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SPUR Virtual Workshop: Dr. Doug Maughan, National Science Foundation

May 28, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm CDT

| Free

Recent events have exposed the vulnerability of critical infra-structures in large urban centers. Nearly 82% of people in U.S. live in urban areas with demographers projecting this to increase to 90% by 2050. SPUR — Sustainable, Pervasive Urban Resilience at UTSA — will integrate the collective expertise of urban stakeholders to help design critical infrastructure for the smart, connected communities of tomorrow. We will use data science to develop optimized protocols to operate systems and guide public policy on critical services such as energy, water, and transportation, emphasizing equity as a universal design requirement.

UTSA and SPUR are pleased to host the National Science Foundation’s Convergence Accelerator Lead, Doug Maughan. SPUR’s mission is to build a data-driven convergent research ecosystem able to integrate and optimize complex interdependent systems, critical infrastructures, and human well- being in rapidly growing urban centers like San Antonio. NSF recently launched the Convergence Accelerator Program to deliver progress on these types of high-level scientific and societal challenges that require interdisciplinary approaches and multiple kinds of partners and stakeholders. Dr. Maughan will describe the Convergence Accelerator progress to date, including details of the first cohort of NSF awardees working on the Harnessing the Data Revolution and Future of Work at the Human Technology Frontier Big Ideas, and provide the plan and strategy for the Convergence Accelerator. Most importantly, he will discuss how SPUR Stakeholder Workshop attendees can get involved.

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Doug Maughan, National Science Foundation
Thursday May 28, 2020 |  12:30-1:30 PM CST
Hosted Virtually by SPUR: Sustainable, Pervasive Urban Resilience at the University of Texas San Antonio

Dr. Douglas Maughan is the inaugural Office Head for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Convergence Accelerator. He previously served as Division Director in multiple divisions at the Department of Homeland Security, and as a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Dr. Maughan received Bachelor’s Degrees in Computer Science and Applied Statistics from Utah State University, a Masters degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). In his current role leading the NSF Convergence Accelerator program, he manages a portfolio of use-inspired convergence research in areas of national importance, and initiate convergence team-building capacity around exploratory, potentially high-risk proposals. The teams are multidisciplinary and leverage partnerships resulting in deliverables that will benefit society within a fixed term. NSF intends to support fundamental research while encouraging rapid advances through partnerships that include multiple stakeholders (e.g., industry, academic, not-for-profits, government entities).

Key contact: Stephanie Rivale, Ph.D.
Senior Grant Development Coordinator
UTSA College of Engineering


May 28, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm