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Basic Research Forum

The Basic Research Forum aims to increase departmental awareness of the basic research conducted or funded by DoD research organizations and laboratories. The audience typically includes leadership, program officers and technical staff from OSD and DoD research organizations (ARO, AFOSR, ONR, DTRA, DARPA), and on occasion includes individuals from other federal agencies, National Labs and academic institutions.  Presentations are aimed at a technical but not specialized audience, and cover a depth and breadth similar to that of an academic colloquium. Goals of the forum are to:

  • Increase awareness in specific research areas of interest to the DoD
  • Highlight trends, challenges and opportunities in those areas
  • Provide OSD with a deeper understanding of where the science is moving
  • Build connections between individuals from different DoD organizations
  • Spark discussion among participants

The forum is held weekly at 1200 - 1300 on Thursdays at AFOSR.  Attendance is by invitation only, please contact the Forum POC for more information.

2017-18 Forum Series


Date Speaker Affiliation Title
31-Aug-17 Dr. J. Michael Coyle Army Research Office (ARO) Modeling and Simulation of Large-Scale, Heterogeneous Crowds
14-Sep-17 Prof. Steven G. Johnson Massachusetts Institute of Technology How Strongly Can Light and Matter Interact?
21-Sep-17 Dr. Ben Petro Office of the Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OASD/R&E) Synthetic Biology for Military Environments
28-Sep-17 Dr. James LeBlanc Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport Composite Materials Subjected to Extreme Loading Conditions
05-Oct-17 Dr. R. Ale Lukaszew Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Topological Excitations in Electronics
12-Oct-17 Dr. Danhong Huang Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Physics Model and Theory for Bottom-Up Design of Multi-Functional Devices
19-Oct-17 Prof. Joey Talghader University of Minnesota Future Directions for Uncooled Infrared Detectors
26-Oct-17 Prof. Howard Milchberg University of Maryland Spatio-temporal Optical Vortices
09-Nov-17 Dr. El-Ghazawi and Dr. Sorger George Washington University Pioneering Directions for Future Processing with Nanophotonics: From Adaptive Hybrid NoCs to Attojoule Computing
16-Nov-17 Dr. Valerie Martindale Army Research Office (ARO) Biology in Uncharted Territory: Pushing the Envelope of Possible
30-Nov-17 Dr. Joseph Melinger Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) DNA scaffolding of molecular chromophores for light harvesting
07-Dec-17 Dr. Lara Thompson University of the District of Columbia Biomedical and Rehabilitation Engineering Initiatives
14-Dec-17 Dr. Tobias Kippenberg École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Dissipative Kerr Soliton Frequency Combs
04-Jan-18 Dr. Marek Osinski University of New Mexico New Generation of Ultrafast Semiconductor Laser Transmitters
11-Jan-18 Dr. Dan Sievenpiper University of California, San Diego

Patterned Metasurfaces for Manipulating Propagation, Scattering, and Interaction of Waves with Objects and Materials

18-Jan-18 Dr. Michele Gelfand University of Maryland
25-Jan-18 Dr. Linda Mullen, Dr. Brandon Cochenour Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Laser Sensing and Communicating in the Underwater Environment
01-Feb-18 Dr. Douglass Schumacher Ohio State University
08-Feb-18 Prof. Victor Galitski University of Maryland
15-Feb-18 Dr. Brett Isselhardt Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Resonance Ionization Mass Spectrometry for Post-Detonation Nuclear Forensics
22-Feb-18 Dr. David W. Aha Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) On the Relevance of Goal Reasoning for Intelligent Agent Control
01-Mar-18 Prof. Xiaoyang Zhu Columbia University Perfect Semiconductors from Imperfect Materials: Dynamic Screening as a Design Principle
08-Mar-18 Dr. Jerry Moloney University of Arizona
15-Mar-18 Dr. Igor Linkov Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDEC) Quantifying Security and Resilience in Cyber-Physical Systems
22-Mar-18 Dr. Jesse Belden Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Dynamics of Water Impact
29-Mar-18 Prof. Yan Xia Stanford University
05-Apr-18 Dr. Mike Bakas, Dr. Yue Wu Army Research Office (ARO)
12-Apr-18 Dr. Adam Weltz Pennsylvania State University
19-Apr-18 Dr. Cameron Good Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Wireless Implantable Neural Devices to Study PTSD
26-Apr-18 Dr. Pani Varanasi Army Research Office (ARO) Novel Solid State materials and color centers (beyond NV centers in diamond) for quantum science and engineering
03-May-18 Thach Nguyen Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Improving Algorithms for Non-Cooperative Target
10-May-18 Prof. Michael Brenner Harvard University Towards Living Synthetic Materials
17-May-18 Mr. Paul Cavallaro Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport (NUWC) Soft Fabric Composite Materials and Inflatable Structures Research
31-May-18 Dr. Ranjeev Mittu, Dr. Mark Livingston Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Graphicacy: Graph Comprehension Assessment
07-Jun-18 Dr. Liyi Dai Army Research Office (ARO) Information Noncommutativity
14-Jun-18 Tracee Whitfield Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Using Multifunctional Materials to Enable Next Generation CB Protection
21-Jun-18 Frank Narducci Naval Postgraduate School
12-Jul-18 Prof. Susanne Stemmer Heterostructures with Three-Dimensional Dirac Semimetals
19-Jul-18 Prof. Rob Knight University of California, San Diego
02-Aug-18 Prof. Rodney Bowersox Texas A&M University


Updated: 12/01/17