Seed Grants

SystemX Alliance allocates a portion of 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. They seed future research directions.

To view presentations for the 2018 and 2019 awards, check out the agenda from the 2019 Fall Conference. Login is required to view slides and recordings.

For a list of SEED proposal submissions that were not funded in 2020, please go to our 2020 SEED Submissions page. Login is required to view the page.

Current Awards:

2020 Award

Development of GaN Transistors with Avalanche Capability to Enable Wireless Power Transfer

Professors Srabanti Chowdhury (EE) and Juan Rivas-Davila (EE)

2020 Award

Quantum Metasurfaces for Dynamic Flat Optics

Professors Mark Brongersma (MSE) and Felipe Jornada (MSE)

2020 Award

Peer Pressure: On-Device Learning from Soft Decisions

Professor Nicholas Bambos (EE & MSE)

2020 Award

Ultra-high Fidelity Oligonucleotide Synthesis on Individual Beads

Professors Lambertus Hesselink (EE) and Ronald W Davis (Biochemistry)

2020 Award

Robots that Learn to be Safe

Professor Chelsea Finn (EE & CS)

2019 Award

Electrostatic Phase Switching in 2D Systems for Scaled, Energy Efficient Phase Change Memories

Professors Alberto Salleo (MSE), Eric Pop (EE), and Evan Reed (MSE)

Annual Summary Report (PDF)

2019 Award

Error-resilient Planning and Optimization for Multi-Agent Autonomous Systems

Professors Dorsa Sadigh (EE & CS) and Mert Pilanci (EE)

Annual Summary Report (PDF)

2019 Award

CMOS technology for the rapid detection of sepsis biomarkers at the point-of-care

Professors Tom Soh (EE & Radiology) and Mark Holodniy (Dept. of Medicine & Palo Alto VA)

Annual Summary Report (PDF)


Past Awards:

2018 Award

Understanding the potential of wide-bandgap semiconductors

Professors Juan Rivas (EE), Jim Plummer (EE), and Debbie Senesky (Aero/Astro)

2018 Award

A smart system for home-based food allergy screening

Professors Sindy Tang (ME)
& Kari Nadeau (Pediatric Food Allergy, Immunology and Asthma & Pediatrics)

2017 Award

Secure and Efficient Distributed Learning

Professors Ada Poon (EE), Bob Hu (EE) & Simon Wong (EE)

View 2017 Fall Conference Presentation

2016 Award

Computation (pre Focus Area) Exploration

Professors Subhasish Mitra (CS)
& Chris Ré (CS)