[Cs-affiliates] FW: Agency Update: DARPA Defense Sciences Office Proposers Event Recap

Crovella, Mark E crovella at bu.edu
Thu Jul 7 09:47:34 EDT 2016

Dear Faculty,
See below -

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Subject: FW: Agency Update: DARPA Defense Sciences Office Proposers Event Recap

Hi Mark and Tasso.

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Subject: Agency Update: DARPA Defense Sciences Office Proposers Event Recap

Good morning-

Last month, DARPA held a proposer’s day for its Defense Sciences Office (DSO) in anticipation of its upcoming Broad Agency Announcement. The event was an opportunity for potential applicants to learn more about the office and its research priorities, and for DSO to solicit input from participants on potential research ideas for future solicitations.

A summary of the event, including some possible upcoming research topics, follows below. Please circulate to faculty and encourage them to reach out to DARPA program managers for more information on these topics or to discuss other ideas. Federal Relations is happy to help interested faculty develop outreach strategies.


Emily Alves Burlij
Boston University Federal Relations
701 8th Street, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-7272


Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) Hosts Proposers Event: Focus on Identifying Future Investment Areas

Lewis-Burke Associates LLC – June 30, 2016
On June 22 and 23, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) held an Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) Proposers Day to facilitate discussions with potential proposers to its forthcoming BAA, anticipated in late June or early July.  DSO’s mission is to identify and pursue high-risk, high-payoff research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines and to transform these initiatives into important, radically new, game-changing technologies for U.S. national security.  The event was intended to 1) familiarize participants with DSO’s mission; 2) promote understanding of the anticipated Office-wide BAA; and 3) facilitate discussions with potential performers.

DSO Director Stefanie Tompkins referred to DSO as “DARPA’s DARPA,” since it funds early stage research at the highest level of risk to create truly revolutionary new technologies.  She emphasized the need for DSO to leverage the scientific community to identify gaps in DSO’s investment portfolio and evaluate whether current investments are the right projects to meet the needs of the Department of Defense (DOD).  DSO is also focusing some of its efforts on opportunities to accelerate the progress of science itself through new research tools and methods.  A cross-cutting theme was the need for partnerships between academia and industry to help facilitate commercialization of new capabilities developed with DARPA support.

Several of the DARPA DSO Program Managers offered sessions to discuss their focus areas and receive input on potential new programs to be included in the BAA.  Concurrent with these topical sessions, DARPA DSO representatives hosted breakout sessions about how DARPA programs are developed, how to do business with DARPA, and how to engage with DSO.  All program managers are open to meeting with university faculty and researchers to discuss potential proposals.  A summary of the program manager-led sessions is included below.

At the conclusion of the Proposers Day, DSO Director Stefanie Tompkins led an interactive session to describe some of DSO’s newest programs and solicit audience ideas for future DSO programs.  Director Tompkins noted that there will be continued emphasis in research and development areas of priority for DOD, including human-machine cooperation, social science, and big data.  A few major themes emerged as areas for DSO program development for future solicitations, including:

·         Foundational mathematics

·         Materials science

·         Manufacturing

·         Compressed sensing

·         Large scale composites

·         Small data (data on individuals)

·         Mesoscale social prediction (to detect social unrest)

·         Multi-dimensional multi-scale problems

·         Spread of infectious diseases and small scale local manufacturing of vaccines on demand (including collaboration with DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office)

·         Capabilities that enhance humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, first responders, and nuclear/radiological materials defense
Dr. Tompkins said DSO will compile and share the topic areas publicly in the near future.  The final BAA will be posted on the FedBizOpps.gov web site at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/ODA/DARPA/CMO/DARPA-BAA-16-46/listing.html.

Anticipated Programs for Upcoming DSO Office-wide BAA

Program Topic

DARPA Program Manager

Human-machine cooperation and collaboration: How to optimize and build systems that adapt to humans; how to measure collaboration; transformative design to include new materials and fabrication processes

Reza Ghanadan (data analytics, autonomy, machine learning) and Jan Vandenbrade (electrical and mechanical engineering)

Opportunities in Quantum Science: Emerging areas from quantum information to novel photonic devices

Prem Kumar (physical sciences, signal processing, computation)

Frontiers of Social Science: Approaches to determinism; new tools, methods, and approaches to better understand human social systems and dynamics in national security context; new transdisciplinary communities; indications and warnings and better understanding behaviors

Adam Russell (cultural anthropology) and Bill Regli, DSO Deputy Director (computer science)

Learning, modeling and modulating complex dynamic systems: Advanced mathematics and modeling tools needed to efficiently propagate multiple sources of uncertainty to make accurate predictions about stochastic, complex systems; techniques to enhance the capability for humans to understand, construct, and optimize complex engineering systems

Fariba Fahroo (computational math and control theory) and Jim Gimlett (novel metrology for positioning, navigation and timing leveraging advances in quantum optics, nanoscale microelectromechanical systems)

Frontiers in Optics: How far can we push the performance of optical and imaging systems

Prem Kumar and Predrag Milojkovic (advanced imaging)

Understanding and Accelerating Technological Revolution: Identifying methods to build new DARPA programs that meet the right needs and emerging threats

John Main (manufacturing, materials, fostering new R&D communities) and John Pasckkewitz (design approaches, systems of systems architectures)

Sources and Additional Information

  *   The full set of briefings from the Proposers Day are posted on the DARPA Web site under DARPA-BAA-16-46 at http://www.darpa.mil/work-with-us/opportunities?oFilter=2.
  *   More information on DSO is available at http://www.darpa.mil/about-us/offices/dso.

Naomi M. Webber, Ph.D.
Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC
440 1st Street NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20001
Naomi at lewis-burke.com<mailto:Naomi at lewis-burke.com>

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