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The National Science Foundation has awarded funding in the expected amount of $700,000 for research at Brown in the use of cooperative "Smart Cameras" to sense and act in three dimensions. These camera networks will be capable of tasks such as reconstructing three-dimensional features, producing images from novel viewpoints, and tracking moving objects from camera to camera. These tasks are more challenging than the simpler data collection tasks performed by existing sensor networks that operate simpler, scalar data. The planned imaging applications require high data rates, remote sensing, and precise calibration. To address these challenges, the project will focus on real-time, in-network feature extraction, processing, and storage to mitigate the need for massive, centralized collection and processing. The team hopes to develop technology at all levels of the sensor network platform.