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Special Report:
ECEs and Biomedicine

April 2004


New center developing large-scale distributed embedded systems for health, environment, transportation, business applications

The Center for Embedded Systems in Crit-ical Applications (CESCA) was formed in 2003 to develop enabling technologies to support distributed decision-making among networked computing nodes for applications in health care, environmental monitoring, transportation, and business and inventory management.

Next revolution in sensing and computing
“Large-scale distributed embedded systems is the next revolution in sensing and computing,” said Center Director Dong Ha. “These systems will consist of thousands of small computing devices that are networked to perform intelligent sensing and interact with the physical world. Due to safety, well-being, and economic factors, we believe that the four targeted application areas will present the greatest challenges and benefits for the technology.”

Work in devices and components includes sensor technology, power management, low-power VLSI design, processor architecture, and design automation and verification. Embedded software and wireless networking encompasses real-time software and communications, low-power wireless communications, embedded sensor network design, and geo-location. Research in algorithms and information processing incorporates image and signal analysis, security and cryptography, and biometrics.

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