Broad Impact

The convergence of multiple disciplines creates a synergy capable of overcoming persistent barriers and filling knowledge gaps to allow for transformational, revolutionary, and embryonic opportunities with many technological applications. Prudent convergence methodologies posit and advance next generation solutions to current and future societal and technical challenges, further advances in material synthesis, and device fabrication and characterization techniques have provided the means to study, understand, control, or even manipulate the transitional characteristics between isolated atoms and molecules, and bulk materials. Consequently, various “designer” materials capable of producing devices and systems with remarkable, tunable, and desired properties have recently been fabricated. Such innovations have occurred in multi-disciplinary environments to provide systematic recognition and evaluation of new or existing scientific and technologic (S&T) solutions and their potential for integrated, novel and/or unconventional approaches to 21st century challenges, including safety and security. Such advances coupled with information technology, cognitive sciences, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and genetics offer potential solution pathways. This construct presents an exceptional potential for transforming the manner in which state-of-the-art information is gathered, analyzed, and leveraged to enable future advances and applications.

The Institute for Advanced Sciences Convergence (IASC) in collaboration with CONUS and OCONUS governmental, private sector and academic partners and Subject Matter Experts:

  • Promote multidisciplinary science convergence, identify next generation revolutionary and transformational technologies, and serve as a national experts group in foresight, technology assessment and road mapping to support policy and investment decision makers in government, NGOs, industry, and academic institutions. 
  • Exploit the use the NUARI-developed tools and research methodologies such as TechFARMTM, ADAMS  and NESTTSTM  to expand the identification of emerging disruptive and futuristic trends in science and technology.* The tools and research methodologies include in-depth analysis using convergence of multi/trans-disciplinary S&T fields, focused on nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, cognitive sciences, artificial intelligence, robotics, and genetics. 
  • Seek novel outcomes from the intersection of multiple scientific disciplines with data mining and predictive toolsets. 
  • Develop applications that promise revolutionary advancement in environment, health and safety (EHS), defense and security, consequence management, and enhancing the global quality of life (QoL). 

Mission

Provide strategic assessments of revolutionary scientific breakthroughs and S&T policy option recommendations in multidisciplinary environments based on the NBIC convergence.

Approach

Promote multidisciplinary science convergence, and identify next generation revolutionary and transformational technologies.

Objective

Recommend novel S&T models that integrate and advance next generation solutions to current and future technical challenges; and develop a strategic Roadmap as a basis for the next generation, fully integrated CB defense systems.

CONUS and OCONUS Outreach

IASC pursues collaborative research with the objective of recommending meaningful S&T policy options that with timely implementation will present maximum societal impact.

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Services

  • TechFARMTM: Technology Foresight and Road Mapping – is a futures-oriented service developed by the IASC/NUARI that provides technology foresight, assessment and forecasting services by applying a futures-oriented approach that exploits analytical methodologies, research and development including heuristics, data-mining, scientometrics, modeling and simulation, and scenario development to provide systematic recognition and evaluation of new or existing science and technology solutions for the development of new products and written reports supplied in connection therewith.
  • NESTTSTM: New and Emerging Science and Technology Trends and Surveillance – Research services, namely, providing, tracking, analyzing and projecting new and emerging trends to provide awareness and means to mitigate threats and risks posed by chemical, biological, nuclear, radiological, high-yield explosive materials, and internet and intranet based communications for governments, non-governmental organizations, industries, and academic institutions for defense and security applications. 
  • ADAMS: Automated Data Analysis and Mining and Surveillance – is a service developed by the IASC/NUARI which uses several data mining tools to analyze, evaluate, and determine emerging trends based on quality of journals, recognition of individual authors, international recognition, heuristics and other databases to provide normalized information on emerging trends and technologies. The service can be customized for any specific application. 

Speaker Availability

To learn more about the services provided by the IASC/NUARI, and / or to schedule a seminar / lecture on Advanced Sciences Convergence please contact the IASC Director, Dr. Ashok Vaseashta.

Current Publication

Technological Innovations in Sensing and Detection of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Threats and Ecological Terrorism, A. Vaseashta, E. Braman, P. Susmann (eds.). 2012. 406p.

This book emphasizes nanomaterials and nanotechnology-based sensing/detection platforms with a section on sensing and detection technology that can be applied to information security. (read more)