KU Center for Research Appoints New ITTC Director

Lawrence,KS (11-09-1999)

The Center for Research Inc. at the University of Kansas has appointed Victor Frost, Dan F. Servey distinguished professor of electrical engineering and computer science, as the new director of KU's Information and Telecommunication Technology Center (ITTC).

Frost has been the center's acting director since January 1998, after Sam Shanmugan, Southwestern Bell distinguished professor of electrical engineering and computer science, left the post. With a current research expenditure of $6.5 million, ITTC is the second largest research center on the Lawrence campus and one of the state's five centers of excellence.

"In terms of communication, we are living in an exciting time," said Frost, who earned all three of his degrees in electrical engineering and computer science at KU. "We have seen dramatic increases in network transmission capabilities, and the potential exists for the convergence of all communications into one transport mechanism." KU, he noted, has been at the forefront of these advances.

Frost will take the ITTC reins in August 2000. He is currently on sabbatical at Sprint Corp., in Overland Park, at the company's long-distance division. There he is investigating the architectures of future communications networks.

Joe Evans, Spahr professor of electrical engineering and computer science, will direct ITTC until Frost's return.

"ITTC is arguably the most important university research center in Kansas," said Robert Barnhill, vice chancellor for research and public service, "so its directorship is crucial to the state and to the nation. The long-term record of Dr. Frost and his colleagues in research and development is one of consistent excellence."

Barnhill noted that several recent decisions have stressed the importance of information technology to Kansas and to the country. KU recently identified information technology and ITTC as areas of research emphasis, and U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts' statewide Committee on Science, Technology and the Future also underscored the importance of information technology research in Kansas.

Finally, an agreement signed by the chief executive officers at KU, Kansas State University and Wichita State University signaled KU's importance to this field. The agreement designates KU as the state's lead institution in information technology.

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The Information and Telecommunication Technology Center at the University of Kansas has developed several assistance policies that enhance interactions between the Center and local, Kansas, or national companies. 

ITTC assistance includes initial free consulting (normally one to five hours). If additional support is needed, ITTC will offer one of the following approaches: 

Sponsored Research Agreement

Individuals and organizations can enter into agreements with KUCR/ITTC and provide funds for sponsored research to be performed at ITTC with the assistance of faculty, staff and students.

Licensing and Royalty/Equity Agreement

An ITTC goal is the development of investment-grade technologies for transfer to, and marketing by, local, Kansas, and national businesses. To enhance this process, the Center has developed flexible policies that allow for licensing, royalty, and equity arrangements to meet both the needs of ITTC and the company.

Commercialization Development

Companies with a technology need that can be satisfied with ITTC's resources can look to us for assistance. We can develop a relationship with interested partners that will provide for the development of a technology suited for commercialization.

ITTC Resource Access

ITTC resources, including computers and software systems, may be made available to Kansas companies in accordance with the Center's mission and applicable Regents and University policies.

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