Convergence research addressing societal challenges: The central role of systems and control -WIE ILC 2021

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Speaker: Dawn Tilbury, Assistant Director/ Head of Engineering Directorate, US National Science Foundation

A few years ago, the US National Science Foundation announced 10 Big Ideas for Future Investment. These research ideas, such as Harnessing the Data Revolution, or the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier, all require expertise from multiple disciplines to come together to address specific problems that are important in our society. Engineering has a role to play in all of the Big Ideas, and specifically systems and control engineers have the opportunity to help develop solutions to these big problems. This talk will summarize the convergence research approach, describe how systems and control engineering has already made significant contributions using the convergence approach, and highlight future research opportunities. Examples will be used to illustrate the concepts.

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