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Support -- THANKS!

Joan and Richard Komen Endowed Chair supports diverse student activities in the Daniel lab.  This endowment fuels nearly all of the recent intellectual ventures of the laboratory and has fostered new grants, student carreers, and general support for the Department of Biology. As of 2016, over 50 students have directly benefitted from this generous endowment!

The Army Reserach Office (ARO): Supports a collaborative grant with Peko Hosoi and Jose Alvarado (MIT), Simon Sponberg (Georgia Tech) and our team at UW (Dave Williams, Mike Regnier, Tom Daniel) in which we combine computational models and experimental methods and the Argonne National Labs that supports computational simulations and experiments on Manduca flight muscle.

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR): supports the Center of Excellence on Nature Inspired Flight Technologies and Ideas -- NIFTI that focuses on revealing principles of design and architecture in natural systems in order to inspire the next generation of autonomous systems capable of flight in complex environments. Based at the University of Washington NIFTI’s multi-institute team (UW, Case Western, University of Maryand, Johns Hopkins University, University of Colorado) of researchers brings expertise in engineering, neuroscience, animal behavior, and computational approaches to collectively ‘reverse engineer’ the processes by which natural systems accomplish challenging flight-related behaviors.

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR): A collaborative grant with Kristi Morgansen on flight control via distributed strain sensing on the wings of flying insects. Drawing inspiration from both evolution and our understanding of haltere function, we pursed a series of research projects that suggest insect wings may serve the dual role of both sensing and actuation. Wings may provide gyroscopic information like halteres.

The Washington Research Foundation (WRF) Engineering Research Programs (ERC): supports the UWIN -- The UW Institute of Neuroengineering . This program collectively draws on the unique strengths of computing, engineering, and neuroscience to support a rich array of research and educational programs. We will develop the next generation of devices and algorithms that assist individuals with neural and mobility disorders (e.g. traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, ParkinsonŐs disease, epilepsy). Further, inspired by neural systems, we will develop interactive and autonomous devices that can be used for assistance within the home and for exploration in the remote regions of the planet and in space. The work UWIN supports will also deepen our understanding of how complex (or even simple) neural systems function.

The Air Force Research Lab (AFRL): supports research focussed on inertial sensing in the control of insect flight. From finite element models of halteres to the dynamics of antennal motions and abdominal flexion, we are interested in using multibody dynamics to understand how inertial reactions can be used to both sense and control flight dynamics.

Vulcan: provided funds for planning meetings and design concepts in building design, using living networks as the inspriation.

The John D. and Kathryn T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship: provided funds in 1996 that to this day contine supporting graduate students in biology studying biomechanics.

We are also involved in a number of other collaborative efforts including an NIH Training Grant on Big Data in Genomics and Neuroscience, the Sloan Foundation and the Gordon and Better Moore Foundation Data Science Institute, and an NSF REU Site Grant for undergraduate research associated with the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering.
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