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And today we're similarly delighted to announce that Ugur Cetintemel has also received one of NSF's sought-after CAREER grants. To quote from NSF's web page, "The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century." Congratulations, Ugur!

Ugur's CAREER project is called "Datacentric infrastructures for autonomous sensing-actuation applications"; its abstract reads, in part:

Emerging sensing-actuation applications will use sensors to make observations, process the data they gather to make decisions, and use actuators to affect the environment on the basis of those decisions, potentially without any human involvement. These applications significantly extend the scope of today's sensor networks, which are used primarily to gather data for offline analysis by humans.

The goal of this project is to design and build a datacentric software infrastructure and pertinent abstractions, mechanisms and protocols that simplify the structuring and implementation of robust autonomous applications operating on sensor-actuator networks. The system will enable developers to specify application-specific data acquisition, processing, routing, and actuation logic using a unified data-centric framework. The system will employ both generic and application-specific optimizations to improve its operation, as these specifications are logical and do not precisely indicate where, when, and how execution should take place.