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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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Photo of the dig site at Chersonesos, a Greek colony on the Crimean peninsula. Digitizing the Past to Protect and Preserve History
Using supercomputers to help protect and preserve ancient sites and artifacts
Released  August 14, 2012
A cellulose-digesting enzyme from a fungus. Making Nature's Best Better to Produce Biofuels
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory uses supercomputer simulations to explore designer enzymes for renewable fuels
Released  January 31, 2012
Window layout of the overall interface of ASE. A New Visualization Method Makes Research More Organized and Efficient
The Action Science Explorer (ASE) helps reveal emerging trends and controversies and encourages collaborations within the research community
Released  December 7, 2011
Image of a house in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. New Forecasting Algorithm Helps Predict Hurricane Intensity and Wind Speed
The Prediction Intensity Interval model for Hurricanes (PIIH) algorithm seeks to mitigate damage by the "evil god of winds and destruction"
Released  December 5, 2011
Photo of Masao Kanamitsu of Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Modeling the Local Impact of Global Climate Change
Scripps researcher adapts global climate model to improve regional predictions
Released  September 15, 2011
Photo of Daniel Bodony, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering at UIUC. Reducing Jet Noise by Controlling Turbulence
Supercomputing aids scientists in developing a novel technique to reduce jet noise
Released  September 12, 2011
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
Image of the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980. A Volcanic Idea to Reverse Climate Change
Supercomputer simulations by University of Washington researchers outline the potential risks and benefits of geoengineering
Released  August 19, 2011
DETER testbed server bank At the Forefront of Cyber Security Research
It's all about the Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST)
Released  August 11, 2011
Screenshot of the Molecular Workbench. The Molecular Workbench Wins SPORE Award
NSF-funded project wins award for being an outstanding online educational resource
Released  August 4, 2011
University of Michigan engineering researcher Brent Gillespie uses a prototype of a device. Technology May Soon Turn Thoughts Into Action
NSF funds research to develop potentially life-changing technology for millions of prosthetic-dependent people
Released  July 27, 2011
Graph showing the reflectivity at the surface of one of McGovern's simulations. Supercomputer Simulations to Help Predict Tornadoes
Researchers seek to fundamentally transform understanding of spinning giants
Released  June 29, 2011
Schematic diagram showing human chromosome 21 with a small region outlined in red. Placing Landmarks on the Genome Map
Vishy Iyer and colleagues use supercomputers and next-generation gene sequences to explore DNA and heredity
Released  May 31, 2011
Photo of the snake robot that moves without the aid of a fixed base. The Search Serpent: The Next Wave in Robotics
Researchers are designing snake robots that can navigate a variety of terrains, surmount obstacles in their way and function in range of conditions
Released  May 16, 2011
Simulated data showing protons colliding to form a Higgs boson that decays into hadrons, electrons. Testing Technicolor Physics
Researchers use the NSF-supported Ranger supercomputer to explore alternative particle theories
Released  May 5, 2011
Colors in this image depict peak wave heights of the tsunami that hit Japan on Friday, March 11. The TeraGrid Community Steps Up to Help Japan in Crisis
Advanced computation enabled by supercomputers enhances understanding of earthquake and tsunamis and their impacts
Released  May 2, 2011
Image showing presentation of the entire testbed collection as a treemap . A Glimpse of the Archives of the Future
With NSF support, the Texas Advanced Computer Center is finding solutions to keeping track of large amounts of data
Released  April 5, 2011
Photo of researcher Robin Murphy studying robot-human interactions during a disaster scenario. Robots to the Rescue
Researchers are exploring ways to make rescue robots less "creepy" and more user-friendly, incorporating lessons learned from studies of how humans interact with technology
Released  March 11, 2011
Kavli Prize logo Three NSF-Funded Scientists Among Recipients of $3 Million Kavli Prize
Among the latest winners of the Kavli Prize are three scientists who have received NSF funding over the past several years
Released  November 28, 2010
Image showing a toddler looking toward a toy and away from a metallic robot. Babies Learn From Robots While Robots Learn From Babies
Interdisciplinary research combines infant learning and computer science
Released  November 18, 2010
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 students participating in the STOMP program. Bringing Engineering to K-12 Classrooms
With NSF support, engineers from Tufts University are bringing engineering to young students.
Released  September 2, 2010
Image of the observable surface of a star about 3,000 degrees cooler than our sun. 3-D Images Reveal New Composition of the Sun
Improved 3-D simulations carried out at the NSF-supported Texas Advanced Computing Center are leading scientists to reevaluate the sun's composition and theories about the structure and evolution of stars
Released  August 18, 2010
Illustration of a double-stranded DNA in a synthetic nanopore revealed by molecular simulation. New Gene Sequencing Method Could Reduce Cost, Increase Speed
Researchers are developing a new kind of DNA sequencer that will make the dream of "reading" a person's genetic code for less than $1,000 a reality
Released  July 16, 2010
Photo of a soccer player's foot on the ball. Soccer Stars Ranked Using Statistics
Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a computer program that objectively measures player performance; the research method also could be used by companies to measure the performance of employees on project teams
Released  July 8, 2010
Photo of the natural fluorescence of Acropora millepora under a dissecting microscope. As Corals Die Off, Scientists Watch for Signs of Evolution
Biologist Mikhail Matz uses next-generation sequencers and a massive, NSF-supported supercomputer to study corals at the genomic level and look for evolutionary changes
Released  June 24, 2010
Computer prediction of a novel inhibitor binding to the JNK substrate docking site on a protein. Computers Could Make Better Drugs
Using the NSF-funded Ranger supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, Pengyu Ren is working to develop faster, cheaper ways to search for new drugs
Released  May 11, 2010
Photo of an image of a fire captured by an HPWREN automated digital camera on Lyons Peak. Wiring the Wilderness
Working with a wide range of partners, NSF-supported HPWREN demonstrates the value of connecting remote science sites to a high-speed network
Released  December 1, 2009
Photo of Julia Barnathan assisting a student with a lesson Online Labs Aim to Revolutionize High School Science
Project makes online laboratories available to high school students, allowing them to gather real scientific data and, perhaps, think more like scientists
Released  October 2, 2009

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