Army Science Conference

March 16, 2009

ARL showcased its scientific expertise and groundbreaking research at the 26th Army Science Conference.

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) showcased its scientific expertise and groundbreaking research at the 26th Army Science Conference Dec. 1 to 4, 2008 in Orlando, Fla.

The event is held every other year to bring together the scientists, researchers and engineers who are leading the way in developing technology for the future Army. This year's theme was Harnessing Disruptive Science and Technology with technical sessions in quantum information science, immersive technology, autonomous systems, network systems, nanotechnology, biotechnology and neuroscience.

"It's a real opportunity to bring a large array of scientists and engineers from within the Army, our partners in industry and academia, and international partners together," said Dr. Thomas Killion, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Research and Technology and the Army's chief scientist. "There are many new ideas generated and potential for new collaboration."

Killion emphasized that there is a great complexity and range to the current research taking place, coupled with a level of motivation and understanding among the Army's scientists and engineers that is unprecedented.

In 2008, ARL employed nearly 1,300 of the S&Es in the Army, and their contributions to the advancement of technology were evident in the laboratory's participation.

Helping to plan and organize the event along with the other Army senior scientists, Dr. Bruce West, Army Research Office, said he was impressed with ARL's scientific showing at the conference.

"A lot of people didn't have an awareness of how broad the science charter ARL has," said West. "The scientists gave the attendees an indication of the breadth of scientific areas ARL is involved in."

While he helped coordinate the event behind the scenes, he also co-chaired Advanced Modeling and Simulation, one of about 20 technical sessions. With the expertise of having attended dozens of scientific conferences, West said, he would rank the ASC extremely well in the research revealed.

"I'd put the Army Science Conference on par with any international science conference," said West. "There were so many disciplines displayed, and they were all outstanding."

About 14 ARL scientists also chaired or co-chaired about a dozen technical sessions, and 16 researchers served on the Technical Program Committee.

Dr. Betsy Rice, a research chemist in the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, spoke as part of the topical panel Nano & Biological Technology & Their Potential Applications. Rice's expertise lies in the theoretical chemistry areas of classical molecular simulation and quantum mechanical molecular characterization directed toward advanced modeling of materials that are critical components of several Department of Defense weapons and science and technology mission areas.

Along with serving as technical experts and organizers, ARL scientists made a strong showing in the paper competition. They authored three of the top four papers recognized out of 85 judged for competition at the conference.

The 1st Place paper, "The First Therapeutic Drug for Reactivation of Organophosphate-inhibited Central (Brain) and Peripheral Cholinesterases," authored by scientists at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, the Geneva Foundation, and the Weizmann Institute, was recognized with the Paul A. Siple Memorial Award.

ARL Best Paper Award winners:

Bronze Award (2nd Place)


Observation of Unidirectional Current Rectification and AC-to-DC Power Conversion by As-grown Single-walled Carbon Nanotube Transistors

Govind Mallick, Mark Griep, Samuel Hirsch and Shashi P. Karna, U.S. Army Research Laboratory; Sarah Lastella, Sangeeta Sahoo and Pulickel M. Ajayan, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Bronze Award (3rd Place)

Advanced Modeling and Simulation

Cooperation in Social Networks: Communication, Trust and Selflessness

David C. Arney, U.S. Army Research Office; Elisha Peterson, United States Military Academy

Force Protection/Survivability

Biomechanical and Biochemical Cellular Response Due to Shock Waves

James Barthel, Samidha Konkar, Georgy Sankin, Pei Zhong, Stefan Zauscher, Eric Darling and Farshid Guilak, Duke University; Chian-Fong Yen and Bryan Cheeseman, U.S. Army Research Laboratory; Bruce LaMattina, U.S. Army Research Office

Other Best Papers Awards

Information Technology/C4ISR

Power Allocation Tradeoffs in Multicarrier Authentication Systems

P. L. Yu and J. S. Baras, University of Maryland; B. M. Sadler, U.S. Army Research Laboratory

Advanced High Performance Computing in Physical Sciences and Engineering

Scalable Computing of the Mesh Size Effect on Modeling Damage Mechanics in Woven Armor Composites

R. Valisetty, U.S. Army Research Laboratory; A. M. Rajendran, U.S. Army Research Office; Y. Bahei-El-Din, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technology

Multifunctional Structural Composite Batteries for U.S. Army Applications

J. F. Snyder, D. M. Baechle, E. D. Wetzel and K. Xu, U.S. Army Research Laboratory


Last Update / Reviewed: March 16, 2009