Ruiwei Jiang wins NSF CAREER award for work in operations research

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Ruiwei Jiang, assistant professor in Industrial and Operations Engineering and an MICDE-affiliated faculty member, has won an NSF CAREER award for work evaluating the potential benefits of incorporating decision-dependent uncertainty into decision-making problems in service industries and investigate new optimization approaches to maneuvering such uncertainty to improve decision-making.

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MIDAS Working Group on NSF solicitation for Big Data Spokes

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This working group is organized by MIDAS to respond to the NSF Big Data Spokes funding solicitation (BD Spokes).  


  • A brief presentation about the funding opportunity and the background of the regional BD Hubs (Midwest, Northeast, South and West) and existing Spokes
  • Discussion of ideas of new Spokes and forming collaborative teams (within and outside of UM)
  • Discussion on aligning and working with regional BD hubs

The BD Spokes will work with regional BD hubs and existing spokes to accelerate progress towards societal grand challenges in regional and national priority areas, help automate the Big Data lifecycle, enable access to and increase the use of important data sets, and contribute to education and training.  The focus areas specified by NSF include: Education; Data Intensive Research in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; Data-driven Research in Chemistry; Neuroscience; Data Analytics for Security; Replicability and Reproducibility in Data Science.  All researchers interested in proposing or collaborating on new BD Spokes are welcome to our working group.

Important Dates:

  • May 17, 2017: University of Michigan internal deadline for declaring intent.  NSF allows only one proposal from each university as the lead institution
  • Sept. 18, 2017: full proposal due to NSF

Please RSVP.  For questions, please contact Jing Liu, MIDAS research specialist (; 734-764-2750).  

NSF EAGER award to study new information and communication technologies in shared connected vehicles

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social_networkMICDE associate director Siqian Shen (PI) will collaborate with Co-PIs Tawanna Dillahunt and Tanya Rosenblat from U-M School of Information to conduct interdisciplinary research for a newly announced NSF EArly-concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) project.

The goal is to investigate the feasibility, challenges, and opportunities of deploying shared connected vehicles with new information and communication technologies (ICTs), to deliver goods and services in future smart & connected communities (S&CC). In taking on a living-lab approach, the study will engage industry, non-profit partners, and underserved populations in Detroit throughout each phase of the project.

The end result will be 1) improved mathematical models and efficient algorithms for optimizing resource allocation, supply-demand matching, and barrier-free vehicle & ICT operations in centralized and decentralized vehicle-and-service-sharing (V&SS) systems; 2) an articulation of the types of critical services that have the highest impact and are needed most among underserved communities (e.g., access to better healthcare or jobs).

NSF seeks career development proposals from junior faculty — July 21 deadline

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The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) invites proposals from junior faculty within the community of scientists, engineers, and educators involved with cyberinfrastructure research to apply to the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. ACI’s research interests include use-inspired and/or applied multidisciplinary research. Additional context for ACI’s interests in this solicitation can be found in “Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21)”. These proposals are due this year on July 21, 2015 and next year on July 20, 2016.

CAREER is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.