The COmputational Skins for Multifunctional Objects and Systems (COSMOS) center will pursue the science and engineering necessary to create a world where physical objects/surfaces are densely embedded/covered with high performance, seamlessly networked, ambiently powered computational nodes that can process, store, and communicate data. Such a capability would fundamentally redefine human-environment interactions by inextricably entangling ‘everyday’ objects and information technology. Realization of this vision is not possible within, and requires a rethink of, conventional electronics manufacturing, circuit design, and human-computer interaction paradigms. IEN seed funding will be used for a variety of demonstration projects necessary to advance the COSMOS vision.
Funds will also support the establishment of an Industry Advisory Board (IAB) and the development of a COSMOS device and manufacturing roadmap. The proposed work spans all three IEN themes – miniaturization, diversification, and integration – and will ensure the long-term leadership of Georgia Tech in these areas.
The technological, economic, and societal implications of the COSMOS vision are substantial. In the long-term, COSMOS research will enable:
nanomaterials-based high performance circuit nodes, which are capable of secure computation and communication, and are primarily powered by energy harvesting;
new networking architectures and algorithms that will permit these pervasive nodes to securely communicate to each other and to the existing network;
high-throughput manufacturing platforms and nanomaterials feedstocks to enable flexible, large-area, high-performance systems.