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­tsa Wins $5 Million in Stimulus Funds For New Interdisciplinary Center

By ­niversity of Texas at San Antonio

September 3, 2009

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University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) researchers have received a five-year, $5 million National Science Foundation grant to establish the Simulation, Visualization and Real-time Predictions (SiViRT) Center for interdisciplinary, computer-based research, education, and training. UTSA professor Efstathios Michaelides, the grant's principal investigator, says the SiViRT Center will provide a platform for engineering, science, statistics, biology, and medical researchers and experts from UTSA and south Texas to conduct fundamental and collaborative research with real-world applications.

The SiViRT Center will incorporate computer simulation research currently being conducted at UTSA and will provide infrastructure and leadership to develop interdisciplinary programs in computational research and education. The center also will develop collaborative relationships within UTSA, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and other regional, national, and international institutions.

The center is intended to attract minority and graduate students to engineering and science fields, and prepare the next generation of engineers and scientists to solve scientific and engineering challenges using computer-based methods, systems, and simulations. A SiViRT Center imaging team will create new theory and efficient methods and procedures to advance the center's overall imaging capabilities, and the center's real-time prediction team will establish a framework for real-time control and prediction that can be used in cancer treatment modeling, surgical control, intelligent unmanned vehicles, and other areas.

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