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Division of Information & Intelligent Systems


Smart and Autonomous Systems  (S&AS)


CONTACTS
Name Email Phone Room
Reid  Simmons resimmon@nsf.gov (703) 292-4767   
David  Corman dcorman@nsf.gov (703) 292-8754   
Samee  Khan skhan@nsf.gov (703) 292-8061   
Jack  Snoeyink jsnoeyin@nsf.gov (703) 292-8910   
Jie  Yang jyang@nsf.gov (703) 292-4768   

For questions related to international collaborations, contact:

  • Seta Bogosyan, Program Director, OD/OISE, telephone: (703)-292-4766, email: sbogosya@nsf.gov.

PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Solicitation  16-608

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 17-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline Date

    December 11, 2017

    Second Monday in December, Annually Thereafter

SYNOPSIS

The Smart and Autonomous Systems (S&AS) program focuses on Intelligent Physical Systems (IPS) that are cognizant, taskable, reflective, ethical, and knowledge-rich. The S&AS program welcomes research on IPS that are aware of their capabilities and limitations, leading to long-term autonomy requiring minimal or no human operator intervention. Example IPS include, but are not limited to, robotic platforms and networked systems that combine computing, sensing, communication, and actuation. Cognizant IPS exhibit high-level awareness beyond primitive actions, in support of persistent and long-term autonomy. Taskable IPS can interpret high-level, possibly vague, instructions, translating them into concrete actions that are dependent on the particular context in which the IPS is operating.  Reflective IPS can learn from their own experiences and those of other entities, such as other IPS or humans, and from instruction or observation; they may exhibit self-aware and self-optimizing capabilities. Ethical IPS should adhere to a system of societal and legal rules, taking those rules into account when making decisions. Knowledge-rich IPS employ a variety of representation and reasoning mechanisms, such as semantic, probabilistic and commonsense reasoning; are cognitively plausible; reason about uncertainty in decision making; and reason about the intentions of other entities in decision making.

RELATED URLS
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for NSF 16-608

Smart & Autonomous Systems Webinar - November 3, 2016 - Presentation, Audio and Transcript

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program