KU's high-tech research center seeks partners

Lawrence,KS (10-10-2000)

From Kansas City Star
By David Hayes

The University of Kansas Information and Telecommunication Technology Center in Lawrence took its show on the road Monday, hoping to attract area businesses that need high-tech help.

Five new researchers from the high-tech research and education center explained the projects they're working on to about 20 executives from Kansas City area high-tech companies. The event was held in the Doubletree Hotel in Overland Park.

"I won't mince words. I'm looking for partners," said Stephen Lohmeier, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science.

The center points to several recent success stories, including software used in an Internet search engine, a video monitoring system used by Turner Broadcasting and technology developed for DiscoverMe, a Prairie Village Internet company.

Timouthy Johnson, executive director for operations and applied technology, said the center had 80 active projects and was doing work for 17 companies. The center, which has several federal government grants, counts Sprint Corp. as its largest private client.

The center tries to "team up with corporations or government agencies that might have a need" for the center's expertise, Johnson said.

The Lawrence center, also known as ITTC, has about 130 graduate and undergraduate students, 30 faculty members, and 21 other researchers and support staff. The center focuses on research in telecommunications and information technology.

Hossein Saiedian, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science, said the university was planning to establish a graduate program in software engineering at its Edwards Campus in Overland Park. The program will be oriented toward working professionals, with courses scheduled nights and weekends, he said.

"Not only are we committed to research, but we're also committed to providing quality education," Saiedian said.

For more information, contact ITTC.

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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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