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FRONTIERS OF ENGINEERING

Reports on Leading-Edge Engineering from the 2010 Symposium

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING
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Funding for the activity that led to this publication was provided by IBM, The Grainger Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department of Defense-DDR&E Research, Microsoft Research, and Cummins Inc. This material is also based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0903867. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES

Advisers to the Nation on Science, Engineering, and Medicine


The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit, self-perpetuating society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the general welfare. Upon the authority of the charter granted to it by the Congress in 1863, the Academy has a mandate that requires it to advise the federal government on scientific and technical matters. Dr. Ralph J. Cicerone is president of the National Academy of Sciences.


The National Academy of Engineering was established in 1964, under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences, as a parallel organization of outstanding engineers. It is autonomous in its administration and in the selection of its members, sharing with the National Academy of Sciences the responsibility for advising the federal government. The National Academy of Engineering also sponsors engineering programs aimed at meeting national needs, encourages education and research, and recognizes the superior achievements of engineers. Dr. Charles M. Vest is president of the National Academy of Engineering.


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ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

ANDREW M. WEINER (Chair), Scifres Family Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering,

Purdue University

ALI BUTT, Assistant Professor,

Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech

MARK BYRNE, Mary & John H. Sanders Associate Professor,

Department of Chemical Engineering, Auburn University

DILMA DA SILVA, Research Staff Member,

Advanced Operating Systems Group, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

DANIEL ELLIS, Associate Professor,

Department of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University

MICHEL INGHAM, Technical Group Supervisor,

Flight Software Systems Engineering and Architectures Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

YOUNGMOO KIM, Assistant Professor,

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Drexel University

JACOB LANGELAAN, Assistant Professor,

Department of Aerospace Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

BABAK PARVIZ, Associate Professor,

Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington

Staff

JANET R. HUNZIKER, Senior Program Officer

ELIZABETH WEITZMANN, Program Associate

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Preface

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.

GOALS OF THE FRONTIERS OF ENGINEERING PROGRAM

The practice of engineering is continually changing. Engineers today must be able not only to thrive in an environment of rapid technological change and globalization, but also to work on interdisciplinary teams. Cutting-edge research is being done at the intersections of engineering disciplines, and successful researchers and practitioners must be aware of developments and challenges in areas that may not be familiar to them.

At the 2-1/2–day U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, 100 of this country’s best and brightest engineers, ages 30 to 45, have an opportunity to learn from their peers about pioneering work being done in many areas of engineering. The symposium gives early career engineers from a variety of institutions in academia, industry, and government, and from many different engineering disciplines, an opportunity to make contacts with and learn from individuals they would not meet in the usual round of professional meetings. This networking

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may lead to collaborative work and facilitate the transfer of new techniques and approaches. It is hoped that the exchange of information on current developments in many fields of engineering will lead to insights that may be applicable in specific disciplines and thereby build U.S. innovative capacity.

The number of participants at each meeting is limited to 100 to maximize opportunities for interactions and exchanges among the attendees, who are chosen through a competitive nomination and selection process. The topics and speakers for each meeting are selected by an organizing committee of engineers in the same 30- to 45-year-old cohort as the participants. Different topics are covered each year, and, with a few exceptions, different individuals participate.

Speakers describe the challenges they face and communicate the excitement of their work to a technically sophisticated but non-specialized audience. Each speaker provides a brief overview of his/her field of inquiry; defines the frontiers of that field; describes experiments, prototypes, and design studies that have been completed or are in progress, as well as new tools and methodologies, and limitations and controversies; and summarizes the long-term significance of his/her work.

THE 2010 SYMPOSIUM

The four general topics covered at the 2010 meeting were: cloud computing, engineering and music, autonomous aerospace systems, and engineering inspired by biology. The Cloud Computing session described how this disruptive technology changes the way users design, develop, deploy, utilize, and disseminate applications and data. Following an overview presentation on the potential of cloud computing, there were talks on the challenges of providing transparent interfaces to the users while maintaining massive scale, developing robust cloud applications, and the environmental ramifications of cloud computing.

Technology has strongly influenced music since the first musical instruments and continues to do so in a variety of ways. In the Engineering and Music session, presentations covered advances in very large-scale music information retrieval, non-mainstream ways that people outside the engineering community are using technology to create music, the use of laptop computers in collaborative live performance, and utilizing mathematics to analyze and better understand music as well as incorporating mathematical representations into visualizations for live performance.

Autonomous Aerospace Systems was the focus of the third session, which included presentations on techniques for enabling “intelligence” in autonomous systems through probabilistic models of the environment and the integration of human operators in the control/planning loop, challenges for automation posed by NASA’s current and future space missions, the role of health awareness in systems of multiple autonomous vehicles, and automation and autonomy in the deployment of the next generation air transportation system.

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The symposium concluded with the session Engineering Inspired by Biology, which highlighted the diverse role biology is playing in contemporary engineering. Talks focused on engineering challenges in the analysis of genetic variation, gene expression, and function; engineering biomimetic peptides for targeted drug delivery; and using biomolecules for actuation as motor-powered devices within systems.

In addition to the plenary sessions, the participants had many opportunities to engage in informal interactions. On the first afternoon of the meeting, participants broke into small groups for “get-acquainted” sessions during which individuals presented short descriptions of their work and answered questions from their colleagues. This helped attendees get to know more about each other relatively early in the program. On the second afternoon, there were tours of the IBM T.J. Watson Lab in Yorktown Heights and the IBM Industry Solutions Lab in Hawthorne.

Every year, a distinguished engineer addresses the participants at dinner on the first evening of the symposium. The speaker this year was Dr. Bernard S. Meyerson, vice president for innovation at IBM, who gave a talk on the topic, Radical Innovation to Create a Smarter Planet.

NAE is deeply grateful to the following organizations for their support of the 2010 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium: IBM, The Grainger Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department of Defense-DDR&E Research, National Science Foundation, Microsoft Research, and Cummins Inc. NAE would also like to thank the members of the Symposium Organizing Committee (p. iv), chaired by Dr. Andrew M. Weiner, for planning and organizing the event.

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Contents

CLOUD COMPUTING

 

 

 

 

Introduction
Ali R. Butt and Dilma Da Silva

 

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Opportunities and Challenges of Cloud Computing
Armando Fox

 

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Warehouse-Scale Computing: The Machinery That Runs the Cloud
Luiz André Barroso

 

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Developing Robust Cloud Applications
Yuanyuan (YY) Zhou

 

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Green Clouds: The Next Frontier
Parthasarathy Ranganathan

 

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ENGINEERING AND MUSIC

 

 

 

 

Introduction
Daniel Ellis and Youngmoo Kim

 

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Very Large Scale Music Understanding
Brian Whitman

 

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APPENDIXES

 

 

 

 

Contributors

 

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Program

 

165

 

 

Participants

 

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