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Project Details
Economic Development
Artificial Intelligence & Cybersecurity Center of Excellence for Workforce Development
It will establish a 3D virtual Center of Excellence to accelerate development of Dayton region’s AI and Cybersecurity future workforce. They will get hands-on, project-based experience prototyping AI-smart, cyber-secure technologies for healthcare, manufacturing, and aerospace. It leverages a multimillion-dollar Air Force program that the non-profit DLG (Discovery Lab - Global) Director ran for 10 years before retiring to further refine this 3D virtual lab approach over the past 6 years.
Organization Details
Discovery Lab - Global (DLG)
707 miamisburg-centerville rd #247
Dayton, Ohio. 45459-6522
United States
SAME
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Non-profit
Organization Contact Details
Rob Williams
Discovery Lab - Global (DLG)
Discovery Lab - Global (DLG)
9379070062
707 miamisburg-centerville rd #247
Dayton, Ohio. 45459-6522
USA
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Location Details
Dayton
Montgomery
Ohio 10th
Financial Details
3000000
5000000
We have received funding from Department of Labor (DoL) of $250,000 as a sub-contract grant under a prime. The DoL funding is to develop and administer a cybersecurity certification “boot camp” inside of our 3D virtual cybersecurity campus that helps veterans pursue a career in cybersecurity by earning an industry and government recognized cybersecurity certification after completing our program. We also submitted a proposal for $580,000 to the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The funding would be to develop and implement a cybersecurity STEM program inside of our 3D virtual cybersecurity campus for college students to develop our future workforce. It focuses on Diversity-Equity-Innovation (DEI). We believe this ONR proposal has a high likelihood of being selected for funding.
Administration or Operations
No
No
Within the next 6-12 months
We believe that additional funding opportunities exist for pieces of this proposal with DARPA, ONR, and possibly NSF. The key would be for the PDAC to be used to demonstrate the credibility of a 3D Virtual Innovation Center that attracts university and industry alliances that would convince these potential additional funding opportunities to see that additional funding would support the critical mass of community, education, and industry involvement.

In addition, the proposed center of excellence will be qualified to collaborate with small businesses like Spectral Energies to attract SBIR/STTR (Small Business Innovative Research) grants/contracts from NASA, DoD, NSF, NIH, Dept. of Energy, etc. In this context, Spectral Energies had tremendous experience in SBIR/STTR grants and commercialization and it expressed interest in exploring funding opportunities to complement the proposed congressional funding. This will also help enhancing the visibility to other small businesses in the Dayton region who might have interest in recruiting the trained workforce in AI and cybersecurity, that is essential for WPAFB needs.
Community Details
This project will directly benefit the healthcare, manufacturing, and aerospace industries in the community. These industries in the community will increasingly depend on AI to develop the “smart” capabilities for their products and services needed to be globally competitive and will increasingly depend on cybersecurity products and services to protect that competitiveness from cyber-attacks such as data breaches that steal sensitive and proprietary company information, ransomware that holds company information hostage, and Denial of Service attacks that can disable company operations.

Our project will create a 3D Virtual Center of Excellence (CoE) that will accelerate innovations in artificial intelligence and cybersecurity while developing our future AI / cyber innovators. This dual track mission of the CoE addresses two community needs: (1) the market need for accelerated innovations in AI and cybersecurity to help create jobs driven by the nation’s need for innovations that are in these 2 areas and in their intersection and (2) to grow the region’s future innovators by constructing a STEM talent development pipeline across the last 2 years of high school and the first 2 years of college.

Some may question why the proposed Center is focused on both technologies, AI and Cybersecurity, instead of focusing on just one such as Artificial Intelligence or Cybersecurity instead of both. There are two compelling reasons: (1) In our Discovery Lab – Global (DLG) program, we’ve determined that AI and cybersecurity are potential gamechangers for the future success of healthcare, manufacturing, and aerospace companies that need to be globally competitive to survive however (2) we also see these two technologies are becoming increasingly interdependent as companies discover the need to develop products and services that are not only AI-smart but also cyber-secure.

Because of these 2 compelling reasons and because DLG has experience developing AI and cybersecurity STEM projects inside of our existing 3D virtual STEM campus, we believe that proposing a Center of Excellence (CoE) that integrates AI and cybersecurity into our workforce development strategy is exactly what the region will need. This approach will also uniquely set our project proposal apart from other STEM workforce development proposals.
No
11-25
None
26-50
For Question #42 - Job creation estimate was based on the staffing need to direct workforce development projects for both Artificial Intelligence and for Cybersecurity. We estimate that the demand for a future workforce and upskilling in both AI and in Cybersecurity will drive the need for staffing sufficient to organize and direct the projects supporting both. We also base on our estimates on our own experience operating a year-round 100-student Air Force program during the period 2005 - 2015. Creating such a sustainable capability with the strategic objective of building up the region's tech talent in AI and Cybersecurity suggests that our estimate of 11-25 over the first 2 years is reasonable and realistic.

For Question #44 - We believe that the long-term, sustained economic benefit to the region of a CoE focused on AI and Cybersecurity will be strategic and significant given the nation's growing need for innovative AI-smart technologies and services that are also Cyber-safe.
$75,001-$100,00
Yes
Yes
Technology
Montgomery
Additional Details
No
Rob Williams
9379070062
rob.williams@discoverylabglobal.com
No
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