Indiana National Lab Day Highlights State, Federal Research Initiatives

(INDIANAPOLIS) – The University of Notre DameIndiana University and Purdue University are teaming up with the Indiana Innovation Institute (IN3) for Indiana National Lab Day, connecting researchers with representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Laboratories.

Indiana University will host the event on Monday, Oct. 7 at the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis. The event will feature discussions highlighting the state’s unique capabilities and advancements in research, and potential federal research opportunities.

“Convening key leaders from the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratories with Indiana’s leading university researchers and industry is a great initiative. Bringing creative and insightful experts together inevitably leads to important new collaborations,” said Steve Kelly, president and CEO of the Indiana Innovation Institute (IN3). “The four technology areas being discussed are among the most pressing challenges in our security and economic future.”

Researchers will cover four key state research initiatives:

  • Trusted Microelectronics: Vital to countless applications, from cellphones and wearables to medical devices, global positioning systems and military communications, the security and integrity of current microelectronics remains vulnerable to attack. The Indiana Innovation Institute will lead a discussion about current initiatives to address those vulnerabilities through ASSURE (Achieving Scientifically Secured User Reassurance in Electronics), a $2.6 million program to develop new technologies that will help to counter attacks by adversaries, increase resistance to counterfeiting and further applications in nearly all electronic devices.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI): Advancements in AI have changed countless aspects of daily life. The same technology that allows us to use voice-activated assistant devices and powers driverless cars can also be used in areas of decision making and behavior algorithms. Indiana University will lead panelists in a discussion about a wide variety of issues and approaches related to AI systems such as personal robots, self-driving cars and drones.
  • Hypersonics: Hypersonic flight is a key government interest due to its potential to get emergency and military aircraft to hotspots around the world quickly. Notre Dame recently completed development of the country’s largest quiet Mach 6 wind tunnel. The $5.4 million project is part of a partnership between Notre Dame and Purdue University to develop multiple hypersonic tunnels for continued research of technical issues facing development of hypersonic aircraft.
  • Quantum Information Science (QIS): Purdue University will lead a discussion on the field of QIS, which is bringing new levels of functionality and performance to a vast community of users in areas of quantum information, computing, sensing and communication, involving both solid-state and atomic, molecular and optical quantum systems. State research collaborations will advance technological capabilities in quantum photonics and communications, quantum simulation and computation, sensing and precision measurements and bio-imaging in cells and tissues among others. 

Several national laboratories will participate in the event, including Argonne National Lab, Oak Ridge National Lab, Fermi National Lab and the National Energy Technology Lab. The Energy Department’s 17 National Labs tackle the critical scientific challenges of our time — from combating climate change to discovering the origins of our universe — and possess unique instruments and facilities, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. They address large scale, complex research and development challenges with a multidisciplinary approach that places an emphasis on translating basic science to innovation.

To see the full schedule, visit labday.indiana.edu.

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