​Industry & Government Partnerships

Protecting America and its citizens through research

In today’s complex world, research partnerships are crucial to protecting America, both its many citizens and the nation itself. Indiana University continues to build these partnerships with various divisions of the U.S. Department of Defense, such as Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, located in Southern Indiana.

IU researchers such as Chandan Sen, a leading expert in regenerative medicine, are studying new ways to heal burns, address diabetic complications, treat injured soldiers, and even regrow damaged and diseased tissue. Our productive research relationships are leading to many innovative projects with powerful, real-world impact.

AI goes rural

To build the state and nation's talent pipeline, IU is collaborating closely with NSWC Crane on artificial intelligence programming for rural middle school students.


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Developing Trusted AI research, workforce

IU is collaborating with NSWC Crane, Purdue, and Notre Dame to develop research and a skilled workforce that can meet the unique national security and defense needs.

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The promise of regenerative medicine

At the IU Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering, scientists are reprogramming human cells to repair injury.

Learn more about the promise of regenerative medicine

Providing critical language training

A new Language Training Center will help a wide range of U.S. Department of Defense personnel be globally ready.

Learn more about IU's language training in support of national security
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Advancing mental health

A cutting-edge blood test may lead to more accurate diagnosis of PTSD and more precise treatments and prevention.


Learn more about how IU is enabling precision medicine for mental health

Reinventing wound care

The IU School of Medicine is leading the first study of the national Diabetic Foot Consortium improve management of diabetic foot ulcers and decrease amputation rates.

Learn more about IU's work to change wound care and healing

Save the Republic event, April 2021

The 99+ Luft Balloons: Save the Republic event is a collaboration of the U.S. military and faculty-student teams from universities to solve pragmatic problems related to drone swarming techniques. A pilot competition was held at IU Bloomington in November 2020.

Description of the video:

[Man wearing a mask stands at a podium in a large classroom as music fades in, a IU logo appears in top right corner]
Good morning everyone and welcome to Save the Republic.

[Balloon operators try to control their drone balloons, a referee throws a balloon into a large arena]
I thank you to all of you for being here to have this little autonomous vehicle competition. Let the games begin.

[A woman wearing a mask sits on a couch in front of display cases, lower 3rd reads: Samantha Lawrence, Test lead for tactical technical team bravo at NSWC Crane]
So what we're looking at, swarming, would be defined as multiple robotics entities working together to achieve a goal autonomously.

[Balloon operators wearing masks sit or stand and work with balloons in arena; a smoke animation comes out of a balloon]
Here's a real case scenario; you're just competing you're playing soccer in the air but,

[Another team stands on opposite side of arena releasing a balloon, a smoke animation comes out of balloon]

[2 balloons bump into each other in middle of arena]
what swarming techniques are you gonna use?

[Man sits in front of display cases with a mask on; lower 3rd reads: Jeff Zaleski, Interim Vice Provost for Research]
The idea of the competition is really not a competition, it's more of a collaboration. The idea being at the end of the collaboration we'll

[3 masked balloon operators are seen working remote controllers]
share best practices, all to solve pragmatic problems for the national security operations.

[Masked man sits in front of 2 display cases, lower 3rd reads: Daniel M Lofaro, Research Scientist at US Naval Research Laboratory]
Being able to put our algorithms onto real-world agents, that allows us to test it in a kind of real world environment.

[A drone holding a balloon is intercepted by a different drone.]

[Wide shot of drone operators with drones in background operating.] 

[A large red balloon is seen stuck in a pit of the arena]
We're able to run into other adversarial agents where we don't actually know what they're doing; it also teaches the students

[A group of operators work to free multiple drones from each other]
and the other researchers about the limitations.

[Masked man sits in front of 2 display cases, lower 3rd reads: Ankur Mehta, Asst. Professor Electrical and Computer Engineering, UCLA]
We can think about challenges in two ways: there's the engineering challenge and then there's a logistics challenge. 

[A unique drone floats in the arena.]
Like everything about this experience  

[Transition to Ankur working to repair a drone with a student.]
IU has made it more pleasant, a lot more convenient, and a lot more effective at working at this project.

[Two people work to fix a drone in the arena.]

[A masked man sits in front of 2 display cases, lower 3rd reads: Cameron Nowzari, Asst. Professor, Electrical Engineering, George Mason University]
And the absolute best thing about this project is that I can involve absolutely anyone that wants to come work with me.

[Drone operators are seen, drones move in the background]

[Jeff Zaleski sits in front of 2 display cases]
And so what we'd like to see is that this become a bi-annual event, and I can see already that it's going to grow and grow as we begin

[A masked team of drone operators celebrate in arena, same team is then seen standing in large classroom with a blow-up trophy.]

[Jeff Z sits in front of two display cases]
to move forward, so a really great opportunity for IU and a great opportunity for the research space

[ IU logo fades out, animated transition to black]

[Animated text appears: Save the Republic, April 2021, music fades out, text animates off]

[IU logo appears, INDIANA UNIVERSITY, research.impact.iu.edu, then they animate out]

Key partnerships increase our research impact

Indiana University offers broad support and services for veterans and service members beyond research.

Chandan Sen

IU Associate Vice President for Military and Applied Research

J. Stanley Battersby Chair and Professor of Surgery at the IU School of Medicine

Director of the Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering

Executive Director of the IU Health Comprehensive Wound Center


Jeff Zaleski

Interim Vice Provost for Research at IU Bloomington

Professor of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, IU Bloomington


Laura Kolton

Director of Federal Research Relations

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