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May 18, 2016

NSF Eager to Support Shen’s Research on iMOS

Dr. Xipeng Shen, associate professor of computer science at NC State University, has been awarded $134,737 by the National Science Foundation to support his research proposal entitled “EAGER/Cybermanufacturing:  Just-in-Time Compilation of Product Manufacturing Data to Machine Instructions via an Industrial Machine Operating System.”
The award will run from September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2017. 
Abstract – Intelligent machines are purported to be the back-bone of the cybermanufacturing initiative. Yet, the conventional approach to making a machine cyber-enabled is to outfit the machine with an array of multi-modal sensors, which are then integrated into the network and enterprise system through communication and computing platforms. To make further development challenging, almost all industrial machine vendors have closed hardware and software architecture which makes it difficult for extensibility and adaptation to a cyber-manufacturing environment. We propose a new architecture, which we term as the "Industrial Machine Operating System - iMOS", will be a flexible framework for writing machine software. It will be a collection of hardware configurations, data structures, tools, libraries and semantics to simplify the task of creating a cyber-physical enabled manufacturing machine, designed to operate across a wide variety of manufacturing process platforms.  (Total award amount $299,999.)
For more information on Dr. Shen, click here.

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