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The objective of Connected Labs is to create a community of affiliated research laboratories with the goals of faciliatating interaction, sharing results, and proposing new, translational research and development (R&D) projects. An additional goal of Connected Labs is to support and contribute to the open source software community.

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Advanced Cyberinfrastruture Development Lab

The Advanced CyberInfrastructure Development (ACID) Lab at the San Diego Supercomputer Center is engaged in research and development activities related to data cyberinfrastructure spanning the range from data acquisition, to data management, analysis, integration, mining, and visualization. The ACID group collaborates with interdisciplinary researchers to address their complex domain specific problems by leveraging cyberinfrastructure technologies.

For example, a science gateways project funded by NASA leverages Global Navigation Satellite System data (GNSS, which includes the Global Positioning System), from NASA's SESES program to produce a data product that maps terrestrial water storage changes over the continental Un at unrivaled spatiotemporal resolution, with latencies of one week or less. It will also cross-validate this product against similar estimates from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission and produce a combined product that leverages the strengths of both datasets. 

Lead: Dr. Ilya Zaslavsky, SDSC

The Spatial Information Systems Lab conducts research and develops technologies and infrastructure that enable users to access, integrate, and manage spatial information. Application domains range from hydrology and environmental sciences, to neuroscience. Working in collaboration with other SDSC R&D Labs and UCSD programs (such as NCMIR, SIO, USP), we support spatial information processing and Web mapping in a variety of projects. Our main research foci are cyberinfrastructure for managing observational data, web services and XML schemas for standards-based data interchange, spatial data integration, and online mapping. Example project areas include: Spatial analysis and GIS; Spatial data integration and wrappers; Web-based interactive mapping; XML-based vector graphics; and Novel GIS applications in medical informatics, digital brain atlases and atlas data integration.

Lead: Dr. Michael Sossong

I have had a lifelong obsession with invention. Inventive Physics was founded in 2011 to leverage cutting-edge physics and mathematics research to create products to address complex and important challenges. I’m best known for my contributions to Charged Particle Scattering and Attenuation Radiography. The technology uses the scattering and of charged particles passing through a volume to image its contents in 3D. It has applications in security scanning, medical imaging and many other fields. Current research areas for Inventive Physics include 3D visualization, AR/VR, medical imaging reconstruction, low-latency decentralized cloud computing, and new blockchain applications. I’ve been involved with BlockLAB since its founding in 2018, and I am excited for Inventive Physics to be part of the Connected Labs initiative.

Lead: Professor Tim Mackey, UCSD

S-3 Research is a startup company that conducts big data and machine learning research services to address critical public health challenges. Originally created through a prize award from the National Institutes of Health, S-3 Research currently has contracts with the National institute on Drug Abuse, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and several private companies to provide research services and develop innovative solutions on topics such as HIV/AIDS, COVID-19, and the national opioid crisis.  S-3 is led by CEO Dr. Tim Mackey and its interdisciplinary team of researchers, data scientists, policy experts, and multilingual analysts.

Lead: Scott Lucas, Director of Technology

Launched in July 2015, the AEEC Innovation Lab was designed to foster team-based creativity and innovative activities. It will serve as a bridge between imagination and implementation. The lab is an exciting new platform that will visibly demonstrate AEEC’s commitment to innovation by creating new solutions using best practices in the IT industry. The Lab will showcase innovation and the capabilities of AEEC on various technologies and products. Capability components are comprised of various COTS and Open Source products to develop unique and generic frameworks that will suit any organizational needs. It is an incubator for innovative technologies in the areas of: Big Data, Cloud Computing, Mobile Technology, DevOps, Data Architecture, Cyber Security and Data Analytics

Lead: Dr. James Short, Lead Scientist, SDSC

BlockLAB is SDSC's blockchain research laboratory. Founded in 2018, BlockLAB's principal goal is to conduct code-level and management research in enterprise blockchain systems. Including design considerations in building prototype blockchain applications, blockchain data governance, and the management of blockchain systems in the enterprise IT environment. Recent work has focused on blockchain in science-based and healthcare applications.

Example Publication:

T.K. Mackey, N. Shah, K. Miyachi, J. Short and K. Clauson, "A Framework Proposal for Blockchain-Based Scientific Publishing Using Shared Governance." Frontiers in Blockchain, 15 November 2019

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