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Chi wins 2015 ONR Young Investigator Award

Called a "career-defining moment" for those selected, the Office of Naval Research announced the recipients of its prestigious 2015 Young Investigator Program (YIP) - one of the oldest and most selective scientific research advancement programs in the county.

Winner Yuejie Chi, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Informatics, is now part of 36 other college faculty from around the United States who received the award this year. This year’s candidates were chosen from 383 research proposals based on merit and potential breakthrough advances for the Navy and Marine Corps. Chi has been working with The Ohio State University since 2012. 

"It is a tremendous honor to be selected as an ONR young investigator," Chi said. "This YIP award will allow my research group to develop a comprehensive framework for extracting useful parameters from high-dimensional multi-modal datasets that are extremely noisy, incomplete, and/or corrupted. It will enable better decision making for data collected from various sensing and surveillance platforms exploited by the Navy, and have far-reaching applications in biological and neural signal processing as well, e.g. three-dimensional super-resolution imaging and neural spike sorting."

Chi will receive a part of the overall $18.8 million in grants available in the program, which collectively fund research across a range of naval-relevant science and technology areas. Funding for the YIP increased by 50 percent over 2014.

The YIP is designed to promote the professional development of early-career academic scientists – called investigators – both as researchers and instructors. For awardees, the funding supports laboratory equipment, graduate student stipends and scholarships, and other expenses critical to ongoing and planned investigational studies. Over the years, research by YIP recipients has led to breakthroughs in nanoscience, fiber-laser systems, ultrafast optoelectronic devices and more.

“These recipients demonstrate the type of visionary, multidisciplinary thought that helps the U.S. Navy anticipate and adapt to a dynamic battlespace,” Dr. Larry Schuette said, ONR’s director of research. “The breadth of their research and combined value of awards underscore the significance the Navy places on ingenuity, wherever it’s harbored, and support the framework for a Naval Innovation Network built on people, ideas and information.”

It has been a good year for Chi, who already won the YIP award via the Air Force Office of Scientific Research in January. Read her comments on that here. Several of her research papers were also accepted by leading industry publications as well.