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This volume includes 14 papers from the National Academy of Engineering's Tenth Annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium held in September 2004. The U.S. Frontiers meeting brings together 100 outstanding engineers (ages 30-45) to learn from their peers and discuss leading-edge technologies in a range of fields. The 2004 symposium covered these four areas: engineering for extreme environments, designer materials, multiscale modeling, and engineering and entertainment. Papers in the book cover topics such as scalable mobile robots for deployment in polar climates, the challenges of landing on Mars, thin-film active materials, vascular tissue engineering, small-scale processes and large-scale simulations of the climate system, simulating physically accurate illumination in computer graphics, and designing socially intelligent robots, among others. Appendixes include information about the contributors, the symposium program, and a list of the meeting participants. The book is the tenth in a series covering the topics of the U.S. Frontiers of Engineering meetings.

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National Academy of Engineering. 2005. Frontiers of Engineering: Reports on Leading-Edge Engineering from the 2004 NAE Symposium on Frontiers of Engineering. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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164 pages |  6 x 9 | 

  • Paperback:  978-0-309-09547-1
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Front Matter i-xii
ENGINEERING FOR EXTREME ENVIRONMENTSIntroduction--Mary Kae Lockwood and John W. Weatherly 1-4
Cool Robots: Scalable Mobile Robots for Instrument Network Deployment in Polar Climates--Laura R. Ray, Alexander D. Price, Alexander Streeter, Daniel Denton, and James H. Lever 5-16
The Role of Modeling and Simulation in Extreme Engineering Projects--Jon Berkoe 17-22
The Challenges of Landing on Mars--Tommaso P. Rivellini 23-32
Accessing the Lunar Poles for Human Exploration Missions--B. Kent Joosten 33-36
DESIGNER MATERIALSIntroduction--Kristi S. Anseth and Diann E. Brei 37-40
Thin-Film Active Materials--Greg P. Carman 41-46
The Future of Engineering Materials: Multifunction for Performance-Tailored Structures--Leslie A. Momoda 47-54
Biomimetic Strategies in Vascular Tissue Engineering--Jennifer L. West 55-64
MULTISCALE MODELINGIntroduction--Grant S. Heffelfinger and Dimitrios Maroudas 65-68
Equation-Free Modeling for Complex Systems--Ioannis G. Kevrekidis 69-76
Modeling the Stuff of the Material World: Do We Need All of the Atoms?--Rob Phillips 77-86
Balancing Scales in Biological Models--Adam Paul Arkin 87-88
Small-Scale Processes and Large-Scale Simulations of the Climate System--Bjorn B. Stevens 89-94
ENGINEERING AND ENTERTAINMENTIntroduction--Chris Kyriakakis 95-98
Capturing and Simulating Physically Accurate Illumination in Computer Graphics--Paul Debevec 99-112
Spatial Audio Reproduction: Toward Individualized Binaural Sound--William G. Gardner 113-122
Designing Socially Intelligent Robots--Cynthia Breazeal 123-130
Appendix A: Designing Socially Intelligent Robots--Cynthia Breazeal 131-138
Appendix B: Program 139-142
Appendix C: Participants 143-152

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