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September 26, 2008 Professor Dinh Receives Honda Inititation Grant
Prof. H. Quynh Dinh from the Department of Computer Science has been awarded a Honda Initiation Grant sponsored by the Honda Research Institute
for her proposal entitled, "Detecting Patterns in Vector Fields". The award is for $50K over one year with the possibility of extended funding past the initial year. The grant is designed to foster new relationships between university faculty and Honda researchers and is an example of industry-academia partnership. The proposal required a 5-year research plan that involves Honda research groups. Only 2% of applicants were selected - total of 6 recipients.
Prof. Dinh's research is about exploring the classical problems of pattern matching, clustering, and classification in a new domain to which these problems have not been addressed – namely, vector fields.
Detecting patterns in vector fields will become increasingly crucial as computational methods for simulating fluid dynamics (CFD), sensor technology for dynamic data, and video surveillance increase in accuracy and ubiquity. In automotive engine design, engineers would like to compare simulated in-cylinder flow to an ideal swirl leading to optimal mixing of air and fuel and a more efficient combustion process. Tracking and optical flow of video data generate vector fields that urban planners can use to find patterns in the flow of traffic and people.
Weather-monitoring sensors provide data such as wind and water velocity, and detecting patterns in such data will help scientists understand how these phenomena have changed over time.
Honda is particularly interested in Prof. Dinh's research on analysis that can lead to improved engine design and traffic management. Over the next several years, Prof. Dinh and her students will conduct an in-depth study into how patterns can be detected in vector fields embedded in complex domains and on simulated and recorded data via collaborations with researchers in automotive and ocean engineering and medical imaging.