Results for: Infrastructure, Security, and Resilience

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June 08, 2018

Virginia State Budget Includes $25 million for Virginia Tech-led Commonwealth Cyber Initiative

The newly funded program will leverage Virginia Tech's Data Analytics Center and the Biocomplexity Institute to bring together computer scientists, engineers, and statisticians to meet the research and talent needs of a data-intensive world. As the lead organization of this initiative, Virginia Tech will issue a report to the General Assembly by December 1 to outline next steps for the program. 

April 12, 2018

What if a Nuke Goes Off in Washington DC: Disaster Simulation Research Featured in Science Magazine

Simulations of artificial societies can help government planners be better prepared for their unthinkable, worst-case scenarios. The Biocomplexity Institute's latest advances in disaster simulation are being featured in Science Magazine.

April 02, 2018

Virginia Tech Provides Key Intel in U.S. and Egyptian-led Battle Against a Major Pest

A collaboration between the Biocomplexity Institute's Network and Simulation Science Lab and Virginia Tech's Feed the Future Innovation Lab has yielded advanced modeling data about the potential spread of fall armyworm in Egypt.

March 08, 2018

Countries Get Heads Up About Leafminer Invasion Thanks to Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech researchers have created a modeling system that tracks the tomato leafminer along trade routes, enabling warnings to be issued for the first time to countries bracing for invasion by the pest that threatens tomato crops worldwide.

January 30, 2018

From A-bombs to Zika: Guiding Government Planning for Major Disasters

What would happen if a nuclear device were detonated in downtown Washington, D.C.? Biocomplexity Institute researchers have developed simulation systems to help the government prepare for "worst-case" scenarios, with support from the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency. 

October 26, 2017

Virginia Tech Scientists Share Research at Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine

Virginia Tech leaders, scientists, and engineers will gather Oct. 29-30 to focus on challenges in emerging infections and preparedness for the 2017 Summit of the Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (VASEM). 

September 08, 2017

Forecasting How Hurricane Evacuation Efforts Will Unfold: Institute Expert Featured on Buzzfeed News

With Hurricane Irma bearing down on Florida, Buzzfeed News asked experts to evaluate how mass evacuation efforts were likely to unfold. The Biocomplexity Institute's Madhav Marathe weighed in.

February 06, 2017

SunShot Initiative to Make Solar Power More Accessible in Rural Communities

Biocomplexity Institute researchers will head up a $1.25M project as part of the SunShot SEEDS II program, which seeks to understand social and behavioral factors that influence the adoption of solar power in rural areas. Using diffusion models that integrate a variety of complex data, the project will allow solar providers to understand how to market effectively in agricultural regions throughout Virginia.

January 31, 2017

Virginia Tech Effort to Combat Dangerous Tomato Pest Featured in Global Food Security Initiative

Biocomplexity Institute researchers have partnered with the Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab to contain the spread of a major threat to global tomato crops: an insect known as Tuta absoluta. Using computational modeling to guide on-the-ground containment measures, this innovative effort was recently featured by the federal Feed the Future initiative.

December 15, 2016

Resilience Under Fire: New Research Outlines How Communities Can Weather Our Changing Climate

Researchers from across the Virginia Tech campus and their collaborators came together on November 16 for a research symposium designed to showcase faculty and student research projects during the Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience (GFURR.)

October 18, 2016

Researchers Present Invasive Species Modeling Project at the International Congress of Entomology

The Virginia Tech-led Feed the Future Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab led a symposium at the Congress of Entomology on the global spread of the South American tomato leafminer, showcasing number of innovative containment measures.

May 17, 2016

Virginia Tech Awards More Than $11 Million to Help Feed People in Developing Countries

The Biocomplexity Institute's initiative to computationally model the spread of invasive species is among eight projects that will help farmers in seven countries.

October 08, 2015

Grant Supports New Interdisciplinary PhD Program Focused on Big Data and Urbanization

Virginia Tech will create a new Ph.D. certificate program focused on big data and urbanization with a grant of nearly $3 million over a five-year period from the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program.

September 23, 2008

NSF Awards $1,000,000 to Develop Artificial Market for Dynamic Spectrum Sharing in Wireless Networks

BLACKSBURG, Va., September 23, 2008 – The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a four-year, $1,000,000 grant to the Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory (NDSSL) at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech to develop high-performance computer modeling tools for wireless telecommunication networks. The NDSSL will work with the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs to develop models and algorithms that support the work of policy- and decision-makers who want to design efficient wireless spectrum markets.