Across academia as well as industry, sensors and algorithms traditionally are developed independently of one another. But Caltech takes an unconventional, holistic approach.
On campus and at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which Caltech manages for NASA, researchers work across disciplines to design sensors and algorithms together. The goal is to detect and understand phenomena that once were undetectable, from neural circuits in the brain to rocks on Mars.
Caltech's Center for Sensing to Intelligence (S2I) will strengthen existing projects, initiate new collaborations, and train generations of researchers to unite the development of theory, algorithms, and sensor technology. Just imagine the impact this approach will have on human health, scientific discovery, and sustainability.
By taking an S2I approach to the study of the human brain and body, Caltech researchers aim to revolutionize medicine with innovative tools for early diagnosis, continuous monitoring, and new therapies.
By designing autonomous systems that can sense and process data—and, ultimately, design new experiments—Caltech scientists and engineers will spur discovery in areas ranging from chemistry and materials science to biology, space science, and many other fields.
Caltech researchers are driving progress toward clean energy and environmental sustainability through the development of S2I-enabled smart grids, energy-efficient systems, and innovative new tools to inform environmental planning and decision-making.