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George Mason University - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department


Performs research in biomedical imaging, biosensors, bioinformatics, biomedical signal processing, and neuroengineering.

Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering

Performs research in the areas of civil and environmental systems engineering, infrastructure engineering and security, transportation systems, construction and facilities management, and urban systems engineering.

Computer Science

Performs research in areas such as artificial intelligence, computational biology and bioinformatics, computer networks, computer graphics and visualization, computer game technologies, computer vision and robotics, parallel and distributed systems, machine learning, computer and network security, database management systems, software engineering, software testing, data mining, theoretical computer science, wireless networks, and cyber-physical systems.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Performs research in areas such as bioengineering, control and robotics, communication and signal processing, computer engineering, microelectronics and electromagnetics, computer forensics, and photonics.

Information Sciences and Technology

Performs research in areas such as information security and assurance, and machine learning.

Office of the Dean

In addition to the research conducted within individual departments, the Volgenau School of Engineering operates the following research centers: Center for Air Transportation Systems Research, Center for Assurance Research and Engineering, Center for Command, Control, Computing, Communications and Intelligence (C4I), Center for Configuration Analytics and Automation, Center for Secure Information Systems, and the Learning Agents Center.


Performs research in the areas of biostatistics, data confidentiality, data mining, visualization, computational statistics, statistical genetics, biometrics identification, sequential analysis and design of clinical trials, and network analysis.

Systems Engineering and Operations Research

Research areas include air transportation systems, systems engineering architecures, human factors, command and control, data fusion, advanced analytics, optimization, simulation, and military operations research.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Air Transportation Systems Research

The Center for Air Transportation Systems Research (CATSR) is a pioneer in the application of big data analytics, stochastic simulation, and human-in-the-loop testing to the study of complex, adaptive systems (CAS) composed of a network-of-networks of distributed, autonomous, adaptive agents. Provides a program of cutting-edge research, development, and education in the critical area of modern air transportation systems as well as other distribution systems such as energy, water, and information. Research is funded by NSF, NASA, and the FAA. GMU is a member of the FAA National Center of Excellence in Operations Research (NEXTOR).

Assurance Research & Engineering

The Center for Assurance Research & Engineering has leading experts in Cyber Security and Assurance areas including: Network Intrusion Detection, Malware Analysis, Understanding & Protection, Automated Network Defense Systems, Infrastructure and Railroad Security, Cognitive Radio and RADAR Security, Voice Based Service Provisioning, and Safety of Healthcare Processes.

Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Intelligence and Cyber

The C4I Center is the nation's first and only civilian university-based entity offering a comprehensive academic and research program in defense Command, Control, Communications and Computing. In addition, the Center's leading edge work in probabilistic ontologies, information fusion, probabilistic forecasting and applied cybersecurity have established the Center as a significant research contributor in the Intelligence Community. The C4I Center performs research in modeling and simulation, sensing and fusion, C3 architectures, communications and signal processing, decision support systems, and distributed education and training. The Center provides a bridge between Volgenau faculty expertise and the needs of the Defense and Intelligence communities' intelligence information technology users and research organizations. The Center conducts active outreach programs to government and industry, and is a leading contributor to AFCEA, STIDS and ICRRTS conferences.

Configuration Analytics and Automation

The Center for Configuration Analytics and Automation has been established under the National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Program (I/UCRC). The center is a multi-university and multi-industry consortium established and led by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in partnership with George Mason University and a broad membership of industry and government organizations. The goal of CCAA is to build the critical mass of inter-disciplinary academic researchers and industry partners for addressing the current and future challenges of configuration analytics and automation to improve service assurability, security and resiliency of enterprise IT systems, cloud/SDN data centers, and cyber-physical systems by applying innovative analytics and automation.

Learning Agents Center

The Learning Agents Center conducts fundamental and experimental research on the development of knowledge-based learning and problem solving agents. The center also supports teaching in the areas of intelligent agents, machine learning, knowledge acquisition, and artificial intelligence. Major research areas include instructable agents, multistrategy learning and knowledge acquisition, domain modeling, knowledge representation and ontologies, cooperative problem solving, intelligent tutoring systems, and natural language processing. The center is developing the Disciple theory, methodology and agent shells for building agents that can be taught how to solve problems by subject matter experts. Disciple agents have been developed for a variety of problems including center of gravity analysis, course of action critiquing, emergency planning, intelligence analysis, tutoring of higher-order thinking skills in history and statistics, engineering design, and Ph.D. advisor selection.

Secure Information Systems

The Center for Secure Information Systems (CSIS) provides a dedicated environment to encourage the development of expertise in both the theoretical and applied aspects of information systems security. Established in 1990, CSIS has the distinction of being the first academic center in security at a U.S. university. It is one of the National Security Agency's original Centers for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, a designation it continues to hold. In 2008, NSA established a new designation - The National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-Research). CSIS has earned this new designation, and is designated for both CAEIAE and CAE-Research through 2014. CSIS differentiates itself from other centers by working in a broad spectrum of security topics and issues. The Center resides within the Volgenau School of Engineering (VSE) at George Mason University (Mason).