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ARPA-E hosted the “Advanced Occupancy Sensors for Better Buildings” workshop on July 12-13, 2016 in the Portland, OR area. This workshop will bring together thought leaders from distinct science, engineering, and industrial communities. Attendees collectively will discuss the impact that innovations in occupancy sensing technologies can make in curbing building heating, cooling, and ventilation (HVAC) use without compromising the health and comfort of building occupants. Specifically, participants will lend their expertise to help inform technical metrics for advanced occupancy sensor concepts, cost targets (including for both residential and commercial settings), and identify productive avenues of research.

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ARPA-E held a workshop on "Digital Transportation" on April 26-27, 2016 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The workshop convened leading experts in telecommunications, virtual presence, game design/entertainment, robotics, and human factors technologies to identify innovative research and development paths for advanced telepresence and telelabor technologies. Participants will lend their expertise to help set technical performance and cost targets that will define a successful research program and explore novel technology pathways.

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ARPA-E held a workshop on "Safe and Secure Megawatt-Size Nuclear Power" on March 16-17, 2016 in the Washington, D.C. area. This workshop will bring together experts in nuclear reactor design, nuclear science, materials science, controls, advanced sensors and monitors, manufacturing, risk analysis, non-proliferation/safeguards, as well as potential end users, vendors, investors, and other relevant stakeholders.

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ARPA-E held its seventh annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit February 29 - March 2, 2016 at the Gaylord Convention Center just outside Washington, D.C. Over 2,000 energy innovators, investors, and policymakers gathered to discuss cutting-edge energy technologies and commercialization strategies and how to move them out of the lab and into the market.

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This workshop brought together experts in macroalgae cultivation, physiology and ecology with those from complimentary fields of plant breeding, oceanography, marine engineering, robotics, and biomass processing, as well as agronomy and the financial community.

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This workshop convened leading experts in electrochemistry, catalysis (hydrogenation and dehydrogenation), fuel cells and electrolyzers, organic synthesis and fuels to identify innovative research paths forward for the development of disruptive technologies that can bridge renewable energy production and transportation fuels and significantly reduce the cost of energy transportation from remote locations to consumers using energy dense liquid fuels.

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This workshop convened experts from several fields to consider how to accelerate efficiency improvements in data centers, specifically through optical interconnect development.

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This workshop convened thought leaders in plant biology, soil microbiology, soil chemistry, biogeochemistry, computational analytics, and emerging imaging technologies to determine the most promising methods to enhance terrestrial carbon sinks.

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This workshop convened experts from a number of fields to consider the development of future high efficiency light-duty vehicle powertrains for connected, semi-autonomous and fully autonomous (driverless) vehicles.

This workshop convened leading experts in solid state ionics, low-cost ceramics and composites manufacturing, mechanical properties of thin functional layers, mixed ionic and electronic conductors, nanostructuring, solid-state polymers, solid-state synthetic techniques, high-throughput materials computation and discovery, and novel approaches to ionically conductive layers to identify innovative research paths to advance solid ion conductors for energy technologies.