Senator Roberts Announces $1.4 Million Research Contract to ITTC

Washington,DC (07-27-1999)

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts recently announced that the Department of Defense (DoD) awarded a $1.4 million research contract to the Information and Telecommunication Technology Center (ITTC) at the University of Kansas.

Gary Minden and Joe Evans, co-principal investigators, will lead the project: Innovative Active Networking Services. Minden and Evans are members of the University of Kansas faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and are principal participants in ITTC.

During the three-year contract, they will focus on the new concept of active networking. They will examine ways to develop faster, more efficient, and more flexible computer networks for DoD's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

"The University of Kansas has a well-deserved reputation as a top science and technology research facility," said Sen. Roberts. "So it is fitting that it be selected to conduct such a critical project for the U.S. military. KU's work will be a key component in the continuing evolution of the Internet and computer network system."

With the DARPA project, Minden says the research team will focus on active networking. "Active networks," he said, "follow your instructions, similar to the Post Office's honoring your request for certified delivery. These new networks will enhance traditional information exchange and improve service quality. Eventually users may even invent their own network services."

The DARPA contract meshes with Minden's professional interests. From 1994-96 he was on leave from KU to work with DARPA's Information Technology Office. While a program manager in the area of high-performance networking systems, he conceived and started the Active Networking research program. Since the late 1960's, DARPA has funded the development of key ideas to improve networks and is responsible for a number of technology breakthroughs in this area.

Sen. Roberts is a strong advocate for investment in science and technology research. He is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and is chairman of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee.

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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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