June 16, 2016

Current grants

These two projects, both funded by the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative, solve problems in different domains: computational reasoning (Design in Information Flow) and biomedicine (Towards the Innernet).


Design in Information Flow
Using aesthetic principles to overcome computational barriers in the analysis of complex systems. 

This project models streams of biomedical information as evolving form. We discover new methods of contextual integration using artistic mechanisms to match and constrain the available information: analogical structure, optimal tension resolution and the aesthetics of design. These operations are supported by the philosophy and new formalisms for situation theory, based at Stanford.

The goal is to overcome the barriers in computational logic that would usually prevent different kinds of data from interacting.

This work is supported by a $50K seed grant from the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative. It will occupy new territory somewhere between art, biomedicine and informatics. A long-term target is to develop a new visualization tool for small biomedical teams.



Beth Cardier, Sirius-Beta Corp, PI
Niccolo Casas, RISD Rhode Island School of Design; University College of London
Ted Goranson, Sirius-Beta Corp
Alessio Erioli, Università di Bologna
Patric LundbergRichard Ciavarra and Larry Sanford, Eastern Virginia Medical School



Towards the ‘InnerNet’
An integrated sensor analysis of biome/microbiome systems, employing novel interactivity through acoustics and design for personalized health monitoring. 

This project is supported by a $100K seed grant.

The InnerNet project considers the whole biophysical system of the body with the goal of understanding how bodily systems ‘talk’ to one another by tapping into communications between the body and the microbiome. This team will explore the development of wearable external and internal sensor arrays for this purpose.

Paul Weiss, University of California, Los Angeles, PI
Ruth West, University of North Texas
Andrea Polli, University of New Mexico
Beth Cardier, Sirius-Beta Corp
Niccolo Cassas, RISD Rhode Island School of Design; University College of London
Allison Kudla, Institute for Systems Biology