Cross-Institution “Seed” Research

A $5M “seed” research fund will be distributed over 5 years to support research projects between Polytechnic and New York University faculty. The competitive research pool, which was established as part of the affiliation between the 2 institutions, is meant to strengthen collaborations between the schools and serve as a platform for seeking future extramural funding.

The first projects were selected in March 2009 based on the quality of the proposed science. They included research on a device to prevent epileptic seizures, an exploration of how the structure of proteins changes in response to forces and environment, and new approaches to security and privacy in today’s technologically-driven world, among others. Additional rounds of projects have been and will be selected and funded.

Seed-Funded Projects - Round 4

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Building Reliable Genetic Devices Using Unreliable Ones
E. Erkip (School of Engineering) and D. Sasha (Courant, NYU)

Instrumenting Ubiquitous Interaction: A Proposal to Develop Robust Field Kits for Studying Social-Computational Contexts
K. Isbister (School of Engineering) and J. Plass (NYU Steinhardt)

How Do Granular Materials Yield? An Experimental and Theoretical Investigation of Natural and Man-Made Materials
M. Iskander (School of Engineering), Stephan Bless (School of Engineering), and Matthieu Wyart (NYU Physics Department)

Development of Disorders of the Nervous System
J. Viventi (School of Engineering), L. Kiorpes (NYU Neural Science), J.A. Movshon (NYU Neural Science), N. Majaj (NYU Neural Science), B. Pesaran (NYU Neural Science), and M. Long (NYU School of Medicine)

Development of Ankle Instability Rehabilitation Robot
J.H. Kim (School of Engineering) and G. Gutierrez (NYU Steinhardt)

β-amyloid and α-synuclein: A Toxic Partnership in Neurodegradation
J.R. Kim (School of Engineering) and M. Rice (NYU School of Medicine)

Information Retrieval Techniques to Model Disciplinary Change in the Humanities
C. Leslie (School of Engineering), T. Suel (School of Engineering), and L. Gitelman (NYU College of Arts and Science and Steinhardt), and B. Blake (NYU College of Arts and Science)

Systems Science Approaches to Understanding Variation in State Traffic and Alcohol Policies
M. Porfiri (School of Engineering) and J. Macinko (NYU Global Institute of Public Health)

Accessibility and Assistive Technology R&D Lab at MAGNET
R. Luke DuBois (School of Engineering) and M. Petit (NYU Tisch)

Data Visualization for Human Rights
E. Bertini (School of Engineering), O. Nov (School of Engineering), and M. Satterhwaite (NYU School of Law)

Improving the Study of Urban Policy through Visualization: A Study of Real Estate Ownership in Urban Neighborhoods
J. Freire (School of Engineering and NYU Courant), V. Been (NYU School of Law), and I. Gould Ellen (NYU Wagner)

Synthetic Osteochondral Grafts for Knee Osteoarthritis
N. Gupta (School of Engineering), P. Walker (School of Engineering and NYU Langone), and O. Kennedy (NYU Langone)

Seed-Funded Projects - Round 3

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Novel Medical Device

Jonathan Chao (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering) and Nandor Ludvig (Department of Neurology, NYU School of Medicine)

Development of Real-Time Optimization Algorithms for Medical Visualization

Yi-Jen Chiang (Department of Computer Science and Engineering, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering) and John Qualter (Division of Educational Informatics, NYU School of Medicine)

Soft Matter Ferrochirality

Mark Green (Department of Chemical and Biolgical Science, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering) and Bart Kahr (Department of Chemistry, New York University) and Michael Ward (Department of Chemistry, New York University)

Carbon Sequestering Infrastructure Materials Through Biomineralization

Masoud Ghandehari (Department of Civil Engineering, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering), Weihua Jin (Department of Civil Engineering, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering), and Rachel LeGeros (Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics, NYU College of Dentistry)

The Potential of Accelerometers

Joo H. Kim (Department of Mechanical Engineering, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering) and Peter Walker (Department of Orthopedic Surgery, NYU School of Medicine)

A Miniature Vision Based Navigation and Obstacle Avoidance for Unmanned Vehicles

Farshad Khorrami (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering) and Yann LeCun (Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University)

Non-thermal Plasmas for Surfaces for Medical and Dental Applications

(Department of Physics, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering) and Nelson Silva (Department of Prosthodontics, NYU School of Dentistry)

Designer Coats for Protein

Jin Kim Montclare (Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering) and Kent Kirshenbaum (Department of Chemistry, New York University)

Wireless Network Discovery and Signaling via Compressed Sensing

Sundeep Rangan (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering), Elza Erkip (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering), and Sinan Güntürk (Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University)

RNAi Mitigates Cutaneous Radiation Injury via a Novel Transdermal Delivery System

