Morgan Professor Awarded a U.S. Army Contract under the Test Resource Management Center
Dr. Kofi A. Nyarko, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Engineering Visualization Research Laboratory, has recently been awarded the first phase (16 months) of a 36-month project titled, "Decision Engine for Unstructured and Structured Data (DESU)". This project is funded by the Test Resource Management Center (TRMC) Test and Evaluation/Science & Technology (T&E/S&T) Program through the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) under contract number W900KK-13-C-0017. The goal of the project is to develop and demonstrate a decision engine for structured and unstructured data that addresses the following needs of the U.S. Army T&E community: 1) the lack of tools to efficiently filter, process, store, analyze, and retrieve vast amounts of data and 2) the limitations of existing computational software tools to extract meaningful patterns and trends from structured and unstructured data to facilitate critical decision-making.
The Department of Defense (DoD) has recognized that advancements in the warfighter's Joint Net-Centric Operations (JNO) capability is growing exponentially and is outpacing the current capabilities of the T&E community. Since JNOs consist of Net-Centric systems that tend to be software intensive, advance decision-support technologies are needed to enhance testing of these systems. The project will develop a system capable of fusing disparate types of unstructured and structured net-centric data in near real-time. Specifically, the T&E community needs test technologies to address the unique S&T challenges involved in processing large amounts of heterogeneous data to facilitate decision-making. Dr. Nyarko's team consists of Morgan State University faculty, post-doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students, and subcontractors.
The research will be conducted at Morgan State's School of Engineering within the Engineering Visualization Research Laboratory. The EVRL mission is to provide tools, technology and techniques that provide insight into complex data and concepts. By providing the means to algorithmically facilitate the realization of ideas, concepts or data through visual, tactile and auditory means, one's capability for comprehension and awareness can be greatly improved in a manner that stimulates innovation.
Since 2005, Dr. Nyarko has conducted research for Morgan State University (MSU) as Research Engineer, Director, and Associate Professor. As a Research Engineer, Dr. Nyarko worked under the Chesapeake Information Based Aeronautics consortium (CIBAC) with engineers at NASA Langley on various projects involving aviation safety. Under his direction, the Engineering Visualization Research Laboratory (EVRL) has acquired and conducted research funded from the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Army Research Laboratory, NASA and Department of Homeland Security, along with other funding from Purdue University's Visual Analytics for Command, Control, and Interoperability Environments (VACCINE), a DHS Center of Excellence. After receiving his doctorate from Morgan State University, Dr. Nyarko worked as an independent Software Engineer with contracts involving computational engineering, scientific/engineering simulation & visualization, visual analytics, complex computer algorithm development, computer network theory, machine learning, mobile software development, and avionic system software development. He also served as Adjunct Faculty for the University of Baltimore's Department of Science, Information Arts and Technologies.
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