Two departments of Ocean Engineering at Texas A&M University and University of Rhodes Island are hosting a Planning Meeting to launch a new National Science Foundation Industry-University Cooperative Research Center for Ocean Systems Simulation and Control (COSSC).
The planning meeting will be held at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, 2121 W Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX on July 12-13. The meeting will consist of a full day on July 12 and a half day on July 13. We strongly encourage you to attend in person if possible in order to facilitate networking opportunities, however we will also provide virtual accommodation using Zoom for those that cannot attend in person. The closest parking lot is TMC Garage 8.
From airport, you can use Uber and Lyft. If you prefer public transportation from the airport, you can also consider one of the two routes.
Public Transportation Route1 & Public Transportation Route 2
You can find close hotels at this Google Map Link, which shows hotels with 4 Star Class and 4 Star Review Rating or above.
The following nearby hotels can be recommended.
- InterContinental Houston – Medical Center, an IHG Hotel (5 min walking, 3-mile complementary shuttle available)
- The Westin Houston Medical Center (10 min walking, 3-mile complementary shuttle available)
- Houston Marriott Medical Center/Museum District (10 min waling, 2-mile complementary shuttle available)
The following nearby restaurants can be recommended.
The following nearby entertainments can be recommended.
- Houston Museum of Natural Science (real dinosaur bone & Energy Exhibition & more)
- McGovern Centennial Gardens
- Houston Zoo (with Park Train and Pedal Boat)
- Japanese Garden
- The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
You can also reach Houston Astros Baseball Field in 15 min by car (Uber/Lyft).
Industry participation at the day and a half meeting will provide us with valuable information, allowing us to move to the next step in the NSF IUCRC application process.
COSSC is being jointly proposed to the National Science Foundation (NSF) by Texas A&M University and the University of Rhode Island. Its mission is to develop a fundamental understanding of integrated physical sensing with variable fidelity computational simulation for the control of smart ocean systems. Example topics of interest within the center include fundamental research pertaining to the application of digital twins and artificial intelligence in the real-time control of ocean systems (vehicles and structures operating in the ocean environment).
The purpose of NSF IUCRCs is to perform precompetitive, industrially relevant research in academia. Companies that participate in an IUCRC have the power to choose which proposed research projects are performed, shape research directions, recruit graduate students into industry, and they have access to any IP that comes out of the research.
The planning meeting is designed specifically to garner crucial information from industry and guide the direction of the center during the proposal process to NSF. The agenda includes an overview of the proposed center, its leadership, structure, research thrusts, and value proposition. There will be a few prospective research projects to review which will aid in discussion concerning the type of research conducted at the center. We have specific time set aside to listen to industry attendees and discuss how best to provide research and students that can meet industry needs. Attendees will also have an opportunity to network with other industry attendees, faculty, students and NSF staff to explore avenues for collaboration.
Kindly RSVP by July 1 if you plan to attend, either in person (recommended) or virtually, using the following link: COSSC Planning Meeting Registration.