Stavroula Sofou (Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering) and Pierre B. Saadeh (Department of Plastic Surgery, NYU School of Medicine) and Meredith Wetterau (Department of Plastic Surgery, NYU School of Medicine)

Understanding the Structure of the Web

Torsten Suel (Department of Computer Science and Engineering, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering) and Panos Ipeirotis (Department of Information, Operations, and Management Sciences, Stern School of Business at NYU)

Engineering Analysis and Design of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle for Ice-Ocean Science

Edward K. Wong (Department of Computer Science and Engineering, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering) and David Holland (Center for Atmosphere Ocean Science, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU)

Seed-Funded Projects - Round 2

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Influence of Air Plasma on Dental Microorganisms

Spencer Szu-ping Kuo (Polytechnic — Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Simone Duarte (NYU College of Dentistry — Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology)

Solutions to Complex Issues in Emergency Management

Shivendra Panwar (Polytechnic — Electrical and Computer Engineering), Zhong-Ping Jiang (Polytechnic — Electrical and Computer Engineering), and Lewis Goldfrank (NYU School of Medicine — Emergency Medicine)

Smart Material-Based Platform for Studies of Free Locomotion in Fluid

Maurizio Porfiri (Polytechnic — Mechanical Engineering) and Jun Zhang (NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences)

Sustainable Mobile Systems for Developing Regions

Bharat Rao (Polytechnic — Technology Management) and Lakshmi Subramanian (NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences — Computer Science)

Improved Peak Finding in Next-generation DNA Sequencing

Ivan W. Selesnick (Polytechnic — Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Stuart Brown (NYU School of Medicine — Cell Biology)

Single Molecule Magnets in Resonators: Coupled Spin-Photon Modes

Vladimir Tsifrinovich (Polytechnic — Physics) and Andrew Kent (NYU College of Arts & Science — Physics)

Seed-Funded Projects - Round 1

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Nanoparticle Dynamics in the Whispering Gallery Mode Carousel

Stephen Arnold (Polytechnic — Microparticle/Photophysics) and David Grier (NYU College of Arts & Science —Physics)

Novel Medical Device for Preventing Epileptic Seizures

Jonathan Chao (Polytechnic — Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Nandor Ludvig (NYU School of Medicine — Neurology)

Biocompatible Materials Containing Stable Complexes of TSG-6 and HA

Mary K. Cowman (Polytechnic — Chemical and Biological Sciences) and Hans-Georg Wisniewski (NYU School of Medicine — Microbiology)

Equipment Failure Prediction with Machine Learning Methods

Dariusz Czarkowski (Polytechnic — Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Yann LeCun (NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences — Computer Science)

Structural Characterization and Structure-based Engineering of Cutinases

(Polytechnic — Chemical and Biological Sciences) and Xiangpeng Kong (NYU School of Medicine — Biochemistry)

Blast and Impact Loading of Bones and Tissues: Deformation and Damage Mechanisms

Nikhil Gupta (Polytechnic — Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) and Paulo Coelho (NYU College of Dentistry — Biomaterials)

Physiological Control Mechanisms

Zhong-Ping Jiang (Polytechnic — Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Charles S. Peskin (NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences)

Nucleotide-Directed Materials Assembly

Rastislav Levicky (Polytechnic — Chemical and Biological Engineering) and James Canary (NYU College of Arts & Science — Chemistry)

CenteR for Interdisciplinary Studies in Security and Privacy (CRISSP)

Nasir Memon (Polytechnic — Computer Science and Engineering) and Helen Nissenbaum (NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development — Culture and Communications)

Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy of Fluorinated Proteins

Jin Kim Montclare (Polytechnic — Chemical and Biological Engineering) and Jasna Brujic (NYU College of Arts & Science — Physics)

The Economics of User-Generated Content in Online Social Media

Keith W. Ross (Polytechnic — Computer Science and Engineering) and Anindya Ghose (NYU Stern School of Business — Information Systems)

Peptide Design for Modulation and Detection of Brain Amyloid Aggregation and Toxicity

Jin Ryoun Kim (Polytechnic — Chemical and Biological Engineering) and Jorge Ghiso (NYU School of Medicine — Pathology and Psychiatry)

Fault-Tolerant User-Centric Security Services Exploiting Social Networks

(Polytechnic — Computer and Information Science) and Yevgeniy Dodis (NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences — Computer Science)

Emotive Association in Multimedia

(Polytechnic — Humanities and Social Sciences) and Robert Rowe (NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development — Music)

Rapid Volumetric Imaging of Cardiac Perfusion With Compressive Sensing & Parallel MRI

Yao Wang (Polytechnic — Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Daniel Sodickson (NYU School of Medicine — Radiology)