Welcome to the Convergence Accelerator Expo 2021. Hosted by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Convergence Accelerator, this exciting virtual exhibition event is your chance to check out novel solutions across four convergence research topics addressing national-scale societal challenges.
During the event you will have the opportunity to connect with our funded research teams and see live solution demos, as well as network with other researchers, innovators, and business and technical practitioners from academia, industry, government, non-profit, and other communities of practice.
Research is often driven by a compelling societal or scientific challenge, but often developing solutions can take years. To deliver tangible solutions that have a nation-wide societal impact and at a faster pace, the NSF launched the Convergence Accelerator program, designed to leverage a convergence approach to transition basic research and discovery into practice. Using innovation processes like human-centered design, user discovery, and team science; and integration of multidisciplinary research and cross-cutting partnerships the Convergence Accelerator is making investments to solve high impact societal challenges through use-inspired convergence research.
Expo 2021 highlights the NSF Convergence Accelerator’s portfolio in an exhibition format, like a big science fair. You choose which track topics and team booths you want to visit. Every 15 minutes teams will be demoing their solutions in their exhibition booth, but will be available to connect and answer your questions anytime during the event. Also, be sure to check out the Convergence Accelerator booth (001) to learn more about the program’s unique aspects, meet the team, and ask questions.
Knowledge networks correlate data to create new understandings. The Convergence Accelerator is funding the creation of nonproprietary infrastructure for building Open Knowledge Networks.MORE INFO
AI, machine learning, and robotics are shifting the future of work. The Convergence Accelerator is funding solutions to train, reskill, upskill the current and future workforce with industry needs and jobs of the future, as well as build a talent pipeline to stimulate the U.S. workforce.MORE INFO
Quantum technologies can improve the U.S. industrial base, create jobs, and provide significant progress toward economic and societal needs. The Convergence Accelerator is funding solutions for a diverse set of applications.MORE INFO
AI research and development requires access to high-quality datasets and environments, and testing and training resources. The Convergence Accelerator is funding solutions to address data and model-related challenges and data types.MORE INFO
The EcoManufacturing team, funded by the NSF Directorate of Engineering, participated in the Convergence Accelerator’s innovation curriculum to speed their research toward major science advances sustainable manufacturing practices.MORE INFO