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Basic Research Forum

The Basic Research Forum aims to increase the Department's awareness of the wide range of basic research conducted or funded by DoD research organizations and laboratories. The audience typically includes leadership, program officers, and technical staff from the Office of the Secretary of Defense and DoD research organizations (ARO, AFOSR, ONR, DTRA, DARPA). On occasion, individuals from other federal agencies, National Labs and academic institutions also attend.  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 the awareness of specific research areas of interest to the DoD
  • Highlight trends, challenges, and opportunities in those areas
  • Provide the Office of the Secretary of Defense with a deeper understanding of where the science is moving
  • Build connections between individuals from different DoD organizations
  • Spark discussion among participants

The event is held weekly in Arlington, VA.  Attendance is by invitation only, please contact us for more information.

2017-18 Forum Series


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

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

18-Jan-18 Michele Gelfand University of Maryland Tight or Loose? The Key to Unlocking our Cultural Divisions
25-Jan-18 Linda Mullen and Brandon Cochenour Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Laser Sensing and Communicating in the Underwater Environment
01-Feb-18 Douglass Schumacher Ohio State University PIC, MD - A new doctor for ultraintense laser-matter interactions
08-Feb-18 Victor Galitski University of Maryland Topological Quantum Matter
15-Feb-18 Brett Isselhardt Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Resonance Ionization Mass Spectrometry for Post-Detonation Nuclear Forensics
22-Feb-18 David W. Aha Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) On the Relevance of Goal Reasoning for Intelligent Agent Control
01-Mar-18 Xiaoyang Zhu Columbia University Perfect Semiconductors from Imperfect Materials: Dynamic Screening as a Design Principle
08-Mar-18 Jerry Moloney University of Arizona Singularity driven Kilometer range  TeraWatt Atmospheric Light Bullets
15-Mar-18 Igor Linkov Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDEC) Quantifying Security and Resilience in Cyber-Physical Systems
22-Mar-18 Jesse Belden Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Dynamics of Water Impact
29-Mar-18 Yan Xia Stanford University Building and Breaking Macromolecular Ladders to Develop Functional Materials
05-Apr-18 Yue Wu University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Structural and Thermodynamic Complexities of Simple Liquids
12-Apr-18 Adam Weltz Pennsylvania State University Development and Application of Microstructured Solid-State Neutron Detectors
19-Apr-18 Cameron Good Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Wireless Implantable Neural Devices to Study PTSD
26-Apr-18 Lee Basset Army Research Office (ARO) Novel Color Centers for Quantum Science and Technology
03-May-18 Thach Nguyen Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Improving Algorithms for Non-Cooperative Target Identification
10-May-18 Michael Brenner Harvard University Towards Living Synthetic Materials
17-May-18 Paul Cavallaro Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport (NUWC) Soft Fabric Composite Materials and Inflatable Structures Research
24-May-18 Michael Helle Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Threading Light Through the Atmosphere: Beating Optical Turbulence Propagation Limits using Short Pulse Lasers
31-May-18 Mark Livingston Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Graphicacy: Graph Comprehension Assessment
07-Jun-18 Alfred Hero University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Non-commutative Information
14-Jun-18 Tracy Frost ManTech, OUSD ATL
21-Jun-18 Nick Parziale Stevens Institute of Technology Characterization of Previously Inaccessible Supersonic and Hypersonic Flows
28-Jun-18 Daniela Radu Delaware State University Chemical and Electrical Properties Mapping by Nano FT-IR
05-Jul-18 Frank Narducci Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)
12-Jul-18 Susanne Stemmer University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Heterostructures with Three-Dimensional Dirac Semimetals
19-Jul-18 Rob Knight University of California, San Diego
26-Jul-18 M. Patrick McCormick Hampton University Education and Research Using Lidar and Other Techniques for Environmental Measurements
02-Aug-18 Rodney Bowersox Texas A&M University


Updated: 04/02/18