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Create the mathematical and physical foundations for the technologies that will form a new information ecosystem, the Central Nervous System for the Earth (CeNSE), consisting of a trillion nanoscale sensors and actuators embedded in the environment and connected via an array of networks with computing systems, software and services to exchange their information among analysis engines, storage systems and end users.



Revolutionize human interaction with the earth as profoundly as the Internet has revolutionized personal and business interactions.



To conduct this research, we are applying our deep core competence across the disciplines of information theory, quantum mechanics, photonics, nano-electronics, materials and mechanics to:

  • develop efficient and flexible methods for data representation and for analysis and extraction of critical information from vast amounts of heterogeneous data,
  • dramatically improve the state of the art in the cost, size, power efficiency, accuracy, and sensitivity of embedded sensors and actuators, 
  • develop photonic interconnects enabled by extremely efficient and inexpensive optical sources, modulators and detectors and
  • provide the highest possible level of privacy and security to personal and business information through quantum mechanical protocols.


Director: R. Stanley Williams

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