February 3, 2023

IU, NSWC Crane partner on research initiative to help secure Navy's AI, machine learning systems

Indiana University and Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, recently collaborated on research into innovative techniques designed to protect artificial intelligence and machine learning systems used by the U.S. Navy from adversarial threats. 

More than 20 IU undergraduate and graduate students participated in the research partnership, which was established between IU and NSWC Crane in late 2019 and enabled through the Naval Engineering Education Consortium. The NEEC is a part of the Naval Sea Systems Command, which supports project-based collaborations with colleges and universities. 

IU students participating in research

NSWC Crane supports electronic, engineering and ordnance needs of the U.S. Navy and other military customers. It is one of Indiana's largest high-tech employers with over 3,800 employees, of which 2,500 are scientists, engineers and technicians. NSWC Crane is the principal tenant command at Naval Support Activity Crane, the third-largest naval installation in the world, which is located approximately 40 minutes southwest of IU's Bloomington campus. 

David Crandall, Luddy Professor of Computer Science and director of the Luddy Center for Artificial Intelligence at the IU Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering, said the project greatly benefited the participating IU students, who were able to test their knowledge and apply their research training in a rapidly growing field with major implications for national security. 

"NEEC has been a wonderful opportunity for my students to both work on cutting-edge research, and to receive training that they wouldn't normally get in the classroom," said Crandall. "It was also an opportunity for us to push interdisciplinary boundaries between fields, because this was a collaboration between Professor Katy Börner's expertise in visualization and my lab's expertise in computer vision and machine learning. Together, our groups investigated new techniques for visualizing, debugging and improving the machine learning algorithms that are at the heart of modern artificial intelligence." 

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Statehouse Update

The IU State Relations team has reviewed every bill that has been introduced at the Statehouse, and determined if and how the bill could impact the university. This StatehouseUpdate provides a summary of bills the team is tracking and that moved during the fourth week of session.  

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Economic Engagement Update

IU's, state's participation in first-ever NBA games in India helps alumni investors score, spotlights potential economic benefits of engagement with country's growing venture capital landscape 

Late in 2019, top officials from Indiana, including Gov. Eric Holcomb and leaders of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, and Indiana University met up in Mumbai, India, to help celebrate the National Basketball Association's first-ever game in the country. In addition to cheering on the home state Indiana Pacers to an overtime victory over the Sacramento Kings, the teams from IU and the state attended a networking event, hosted by the IU Alumni Association's Mumbai Chapter and the IU Office of the Vice President for International Affairs, which included top business leaders from India as well as IU alumni and friends living and working throughout South Asia. 

The networking event was a slam dunk—both for the IU-affiliated entrepreneurs and innovators in attendance, as well as for the state and its flagship public university, which continue, in close collaboration, to strengthen business, cultural and educational partnerships across one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing economic regions of the world. 

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IU Ventures makes major investment in Indianapolis-based enterprise software company MetaCX 

IU Ventures has invested $250,000 in MetaCX, an Indianapolis-based company that has developed a revolutionary software platform that commercial enterprises and social impact organizations use to align stakeholders and measure value for their most strategic initiatives. The company was founded by Scott McCorkle, an Indiana University alumnus and globally recognized software-as-a-service leader. IU Ventures is IU’s early-stage venture and angel investment arm. 

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BOSS provides 15 years of ideas, collaboration for business-minded students 

The Business Opportunities for Self-Starters program started in 2007 with a state-funded grant for two years, a creative new instructor and no guarantees of a long-term future. Fifteen years later, BOSS is basically tenured at Indiana University East, and its future is all but guaranteed. Led by founder Tim Scales, director of the IU East Center for Entrepreneurship, the BOSS style of real-life business education has been presented to over 6,000 high school students around Indiana, who have been encouraged to design and implement their own business ideas. 

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Looking for a new innovation leader 

The Uplands Science and Technology Foundation is looking for a new CEO to help lead the continued development of WestGate@Crane Technology Park and leverage the park's transformative potential as an innovation district serving the Indiana Uplands region. Joe Carley, director of economic development with the IU Office of the Vice President for University Relations, has served as interim CEO of the USTF. The new CEO will take over at a pivotal moment for WestGate as the USTF moves to capitalize on the development of a $385 million microelectronics fabrication facility that was announced by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb last November.  

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IU in the news

IU enhances student mental health services and support 

With studies continually finding that more than half of college students meet criteria for depression or anxiety, Indiana University is further broadening access to student mental health services through a partnership with TimelyMD and its TimelyCare platform. "The health and well-being of our students is a top priority for me and our university as a whole," IU President Pamela Whitten said. 

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IU alumna Deborah Ford to serve as chancellor of IU Southeast 

An Indiana University alumna with deep experience in supporting student success and community engagement will serve as chancellor of IU Southeast pending approval of the Board of Trustees. Deborah Ford currently serves as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, a role she has held since 2009. 

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Kelley students establish $4.2 million real estate private equity fund 

Students at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business have raised $4.2 million to establish a real estate private equity fund that they and their future peers will manage and use to make investments in existing and future developments. Called Sample Gates Management Inc., it is the largest undergraduate student-managed real estate private equity fund launch, measured by dollars raised, in the country.  

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IU researcher develops new therapy for treatment of ALS 

Indiana University researcher Chandler Walker, Ph.D., has developed a new stem cell-based secretome therapy that influences both the central and peripheral components of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis pathology. Walker's therapy has shown therapeutic benefits at various stages of the progression of ALS and could positively affect thousands of individuals in the U.S. alone. 

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Spotlighting IU women's basketball coach Teri Moren 

While it may be Teri Moren coaching the IU women’s basketball team, her family's love and support for her and the Indiana University program are bigger than the game itself. 

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