The Army Research Office has recognized two University of Notre Dame faculty members with Young Investigator Program awards for 2017. The ARO YIP awards are among the most prestigious honors awarded by the Army to outstanding researchers beginning their independent careers. The goal of this program is to attract outstanding early career faculty to pursue fundamental research in areas relevant to the Army, to support their research in these areas and to encourage their teaching and research careers.

The 2017 ARO YIP Awardees are:

• Dong Wang, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, received the honor for his project “Reliable Multimodal Data Fusion from Physical and Human Sensors with Quality Assurance.” He joined the faculty in 2014 and is an affiliated member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications.

• Tim Weninger is an assistant professor of computer science and engineering who joined the University in 2013. He received the award for “Mining Conversation Trails for Effective Group Behavior” and is an affiliated member of iCeNSA.

The results of Wang’s project will contribute to the military’s intelligent decision-making process by offering a new, reliable data sensing and fusion system that explores the collective benefits of physical and human sensors. In addition, Weninger’s study will look at the decision-making process for a group by mapping individual trains of thought, with the goal of better understanding complex interactions for the development of better leadership.

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