Welcome Dr. Ming Liu

We are proud to announce the addition of Dr. Ming Liu as Technical Leader for Hardware and Software within DRI's Applied Innovation Center. 

Dr. Liu has more than 18 years working in California’s high-tech industry. His most recent position was Director of Engineering with MoSys, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOSY), a leader in semiconductor solutions that enable fast, intelligent data access for network and communications systems. While at MoSys, Inc. he led an advanced engineering team that developed the company’s high bandwidth serial memory solutions for the international computing and networking market.

“I am really impressed with what’s happening at DRI – and in Nevada,” Liu said. “DRI’s depth of expertise in environmental sciences aligns nicely with my academic background and this is a great opportunity to join a really entrepreneurial team. I am excited to work with DRI scientists bridging the gap between academia and private industry.”

Dr. Liu previously worked for several other high-tech companies including Sandisk Corp., Matrix Semiconductor, Inc., and Motorola. He has a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Brown University. His Ph.D. research at Brown and postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) concentrated on kinetics of solid state reactions, rheology of materials and their applications to geological processes.

As Technical Leader, Dr. Liu will apply his formidable skills to a variety of software and hardware engineering solutions in the AIC, including the new WINDS™ (Weather Intelligence and Numerical Decision Support) platform unveiled last month at TechCrunch Disrupt, explained Joseph Grzymski, Ph.D., AIC Senior Director.

“Attracting a talented private-sector veteran such as Dr. Liu represents how the Knowledge Fund is fundamentally changing higher-education in Nevada,” Grzymski said. “By aligning DRI’s core scientific expertise with high-tech business needs and integrating people like Dr. Liu with research faculty we are creating the next generation of technology-based research applications and services. We are thrilled to welcome Ming onto our team.”

Supported by the State of Nevada’s Knowledge Fund and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the team of environmental researchers and high performance computing experts in DRI’s Applied Innovation Center are working at the forefront of new approaches to natural resource and urban infrastructure instrumentation, advanced data collection and integrated analysis to support intelligent decision-support systems.

DRI Research Team Unveils Weather Intelligence Platform at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco

RENO – As Nevada and California endure a fourth year of unprecedented drought and this year’s Sierra Nevada snowpack is verified as a 500-year low, a group of Ph.D. scientists from Nevada are knocking on the front door of the tech-industry with a pitch for investment in next generation weather intelligence.

Unveiled today at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, a weather intelligence platform developed by DRI’s Applied Innovation Center (AIC) showcases a real-world application for managing business and government decisions impacted by extreme weather.

“Our team has designed a platform that not only provides improved weather forecast data, but also translates that data into actionable information across a range of business sectors,” said Eric Wilcox, Ph.D., an associate research professor of climatology at the Desert Research Institute. “We have drawn on decades of combined scientific expertise in observing and modeling the environment, which is essential for understanding how to derive actionable insight from weather data, and using sensors to effectively ground-truth our forecasts.”

WINDSTM (Weather Intelligence and Numerical Decision Support) is an applied prediction platform at the nexus of weather, climate, agriculture, energy and society, explained Brian Speicher, AIC Business Development Leader.

DRI’s new platform improves upon traditional numerical weather prediction (NWP) applications with a fine spatial resolution suitable for urban, energy, and agricultural applications. It is also ground-truthed through a series of existing environmental data and sensor networks that DRI scientists have monitored and maintained for decades.

“We have integrated an advanced numerical weather forecasting system with sensor networks to provide actionable insight and decision support frameworks that can be applied in nearly every natural resource industry and weather-impacted business, utility, event, or municipality,” Speicher added. “This (WINDSTM) can be applied to everything from drought monitoring to extreme fire behavior, to operational energy demand and distributed solar forecasting, to urban weather and anticipating weather-related infrastructure vulnerabilities.”

Supported by the State of Nevada’s Knowledge Fund and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the team of environmental researchers and high performance computing experts in DRI’s Applied Innovation Center are working at the forefront of new approaches to natural resource and urban infrastructure instrumentation, advanced data collection and integrated analysis to support intelligent decision-support systems.

“None of this would have been possible without the tremendous support of Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, his Office of Economic Development and the Nevada Legislature’s approval and confidence in the Knowledge Fund,” said Joseph Grzymski, Ph.D., AIC Senior Director and associate research professor of computational biology and microbiology at DRI. “We have been working over the past year to launch this platform at TechCrunch. This is an extraordinary opportunity to advance our technology-based research capabilities with real-world applications that directly address industry needs in weather prediction, energy and agricultural applications.”

“We are in the midst of a massive drought here in Nevada and California,” he added. “DRI scientists are responding by building the next generation of tools and applications to improve our ability to manage energy and water resources. Precision agriculture and energy management are keys to our future economy.”

Extreme weather events such as the ongoing drought and mega-fires in the West, record-setting hurricanes in the East, and flash floods across the Mid-West cause upwards of $11 billion in damages each year in the United States.

