Distributed Information Systems for MEMS

ISAT Study

Final Report

Distributed Information Systems for MEMS

Study Participants

Coupling Computation to the Physical World

Why New Research?

Distributed MEMS-Based Approach

Beyond Distributed Computation

Challenges for Information Technology I

Application Requirements

Challenges for Information Technology II


Recommendation I

Different Classes of Applications

What is possible today?

A Dandelion Spore

Surveillance Dust

Dust Applications

Field-Deployable MEMS

Surveillance Dust

Dust Networking

New Communication Paradigms

Research Areas for MEMS Dust

Different Classes of Applications

Research Areas for Active Surfaces

Different Classes of Applications

Smart Structures

Research Areas for Smart Structures

Recommendation II

Leverage Points

Recommendation III

Mathematics Research

New Programming Paradigms

Sources for Programming Paradigms

Termite Mounds

Structure from Diffusion Processes

Biological Analogies:

Recommendation IV

Move Ahead of the Technology Curve

Establish Challenge Problems

Build Early Prototypes

Make it easy to explore the design space

Recommendation V

Control-Centric Design




Appendix I

Technology Trends


Hardware Trends


MEMS Sensors

MEMS Actuators


Appendix II

Envisioned Applications

Structural Enhancement

Precision Pointing/Alignment

Active Surfaces

Active Aircraft Wing

New Roles for Information Technology

Appendix III

Application Requirements Taxonomy I

Application Requirements Taxonomy II

Application Requirements Summary