University of Minnesota
Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
Fall 1999 Seminar Series

Research Interests of DARPA/SPO

Dr. Amy Alving

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency


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
209 Akerman Hall
2:30-3:30 p.m.

Refreshments served after the seminar in 227 Akerman Hall.
Disability accomodations provided upon request.
Contact Kristal Belisle, Senior Secretary, 625-8000.