MIRNOVA’s Projects are conceived, designed, and managed to offer multi-level, multi-skill, multi-year opportunities for students, adult learners and mentors to gainfully participate and to produce confident and strong results which will benefit both themselves and partner-sponsors such as collaborating universities, schools, companies and institutes.
There are four “Master Projects” that govern the focus of MIRNOVA long-term. These Projects are central for Academy, Institute, Press and also Library. Naturally, we begin initially step-by-step and with a very pragmatic view toward achieving beneficial outcomes from the very start, as is clearly indeed the case.
The four MASTER PROJECTS are:
EcoVita (“EVA”) – Robotics, sensors, “IoT,” and multi-agent networks for Smart Efficient Farming (“AgroIntel” and “AgriBrains”) and Environmental Monitoring, Protection and Preservation (“EcoVita”), focused upon the integration of multiple, cooperative robot and sensor networks including satellite and ground-based data sources for intelligent planning and operation of farms. EcoVita began as a project from 2005-2014 involving Univ. of Alberta, Oak Ridge Nat’l Laboratory (USA), Vanderbilt Univ., Univ. of Virginia, and the Tribal Nations of the Canadian Northwest Territories. (formerly and also referred to in papers and documents as “EcoAgros”) The first phase of EcoVita is AgriBrains and this commenced in 2017 with the foundation of MIRNOVA.
*** This Project area is currently (21017-2018) the Primary Focus for MIRNOVA ACADEMY activities (and thus, no surprise, the emphasis upon robotics, sensors, networks, and information sciences).
ASTRIC – Astro-Terrestrial Robotic Interaction and Control, focused upon the design of operating systems and cybernetics for management of heterogeneous cooperative robotic networks for use in space-based engineering tasks including asteroid operations.
ASTRIC is based with a distributed-site laboratory that has a central hub in the Aerospace Research Technology Center at South Urals State University in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Other participants include scientists at University of Barcelona, Michigan Tech, Surrey and Strathclyde.
Further information can be found in this online repository. [ASTRIC is principally a Project activity of MIRNOVA’s Institute and Academy Programs.]
NeoPlexus – advanced physics and molecular engineering focused upon design and development of a generalized, heterogeneous-architecture computing machine (GCM) employing trans-Turing computational principles and incorporating principles of topological information resonance (TIR).
The roots of NeoPlexus go back years and include the participation and work by a team of eminent scientists and engineers including Basil Hiley, Roger Penrose, David Bohm and Brian Josephson (UK), David Finkelstein, Thomas Thundat, Stuart Kauffmann, and Louis Kauffmann (USA), Larissa Briznik (UA), Lev Fadeev Igor Bogolubsky and Vladimir Arnold (RU), Gabor Vattay (HU), Laurent Nottale and Yves Couder (FR), and others. Preliminary public information may be found at this online repository. [NeoPlexus is principally a Project activity of MIRNOVA’s Institute Program.]
LIBRARIUM – a Comprehensive (serving Education+Research+Communications) Project (“INSTITUTE” focus) – 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.
Note: This is run as a Project within the Institute but in earlier documents it has been sescribed as a fourth Program within Mirnova because of its scope and open-ended duration. Aso, we now include the Ars Bio Project (described below, here) as being part of the LIBRARIUM. It is more logical this way.
One way to understand the purpose of the Mirnova Librarium is by way of metaphor. Imagine that “everything” froze in place as far as cultural activity and not only with regard to scientific, technical, engineering, and mathematics development, but also with respect to other artistic and cultural development, particularly where methods, tools, techniques, disciplines, skills and encapsulatable, formulatable knowledge are involved.
Now imagine that people want to “pick up where everything left off” with regard to “something,” and to resume either the basic theoretical research or the applied research and development, or the commercial production – of that “something.” That may be a very life-critical, society-critical matter such as generating energy, building a bridge, constructing and flying an airplane, setting up a computing and information network, or proceeding to work upon or to produce certain medicines.
We speak of the motivation and function for the LIBRARIUM as being the union of 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 Librarium 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 Librarium 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.
Thus there is a very strong constructionist and utilitarian aspect to the Library with regard to what is in it and how it is organized.
