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Aviation and Aeronautics

We provide expertise in the fields of aerodynamics design and modeling, UMD Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel testing, airborne and ground-based navigation and landing systems including Enhanced Flight Vision Systems, airfield and approach lighting systems, avionics testing and scientific platform flight testing, airborne signal analysis, data collection-analysis-modeling, and flight test aircraft lease.  We co-chair the FAA LED Science Committee, led multiple subtasks for the FAA/SAE G-20 Approach Lighting Working Group, and member of the RTCA SC-213, and 228.

Biometric Modeling and Biomathematics

Our researchers have developed sophisticated mathematical algorithms for modeling and simulation of pupil light reflex (PLR) that allowed development of a systematic framework for a new linearized stability model incorporating the iris musculature.  This technique directly aides the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) efforts for understanding the effects of dilation on iris recognition, as well as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in iris photo matching performance.

Cyber Security, Malware Detection, and Machine Learning

We develop cryptographic proofs of security to create mathematical frameworks (models) for analysis.  Proofs are increasingly important for cryptosystems in the process of being standardized, as they can more accurately assess a security scheme’s weaknesses to attack.  We also conduct R&D in using machine learning techniques for early cyber intrusion and malware detection, system protection, and system resilience.  Our Memristor-based neuromorphic processor research with machine learning algorithms is accessing application for advanced pattern or behavior recognition.

Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S)

We provide EH&S management for over 30 laboratories and 3 cleanroom facilities at UMD Laboratory for Physical Sciences to include waste water treatment, hazardous waste management, lab risk assessment (electrical, chemical, laser, radiation), lab SOPs, safety training, incident reporting, and emergency action plans.

High Performance/Advanced Computing and Architecture Design

We provide expertise supporting several programs in (a) FPGA prototypes mimicking hardware in various simulation environments for algorithm development research and architecture enhancements; (b) development and testing of software architecture performance on applications for Big Data, Graph Analytics, and next generation memory configuration; (c) conversion of databases acceptable for visualization analysis; and (d) blind signal recognition and characterization.

Instrument Fabrication

Example:  Martian Atmosphere Simulation Chamber, delivered in July 2011, under a Lockheed Martin/NASA Ames/SETI contract, emulating the Martian temperature and solar UV surface conditions, as well as atmosphere gas composition and pressure.  The simulation chamber is used by astrobiologists at the University of Maryland, College Park to research origins of life.


We have developed numerous prototype optical waveguides with various exotic materials to test performance and benefits.  This includes fabrication and research in Enhanced continuous-wave four-wave-mixing efficiency in nonlinear AlGaAs waveguides, Polarization-insensitive wavelength conversion of 27-1 PRBS data packets, Silicon nitride ring resonators, and others.

Quantum Computing and Superconductivity

We perform quantum computer architecture design and modeling research to support on-going cryogenic and room-temperature quantum/superconductivity device laboratory experimentation.  For superconductivity, we have studied the motion and scattering of fluxon solitons in superconducting circuits as carriers of information that move under their own inertia in circuits.  We also provide technical expertise for collaborative experimental research in superconducting and fiber optics architecture design and fabrication.