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Integrative Hybrid and Complex Systems (IHCS): The Integrative, Hybrid and Complex Systems (IHCS) program supports innovative research in areas that integrate device concepts and systems principles in the design, development and implementation of new nano/micro/macro hybrid and complex systems with engineering solutions for domain specific applications. Hybrid systems incorporating both continuous and discrete representations are of increasing interest in the study of distributed networks. Proposals are sought that address fundamental research issues associated with modeling, design, simulation and development of engineering systems with applications in telecommunications, homeland security, biotechnology and manufacturing. Examples include:1. Miniature implantable devices that combine sensors, actuators, computational algorithms and microcircuits for biomedical applications ranging from drug delivery to microsurgery; 2. Wireless networks of handheld or wearable computing devices that incorporate microsystem transmitters, receivers, antennas and sensors, and constitute a complex distributed network with high bandwidth and high information-transfer rates; 3. Optoelectronic and photonic integrated circuits, scalable in density and functionality, for chip-based wavelength division multiplexing; 4. Power grids and systems designed to be reliable, efficient and environmentally sustainable; 5. Control methods for image-guided therapy and surgery; and 6. Cyberengineering systems that integrate the physical layer (devices,sensors) with the informational layer (communication networks, computational intelligence, decision/control) to optimize the performance of distributed systems. Such integrative systems offer new challenges in basic research and promise for future applications. Proposals for the Integrative, Hybrid and Complex Systems program may involve collaborative research among investigators to capture the breadth of expertise needed for such multidisciplinary integrative activities. Areas of opportunity are announced and updated on the ECS Division home page. In addition, researchers are invited to propose, and are encouraged to discuss, with the IHCS Program Directors, potential innovative systems and associated areas of research.Areas of current interest include: hybrid and complex systems at the nano, micro and macro scales. Some of the technology areas include: *Machine Intelligent Systems, *System-on-a-Chip, *System-in-a-package, *Organic and Silicon-based Hybrid Systems, *Quantum Information Systems, *Optical and Wireless Communications Systems, and *Cyberengineering Systems