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Carnegie Mellon leads NSF initiative to develop modeling tools for disease and complex systems
Date:8/19/2009

, anti-skid systems, hybrid powertrains, collision-avoidance systems though the ability to develop models of how these systems interact with each other is severely limited. Rance Cleaveland, a computer scientist at the University of Maryland, and Bruce Krogh, a Carnegie Mellon electrical and computer engineer, will focus on distributed automotive control and electronic stability control as they lead the development of models that can help manufacturers integrate these systems into automobiles.

The aerospace industry has been a key driver of embedded software technology since the earliest weather-satellite launches of the 1960s, but it is now faced with exponential growth in the size and complexity of these systems in both spacecraft and commercial aircraft. With aircraft manufacturers seeking to better utilize microprocessors, NYU's Cousot and Gerard Holzmann, a computer scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will develop models that identify potential conflicts that can occur as microprocessors are shared between systems.

Research will be coordinated through a new Institute for Model Discovery and Exploration of Complex Systems, which will be headquartered in Carnegie Mellon's newly constructed Gates Center for Computer Science.

Considerable education and outreach activities are planned. These include an interdisciplinary educational program in complex systems science directed by Scott Smolka, a computer scientist at SUNY at Stony Brook, and minority-focused summer workshops on complex embedded and biological systems under the direction of Nancy Griffeth, a computer scientist at the City University of New York's Lehman College.

Clarke emphasized that Carnegie Mellon will funnel the bulk of its project money to support graduate students, rather than faculty salaries. In addition to the NSF grant, the School of Computer Science and the Ray and Stephanie Lane Center for Computational Biology at Carnegie Mellon are providing supplemental s
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Contact: Byron Spice
bspice@cs.cmu.edu
412-268-9068
Carnegie Mellon University
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