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The White House has issued its call for the second round of Presidential Innovation Fellows , and it includes an invitation to spend a 6- to 12-month “tour of duty” in Washington, building the industrial Internet - or, more precisely, helping the National Institute of Standards and Technology find ways to connect proprietary intelligent machines to each other securely through standardized communication layers.
NIST is looking for two fellows - one with a background in information technology and the other from physical engineering - reflecting the convergence of those fields in the industrial Internet, where challenges move fluidly back and forth between software and hardware.
Shyam Sunder, director of the engineering laboratory at NIST, proposed the fellowships as a way to coordinate the broad public and private research efforts that are going into the industrial Internet. The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology had identified cyber-physical systems as a national priority for federal research and development in 2007 and 2010 , and the field was part of the mandate of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership announced in 2011. At the same time, private-sector work on the industrial Internet has accelerated in domains like automotive technology, manufacturing, utilities and logistics, says Sunder. “They all have, as their core, networking and information technology being integrated within engineered physical systems. They...