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December 21st, 2011
Texas State awarded DOD grant

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The Texas State University Department of Computer Science has been awarded one of 33 grants by the Department of Defense Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions Research and Educational Program.

The U.S Army Research Office will fund the three-year $488,576 grant to support the research to develop a highly accurate, scalable, real-time, large-scale, partial-duplicate image retrieval system for a 100 million-scale image database or larger. Yijuan Lu, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, is the principal researcher for the project.

Lu said another goal of the project is to facilitate the future development of applications in image forensics, video surveillance, image encyclopedia and mobile to visual searches such as landmark and product searches.

The DOD aims to select Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions that offer a talented workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, in order to benefit the research and education efforts of the DOD and the country. The U.S Army Research Office will make all 33 grants — which total $17.3 million — to minority institutions as part of the fiscal year 2011.

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