Rus, Palacios teams awarded U.S. Dept. of Defense MURI grants

May 27, 2009

A pair of major grants from the U.S. Department of Defense will support MIT research on building ultra-fast microchips for computation and communications, as well as research on new electronic surveillance systems, as reported May 22, 2009 by the MIT News Office.

Two members of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department faculty, Daniela Rus, professor of computer science and engineering and associate director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, CSAIL, and Tomas Palacios, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science and principal investigator in the Microsystems Technology Laboratories, MTL, are respectively head and co-director of the MIT teams--two among the 41 U.S. teams awarded grants totaling $260 million by the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative.

Palacios is one of five MIT researchers who will work on a new generation of ultra-fast (terahertz) microchips from graphene, a form of carbon. The new graphene group led by Principal Investigator Michael Strano, the Charles and Hilda Roddey Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, along with colleagues at Harvard and Boston University, received a $5 million, five-year grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR). Palacios related to the MIT News Office that this grant "will make MIT and its collaborators one of the strongest multidisciplinary teams working on graphene in the world."

The other MIT team to receive a grant, also from ONR, and headed by Daniela Rus, includes researchers from Boston University, University of California, Berkeley, and University of Pennsylvania. Rus' team will focus on a project called Smart Adaptive Reliable Teams for Persistent Surveillance (SMARTS).

In addition to the two major, MIT-led teams receiving grants, seven other DoD grants went to teams that also include MIT researchers.

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