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Center for Embedded Systems

An NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center

Who we are

The Center for Embedded Systems (CES) is a research collaboration between academia (Arizona State University and Southern Illinois University Carbondale), industry (leading electronics companies throughout the world) and government (the National Science Foundation). Download CES brochure (PDF)

Research impact 

CES’s research focuses on the technologies that enable sensing, communications, computing, and control in everyday things. When a patient’s wrist sensor sends a real-time report to a doctor‘s cell phone, embedded systems make it happen and people’s lives are better. CES conducts the fundamental research that helps companies put these types of improvements to work in these application areas:

  • personalized healthcare technologies
  • consumer electronics
  • aerospace / avionics
  • industrial automation
  • automotive & transportation
  • security

What we do

CES was founded by the National Science Foundation as an industry/university cooperative research center (I/UCRC) in 2009. The center conducts industry-university research projects that are funded by its industry members, the NSF and the two participating universities. CES provides research support for students and faculty, sponsors internship programs, and administers a relevant embedded systems curriculum. Industry members share the intellectual property resulting from all research projects.


Southern Illinois University, Carbondale campus