Augmenting our natural senses - Ubiquitous Sensing: From Ideas to Impact: What could you do if you had 7 senses? 10 senses? More? What would you do with all of that information? How big would your brain need to be? How would you communicate what you feel?
The launch of SENSE.nano - MIT.nano's first Center of Excellence. MIT.nano will convene technical, business, and visionary leaders from MIT, industry, and society. A full-day symposium will bring together the Ubiquitous Sensing experts and visionaries: who are developing capabilities and solving technical challenges, who can articulate commercial and humanitarian needs, and who envision the societal impact of ubiquitous sensing. From the opening keynote address, through sessions of invited technical talks, and to the closing panel discussion, we will showcase current research and innovations enabling new generations of sensors while highlighting potential impacts of and needs for realizing ubiquitous sensing for man-and-machine and for the environment-and-ecosystem.
Nano sciences and technologies offer unprecedented opportunities to realize designs for, and scale manufacturing of, the sensors which will enable the grand visions of ubiquitous, unobtrusive, sensing – to provide previously unimaginable insight into the condition of the built and natural world – to positively impact man, machine, and environment. Inexpensive, small, smart sensors enable local sensing capabilities important to individual’s health and wellness, to autonomous vehicle operations, and to condition monitoring of machines and buildings and bridges. Massively distributed networks of inexpensive smart sensors enable large-scale, global, data collection important to agriculture and water distribution, to environment monitoring, to disaster recovery, to disease outbreak detection and intervention, to supply chain operations, and to the operations of cities. MIT - with comprehensive excellence in engineering, business, earth science, electronics, computation, nanoscience, materials science, neuroscience, chemistry, physics, and biology - is poised to address the engineering, science, policy and commercial challenges required to realize these grand ideas, to translate them to scale, and to positively impact society.