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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 COSMOS vision. All physical objects and surfaces are embedded with dense, energy efficients nodes that can process, store, and communicate sensor data. Achieving this vision requires tackling difficult manufacturing, materials, devices, and systems challenges and requires an interdisciplinary approach.

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.


COSMOS Faculty

Gregory Abowd   ● Sven Behrens   ● Victor Breedveld   ● Tom Conte   ● Michael Filler   ● Arijit Raychowdhury    ● Manos Tentzeris   ● Eric Vogel