January 2016

IDA Research Staff participate vigorously in various professional activities – both within their disciplines and ancillary to them – including publishing in the open literature. Highlights of IDA research activity from January 2016 follow. 

STPI Director Elected Honorary AIAA Fellow

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics LogoMark Lewis, Director of IDA’s STPI, was recently elected an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world’s largest aerospace professional society. Honorary Fellow is the highest distinction conferred by AIAA, and recognizes preeminent individuals who have had long and highly contributory careers in aerospace and who embody the highest possible standards in aeronautics and astronautics. Dr. Lewis will be presented with his certificate at a ceremony in June.



IDA Board Member Named UCLA Vice Chancellor

Dr. Ann KaragozianAnn Karagozian, member of IDA’s Board of Trustees since 2011 and Chairman of the Board’s Visiting Committee since May 2015, has been named interim vice chancellor for research at UCLA.

In 1982, Dr. Karagozian was the first woman faculty member in the mechanical and aerospace engineering department at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Her research focused on fluid mechanics and combustion, with applications to improved engine efficiency, reduced emissions, alternative fuels, and advanced high speed air breathing and rocket propulsion systems. Dr. Karagozian served as the 2010-2011 chair of UCLA’s Academic Senate. Additionally, she is an alumna of the Defense Science Study Group and was a member of the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.




IDA Researchers in Nairobi

IDA Researchers in NairobiFrom January 5 through 7, 2016 IDA researchers Ashley Bybee, Caroline Earle, and Elisabeth Ferland accompanied an interagency U.S. Government (USG) delegation led by Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, State Department Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs, to Nairobi, Kenya, to advance the Threat Reduction in Africa initiative. The purpose of the visit was to get a better understanding of the role Embassy in Nairobi plays in coordinating and planning threat reduction activities in Kenya, hear Kenyan priorities and capabilities in the area of threat reduction, and listen to Kenyan perspectives on the effectiveness of USG coordination, implementation, and delivery of threat reduction programming in Kenya. IDA’s role in was to provide analytic support during the development and execution of the Threat Reduction in Africa process.



IDA Researcher at Naval Academy

Dr. David A. Rosenberg, a Research Staff Member with IADDavid Rosenberg, was named the Class of 1957 Distinguished Chair in Naval Heritage in the History Department at the United States Naval Academy for academic year that began in August 2015 and will continue until June 2016. Dr. Rosenberg teaches the core course on American naval history, a course on Cold War naval and nuclear history entitled “War at Sea in the Nuclear Age,” and a first-ever course on the history of naval intelligence and information dominance.




IDA Receives Excellence in Enterprise Information Award from AFEI 

The Association for Enterprise Information LogoIDA's Automated Information Triage for Rapid Decision Making earned a 2015 Association for Enterprise Information award for Excellence in Enterprise Information. Each year the program recognizes the contributions made by government and business organizations towards achieving greater efficiency and effectiveness in the application of technology to improve business and operational performance.

Conducted for the DoD CIO, IDA’s award-winning project features innovative uses of advances in text and discovery analytics, using supervised machine learning and natural language processing techniques, to analyze massive amounts of documents and information. By combining information triage principles with text analytics and exploratory data analysis techniques, IDA has created an information triage capability for gathering, sorting, and prioritizing information, thus identifying what is relevant or important for the decision maker.

IDA Researcher Publishes New Book

"What Are the Constituents of Matter? An Essay Concerning the Ontological Side of Science" book coverIDA researcher Alfred Kaufman has a book out: What Are the Constituents of Matter? An Essay Concerning the Ontological Side of Science. In his book, Dr. Kaufman seeks to explain just what it is that modern science tells us about nature.





IDA Researcher’s Presentation Cited

American Association for the Advancement of Science LogoIDA’s work on transformative and high risk, high reward research continues to be state-of-the art and cited by high-prestige organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences. STPI’s Bhavya Lal’s and Alyson Wilson’s presentation to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), based on Dr. Lal’s doctoral dissertation and IDA Paper P-4899, was cited numerous times in this December 2015 National Academies report on fostering transformative research in the Geographical Sciences.