ARI Announces 2015 Seed Funding Recipients

The Illinois Applied Research Institute is pleased by the results of its 2015 Seed Funding Program. Thirty proposals were submitted by researchers and faculty from across the entire University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. ARI Director Jeff Binder said, “We were pleased to see that each proposal leveraged the University’s technical capabilities and its incredible faculty resources to solve big problems in a diverse array of disciplines."

The proposals selected for funding are:

  • “High Detectivity and Low Cost Room-Temperature Infrared Detectors” PI: Songbin Gong, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Co-PI: Dan Wasserman, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
  • “Precision Cover Cropping” PI: Jonathan Coppess, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics.
  • “Automatic Aerial Weed Scout with Robust Crop and Weed Segmentation Algorithm” PI: Lei Tian, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.
  • “Design and Manufacturing of Multi-functional Composites from Architected Carbon Nanotubes” PI: Sameh Tawfick, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering.
  • “Moving Towards Individualized Medicine: Understanding Dietary Predictors of the Human Gastrointestinal Microbiome" PI: Hannah Holscher, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

The ARI is excited to partner with these faculty members to propel their ideas forward.

These projects have the potential to evolve into deeper research collaborations between ARI and campus research teams. The ARI will also be working with faculty whose projects were not funded in this round to identify future opportunities with external funding agencies.

The ARI thanks all those who submitted proposals to the 2015 seed funding round.