Stevens SSE Faculty Awarded Next Phase of DARPA Funded Grant

11/22/2011

Hoboken, NJ Two faculty members in Stevens School of Systems and Enterprises, Dr. Roshanak Nilchiani and Dr. Babak Heydari, have recently been awarded the second phase of a competitive grant funded by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) for the Fractionated Spacecraft Program, known as “F6.”  This award is a continuation of the first phase of the grant, originally received by the research team in May 2011, and represents the only university team selected to continue into the second phase.
 
The winning proposal's title is "New Paradigms in Systems Design of the Future Fractionated Spacecrafts: Quantification of the Value of Flexibility and the Theory of Emergent Modularity." The focus of their research is on developing frameworks, methodologies and new quantitative modelings that can enable quantitatively assessing the value of systems illities such as Flexibility and Adaptability in face of various uncertain futures and scenarios.  The research also addresses the question of how to optimally and dynamically modularize and fractionate a system so the maximum flexibility can be achieved in face of uncertainties.
 
The theories and models developed by Dr. Nilchiani and Dr. Heydari has been and will be applied to DARPA’s Fractionated Spacecraft Concept.  The F6 concept suggests a major shift in design of the next generations of satellites by modularizing and fractionating space missions into several modules that are in communication and formation flying, as opposed to a single, large monolithic design.
 
Drs. Nilchiani and Heydari's team currently consists of two post doctoral research associate collaborators and a PhD student. The total amount of award including the base period and the two optional phases spans a period of 2.5 years and a budget of $1.65 million.

 

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