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Herman J. Woltring
02-23-1992, 08:26 AM
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Title : NSF9221 - Engineering Directorate Dear Colleague Letter
NSF Contact : ENG
Type : Letter
Date : February 20, 1992


Dear Colleague:

The Engineering Directorate's Divisions of Biological and
Critical Systems and Electrical and Communications Systems and
the Biological Sciences Directorate's Division of Integrative
Biology and Neuroscience are pleased to coordinate a thrust in

Biosystems Analysis and Control.

I want to alert you to this opportunity so that you may consider
submitting a proposal.

Although the nervous system interprets intricate biological
signals and controls complex biological functions with apparent
ease, the analysis of how biological signals are processed and
controlled has proven difficult. Whereas concepts from systems
engineering are clearly relevant to these challenges, past
research has often not paid sufficient attention to real-time,
nonlinear, stochastic systems capable of learning. To advance
technology, it appears most promising to extend our understanding
of how natural biological systems behave in order to facilitate
the development of new approaches for systems modeling, analysis,
and control which could benefit both biological and physical
systems.

The goal of this cross-disciplinary focus is to develop
innovative techniques to analyze and control complex dynamic
systems by extending our understanding of how biological systems
interpret sensory signals, control physiological processes, and
adaptively monitor and control bioprocesses.

Proposal topics which fall under this thrust include, but are not
limited to, the following:

- Design of new mathematical tools relevant to the application of
engineering concepts to the study of living systems and to the
use of information obtained from the biological systems for the
development of innovative engineering methods.

- Development and application of innovative dynamic system
modeling and signal processing techniques to analyze and
characterize biological systems.

- Elucidation of the capabilities of natural biological systems
as flexible general control devices.

- Development of new engineering adaptive control system
architectures based on biological prototypes.

- Application of biologically inspired control strategies to
either biological or non-biological systems.

- Development of highly innovative artificial neural network
designs which could function as potential models of vertebrate
neural systems.

- Development of adaptive neural network architectures of
increased sophistication that capture the richness of behavior
patterns seen in biological systems.

- Improved mathematical models that can yield insight into the
structure and function of biological systems.

- Development of models of uncertainty in system representation,
adaptation and learning based on information obtained from the
nervous system.

- Improved methods for identifying, representing and analyzing
hierarchical and self-organizing systems.

- Elucidation of the capabilities of natural biological systems
as flexible general computing devices.


This letter is being sent to all Deans of Engineering, Directors
of Neuroscience Programs, and many other individuals that the
program directors have identified. I would appreciate your
making this information available to your department chairs and
to colleagues who might be interested in submitting a proposal.
Cross-disciplinary research teams that include researchers from
neuroscience, bioengineering, and electrical engineering are
highly encouraged. Colleagues planning to submit a proposal in
response to this letter must first submit a letter of intent
which includes a title, proposal summary, and names of
investigators by March 23, 1992 to:

Dov Jaron
Division of Biological and Critical Systems
Room 1132
National Science Foundation
1800 G Street, N.W.
Washington, DC, 20550
(FAX: 202-357-9803).




The letter of intent will be used to determine if the research is
appropriate for this thrust and to identify panelists. If the
research is deemed inappropriate, the PI will be notified of this
fact within one week of the receipt of the letter of intent. The
receipt date for full proposals is April 27, 1992. The duration
of these proposals should be two to three years. Five to ten
awards will be made, ranging from $60,000 to $120,000 per year.
Proposal format should follow the guidelines published in "Grants
for Research and Education in Science and Engineering" (GRESE,
NSF 90-77, rev. 8/90). On the cover sheet, NSF Form 1207, insert
"NSF/BAC" in the Program Announcement block. Send 18 copies of
the full proposal to:

Proposal Processing Unit
Room 223, NSF 92-21
National Science Foundation
Washington, DC 20550

The Foundation welcomes proposals on behalf of all qualified
scientists and engineers, and strongly encourages women,
minorities and persons with disabilities to compete fully in any
of the research programs described in this letter.

In accordance with Federal statutes and regulations and NSF
policies, no person on grounds of race, color, age, sex, national
origin, or disability shall be excluded from participation in,
denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any
program or activity receiving financial assistance from the
National Science Foundation.

Inquiries regarding appropriate research areas should be directed
to one of the program directors listed below.

K. Mudry, Biomedical Engineering & Aiding the Disabled
(202) 357-7955
kmudry@nsf.gov

F. Heineken, Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology
(202) 357-9545
fheineke@nsf.gov

P. Werbos, Neuroengineering
(202) 357-9618
pwerbos@nsf.gov

S. Springfield or J. Finkelstein, Cognitive, Computational and
Theoretical Neurobiology
(202) 357-7040
sspringf@nsf.gov; jfinkels@nsf.gov

R. Baheti, Engineering Systems
(202) 357-9618
rbaheti@nsf.gov

The National Science Foundation has TDD (Telephonic Device for
the Deaf) capability which enables people with a hearing
impairment to communicate with the Division of Personnel and
Management for information relating to NSF programs, employment,
or general information. This number is (202) 357-7492.


You might find the following report useful as a further source of
information.

"Bio-Control by Neural Networks - Summary of a Workshop
Supported by the National Science Foundation", May 16-18,
1990, edited by G. Bekey and P. Katona.

In addition, an NSF initiative that relates to this thrust is in
the area of Intelligent Control. Copies of the above report and
the announcement on Intelligent Control can be obtained by
calling (202) 357-9545.

Electronic Dissemination
You can obtain information fast through STIS (Science and
Technology Information Systems), NSF's online publishing system,
described in NSF 91-10 (Revised 10/4/91), athe "STIS flyer." To
obtain a copy of the flyer, call the NSF Publications Section at
202-357-7861. For an electronic copy, send an E-mail message to
stisfly@nsf.gov (Internet) or stisfly@nsf (BITNET).



Sincerely yours,



Dov Jaron
Division Director
Biological & Critical Systems


expires August 31, 1992

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