Center for Sensing to Intelligence

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Sensing to Intelligence

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“We have a unique opportunity at Caltech to transform the way we connect the information world with the physical world, and that can lead to a whole new generation of smart devices and instruments.”
—Azita Emami, Andrew and Peggy Cherng Professor of Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering

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.