Hats Off to Electrons

Lawrence,KS (05-01-2000)

From Science Coalition

The computer revolution has led to a recent funding surge at KU in information technology. The KU Information and Telecommunication Technology Center focuses on research and technology transfer in the area of transmission systems.

Researchers study networking and distributed systems, lightwave communication systems, intelligent systems and information management, wireless communications and digital signal processing.

What if your computer weren't just a box in your house or on your lap? What if providing a thumbprint--or voiceprint--to any computer would let you access your files and folders? Imagine walking into a conference room where embedded computers identify your voice so that you can direct the movement of cameras and microphones for a presentation. When your coworkers walk in, they sit at laptops, identify themselves by thumbprint and then access their computers from the terminals in the room. NSF has awarded KU $1.29 million to investigate how to create ambient computational environments -- or "smart rooms." Those rooms, like the one shown in the computer-enhanced photo above, will respond to commands and gestures.

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Partner with ITTC

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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