Computing and Communication - Embedded Systems

As computing and signal processing devices shrink, it has become practical to deploy portable devices and networked sensors virtually everywhere. Thin, mobile clients, such as smart cell phones, are beginning to displace conventional computers as the ubiquitous computing and communication devices. Meanwhile, sensor networks will enable us to continuously monitor and analyze our environment (nature, home, work). Both uses of embedded computing have important applications in addressing societal challenges such as the environment, energy efficiency, health-care, transportation, security, and emergency preparedness. There are potential research work in sensor and actuator design, new materials for embedded systems (e.g., organic electronics), and the hardware or software used to implement novel applications and end-user systems.