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Notre Dame Faculty Receive ARO Young Investigator Program Awards

Nina Welding • DATE: October 11, 2017

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The Army Research Office (ARO) has recognized two University of Notre Dame faculty members with Young Investigator Program (YIP) awards for 2017.

The ARO YIP awards are among the most prestigious honors awarded by the Army to outstanding researchers beginning their independent careers. The goal of this program is to attract outstanding early career faculty to pursue fundamental research in areas relevant to the Army, to support their research in these areas, and to encourage their teaching and research careers.

In discussing these awards, Patrick J. Flynn, the Duda Family Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, said, “I am proud of the computer science and engineering faculty who received these grants, as this is a very competitive award program. I look forward to seeing the progress made on these studies and know the exposure to their work will benefit our students in the classroom and lab as well.”

The 2017 ARO YIP Awardees are:

Dong Wang
•    Dong Wang, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, received the award for his project titled, “Reliable Multimodal Data Fusion from Physical and Human Sensors with Quality Assurance.” Wang joined the faculty in 2014 and is an affiliated member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA).

Tim Weninger
•    Tim Weninger is an assistant professor of computer science and engineering who joined the University in 2013. Weninger received the award for his project, “Mining Conversation Trails for Effective Group Behavior,” and is an affiliated member of iCeNSA.

The results of Wang’s project will contribute to the military’s intelligent decision-making process by offering a new, reliable data sensing and fusion system that explores the collective benefits of physical and human sensors. In addition, Weninger’s study will look at the decision-making process for a group by mapping individual trains of thought, with the goal of better understanding complex interactions for the development of better leadership.

Associate Vice President for Research and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Richard E. Billo said, “The ARO strives to execute a strong fundamental research program that supports scientific discovery and the development of new technologies. The receipt of these awards not only shows the relevance of our faculty’s work to the Army, but also highlights the value of the University’s research program. I encourage all Notre Dame faculty to contact me if interested in applying for these awards.”

To see lists of all past Notre Dame YIP awardees, visit

— Brandi Klingerman, Notre Dame Research

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