Yasutaka Furukawa, assistant professor of computer science in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, seeks to transform standard 2-D panorama images into next-generation virtual reality assets for high-end 3-D applications. Furukawa received a one-year, $31,780 grant from Google to carry out the project. Read more on the engineering site.
Separately, Furukawa also received a one-year, $68,081 grant from Zillow Inc. for research titled “Indoor Mapping from Accidental Panorama with Gyroscope Data.” The grant will support work on computational algorithms to build a room outline using a smartphone. Read more on the engineering site.
Walter R. Binns, research professor of physics in Arts & Sciences, has received a four-year, $743,000 grant from NASA for research opportunities in space and earth sciences. The grant will support Binns’ work and data analysis from CALET, an astrophysical observatory designed to study the high-energy cosmos. Read more about the university’s work with CALET in the Newsroom.
Raj Jain, professor of computer science and engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, will lead a team of researchers to develop a secure cloud-based way for researchers from various institutions to collaborate and share data. The team received a three-year, $220,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, and he’s working in collaboration with researchers from Purdue University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Visit the engineering site for more details.
Philip V. Bayly, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, has received $498,131 in continuing funding for a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a research project titled “In Vivo Measurement of Brain Biomechanics.” The grant is intended to support research pertaining to neurosciences and neurological disorders.
Sachiko Amari, research professor of physics in Arts & Sciences, has received a three-year, $875,000 grant from NASA for research titled “Investigating Constituents of the Solar System: Isotopes and Organic Matter in Carbonaceous Grains in Meteorites.”
Jonathan A. Myers, assistant professor of biology in Arts & Sciences, received a four-year, $758,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for research titled “Integrating Species Traits into Species Pools: A Multi-scale Approach to Understanding Community Assembly.” The project will explore a novel mechanism to explain why species diversity often differs among ecological communities with similar environmental conditions. Read more about the project on the National Science Foundation website.