University of Minnesota
Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
Fall 1999 Seminar Series
Research Interests of DARPA/SPO
DARPA's primary responsibility is to help maintain U.S. technological
superiority and guard against unforeseen technological advances by potential
adversaries. Consequently, the DARPA mission is to develop imaginative,
innovative and often high-risk research ideas offering significant
technological impact to go well beyond the normal evolutionary developmental
approaches; and to pursue these ideas from the demonstration of technical
feasibility through the development of prototype systems. The Special Projects
Office focuses on present and emerging national challenges such as affordable
techniques to defeat moving targets, methods to characterize underground
facilities, and counters to the proliferation of low-cost cruise missiles. This
talk will present a general overview of DARPA and the Special Projects Office,
and then discuss challenges and research opportunities in several areas, such
as radar development, automatic target recognition, anti-jamming solutions for
GPS navigation, and defense against chemical or biological attack. As Chief
Scientist of the Special Projects Office, Dr. Alving is responsible for helping
to guide current research efforts, as well as to develop new program thrusts
within the office. She has been in her current position since November, 1998.
She recently resigned her position as Associate Professor in the Department of
Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics at the University of Minnesota.
Friday, September 24, 1999
Refreshments served after the seminar in
227 Akerman Hall.
Disability accomodations provided upon request.
Contact Kristal Belisle, Senior