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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.

Roberts Organizes NSF Workshop on Technology, Racial Equity, and the Future of Work

Shannon Roberts

Shannon Roberts

As the 21st century buries us all in a frenzy of information, cyber-security issues, societal unrest, political divisions, and hyperactivity, it is becoming apparent that solutions to complex technology, work, and racial issues are going to require the concerted efforts of many interdisciplinary experts “to understand the promises and perils of these major societal shifts.” So says Professor Shannon Roberts of our Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department as she attempts to address these major societal problems with a new $99,970 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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