Research within SystemX

SystemX research broadly encompasses ubiquitous sensing, computing, and communications in various application areas. Currently affiliated SystemX faculty are found in departments across Stanford’s School of Engineering and in some areas of natural Sciences and Medicine. Our research agenda is continually evolving in accordance with the interests of Stanford faculty and our industry affiliates. For an overview of SystemX, please see the slides and video from the SystemX Kickoff conference (November 11, 2014).

A major feature of SystemX research is the Focus Area partnership. Member companies allocate a portion of their membership fee (a “token”) to support research into a large but focused technology challenge by a team of multiple Stanford faculty and Ph.D. students in close cooperation with experts from the supporting firms. Focus Areas are expected to have a 3 – 5 year lifespan, at which time they will be renewed, revised, or retired. Current SystemX Focus Areas are:

  • Design productivity – improving how engineers and industry manage increasingly complex systems while shortening innovation cycles.  | LEAD: Prof. Mark Horowitz | DETAILS

  • Computation for data analytics – exploring architectural and technology approaches for today, for tomorrow and for the day after in this era of Big Data and machine learning.  LEADS: Prof. Chris Ré and Prof. Subhasish Mitra | DETAILS

  • The Internet of Everything (IoE) – integrating all the many devices in our lives into coherent, manageable and secure networks that improve our lives.  | LEADS: Prof. Amin Arbabian and Prof. Thomas Lee | DETAILS

  • Energy and power management systems – engineering highly efficient systems that require less energy, and implementing new systems, like smart grids, to transform energy markets.  | LEAD: Prof. Juan Rivas-Davila | DETAILS

  • Biomedical interfaces – creating small, smart electronic systems for diagnosis and therapy, blending medicine and engineering in new ways.  | LEADS: Prof. Shan Wang and Prof. Tom Soh | DETAILS

  • Heterogeneous integration – combining new materials and devices for process technology enhancements in 2D and 3D chips. LEADS: Prof. Eric Pop and Prof. H.S. Philip Wong  | DETAILS

  • Photonic and quantum technologies – developing the processes and hardware needed to use photonics and quantum mechanics to enable the next big leap in information technology.  | LEAD: Prof. Jelena Vuckovic

In addition, SystemX is continuing Stanford’s successful tradition of "FMA" (Fellow-Mentor-Advisor) relationships, in which a member company supports research by a Stanford Ph.D. student "Fellow," who interacts closely with an expert "Mentor" from the company to conduct advanced research into an area of mutual interest under the guidance of a faculty "Advisor." SystemX can set up a new FMA research relationship with any professor at Stanford whose research falls within our general areas of interest. 

Finally, the SystemX Alliance reserves a portion of all member company contributions for Seed grants.  These grants promote research and student engagement that align with the center’s emphasis on “System Thinking” and “Interdisciplinary Cooperation”.

To view the current Catalog of Research, please visit the SystemX Catalog of Research (login required).

To view past Catalogs of Research, please visit the CIS History Section.