|Volume 1: No. 10|
Mark Weiser (Mark_Weiser.firstname.lastname@example.org) wanted to know what's been happening at DARPA, so I checked with Oscar Firschein. (He's about to take over Image Understanding from Rand Waltzman, as I reported earlier.) Oscar says that IPTO, the Information Processing Technology Office, has now become SISTO (Systems Information Sciences Technical Office?), still under Barry Boehm. The second in command is Erik Mettala, in charge of the Unmanned Ground Vehicle project -- similar to the old ALV project, but with smaller vehicles and an emphasis on team action. [Stan Rosenschein's Palo Alto company, Teleos, has a part of that.] Other program officers are Oscar (IU), Steve Cross (expert systems), Tom Chrystal (natural language), Charles Wayne (speech), and, in August, Geo Wiederhold (email@example.com) for databases. There is also a program in software correctness. The robotics program under Bob Rosenfeld closed down some time ago.
Barbara Yoon (neural networks) is in a new computation-related office under Steve Squires. Tom Schwartz says there's a rumor that she will soon sponsor a second neural-network competition.
I've also done some checking on NSF's ERC and STC centers programs. Marshall Lih (firstname.lastname@example.org) says that funding for another round of Engineering Research Centers won't be announced until at least Winter. He's sending me literature on the smaller State/Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (S/IUCRCs).
Sonja Sperlich (email@example.com) tells me that Congress has yet to authorize a 3rd round of STC competition. (FY'92 STC funds will be used to strengthen existing centers.) A new competition may be announced in a few months. Bill Harris is still the nominal STC Director, but is spending his time as assistant to NSF's new Director, Walter E. Massey. Rich Hersh has moved to ASC, the Advanced Scientific Computing program.