However, the Librarium is not only for builders, engineers, and operators of machines and technologies. It is also a repository and a set of intellectual tools for all of the arts and humanities, and thus its contents, and its organizational structure, accommodates many disciplines and subjects that are not explicitly considered to be within the S.T.E.A.M. domains, including art, drama, history, literature, music, and other humanities.
Primary Divisions of the LIBRARIUM
Prime Archive and Second Archive
Great Books of the World – comparable in concept to the Encyclopedia Britannica “Great Books” but this is of and about the Whole World, not just the Western World
SYNTOPICON – see MJD writings and techno-work (Incyclopedia, HORUS, Syntopicon) – work-in-progress dating back to 2002
STEAM Works – serious “How To Do X” protocols and instructions, using what has been written by others already
Resources and Structures
Presently (January 2018) there is an architecture established for knowledge and problem representation and this is based upon the Incyclopedia Project (with its Syntopicon knowledge base) and the HORUS reasoning system, all dating based to the early 2000’s and the work by a coalition of individuals and companies (including Planeta Znanii, Synergetics, Avanta Press, Tetrad Technologies and individual contributors). There are approximately 42,000 books and papers assembled in the first-order repositories and ready for inclusion. There are approximately 4,000 physical volumes (books and collections of papers).
Storage and Preservation
There are two formats by which the works of the Librarium are maintained and preserved for posterity and for open, unrestricted, free access to the information.
 Digital storage
Multiple and redundant forms of representation are employed in order to maintain sustainable preservation well into the future, including in times when present-day digital encoding schemes and methods of storage may be rare, archaic, and even forgotten or inaccessible. This applies to all contents of the Librarium.
One version of the Prime Archive is maintained in a special and singularly secure form of encryption in order to mitigate the possibilities of tampering by cyber-intruders of the future. This encryption system is different from others used widely in commerce, finance and government. It involves a very complex system of interdependencies and dynamic distribution of information and, on the basis of its mathematics and its physical design, it is deemed to be impregnable to intrusion, corruption or any other form of information subversion, subject to the integrity of the Librarium and its caretakers.
 Physical storage
Not all documents will be stored as physical copies, but a large number, defined as the Prime Archive, will be maintained in physical copies stored under conditions for maintaining safekeeping against all forms of decay and loss.
Within the LIBRARIUM now is
ARS BIO – interactive collaborative arts exhibiting and creating, focused upon Unity and Diversity themes in Nature and human culture. The project is ongoing and constantly acquiring new artists and new works in participation both onsite and online.
Earlier exhibits and interactive experiences for Ars Bio were in Costa Rica (2002), Moscow (2003-2005), Washington DC (2007) and Traverse City, MI (2013). Additional information is being prepared and will be made available soon in conjunction with the Arts Division of the MIRNOVA LIBRARY. [ARS BIO is principally a Project activity of MIRNOVA’s Academy and Librarium Programs.]
Each of these Master Projects has a long-standing history by key-founder participants and colleagues. Each Master Project predates the foundation (establishment) of MIRNOVA Academy, and each involves collaborations among diverse people and groups.
A good introduction can be found here in this paper (November, 2017) you can read and download: Brains, Bots and Builders – the seminal paper (2017)
This list provides sixteen (16) examples of PFP-specific projects being currently prepared for study and experimentation by student teams. All of these are achievable within the guidelines and plans, taking into account limited time and resources, and continuations from one semester and year to the next. All of these may be executed successfully by high-school age teams with the assistance of technical mentors, some of whom will be members of the Center for Intelligent Human-Robotic Systems.
All such projects, if and when they commence, will both utilize and also contribute to and extend the capabilities and strengths of technologies such as ATHOS (an advanced intelligent operating system for robotics and human-machine cooperative dynamic networks, provided pro bonoby its developers to MIRNOVA Academy.)
