The Multi-functional Integrated System Technology (MIST) Center focuses on the hardware technologies necessary to propel the next generation of smart systems, translating novel materials, devices, and manufacturing processes into multifunctional integrated systems. MIST Center faculty members combine complementary expertise in materials science, devices, electronics, magnetics, acoustics, photonics, microfluidics, microelectromechanical systems, and circuits to tackle complex research challenges. The MIST Center also trains the next generation of graduate students, actively recruits and mentors participants from underrepresented groups in science and engineering, and fosters public-private research networks across multiple academic, industrial, and government organizations.
Research at the MIST Center is structured around five technology topic areas: sensing, computing, wireless, power, and integration. These areas drive system technologies such as wearable devices, "internet of things" systems, sensor networks, and mist computing. MIST computing brings computing hardware to the sensor node and is the logical progression of the internet of things ecosystem beyond cloud computing and fog computing.
The projected 1 trillion connected wireless sensors in the coming fourth industrial revolution will require the development of low-power sensors and computing, as well as self-powering schemes. Such an ever-expanding, connected world will lead to a growing need for high-speed communication, higher-energy efficiency, lower cost, and advanced networking. The MIST Center, through partnership with its industry and government members, aligns the technology "push" research areas with the member company market "pulls," leading to accelerated R&D innovation and technology transition.