MANHASSET, NY -- The National Science Foundation has released a special report that explores frontier engineering research and its impacts on people's lives.
The report features the work of a creative group of researchers in a series of multimedia stories, titled "Engineers of the New Millennium".
It explores how engineers shape the future of robotics, water usage and energy development and includes audio slideshows, videos and additional resources.
Topics developed for the special report include researchers pursuing a vision of "smart" robots that they can change their shape and abilities depending on the need at hand.
In The Global Water Challenge segment researchers are shown creating new tools for sensing, purifying, and modeling water. And in The Energy Revolution researchers explore how light could come from super-efficient sources and how engine fuel could be produced by tiny algae.
The report is based on the radio series of the same name which were
created through a partnership between NSF and IEEE Spectrum Radio that
began in 2008 and continues today.
The National Science Foundation supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. Each year, NSF receives over 45,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes over 11,500 new funding awards. NSF also awards over $400 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.