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UMass Amherst 2018 Armstrong Award Given to Advance Safety in Self-Driving Vehicles

Shannon Roberts

AMHERST, Mass. – The Armstrong Fund for Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has announced its awards for 2018, which will grant $36,000 to an interdisciplinary research team for a two-year project to encourage transformative research on campus that introduces new ways of thinking about pressing scientific or technical challenges.

Roberts and Thomas Receive $36,000 Grant from Armstrong Fund for Sciences

Shannon Roberts

Shannon Roberts

Co-Principal Investigators Shannon Roberts (Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department) and Philip Thomas (College of Information & Computer Sciences) are receiving a $36,000 award from the 2018 Armstrong Fund for Science, administered by the UMass Amherst Office of Research Development. The grant will fund their two-year project entitled “Improving Warning Systems of Driving Automation Systems through Reinforcement Learning,” aimed at optimizing precisely when a driving automation system should safely alert a human driver to take control of the vehicle when approaching a hazard.

Manwell Comments on Plans for a Colossal New GE Wind Turbine Larger than the Seattle Space Needle

James Manwell

James Manwell

James F. Manwell, an international expert on offshore wind energy, the director of the UMass Amherst Wind Energy Center, and a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, recently commented on the NBC News MACH science and technology website about plans for General Electric’s gigantic new offshore wind turbine, the Haliade-X, which will stand 853-feet tall when built. For comparison, that will make the Haliade-X slightly smaller than the Eiffel Tower (1,063 feet) and slightly larger than the Seattle Space Needle (605 feet). But Manwell said it’s not yet clear how large offshore wind turbines can get. The NBC News MACH story was reported in Inland News Today.

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