Understanding NSF Research: Computing
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NSF engages the research community in the pursuit of fundamental research in data science and engineering, the development of a cohesive, federated, national-scale approach to research data infrastructure, and the development of a 21st-century data-capable workforce.
NSF investments create the scientific and engineering foundations for smart cities and communities and help to enhance economic vitality, safety, security, health and wellbeing, and overall quality of life.
Cutting-edge, NSF-supported social and technical research -- as well as education and workforce development programs -- are helping protect our national, and personal security.
NSF-funded research aids in the development of rehabilitation and neuromuscular robotics. Exoskeletons provide a new method of high-quality, data-driven therapy to patients suffering from spinal and neurological injuries.
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NSF-funded research supports the development of technologies, analytics and models supporting next generation health and medical research through high-risk, high-reward advances in computer and information science.
At Harvard University, electrical engineers Rob Wood and Gu-Yeon Wei, and computer scientist Radhika Nagpal saw a challenge. And, so began the creation of the "RoboBee," a miniature flying robot, inspired by the biology of a bee and the insect's hive behavior. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and one of the agency's programs called Expeditions in Computing, Wood put together a diverse team of collaborators to get the RoboBee project off the ground.
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NSF embraces an expansive view of advanced cyberinfrastructure that includes computational resources, scientific instruments, data, software, networking and security, and people, organizations, and communities that collectively are helping to advance the rate of discovery across all areas of science and engineering.
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NSF investments in exploring the foundations of computing and communication aim to enhance devices and their usage. Better understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of computing and communication, combined with enhanced algorithms, architectures, and design are enabling cutting-edge computing models and technologies.
NSF funded research in computer and network systems help to invent new computing and networking technologies and make better use of existing ones. This includes advancing cyber capabilities in physical infrastructures from the Internet of Things (IoT) to smart and connected cities and communities, next-generation networking technologies including advanced wireless, and cybersecurity measures to secure and protect information and privacy.
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Information and intelligent systems investments by NSF help to develop new knowledge about the role of people in the design and use of information technology; increase our capability to create, manage, and understand data and information in circumstances ranging from personal computers to global systems; and advance our understanding of how computational systems can exhibit the hallmarks of intelligence.
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