BIG CONTROL IS
THE NEXT BIG THING.

We build platforms to enable control of big swarms of collaborative devices
such as drones, self-driving cars, robots, and even datacenters.

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Who Needs Big Control?

Rush hour in a metro area

RUSH HOUR IN A METRO AREA

Imagine the morning commute with 1 million self-driving cars on the road in a large metropolitan area. A Big Control system will schedule these cars centrally and manage traffic lights to improve highway utilization, reduce commute time, and make commute time more productive.

automated agriculture

AUTOMATED AGRICULTURE

Imagine a fleet of crop-tending drones managed by a Big Control application. The drones will observe and analyze fields and orchards, and provide specialized services such as watering, pruning, and spraying.

A LARGE DISTRIBUTION CENTER

Imagine a large automated warehouse. A Big Control system will coordinate 10,000 or more drones, both in the air and on the ground, to move millions of packages per day.

Disaster Recovery

DISASTER RECOVERY

Imagine the aftermath of a natural disaster such as Superstorm Sandy or the Tohuku earthquake, in which infrastructure is largely destroyed. Thousands of drones are released from land and sea vehicles at the edge of the disaster area. Managed by a Big Control application, the drones map out the disaster area to assess damage and identify areas of greatest need; they then deliver emergency medical supplies and other packages to assist in recovery.

Great minds have come together
to pioneer Big Control.

  • Defined modern server virtualization and created the virtualization industry
  • Created Software Defined Networks and a new industry
  • Created the Spark system for Big Data processing
  • Created the Raft consensus protocol
  • Invented full-duplex radio and software defined RAN
  • Created the societal networks movement
  • Bootstrapped sensor networking with TinyOS
  • Pioneered scripting languages with Tcl/Tk
PlatformLab Team

A group of industry leaders are supporting us.

CiscoEquinixEricssonvmware
FujitsuGoogleHuaweiNEC

Interested in joining the revolution?

GRADUATE STUDENTS

If you are a graduate student at Stanford and interested in Big Control, contact the faculty member closest to your area of interest, or attend our weekly seminars to learn more. We’d be delighted for you to join our team.

GRADUATE APPLICANTS

If you are an applicant to the Stanford graduate program, indicate your interest in Big Control and feel free to reach out to the faculty member who is closest to your area of interest for guidance.

BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVES

If you represent a company interested in collaborating with us, please contact us and we will follow up with more information about our industrial affiliates program.

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