Gamification While the word gamification has only recently emerged, the underlying concepts are based on Human Computer Interaction (HCI). Gamification is the process of taking the engagement mechanisms and tactics we find in games and incorporating them into ordinary activities to provoke a deeper user experience, engagement and dedication. As the influence of the games culture and social media continues to expand, Federal Agencies (GSA, NARA, DoD, NASA, DARPA, etc) are increasingly beginning to turn to gamification to maintain user engagement and provide an innovative method to help solve problems or task activities. This research is focused on the development of gamification best practices and development of mission focused gamification solutions that leverage cloud, social media and mobile technologies.
Advanced Sensors and Analytics for Energy Smart Grids The increasing costs of energy production and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions pose great challenges for efficiency in today’s electric power generation grids. Smart Grids have been proposed as a mechanism to modernize the grid, allowing components to be gradually replaced, utilize green power sources, better detect faulty equipment, and improve prediction models for energy demands. This research is focused on the development and deployment of advanced sensors distributed across the energy smart grid with the ability to feed big data analytic systems so as to improve the efficiency of sustainable energy production and distribution thereby lowering overall energy costs.
Synthetic Biology for Sustainable Energy Synthetic biology is defined as the design and construction of new biological parts, devices and systems and the redesign of existing natural biological systems for useful purposes. It is an emerging life science field that combines science and technology with the aim of applying engineering principles in the rational design of biological systems. Synthetic Biology research includes the development of foundries that construct whole new genomes -- using made-to-order parts from foundries, or "fabs," much as industry orders up cast and machined metal parts. This research is focused on the investigation of synthetic biology and its application to the development of new biologically based sustainable energy.
Melvin Greer demonstrates Leadership and Innovation at Northern Virginia Technology Council. Also pictured Chris Smith (CIO USDA), David McClure (Associate Administrator, GSA), Dawn Leaf (Deputy Senior Advisor for Cloud Computing, NIST) and Mark Day (CTO HUD).
Inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers at the USA Science and Engineering Festival