a universal framework for testing conformance to the Open Applications Group supply chain standards; and

  • Development and demonstration (in the Material Off-Shore Sourcing project) of expanded information mapping tests that advance the ability to manage data across supply chains that use ocean freight.

The funding has been used to further the collaboration with the NIST’s Information Technology Laboratory (ITL). Specific accomplishments include the following:

  • Developments of standard representations schemes and archival techniques that support very rapid context-based search, semantic annotation, and image recognition, including endoscopic video data;

  • A Workshop on Ontologies (as a collaboration between the MSID, the ITL, and Stanford University) to identify the barriers to effective utilization of ontologies. This will be very useful in the context of directing future work on standards and the testing of standards.

The Precision Engineering Division received $87,000 to support bionanoparticle research, in which researchers are imaging, locating, and tracking nanoparticles in cancer cells for drug delivery applications. It is too early in the funding cycle to assess the progress of this work, but the effort demonstrates initiative for applying sensing, measurements, and fabrication technology to this very important biomedical need.

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IV&I/ATHENA is a program funded by the European Commission Information Societies Technology (EC/IST). See http://www.athena.ic.ac.uk/. Accessed March 27, 2008.



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Programs Funded Under the America COMPETES Act The Supply Chain Integration and Bio-Imaging projects in the Manufacturing Systems Integration Division have gained incremental funding under the America COMPETES Act of 2007. The funding has been used to bolster the more strategic segments of the semantic mediation work in supply chain. This will speed its deployment for the benefits of the nation. Specific accomplishments include the following: • Development and demonstration (in the IV&I/ATHENA program8) of a tool to automatically translate between Resource Description Framework and Extensible Markup Language schemas, both of which are heavily used standards in the operation of global supply chains; • Development and demonstration (in the IV&I/ATHENA program) of a universal framework for testing conformance to the Open Applications Group supply chain standards; and • Development and demonstration (in the Material Off-Shore Sourcing project) of expanded information mapping tests that advance the ability to manage data across supply chains that use ocean freight. The funding has been used to further the collaboration with the NIST’s Information Technology Laboratory (ITL). Specific accomplishments include the following: • Developments of standard representations schemes and archival techniques that support very rapid context-based search, semantic annotation, and image recognition, including endoscopic video data; • A Workshop on Ontologies (as a collaboration between the MSID, the ITL, and Stanford University) to identify the barriers to effective utilization of ontologies. This will be very useful in the context of directing future work on standards and the testing of standards. The Precision Engineering Division received $87,000 to support bionanoparticle research, in which researchers are imaging, locating, and tracking nanoparticles in cancer cells for drug delivery applications. It is too early in the funding cycle to assess the progress of this work, but the effort demonstrates initiative for applying sensing, measurements, and fabrication technology to this very important biomedical need. 8 IV&I/ATHENA is a program funded by the European Commission Information Societies Technology (EC/IST). See http://www.athena.ic.ac.uk/. Accessed March 27, 2008. 22