Five EECS faculty win MISTI Global Seed Funding for international projects

Monday, February 8, 2010 (All day)

From cement nanopores and predator-prey bacteria to continental shelves and quantum computing 43 MISTI Global Seed Funds winners covering an astonishing range of international faculty research topics received almost $700K in funding from the MISTI Global Seed Funds competition. Of this pool, five EECS faculty members were selected.

Charlie Sodini, the LeBel Chair of Electrical Engineering, principal investigator in the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) and Director of EECS International was awarded funding from the MISTI Global Seed Fund general pool for his work titled Empower the teachers in Hong Kong. Read more about this program.

From the MIT-SPAIN/LA CAMBRA DE BARCELONA SEED FUND, Clif Fonstad, Vitesse Professor of Electrical Engineering and principal investigator with MTL, was awarded funding for work involving photonic crystals for enhanced thermophotovoltaics.

Saman Amarasinghe, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and principal investigator in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), was awarded funding for research entitled "Audio wiki and ODK voice: how mobile phones will change the developing world" from the MIT-INDIA/IFMR TRUST SEED FUND.

Luca Daniel, the Emanuel E. Landsman Career Development Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics, RLE, was awarded funding from the MITOR PROJECT for work entitled "Macromodeling techniques for complex interconnects in next-generation Mixed-Signal systems."

From the PROGETTO ROBERTO ROCCA, George Verghese, Professor of Electrical Engineering and principal investigator with RLE and LEES, and LEES postdoctoral associate Thomas Heldt were awarded funding for work entitled "Mathematical modeling and signal processing for integrative patient monitoring."

As reported by the MIT News Office, (February 4, 2010) MISTI (MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives), now in its second year issuing Global Seed Funds, began with funding from the Office of the Provost to enhance the internationalization of MIT research and education. The program is composed of a general pool for projects in any country and country-specific funds for France, India, Italy, Japan and Spain. A new fund for projects in Brazil is in the works.

This growing initiative received 132 proposals, up from the 104 received for the inaugural 2008-2009 MISTI Global Seed Funds, when 27 were awarded funding. In the current round, faculty and research scientists from 29 departments across the Institute submitted proposals for projects in 40 countries. All awardees include undergraduate, graduate or post-doctoral student participation.

Teams will use the grant money to jump-start international research projects and collaboration with faculty and student counterparts abroad. Funds will be used to cover international travel, meeting and workshop costs. MISTI will provide cultural preparation for participating students before their departure.

MIT's largest international program, MISTI is a pioneer in applied international studies. Each year, the program places more than 400 MIT students in professional internships and research positions with its network of leading companies, universities, research institutes and NGOs around the world. MISTI currently operates in 10 countries: Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Spain. The program is a part of the Center for International Studies.

The next MISTI Global Seed Funds call for proposals will be announced in May with a proposal deadline in early fall. More details are available on the MISTI web site.