The US military has selected seven university teams to conduct basic scientific research in areas such as quantum physics, artificial intelligence, the association of human agents and new materials.
Each team will receive $ 1.25 million per year over a three-year base period to conduct research as part of the Multidisciplinary university research initiative or MURI, the military said on Tuesday. The awards also hold options for up to two additional years of work.
The Department of Defense’s MURI program brings together researchers from different disciplines to develop emerging technologies that meet the unique needs of the U.S. military.
“Multidisciplinary teams are essential to accelerate research progress in areas critical to the military’s future technological superiority,” said Barton Halpern, director of the Army’s research office.
The latest MURI race will support the following projects:
- Cohesive and robust Human-Bot cybersecurity teams
- Emerging topological and hierarchical ordered structures
- Multifunctional devices in precisely designed Van der Waals homojunctions
- Rethinking reinforcement learning with astrocyte-neuron calculations
- Large-scale distributed entanglement theory and engineering
- Tunable III-Nitride nanostructures for activation of N = N and CH bond
- Understanding and engineering of transient mechanical responses
These projects will be led by the following universities:
- Harvard University (two projects)
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- University of Arizona
- University of California, Berkley
- University of Michigan
- University of Wisconsin