- • Multiple UAVs deployed over a region to predict in advance and to monitor actual conditions of flooding, drought, forest fire, tundra/taiga thaw, and pest dispersion
• UAVs transporting necessary instrumentation and supplies to persons living or working in remote, inaccessible, and dangerous situations during natural catastrophe and other disaster events
• UAVs and ULVs operating to diminish the spread of mosquitoes (e.g., malaria, Zika virus)
• ASTRIC — ASTronomical object Reconnaissance, Intervention and Countermeasures — UAV-type robotic vehicles operating in deep space as part of a planetary defense network for deterrence and deflection of an asteroid on a collision course with Earth
• UAV and ULV cooperative operations pertaining to targeted water control and pest control for agriculture
- • UAVs deployed in the dynamic repositioning of lightweight VAWT (vertical airfoil wind turbine) generators, for optimizing the generation of electricity from wind currents
- • UAV technologies deployed in the dynamic repositioning of flexible thin-foil photovoltaic panels and sheets, for optimizing the generation of electricity from such PV devices
- • UAVs deployed for the visual and auditory enhancement of many types of spectator sports, concerts and festivals
- • UAVs deployed for the safety of airports, mass-transit operations and dense urban areas subject to both natural and man-made (terrorist) threats
- • UAVs used within a variety of augmented-reality gaming experiences including GPS-relevant adventure games
- • UAVs deployed to enhance safety and security for citizens, especially women and children, in areas subject to threats from criminals including sexual predators
- • UAVs deployed as cooperative networks for a variety of tasks to minimize and to response after emergencies such as floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, and fires
- • UWVs deployed for increasing efficiency of aqua-farming operations
- • ULVs and UWVs deployed for increasing efficiency of hydroponic farming operations
- • UAVs and ULVs deployed for yield optimization and increased efficiency and safety in the operation of mines and also metals reclamation facilities
- • UAVs deployed in space for construction of deep-orbit, lunar, or planetary habitations, mining, and manufacturing facilities
Each of these examples illustrates something that can be done by teams that may consist of 5 to 7 students, working over a period of 1 to 2 years in order to show effective “phase 1” or even “phase 2” level results that are sufficiently supported by strong empirical, experimental evidence, and suitable for technology transfer into commercialization programs within private industry.
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Initial (Foundational) Project
The first project within the Program has been selected and designed in order to provide the optimum foundations – organizationally, technically, and financially, for conducting future projects, for generating a platform upon which future projects can extend research and provide testing and validation, and for creating sustainability through commercial value.
Agricultural Productivity Optimization using cooperative robots for sensing, analytics and control. (“AgriBrains”)
- • Use of robot networks (UAV, ULV, AUV) with both human-assisted and autonomous functionality, employing a diverse array of CBR (chem-bio-rad) and EM (electromagnetic) multi-spectral sensors as well as electromechanical actuators
- • Onboard and mobile, as well as manually-delivered
- • Dynamic mobile operation, and static-placed stationary operation
- • “Plug-n-play” device independence for all platforms including applicability to other systems (e.g., aircraft, helicopters, etc.)
- • Data acquisition and integration with satellite-based and other telemetry and knowledge sources
- • Analytics employing human expertise and synthetic (AI, machine-learning) intelligence
- • BOINC-based distributed processing for massive computational tasks
- • Data management and knowledge representation and distribution
This project builds upon extensive and proven prior research by members of the technical and management team within MIRNOVA as well as by other research and development that is accessible to the team. The scope of the project is necessarily open-ended and the details will be defined in the course of establishing the core team of mentors and stakeholders in MIRNOVA.
Future Directions: These future-potential projects each have a “Phase-1” or “Phase-2” prior successful history and components. Each derives from one or more of MIRNOVA’s founders, advocates, supporters and stakeholders. Each will be reworked, redesigned and incorporated into future MIRNOVA STEAM Program Projects that will be the subject of educational and experimental activity by the teams of students, peers, mentors and experts.
- § CUBIT-Delta (PCR-based rapid detection and diagnostics of infectious bacterial and viral diseases, particularly those capable and likely of generating severe pandemics (e.g., influenza, Ebola, SARS, MERS, and other viral diseases) – prior project activity 2007-16
- § Coastal Property Monitoring (use of UAV and ULV systems to monitor, measure, compare, evaluate coastal properties and features in expectation and in response to storms and rising sea levels)
- § Platforms that can be used to test and demo different micro/nano sensors and actuators for many other research teams and their projects (e.g., MIET)
- § MASK (also implementation using KOIN – focus on micro-film cams and lenses and the MASK architecture for combined, integrated VR and AR including 360-degree omnivision) – 2013+
- § SELDON and Prediction Engine (predictive analytics and data mining) – 1990+
- § Platform for test/demo of KyberShield and the basis of I-Bank (mobile, distributed “untouchable” servers) and other distributed cryptosystems
- § Platform to test different Quantum Computing (QC) models and systems (mobile, active, distributed)