Center for Embedded Network Sensing
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The Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS) was  a research enterprise funded by the National Science Foundation based at the University of California, Los Angeles.
CENS was established at UCLA in 2002. The group conducted research primarily in the computer science subfield of embedded sensor networks. While the core research was grounded in computer science, the applications studied spanned a large range of fields including military applications, ecology, seismology, security monitoring, and farming applications to name just a few.
While it was headquartered at UCLA, the following universities and organizations also participated in CENS-led research:
University of California, Merced
University of California, Riverside
University of Southern California
The USC Information Sciences Institute
California State University, Los Angeles
The James Reserve
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
UCLA Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS)
Center for Embedded Networked Sensing
UCLA 3563 Boelter Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1596
Embedded Networked Sensing Systems promise to reveal previously unobservable phenomena widely impacting society by connecting the physical world to the Internet.
UCLA’s Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS) is a major research enterprise focused on developing wireless sensing systems and applying this revolutionary technology to critical scientific and societal pursuits. In the same way that the development of the Internet transformed our ability to communicate, the ever decreasing size and cost of computing components is setting the stage for detection, processing, and communication technology to be embedded throughout the physical world and, thereby, fostering both a deeper understanding of the natural and built environment and, ultimately, enhancing our ability to design and control these complex systems.
By investigating fundamental properties of embedded networked sensing systems, developing new technologies, and exploring novel scientific and educational applications, CENS is a world leader in unleashing the tremendous potential these systems hold.
The center is a multidisciplinary collaboration among faculty, staff, and students from a wide spectrum of fields including Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Biology, Statistics, Education and Information Sciences, Urban Planning, and Theater, Film, and Television. CENS was established in 2002 as a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center and is a partnership of UCLA, UC Riverside, UC Merced, USC, and Caltech.
The center’s current research portfolio encompasses projects across nine technology and applications areas, examples of which include:
Development and deployment of new measurement tools and techniques to identify the sources and fates of chemical and biological pollutants in natural, urban, and agricultural watersheds and coastal zones.
Developing cameras and image analysis approaches that assist scientists in making biological observations. Together the camera and analysis systems comprise a new type of biosensor that takes measurements otherwise unobservable to humans.
Harnessing the technological power of mobile phones and the ubiquitous wireless infrastructure for applications in areas as diverse as public health, environmental protection, urban planning, and cultural expression, each of which is influenced by independent personal behaviors adding up in space in time.