Princeton researchers have a reputation for exploring some of the biggest questions in science. Industry has a reputation for turning those explorations into real-world solutions. Together, industry and academia can create the synergy that propels new discoveries in areas such as health, the environment and technology.
Collaborations with industry scientists also help Princeton researchers identify unanswered questions and find new avenues of research, Burrus said. “The flow of knowledge is not just in one direction, from university to corporation,” she said. “These are true collaborations.”
Assuring security for computer-based services
A collaboration between Princeton and Amazon is enabling researchers to develop solutions for security challenges that threaten current and future computer systems. To address problems in computing security, Aarti Gupta, professor of computer science, and Sharad Malik, the George Van Ness Lothrop Professor in Engineering and professor of electrical engineering, will team with industrial partners to develop novel techniques for verifying security across hardware and software, with the goal of providing protected foundations on which computer-based services can depend.
Decarbonization of the grid
A collaboration between Princeton’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment and NRG Energy, the largest competitive power producer in the U.S., aims to study how to “decarbonize” the U.S. electrical power grid by transitioning the nation’s power supply from its reliance on high carbon-emitting power sources to a greater use of renewable and low carbon-emitting fuels. The collaboration, which includes Princeton scientists Thomas Kreutz, energy systems modeler; Eric Larson, senior research engineer; and Robert Williams, senior research scientist, builds on the shared interests of the Andlinger Center and NRG Energy to create a low-carbon future for the U.S. power sector.
Personalizing the user experience through algorithms
When people browse online, algorithms are at work behind the scenes to serve content tailored to users’ needs and interests. A new collaboration between Robert Tarjan, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Computer Science, and researchers at Microsoft led by Siddhartha Sen, who earned his doctorate at Princeton in 2013, aims to enhance the browsing experience by creating data structures and algorithms that eliminate performance bottlenecks and advance machine learning applications such as personalizing news, identifying viral content, and optimizing data storage and retrieval.