The Stanford SystemX Alliance is collaboration between Stanford University and member industrial firms to produce world-class research and Ph.D. graduates with a view to enabling truly ubiquitous sensing, computing and communication with embedded intelligence. Previously known as the Center for Integrated Systems (CIS), SystemX emphasizes application-driven, system-oriented research. Its areas of interest include hardware and software at all levels of the system stack from materials and devices to systems and applications in electronics, networks, energy, mobility, bio-interfaces, sensors, and other real-world domains.
SystemX Focus Areas, Ph.D. fellowships, and knowledge exchange programs draw on the unique strengths of the university and industry to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of both. SystemX is a Scientific Cooperation Foundation that counts 10 founding members among which 6 are companies (Alstom, Renault, Bull, Kalray, Sherpa, OVH), 3 are academic partners (Inria, Institut Mines-Télécom, the FCS Campus Paris-Saclay) and one is a competitiveness cluster (Systematic Paris-Region).
SystemX set up its Technological and Scientific Council, composed of 12 members, which will provide, amongst other tasks, guidance to the Institute regarding its scientific orientation and international openness strategy. SystemX is an Institute for Technological Research (IRT) that was established on February 1, 2012, in the framework of the “Investment for the future” program that was set up in order to support French Innovation.
SystemX research broadly encompasses ubiquitous sensing, computing, and communications in various application areas.Currently affiliated SystemX faculties are found in departments across Stanford’s School of Engineering and in some areas of natural Sciences and Medicine. 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, Computation for data analytics, The Internet of Everything, Energy and power management systems, and biomedical interfaces.