Skip to main content


This volume highlights the papers presented at the National Academy of Engineering's 2010 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. Every year, the symposium brings together 100 outstanding young leaders in engineering to share their cutting-edge research and technical work. The 2010 symposium was held September 23 - 25, and hosted by IBM at the IBM Learning Center in Armonk, New York. Speakers were asked to prepare extended summaries of their presentations, which are reprinted here. The intent of this book is to convey the excitement of this unique meeting and to highlight cutting-edge developments in engineering research and technical work.

Suggested Citation

National Academy of Engineering. 2011. Frontiers of Engineering: Reports on Leading-Edge Engineering from the 2010 Symposium. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Import this citation to:

Publication Info

190 pages |  6 x 9 | 

  • Paperback:  978-0-309-16362-0
  • Ebook:  978-0-309-20891-8
Chapters skim
Front Matter i-xii
Introduction--Ali R. Butt and Dilma Da Silva 3-4
Opportunities and Challenges of Cloud Computing--Armando Fox 5-14
Warehouse-Scale Computing: The Machinery That Runs the Cloud--Luiz André Barroso 15-20
Developing Robust Cloud Applications--Yuanyuan (YY) Zhou 21-26
Green Clouds: The Next Frontier--Parthasarathy Ranganathan 27-38
Introduction--Daniel Ellis and Youngmoo Kim 41-42
Very Large Scale Music Understanding--Brian Whitman 43-46
Doing It Wrong--Douglas Repetto 47-50
Digital Instrument Building and the Laptop Orchestra--Daniel Trueman 51-60
Demystifying Music and Its Performance--Elaine Chew 61-72
Introduction--Michel Ingham and Jack Langelaan 75-76
Intelligent Autonomy in Robotic Systems--Mark Campbell 77-88
Challenges and Opportunities for Autonomous Systems in Space--Chad R. Frost 89-102
Health Awareness in Systems of Multiple Autonomous Aerospace Vehicles--Stefan Bieniawski 103-110
Certifiable Autonomous Flight Management for Unmanned Aircraft Systems--Ella M. Atkins 111-124
Introduction--Mark Byrne and Babak Parviz 127-128
The Current Status and Future Outlook for Genomic Technologies--Mostafa Ronaghi and Jeffrey Fisher 129-138
Engineering Biomimetic Peptides for Targeted Drug Delivery--Efrosini Kokkoli 139-148
Autonomous Systems and Synthetic Biology--Henry Hess 149-158
Contributors 161-164
Program 165-168
Participants 169-178

What is skim?

The Chapter Skim search tool presents what we've algorithmically identified as the most significant single chunk of text within every page in the chapter. You may select key terms to highlight them within pages of each chapter.

Copyright Information

The National Academies Press (NAP) has partnered with Copyright Clearance Center's Marketplace service to offer you a variety of options for reusing NAP content. Through Marketplace, you may request permission to reprint NAP content in another publication, course pack, secure website, or other media. Marketplace allows you to instantly obtain permission, pay related fees, and print a license directly from the NAP website. The complete terms and conditions of your reuse license can be found in the license agreement that will be made available to you during the online order process. To request permission through Marketplace you are required to create an account by filling out a simple online form. The following list describes license reuses offered by the NAP through Marketplace:

  • Republish text, tables, figures, or images in print
  • Post on a secure Intranet/Extranet website
  • Use in a PowerPoint Presentation
  • Distribute via CD-ROM
  • Photocopy

Click here to obtain permission for the above reuses. If you have questions or comments concerning the Marketplace service, please contact:

Marketplace Support
International +1.978.646.2600
US Toll Free +1.855.239.3415

To request permission to distribute a PDF, please contact our Customer Service Department at

loading iconLoading stats for Frontiers of Engineering: Reports on Leading-Edge Engineering from the 2010 Symposium...