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Press Release 13-158

NSF announces new Expeditions in Computing awards

Ambitious investments in fundamental research stand to shape the future of computing and information technologies

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Illustration showing molecular structures

Conceptual representation of programming languages for specifying molecular components and molecular systems.

Credit: Lulu Qian, Caltech


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Slide showing the human eye, glasses, walking sticks and devices for visually impaired

The human visual cortex will inspire the design of smart cameras that can aid visually impaired, support augmented reality and assist drivers. The team draws from eight institutions and experts in multiple fields of computing.

Credit: Vijaykrishnan Narayanan, Penn State and members of Visual Cortex on Silicon Team


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Closeup image of a computer chip

Computer chips that emulate how the brain processes visual information could be used to develop new kinds of cameras and sensors to aid visually impaired persons, provide driver assistance capabilities for reducing automotive accidents, and augmented reality systems for enhanced shopping, travel and safety.

Credit: UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering


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Illustration showing a dog and a shell as isnpiration for engineered nano systems

Much like how animals have inspired engineering of macroscopic electromechanical robots, biological cells are now inspiring engineering of complex molecular devices and systems at the nanoscale.

Credit: Erik Winfree, California Institute of Technology


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Photo of researchers on the Visual Cortex on Silicon team with three students.

Researchers on the Visual Cortex on Silicon team. Pictured from left to right are Steven P. Levitan, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering; Donald M. Chiarulli, Department of Computer Science, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences; and students Andrew Seel (undergraduate), John Carpenter (graduate), and Natalie Janosik (undergraduate).

Credit: University of Pittsburgh


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Siddharth Joshi at work designing a computer chip

UCSD Ph.D. student Siddharth Joshi at work designing a computer chip that mimics brain function.

Credit: UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering


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