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Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Discoveries

NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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aerial view of  volcano Yellowstone magma discovery
NSF-funded seismologists at the University of Utah discover magma hidden beneath Yellowstone's supervolcano
Released  April 23, 2015
images generated using data from a particle-in-cell simulation Smaller and cheaper particle accelerators?
Scientists developing technology that could expand use for medicine, national security, materials science, industry and high energy physics research
Released  April 21, 2015
student working on a tablet in a classroom Classroom as virtual phenomenon
University of Illinois professor uses cyberlearning to bring scientific processes to life
Released  April 17, 2015
two girls with crayons, a robot and cubes Teaching tykes to program robots
Tufts University researcher creates cyberlearning tools for young children
Released  April 10, 2015
screenshot showing virtual human characters Virtual role-play and robo-tutors
Cyberlearning project teaches language and cross-cultural communication with avatars and robots
Released  April 8, 2015
Nurses next to a robotic patient in a hospital bed How robots can help build better doctors
Research seeks to make better 'human patient simulators'
Released  April 7, 2015
Greg Gogolin Restoring lost data
Researchers developing 3-D digital laser microscopy to create visual roadmap
Released  April 3, 2015
photo of the aurora in green Springtime night lights: Finding the aurora
Aurorasaurus project allows aurora-viewers around the world to compare sightings
Released  March 31, 2015
screenshot showing an experiment in Internet routing included in the GENI Massive Open Online Course Hands-on training for tomorrow's Internet engineers
NYU researchers give students around the world real-world networking experiences through NSF-supported GENI wireless resources
Released  March 25, 2015
Kettering University students participating in a community cleanup Igniting change in Vehicle City
Kettering University leads effort to improve city services in Flint, Mich., through high-speed networking
Released  March 24, 2015
woman exercising in front of monitor Fitness app connects exercisers to experts
NSF-supported Fitnet uses powerful computing and networking infrastructure to enable new capabilities
Released  March 23, 2015
power lines Smarter smart grids
ExoGENI testbed helps researchers develop methods for monitoring, controlling and troubleshooting power grids
Released  March 18, 2015
Chein-shiung Wu Pioneering women in STEM
Names you should know, in celebration of Women's History Month
Released  March 17, 2015
student and teacher working at a  computer The Beauty and Joy of Computing in the Big Apple
NSF helps bring successful CS education program from UC Berkeley to New York City public schools
Released  March 11, 2015
wheat plants Developing infrastructure for data sharing around the world
NSF-supported organization coordinates US participation in global data-sharing and infrastructure-building effort
Released  March 9, 2015
Teachers in front of a building Encouraging diversity in computer science education
Effort from University of Virginia trains teachers to recruit, appeal to all students
Released  March 7, 2015
students and teachers at a conference Artful coders
AP Computer Science Principles draws arts students into computational thinking in Alabama
Released  March 6, 2015
woman in front of a computer Just in time: Tips for computer science teachers when they need it
NSF's supported professional development program provides online tools and resources for new and experienced computer science educators
Released  March 4, 2015
Visualizations of future nano-transistors From massive supercomputers come tiniest transistors
Purdue researchers use Blue Waters supercomputer to design the building blocks of future nano-computing technologies
Released  March 3, 2015
animated map of transit systems Walking, driving and riding in a winter wonderland
Using big data techniques, engineers more accurately model how people adapt to snowstorms and other disruptions
Released  February 5, 2015
People working under a bridge Warding off failure
Tiny, self-powered sensors push the limits of health and usage monitoring
Released  February 4, 2015
a robot doing laundry Human insights inspire solutions for household robots
New algorithms designed by Berkeley and UMass researchers allow autonomous systems to deal with uncertainty
Released  February 4, 2015
Microscopic image of senile plaques seen in the cerebral cortex of a person with Alzheimer's Uncovering Alzheimer's complex genetic networks
Researchers from the Mayo Clinic use NSF-supported Blue Waters supercomputer to understand gene expression in the brain
Released  February 3, 2015
image showing te design of driverless car GM-Segway EN-V Programming safety into self-driving cars
UMass researchers improve artificial intelligence algorithms for semi-autonomous vehicles
Released  February 2, 2015
Electric vehicle and charging station. Improving electric vehicle sales may require solving unique chicken and egg problem
Subsidizing construction of charging stations possibly a cheaper way to reach US sales goals than tax incentives
Released  January 29, 2015
women with their hands together Addressing the shortage of women in technology
National Center for Women & Information Technology connects universities, companies, nonprofits, and government organizations to increase women’s participation in computing and technology
Released  December 12, 2014
students and professor with robot and a computer CompuGirls: Young women have role to play in technology field
Latest focus of project is creating humanoid robots
Released  December 12, 2014
Jan Cuny Computer Science Education Week: Expert voices on the value of CS
We asked leading researchers from academia, government and industry to share with us their thoughts about the importance of computer science education
Released  December 12, 2014
ipad showing two student characters Helping students thrive in a digital world
Dual-enrollment computer science classes in Texas provide an on-ramp to STEM careers
Released  December 11, 2014
student and teacher A new approach to creating a computing curriculum
Innovative, NSF-funded project brings together teachers and researchers to rethink computer science education
Released  December 10, 2014

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