NSF Briefing and Research Expo on Cyber-Physical Systems on Capitol Hill-Quality of Life Technology Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

NSF Briefing and Research Expo on Cyber-Physical Systems on Capitol Hill

On Thursday, July 9, 2009, QoLT representatives attended a National Science Foundation (NSF) luncheon briefing and open house with exhibits on cyber-physical systems (CPS) at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid provided opening remarks. Senator John D. Rockefeller IV was also invited to attend. QoLT joined the group of leading experts from industry and academia who offered their insights into the impending CPS revolution. Researchers and students, ranging from doctoral students to students from Baltimore-area high schools, presented demonstrations and exhibits highlighting the latest research and education on cyber-physical systems.

QoLT showcased the Personal Mobility & Manipulation Appliance, the MemExerciser and our Tech-Link program, as well as QoLT videos, to staffers of the US Senate. Representing QoLT were graduate students Garrett Grindle and Hongwu Wang, undergraduate Dan Hefley, and QoLT leadership Jim Osborn and Kate Seelman. 

Cyber-physical systems are "smart" technologies that are beginning to transform our lives. Today's research will lead to tomorrow's autonomous, smart vehicles for safe transportation; homes filled with smart appliances; intelligent, earthquake resistant buildings and bridges; robots that assist us at home, at work, and at play; and unobtrusive assistive technology for healthier living.

Cyber-physical systems technologies will affect sectors critical to our wellbeing, security and competitiveness, including aerospace, automotive, chemical production, civil infrastructure, energy, finance, healthcare, manufacturing, materials and transportation.

Sponsors for the event include the Coalition for National Science Funding, the Computing Research Association, the American Chemical Society's Science & the Congress Project and the Association for Computing Machinery.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's Opening Remarks

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