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Computer and Network Systems (CNS) 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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animated gif showing visualization of pushbacks at logan airport Designing tomorrow's air traffic control systems
MIT researcher explores algorithmic solutions to make flying more efficient
Released  October 14, 2014
Jeannie Albrecht Advances in computer mobility, connectivity and networks
Researcher develops programs and platforms that will ensure systems work despite power losses and other issues
Released  October 2, 2014
monitor showing heart rate Health care that follows you from home to hospital and back
University of Missouri researcher links fall detection system with other medical technologies at Smart America Expo
Released  July 31, 2014
man with unmanned vehicle (UAV) Drones for disaster relief
Texas researchers demonstrate unmanned aerial vehicles capable of providing wireless communications to storm-ravaged areas
Released  July 29, 2014
robot Tele-robotics puts robot power at your fingertips
University of Washington research enables robot-assisted surgery and underwater spill prevention
Released  July 23, 2014
Dogs Dispatches from a connected future
Researchers from academia, government and industry team up to create networked solutions to society's problems
Released  July 22, 2014
a driverless cadillac surrounded by people in front of Capitol Hill Demonstrating a driverless future
Carnegie Mellon researchers bring NSF-funded autonomous vehicle to D.C. to show promise of driverless cars
Released  June 24, 2014
Mark D. Hill Shaving nanoseconds from racing processors
University of Wisconsin researcher finds hidden efficiencies in computer architecture
Released  April 17, 2014
Illustration of simulations of a free energy perturbation study of phosphate hydrolysis in water Computational science takes the Nobel stage
2013 Nobel Prize winners in chemistry continue to develop important high performance computing methods
Released  February 11, 2014
Researcher Dina Katabi and her students Innovative technology addresses wireless interference
Researcher has developed new tools and programs that enhance speed, efficiency and security of data transmission
Released  December 16, 2013
Brenda Philips, University of Massachusetts Amherst New Radar System Provides Earlier Severe Weather Alerts
Research conducted through NSF’s U.S. Ignite program connects radar systems to ultra high-speed networks
Released  February 12, 2013
Photo of Lev Gonick  during a presentation Next-generation High-definition Videoconferencing Will Provide Immediate Public Benefits
Researchers expect it to revolutionize health care delivery and STEM education
Released  January 31, 2013
Henry McDonald Progress Made in Developing Systems for Disaster Mitigation
Pilot project in Chattanooga uses an ultra-fast, high bandwidth system to help emergency workers, local officials and the public determine how to predict and respond to disasters
Released  January 4, 2013
photo of Professor Marge Skubic Sensor Network to Protect the Elderly
System monitors seniors' health in the comfort of their own homes
Released  December 6, 2012
Photo of two computers and a terrestrial robot swarm Studying Evolution in Action
Researchers apply biological and digital approaches to better understand underlying factors
Released  November 29, 2012
Photo of researcher Ram Dantu holding smart phone in his car. An App to Improve Driving
NSF-funded inventor is an expert in wireless networks and security
Released  November 1, 2012
Image of a hydrogen atom with spin, representing an orbital mixture of two probablity waves. The AlloSphere Offers an Interactive Experience of Nano-sized Worlds
New research opportunities emerge from instrument that immerses researchers in multi-dimensional information
Released  September 6, 2011
Digital organisms self-replicate with different fitness levels and fill empty spaces. Digital Organisms Shed Light on Mystery of Altruism
NSF-supported researchers use digital evolution techniques to examine theories about the evolution of altruism
Released  November 15, 2010
Photo of Jun Yao, a graduate student at Rice University. Electronics Breakthrough Could Revolutionize Memory Chips
Rice University graduate student Jun Yao's research with silicon-oxide circuits could be a game-changer in nanoelectronics
Released  October 8, 2010
Photo of Barbara Liskov of MIT in front of a chalk board. Computer Science--A Growing Field That Needs a Few (More) Good Women
Women involved in computer science say more girls should consider a career in this exciting field
Released  March 30, 2009
Eight thumbnail images and 2008 in Review 2008: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities that made news last year
Released  March 13, 2009
A young man stands in front a bank of computer monitors that project a simulation of river currents. A New Vision for Scientific Visualizations
New technologies create a relatively easy and inexpensive way for researchers to create high-quality visualizations from large data sets
Released  March 3, 2009
Photo of a man connecting a bicycle to a series of cables. Pedal-Power Supercomputing
Green supercomputing paves the way for sharing scientific research and collaboration
Released  January 14, 2009
Image showing a visualization study of inbound traffic on the NSFNET T1 backbone for September 1991. Mysteries of the Unregulated Internet
Researchers develop an alert system and protocol improvements to keep Internet traffic flowing smoothly
Released  September 29, 2008
A computer-generated image showing the "family" of switches and how they are related. Finding the Switches to Our Cells' 'Computer'
Thousands of memory switches inside our cells help them remember and function
Released  September 24, 2008
2007 In Review 2007: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities reported last year
Released  January 30, 2008
Photo of 2 people and a 3-D tessellated image of a brain projected on a large monitor. Brain Surgery: It Really Is Brain Surgery
Dynamic 3-D computer modeling tracks brain changes during surgery
Released  August 31, 2007
2006 in Review 2006: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported activities highlighted last year
Released  January 9, 2007
Watch this "Virtual Cell" animation to learn how proteins are transported in a cell. Virtual Tools Add New Dimension to Learning
Internet-based resources educate students about archaeology, biology, computer science and geology
Released  April 12, 2006
An unmanned aerial vehicle searches wreckage for survivors in Pearlington, Miss. Small, Unmanned Aircraft Search for Survivors in Katrina Wreckage
Hurricane search and rescue is one of first domestic uses of such vehicles
Released  September 14, 2005

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