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As reported in Houston Business Journal ... Rice University has received more than $9 million in research grants from the U.S. Department of Defense as part of the government agency’s Multidisciplinary University Research Inititative (MURI) program.

The Houston university is the lead institution on a $6.3 million MURI project that aims to build upon advances in sensor design, signal processing, communications and robotics by developing new techniques for “opportunistic sensing.” The project, which is funded by the Army Research Office, is expected to directly impact the design of future ground and aerial surveillance systems, making them more powerful, more reliable and better able to distinguish friend from foe.

Other institutions involved in the project are the University of Maryland at College Park, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Yale University, Duke University and the University of California at Los Angeles...

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