According to a recent U.S. Commerce Department report, weather data is the single most accessed government data by the public. The sum of private and public sector investment on weather forecasting totaled $5.1 billion in 2014. The aggregate annual valuation of weather forecasts across U.S. households was about $31.5 billion – a six-fold difference compared to the amount invested in producing the forecasts.

"With funding from the Knowledge Fund, DRI’s Applied Innovation Center is proudly showcasing Nevada’s innovation on one of the largest tech-industry stages in the country. The opportunity to attract business and investment to Nevada in these industries is unlimited,” said Steve Hill, Executive Director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015 is TechCrunch’s ninth annual conference in San Francisco. The format combines top thought-leader discussions with new product and company launches. Morning executive discussions debate technology-driven disruptions in many industries, while the afternoons are reserved for the Startup Battlefield, where 20-plus new companies will launch for the first time onstage, selected to present from numerous applications received from around the world. The winning company will receive a $50,000 grand prize and the Disrupt Cup at the conclusion of the conference.

Evolved from decades of data intensive pursuits at DRI, the Applied Innovation Center is leading the Institutes’ technology-based research and commercialization efforts in four key research areas and emerging platforms – Life Sciences and Informatics; Climate, Weather and Energy; Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Remote Sensing; and Engineering and Design.

For more information and to schedule interviews please contact Justin Broglio, Communications Officer. Justin.Broglio@dri.edu Mobile: 775-762-8320

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About the DRI Applied Innovation Center: The Applied Innovation Center aims to aid and improve the new, knowledge-based economy in Nevada by integrating DRI’s core areas of expertise in hydrologic, atmospheric, earth and ecosystem sciences with data analysis and informatics, visualization, modeling and simulation.

About TechCrunch Disrupt: TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015 is TechCrunch’s ninth annual conference in San Francisco. The format combines top thought-leader discussions with new product and company launches. Morning executive discussions debate technology-driven disruptions in many industries, while the afternoons are reserved for the Startup Battlefield, where 20+ new companies will launch for the first time onstage, selected to present from numerous applications received from around the world. The winning company will receive a $50,000 grand prize and the Disrupt Cup at the conclusion of the conference. The conference is September 21-23, 2015 at Pier 70 in San Francisco.

DRI Applied Innovation Center Data and Climate Team to Exhibit at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco

Event Dates: September 21-23, 2015

RENO: Data scientists and climate experts from DRI’s Applied Innovation Center (AIC) today announced that they will be exhibiting at TechCrunch Disrupt and Hackathon in San Francisco from September 21-23 at Pier 70.

Expanded and refined from decades of data intensive pursuits at DRI, the Applied Innovation Center is leading the Institutes’ technology-based research and commercialization efforts in four key research areas and emerging platforms – Life Sciences and Informatics; Climate, Weather and Energy; Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Remote Sensing; and Engineering and Design.

Supported by the State of Nevada’s Knowledge Fund and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Applied Innovation Center is working at the forefront of new approaches to natural resource and urban infrastructure instrumentation, advanced data collection and integrated analysis to support intelligent systems. The goals of this investment and effort are to build the high-tech Nevada economy, create new jobs and bring investment to the state of Nevada through DRI’s leadership in environmental science research and development.

TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015 is TechCrunch’s ninth annual conference in San Francisco. The format combines top thought-leader discussions with new product and company launches. Morning executive discussions debate technology-driven disruptions in many industries, while the afternoons are reserved for the Startup Battlefield, where 20+ new companies will launch for the first time onstage, selected to present from numerous applications received from around the world. The winning company will receive a $50,000 grand prize and the Disrupt Cup at the conclusion of the conference.

DRI Applied Innovation Center participants will include Joseph Grzymski, Ph.D., AIC Senior Director and associate research professor of computational biology and microbiology; Brian Speicher, AIC Business Development Leader; Eric Wilcox, Ph.D., AIC Climate and Weather Applications Leader and associate research professor of climatology; Craig Smith, Ph.D., AIC Renewable Energy Leader and assistant research professor of atmospheric science; and Justin Broglio, DRI Communications Officer.

For more information about the DRI Applied Innovation Center and to schedule interviews prior to TechCrunch Disrupt please contact Justin Broglio.

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About the DRI Applied Innovation Center: The Applied Innovation Center aims to aid and improve the new, knowledge-based economy in Nevada by integrating DRI’s core areas of expertise in hydrologic, atmospheric, earth and ecosystem sciences with data analysis and informatics, visualization, modeling and simulation. 

About TechCrunch Disrupt: TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015 is TechCrunch’s ninth annual conference in San Francisco. The format combines top thought-leader discussions with new product and company launches. Morning executive discussions debate technology-driven disruptions in many industries, while the afternoons are reserved for the Startup Battlefield, where 20+ new companies will launch for the first time onstage, selected to present from numerous applications received from around the world. The winning company will receive a $50,000 grand prize and the Disrupt Cup at the conclusion of the conference. The conference is September 21-23, 2015 at Pier 70 in San Francisco.