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Long-term goals: Towards establishing a world-class research group

  • Establish world-class interdisciplinary research programs for fundamental research in complex networked systems and quantum information sciences.
  • Induce industrial, commercial and social applications of the above-mentioned fundamental research via improvement of urban transportation, irrigation networks and communication infrastructures; decentralization in industrial management and government policy & planning; automation of data collection and information security; exploration of surveillance mechanisms and related privacy issues.
  • Develop relevant technologies for scientific problems of high importance such as environmental studies, wildlife habitat monitoring, natural resource conservation, geological survey etc.
  • Explore the implications of this research for other areas in mathematical sciences.
  • Establish collaborations across disciplines, especially with mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists, life-scientists and engineers.

Short-term goals: Labs and Expertise

Executing these long term goals will critically depend on establishing the following laboratories and research teams over the period of 3-5 years.

Networked Dynamical Systems

A research lab in networked sensing and control; comprising of 3-4 graduate students in electrical engineering or computer science, 1 postdoctoral researcher and 2 lab engineers. The laboratory will consist of the following equipments and setups.

  • Sensor network test-bed: A network of 100+ nodes using standard mote technology.
  • Networked robotics test-bed: A test-bed for networked distributed control composed of 8-12 programmable robotic ground vehicles, 4-5 autonomous aerial vehicles, advanced sensors and communication equipment.

Theoretical research Group

A research group in applied mathematics; focusing on the computational applications of topology, complex systems, control theory and quantum information sciences. The group will comprise of 2-3 graduate students in mathematics or computer science and 1 postdoctoral researcher.

Quantum Information and Control

A research lab to investigate feedback control and communication phenomenon in quantum mechanical systems using experiments in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and/or quantum optics. The laboratory will be staffed by 1-2 graduate students and 1 postdoctoral researcher in physics or electrical engineering.

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