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CCDoTT at CSULB Awards $250K To Support 14 Faculty Projects

Published: October 17, 2011

The Center for Commercial Deployment of Transportation Technologies (CCDoTT) at CSULB awarded $250,000 to support 14 interdisciplinary faculty projects focused on promoting an interest in and expansion of campus research capabilities while emphasizing the unique maritime research environment inherent to the San Pedro Bay ports.

CCDoTT’s Innovation Cell invites CSULB faculty and students to participate in its research activities, which are beginning a third round of projects in cutting-edge maritime related technologies.

Program managers Steven Hinds of CCDoTT and Tom Hlousek of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, provide oversight on the individual projects as well as a unique perspective that maintains a critical flow of communication with CCDoTT and university faculty.

Of the 14 projects supported in 2011-12, nine were initiated in August, including:

Decision-Making Tool for Optimal Management of Quay Crane Scheduling in Port Container Terminals—Jin-Lee Kim, assistant professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management.

This research will enhance decision-making for the optimal management of a core logistic process at a marine container terminal by efficiently scheduling the operations of quay cranes. The research objective is the development of a decision-making tool for the optimal management of quay crane scheduling associated with multi-objective functions in port container terminals.

The Impact of a Tsunami on Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles Supply Chain—Koshrow Moshirvaziri, professor, Department of Information Systsems; and Behnam Bahr, Boeing Professor of Manufacturing, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

This study is aimed at investigating the impact of a tsunami due to massive earthquake (or other external natural disaster) to the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and subsequent disruptions to the Southern California’s supply chain stream.

Automated Port Noise and Activity Monitoring System—I-Hung Khoo, professor, Department of Electrical Engineering; and Tang-Hung Nguyen, associate professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering.

In this system, an embedded processor and a field-programmable-gate-array will be used to perform sound measurements and vehicle recognition. Beside civilian applications, the system can also be used to study and monitor the noise at a naval base or facility. With modification, the system can also double as a robust security and surveillance system using joint acoustic and video detection.

Remotely Operated Robotic System for the Nuclear Radiation Detection—Behnam Bahr, Boeing Professor of Manufacturing, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; and Dhushy Sathianathan, associate dean for Academic Programs, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

The principal investigators will investigate the feasibility of developing a series of Emergency Robots (ER-Robot) based on their previous work on biologically inspired robots. Engineering students will work on preliminary designs for the new robots, which will be designed to detect and move in hazardous areas. The impact of this research to develop a robot that is has great military and industrial applications for the dangerous environment.

Developing a Simple, Miniaturized Assay for High-throughput Analysis of Harbor Water—Chih-Cheng Lo, assistant professor, Department of Chemical Engineering.

This proposal is for developing a simple, low-cost assay (a procedure in molecular biology for testing or measuring the activity of a drug or biochemical in an organism or organic sample ) for wastewater analysis on our microfluidic chips coupled with colorimetric imaging detection.

Investigation of Machine Reasoning and Intelligence for Autonomous Systems—Chin Chang, professor, Department of Electrical Engineering; and Fumio Hamano, professor, Department of Electrical Engineering.

This project will address issues related to naval force needs for the system capabilities of understanding the information and quality of information that they need to produce and maintain a model of the world.

Application of Virtual Prototyping to Ship Design and Construction—Christiane Beyer, associate professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Beyer will conduct a comprehensive survey and evaluation of the object oriented product model and simulation processes currently employed in the design, construction and operation processes of both military and commercial oceangoing vessels and compare them with the advanced virtual prototyping technologies currently employed in the highly competitive aerospace and automotive industries.

Design Optimization of Complex Ship Systems – a Comparative Study—Adeline Schmitz, lecturer/research assistant, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; and Josh Hamel, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

The goal of the project is to conduct a comprehensive survey, review and assessment of ship-design tools as a coherent program and in relation to the ship design process.

Diesel Supercapacitor Retrofit to Reduce Cost and Pollution—Ken James, chair, Department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science.

Pollution mitigation for commercial and military transport and cargo handling often involves significant investment in new equipment or inefficient changes to operational procedures. A straightforward, inexpensive retrofit to existing, Diesel-driven equipment which reduces pollution and maintenance costs should produce significant cost savings to the vast number of Diesel applications in the military/commercial supply chain. A well designed battery/superconductor retrofit will result in less Diesel pollution, a significant increase of the starter generator cranking torque, and drastic reduction of the accumulated battery strain, leading to an increased lifetime.

Five of the projects funded for 2011-12 are completed or nearly completed and include:

Energy Arbitrage for Electric Transportation Based on Linear Synchronous Motor Technology—Ken James, chair, Department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science.

Automatic Detection of Nuclear Material Smuggling in Cargo Containers—Chin Chang, professor, Department of Electrical Engineering.

“Green”, Intermodal Operational Changes at the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach to Accommodate High Container Throughput—Todd Ebert, associate professor, Department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science.

Study of Multi-period Capital Budgeting Issues in the Port of Long Beach and Transportation Projects Connecting Port to the Los Angeles Area Transportation Network—Omer S. Benli, associate dean, College of Business Administration; and Hamdi Bilici, chair, Department of Finance.

Increased Performance of Airport Security Screening Process through Computer Simulation—Koshrow Moshirvaziri, professor, Department of Information Systems.

“The program provides connectivity of innovative new ideas to existing maritime requirements linking CSULB research capabilities to commercial/military structure,” said Hinds. “We expect a number of these projects to develop into fully funded university programs.”

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Established in 1995, CCDoTT is a CSULB-sponsored, government approved and supported research and development center investigating maritime-related transportation issues on behalf of commercial and military dual-use interests. With a partnership of academia, government, military, and industry, CCDoTT focuses on technologies that support the uninterrupted flow of the materials and products necessary for our national defense and continued economic growth. It conducts projects that involve students in research, development, and professional practice and works closely with southern California’s transportation-related industries to develop university, industry, and government partnerships to perform specific projects that benefit the university, its students, and the community.

–Shayne Schroeder