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Army, Virginia Create Partnership Ecosystem to Advance Workforce Dev’t, STEM Education

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The U.S. Army's Night Vision Labs and the Commonwealth of Virginia have launched a collaboration ecosystem  to encourage government, commercial and academic sectors to tackle workforce and educational challenges with the use of technology.

The Innovative Discovery Science Platform aims to help communities address real-life issues through analytics, crowdsourcing and a virtual collaboration approach intended to automate workforce development, technology transition and science, technology, engineering and math education initiatives, iDISPLA said Monday.

Erdem Topsakal, chair of the Virginia Commonwealth University's electrical and computer engineering department, noted the potential of iDISPLA to help students learn from experience.

"The iDISPLA platform can provide a much-needed strategy for workforce, education in STEM/STEAM and an integrated technology landscape that includes the underrepresented communities," Topsakal added.

The ecosystem will feature three open challenges on its official website to seek data-driven approaches to rural broadband access, thermal imaging and opioid crisis response.