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Our Mission, Objectives, and Organization

This page will describe much in much more detail our Mission and Objectives, and the Organizational Family developed and structured for achieving our goals.

At the present, the following excerpts from one of our foundational papers is presented here.

In order to provide a viable, sustainable mechanism for addressing these problems in a socially and economically effective manner, we have organized MIRNOVA as follows:

MIRNOVA Foundation – a non-profit foundation, initially established in the Russian Federation, international in scope. Its purpose is providing organizational and financial support and management for MIRNOVA Academy and its Programs,including affiliated institutions and partners, and scholarships. The Foundation manages an Endowment Fund established to sustain MIRNOVA and its Programs.

MIRNOVA Academy – the organizational aggregate of education, research and communication activities that are focused upon innovative and socially-constructive projects involving science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEM, STEAM). These activities are focused upon four vertices of action (the four Programs):

MIRNOVA S.T.E.A.M. Education Program (“ACADEMY”) – a cohesive suite of multi-disciplinary, multi-year projects involving teams of youth (from elementary school level through university level) as participants and as mentors, along with teachers, professors and experts.

The teams engage in a set of closely-coupled and mutually supportive projects that combine technical and business education, scientific research, and professional media communications.

 

Projects – the specific research+education+communication activities that constitute the Program. Students and their mentors and facilitators work as teams upon multi-year, multi-disciplinary projects. These involve students and mentors from different institutions and countries.The projects share core STEM components, with a strong emphasis upon intelligent systems, robotics, sensing, monitoring, and analytical processes that are individually and collectively beneficial for emerging-challenge problems in environment, energy, health and space. The projects are designed to produce tangible results demonstrating value for use by educators and researchers, and also commercial potentials for products and services. Students and mentors together are trained in the processes of entrepreneurial business development along with STEM skills in scientific method, experiment and implementation.

The Initial Project beginning in 2017 provides a substantive technical base and engineering platform for additional projects. The overall Project is known as EcoVita (“EVA”), reflecting a comprehensive and integrated focus upon agriculture and farming, rural energy and infrastructure, environment and ecosystem health and vitality, The specific work underway within EcoVita is in the Intelligent (“smart”) Farming area and is entitled:

AgriBrains — Agricultural Productivity Optimization using cooperative robots for sensing, analytics and control

This initial AgriBrains project will enable participating students, teachers, mentors and teams to implement practical technologies, products and services serving the global agricultural industry in the following 12 manners, gradually over a period of months and years:

  • CB (chem-bio) sensing and monitoring – focus upon toxins, bacteria and viruses
  • Frost control – this is an emerging problem given the trend in non-linear climate
  • Seed planting – focus upon actual planting and follow-up for germination/replanting
  • Fertilizer optimization – focus upon reduction of excess use and cost
  • Irrigation optimization – focus upon balance in hydration
  • Pest control – focus upon emerging insect and micro-fauna due to climate change
  • Sugar content – a critical area for fruits and for crops used in beverage production
  • Ripeness and harvest readiness – focus upon increasing yield and turn-around
  • Tree and bush pruning (management and planning)
  • Differentiation and specialization for crop type variants
  • Predator control (e.g., birds, foxes, wolves) – focus upon deterrence
  • Planting and harvest planning (info maps AI-recommendations)

These technical outcomes from this foundational project are remarkably wide, open-ended and expansive, and this governs the choice of such an area for the Program’s Initial Project undertaking. These outcome values extend beyond agriculture into many other application areas, all of which have value for training, education, research, and commercialization.

Research Program (“INSTITUTE”) – collaborative research in foundational STEM topics by teachers, professors, scientists, engineers and other professionals who are engaged also as mentors and facilitators of the Program and its Projects. This research may be semi-independent from the Projects or it may have close affinity with challenges that arise through the Projects. The proceeds of such collaborations may benefit the S.T.E.A.M. Program and/or other applications within industry and academia, particularly for companies and institutions that are partners, sponsors, and stakeholders within MIRNOVA. This research embodies, encomasses and brings into MIRNOVA everything started and conducted in previous years (2001 – 2017) within the Institute for Innovative Study, now absorbed within MIRNOVA.

One of the focal areas of attention in the Research Program is upon the problems of non-linearity and non-computable (or NP-Hard) problems such as some challenges involving turbulence, instability, and coordinated operations among a network or community of robots and also among groups of robots and humans working on tasks which can include all of these domains as illustrated here:

Communications Program (“PRESS”) – seminars, workshops, and colloquia, both onsite and online, plus selective publications including internet social media, focused upon the S.T.E.A.M. topics of the Program and with strong emphasis upon socioeconomic issues and challenges.

The Press activities are centered upon the publication and dissemination of information that pertains to S.T.E.A.M. topics of strong import and interest for the public and for business, academia and government, with special attention to topics and news that are considered to be “hot items” and often subject to exaggeration and pseudo-news in the mainstream media; thus there is a strong emphasis upon critical analytical thinking and the differentiation between “real” science and “so-called” science.

The main mediums for the Press are the internet (e.g., YouTube type broadcasts, from 5 min. to 1 hour in duration) and publication of articles, essays, and books, both online and in print.

Comprehensive (serving Education+Research+Communications) Program (“LIBRARIUM”) – The Librarium is unique in its purposes and functions which are ambitious in many respects including its trans-generational, trans-national, trans-cultural, and trans-planetary intended functions.

We speak of the Librarium motivation and function as Preservation, Innovation, Conservation and Sustenance (“PICS”). The Mirnova Librarium aims to provide a Good Practical Usable Resource for such people in a very distant and totally “unknown” future, as well as for people right here and now, today, in our world exactly as it is now. It is not a “Google” which is structured and ranked by a corporation to serve its financial and political ambitions. It is not an encyclopedia and certainly not a “Wikipedia.” It is definitely not a “social network” and nothing in it is driven or controlled by factors of “blogs, clicks, hits, or influencers.” It is not decided upon or controlled by a software program that has been ascribed attributes of “artificial intelligence.” It is a private Library compiled by a comparatively small team of scientists, engineers, humanists, artists, and including librarians.

The Librarium is modeled after several famous libraries of the past and also from recent history. These include: the Library of Alexandria, the monastic libraries of medieval Europe, the House of Wisdom in Baghdad, and the Seed Bank set up by Norway. The Mirnova Library is a repository for a world that may suffer cataclysms and apocalyptic events which may be severely traumatic to world civilization. It is distributed, secure, duplicated, with careful and powerful redundancy where applicable. There is also a “Rare Books” collection which consists of real, printed books (not necessarily “rare” by today’s bibliotechnical standards, but “rare” in the sense of being special and relatively small in number, compared to materials in digital formats.

Perhaps the most unique attribute of the Mirnova Librarium is its functional purpose and its “intelligent technical resource” orientation. The Library intended to provide researchers, in the present time and at any distant time, with a set of cohesive, well-organized, well-ordered “toolsets” by which many important, practical, and valuable things may be done, by individuals and teams that may have, upon first contact with the Librarium, initially very scant knowledge of different disciplines, methods and techniques.

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Future Developments –– Within the charter and definition of the Academy, there may be acquisitions and certainly spin-offs of private for-profit companies by the Academy (e.g., a new company that develops a business from some R&D or application development originating from the S.T.E.A.M. Program projects or from partner organizations working together in joint venture research and education). These include presently a very rich and high-future-value open endowment of intellectual properties and technologies donated to MIRNOVA at its inception by generous private benefactors and supporters).

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