FUSE - Project Synopsis

Technical emergence refers to the process whereby innovative ideas, capabilities, applications, and even entirely new fields of study arise, are tested, mature, and, if conditions are favorable, make a significant impact. Those able to "scan the horizon" for the early signs of technical emergence, and take advantage of the resulting capabilities and applications, can gain a significant competitive edge.

Today, the identification and assessment of emerging technical capabilities is a time-consuming, domain-specific, and expert-intensive process.

FUSE Project Partners

Project Participants

Principal Investigator:

Deborah L. McGuinness

Dr. Deborah McGuinness is a leading expert in knowledge representation and reasoning languages and systems and has worked in ontology creation and evolution environments for over 20 years. Most recently, Deborah is best known for her leadership role in semantic web research [...]

Co Investigator:

Jim Hendler

James Hendler is the Tetherless World Professor of Computer and Cognitive Science, and the Assistant Dean for Information Technology and Web Science, at Rensselaer. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Experimental Multimedia Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), serves as a Director of [...]


Cynthia Chang

Cynthia Chang is a research scientist in the computer science department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Before moving to RPI, she held various positions for many years at Stanford University, TIAA-CREF, State University of New York, and Vanderbilt University. Her recent research interest [...]

Tim Lebo

I joined the Tetherless World Constellation in January 2010 as a Cognitive Science Ph.D. student under Deborah McGuinness. Part of my research objectives include identifying, incorporating, and extending theories for visualization so that visual artifacts produced may be concretely evaluated for t [...]

James McCusker

Jim McCusker works on Biomedical Semantics. His current interests are data and provenance interoperability in life sciences. He has worked as a software developer for 11 years in bioinformatics, high performance computing, data mining, natural language processing, and supply chain auditing. [...]

James Michaelis

James Michaelis is a PhD student in the Tetherless World Constellation. His research interests are focused around exposing data usage in applications, with an emphasis on: (1) provenance tracking in applications, and (2) subsequent presentation of provenance records to end users.

Jiao Tao

Jiao graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in the Tetherless World Constellation, with a Doctorate in Philosophy in March of 2012.

Ping Wang

Ping graduated with her Ph.D in Computer Science from RPI in May of 2012. She was a member of the Tetherless World Constellation and worked on numerous projects within the lab from January 2011 till she graduated. Her research interests include Semantic eScience, Linked Da [...]

Rui Yan

Rui Yan is currently a second PhD student in TWC. He transferred to Computer Science Department and joined TWC in April, 2012 after spending his first 7 months in MANE Department. He has been involved in two project now, one is FUSE in which he updated the FUSE ontology, the other one is First Respo [...]

Foresight and Understanding from Scientific Exposition

Research Areas: Knowledge Provenance, Data Frameworks, Inference And Trust
Principal Investigator: Deborah L. McGuinness
Co Investigator: Jim Hendler
Concepts: Provenance, Semantic Web
Technical emergence refers to the process whereby innovative ideas, capabilities, applications, and even entirely new fields of study arise, are tested, mature, and, if conditions are favorable, demonstrate feasibility and impact. IARPA’s Foresight and Understanding from Scientific Exposition (FUSE) Program is sponsoring advanced research and development (R&D) to develop automated systems that aid in the systematic, continuous, and comprehensive assessment of technical emergence using information derived from the published scientific, technical, and patent literature.



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