“Air Force Office of Scientific Research Overview”
Misoon Mah, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research manages the U.S. Air Force’s basic research program. AFOSR identifies opportunities for significant scientific advancements and breakthrough research in three key technical areas:
- Aerospace, Chemical and Materials focuses on five scientific areas: aero-structure interactions and control; energy, power and propulsion; complex materials and structures; space architecture and protection; and thermal control. These areas provide broad fundamental knowledge of technology development for revolutionary materials and integrated, energy-saving, fast and lighter structures with unconventional performance and functionality.
- Physics and Electronics emphasizes materials, sensors and devices using semiconductor, nanotechnology and metamaterials, as well as the creation of novel functional materials using quantum level design and understanding. It also exploits single atom, single ion, and single photon processes for sensing, communication, and quantum information processing, and it further advances in hyperspectral image, and optics using non-linear engineering and in automatic target recognition resulting from broad spectrum of UV to IR, THz, millimeter and microwave physics.
- Mathematics, Information and Life Science focuses on research required for developing information for secure, predictable and dynamic networks in cyberspace; mathematical research for understanding complex multiscale systems and enhancing performance, cognition and collective behavior study for intelligent, mixed human-machine interface decision making; and the materials science that emphasizes biofuels, biomimetics for sensing and extreme environmental survivability.