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An Integrated Collaborative Environment for Materials Research

By Matthew D Jacobsen (presenter)

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The dramatic rise in the volume, complexity, and utility of digital research data has triggered a need for scientific software systems that can manage this data across a laboratory enterprise. With no turnkey solutions available for this very difficult task, highly customizable and modular architectures that are implemented from within the organization to meet specific organizational needs are required. The development of these architectures presents a tremendous opportunity to address the unique and complex requirements of individual research teams, but are not without tradeoffs relative to their commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) counterparts. The Integrated Collaborative Environment (ICE), currently under development at the Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, is one such architecture that employs many different technologies, including the HUBzero platform. ICE is the conduit through which Integrated Computational Materials Science and Engineering (ICMSE) is delivered to the Air Force Research Laboratory.

An overview of the current state of ICE implementation will be provided, with particular emphasis on the federated integration of numerous disparate components into a single software and hardware ecosystem. Key aspects such as material intelligence, laboratory management, identity and digital object management, robust API development, visual workflow, and machine integration will be explored. Additionally, three case studies will be presented to show how process-specific requirements, including data collection and archival, sample/specimen management, and laboratory workflow, are addressed by various ICE components. Several themes will be emphasized, including integration of numerous technologies with HUBzero, short lead time development cycles to mitigate failure risks, and the importance of software developers and materials scientists cooperating during the development of ICMSE software systems.


Matthew Jacobsen

Mr. Matthew Jacobsen is the project manager and technical lead for the development and acquisition of enterprise scientific toolsets for the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (RX) of the Air Force Research Laboratory. Prior to leading RX-wide efforts such as the Integrated Collaborative Environment (ICE), he served as a systems developer and analyst for a variety of software platforms, including financial and portfolio management, scientific process management, and data analysis. Mr. Jacobsen holds a BS in Management Information Systems, and an MS in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, both from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

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HUBzero Foundation

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  • Matthew D Jacobsen (2016), "An Integrated Collaborative Environment for Materials Research,"

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Claire Stirm

HUBzero - HUB Liaison