2007 NSF Expeditions Proposal
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- NSF proposal homepage
- Program goals
- To catalyze far-reaching research explorations motivated by deep scientific questions or hard problems in the computing and information fields, and/or by compelling applications that promise significant societal benefits;
- To inspire current and future generations of Americans, especially those from under-represented groups, to pursue rewarding careers in computer and information science and engineering; and
- To stimulate significant research and education outcomes that, through effective knowledge transfer mechanisms, promise scientific, economic and/or other societal benefits.
- Program characteristics
- Foster research climates that nurture creativity and informed risk-taking, and value complementary research and education contributions such that the whole Expedition is greater than the sum of its parts;
- Draw upon well-integrated, diverse teams of investigators from one or more disciplines within computer and information science and engineering, as well as investigators from other fields where necessary;
- Stimulate effective knowledge transfer; and
- Demonstrate experimental systems or support shared experimental facilities (including instruments, platforms and/or testbeds), where necessary, to enable discovery and learning.
- 3 awards per year (so very competitive), funded at $2M/year for 5 years
- An individual can participate in at most one pre-proposal or proposal
- 5 Nov 07: letter of intent (required) - title + 60 word summary
- 30 Dec 07: preliminary proposal - 10 page limit
- 1 Apr 08: full proposal - 20 page limit
Summary of first meeting
The program is very broad; we discussed
- Energy - use of networked information, computing, economics and control for significant increases in efficiency of energy usage/carbon footprint (ala the difference between an Acura Integra and a Toyota Prius).
- Interplanetary Internet - teaming up with JPL to think about how to define the architecture for a space-based Internet (network all spacecraft in the soloar system)
- Robotics/autonomy - building the next generation of information-rich, autonomous systems, ala Alice.
- Health systems - thinking through how communications/computing/control can affect health care; probably not as good a match as the other areas.