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Caltech IST & Related

Luke Breuer
2009-03-06 04:51 UTC

Information Science and Technology (IST)
IST (Information Science and Technology) is the first integrated research and teaching activity in the country that investigates information from all angles: from the fundamental theoretical underpinnings of information to the science and engineering of novel information substrates, biological circuits, and complex social systems.

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'It will be groundbreaking research on the many ways in which information is central to, and integrated within, the myriad complex systems that make up our world,' says Chameau.
Beginnings
Caltech Launches New Information Initiative
Information Science and Technology (IST)--drawing back the curtain on the nature of information itself and redefining the way we approach, understand, and use science and engineering. IST will cut across disciplines, eventually involving over 25 percent of all faculty and nearly 35 percent of students on campus, likely altering the Institute's intellectual and organizational landscape.

Caltech is taking a leadership role by creating an Institute-wide initiative in the science and engineering of information. IST will transform the research and educational environment at Caltech and other universities around the world.

Yet, scientific and technological changes are accelerating so fast they are outpacing existing institutions such as schools, media, industry, and government--structures originally designed for the needs of the Industrial Age. 'So we need a new intellectual framework to harness these new advances,' says Bruck, 'in order to provide for a stable and well-educated society that's prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow.'

...Caltech president and Nobel Prize-winning biologist David Baltimore... 'The new Albert Einstein has yet to emerge, but the time is ripe.'
Center for the Mathematics of Information (CMI)
A concern with logical and statistical quantities – information – is central to present-day science and engineering. The pertinent mathematics is being actively developed, as disciplines such as algorithms, complexity, communications and control motivate questions in adjoining fields such as probability, combinatorics, algebra and harmonic analysis.

A common framework supporting the study of information and computation across disciplines is as yet a distant goal. The Caltech CMI is a home in which unfettered development of the mathematical foundations of information and computation can be influenced by, and influence in turn, progress in engineering and science.
Social and Information Sciences Laboratory (SISL)
One of the novel aspects of SISL research concerns understanding how humans interact with technology and what that implies about the design of the technology. Since such systems involve both human behavior and technology, SISL brings together researchers from the social sciences, engineering, and applied and computational mathematics.
Institute for Quantum Information (IQI)
Quantum information science (QIS) is a new field of science and technology which draws upon the disciplines of physical science, mathematics, computer science, and engineering. Its aim is to understand how fundamental physical laws can be harnessed to dramatically improve the acquisition, transmission, and processing of information.

We expect that QIS will have an extensive impact on how science is taught at the college and secondary level. We also expect that QIS paradigms will enable quantum physics to be understood better by a broad segment of the lay public.
Prizes
Feynman Award
Given to Richard Murray
You have to be willing to take questions, because you know you are going to miss the mark sometimes,' Murray says. This commitment to learning is not lost on Murray's students. 'In all my classes I have never before had a professor that was so dedicated to answering students' questions and making sure that students understood the material,' wrote one undergraduate in nominating Murray for the award. The student, who also praised Murray's 'special creativity, innovation, and dedication to the classroom,' added, 'I can think of no other professor more deserving of this award.'

Given to Shuki Bruck
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federal Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)
Awarded to Richard Murray for "specification, design, and verification of distributed embedded systems."
Dr. Jean-Lou Chameau, president of Caltech
Committed to the development of multidisciplinary talent in faculty and students, Chameau places a strong emphasis on improving the educational experience of students, increasing diversity, and fostering research as well as entrepreneurial and international opportunities for faculty and students.
Likely Contacts
  • Jehoshua Bruck
    • Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Computation and Neural Systems & Electrical Engineering
    • founder of IST
  • Richard Murray
    • Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Yaser Abu-Mostafa
    • Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Mani Chandy
    • Simon Ramo Professor and Professor of Computer Science
  • Leonard J. Schulman
    • Professor of Computer Science
    • directory of CMI and faculty for IQI