Research, Design and Engineering of complex (tera-scale) systems and networks

The mission of this program can be summarized as the research, design and engineering of complex (tera-scale) systems and networks to monitor and connect humans and/or the environment. The underlying enabling technology is provided by micro/nano-technologies and their applications to distributed, networked embedded-system design. Thus, this research program is built around a technology kernel that supports embedded system applications.  Beyond the mere straightforward integration, the program aims at identifying and fostering the potential synergies between micro/nano-component technology and large-scale system design technologies (ranging from hardware to software and networking). Indeed, the availability of sensing, computing and communication technologies enables and constrains the design of embedded systems. Conversely, the stringent requirements of embedded systems on size, weight, power dissipation and communication range demand major innovation in micro/nano-technologies. While the existence of such synergy opportunities are widely recognized, an ambitious large-scale holistic integration approach such as the one proposed by the Nano-Tera.CH initiative is still unheard of.

The technical rationale and details of Nano-Tera.CH is described as such. First, we introduce the target application areas, highlight their relationship to the program objectives and identify their salient technological challenges. Next, we describe the enabling technologies in detail, as well as specific technological strategies to meet the overall program objectives. Finally, we show how technology innovation and crossbreeding of technologies will lead us to meet the program object.

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