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1 Pervasive Technology Institute overview PTI RT All Hands Meeting 22 May 2009 Craig Stewart Executive Director, PTI; Associate Dean, Research Technologies (Final edited version of slides)

2 License terms Please cite as: Stewart, C.A. 2009. Pervasive Technology Institute overview. Presentation. Pervasive Technology Institute – Research Technologies all hands meeting. 22 May 2009, Innovation Center, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Except where otherwise noted, by inclusion of a source url or some other note, the contents of this presentation are © by the Trustees of Indiana University. This content is released under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license ( This license includes the following terms: You are free to share – to copy, distribute and transmit the work and to remix – to adapt the work under the following conditions: attribution – you must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work. 2

3 Pervasive Technology Labs & UITS Research Technologies – a joint history of excellence PTL Since 1999: – 737 peer-reviewed publications – 38 inventions, 5 licensed to private sector, 2 patents pending – $116,570,124 in external funding (not including support from the Lilly Endowment) RT: AVIDD (Analysis and Visualization of Instrument-Driven Data), Data Capacitor, Big Red, Open Science Grid CGL: NaradaBrokering, OGCE (Open Grid Collaboration Environment) OSL: OpenMPI, Boost Graph Library, Generic Programming, Cluster challenge win! VIS: PercepTable, environmental science, VISPORT DSI: LEAD (Linked Environments for Atmospheric Discovery), karma, workflow management SURG: DIMA (Dietary Intake Monitoring Applications) Joint: TeraGrid, PolarGrid So far, broadest impact when we work together

4 Impact on Indiana Economy & Quality of Life StateChange from 1999 to 2007 Rank in 1999Rank in 2007 Michigan+153419 Illinois+62216 Indiana+63731 Ohio+43329 Missouri035 Florida-32023 Kentucky-63945 New Mexico-141933 Kauffman Foundation Rankings of State High-Tech Economies

5 “As a great public university we have two fundamental missions: education and research. Indiana University seeks to provide the best possible education to all of our students, both undergraduate and graduate. It is an education in both breadth and depth, grounded in both the practical and the transcendent, and providing a command of the analytical and the expressive. We also seek to conduct path- breaking research and scholarship of the highest international standards from the most theoretical to the most applied… We are also a public university supported by and with a responsibility to the citizens of Indiana. They expect us to provide a great education to their sons and daughters; they expect us to do the best research and scholarship; and they expect us to be engaged in the life of the State. Therefore, engagement is a third mission, and it grows out of excellence in education and research.” From Inaugural address of President Michael A. McRobbie

6 Not clear what it means to be a great university, but each of us should spend some time thinking on the matter “… a strategy of gradualism that seeks greatness in the accumulation of the attainable” ? * *(Kissenger, H. 2008. And end of hubris. p. 46 In the World in 2009. The Economist. London)

7 PTI Mission (draft) The mission of the Pervasive Technology Institute is to invent, develop, deploy, and when appropriate deliver new and innovative applications of information technology - and in so doing improve the quality of life in Indiana and the world as a whole. Additional comments: PTI delivers innovation to the Indiana University community, the State of Indiana, the US, and the world as a whole, aggregating IU’s intellectual leadership in informatics, information technology, and applications thereof to develop important new IT applications and help steer the national research agenda in ways that will be most productive. PTI innovations may be pervasive in many ways; the applications may themselves be pervasive, or pervasively accessible (accessed through handheld devices, for example), or may have outcomes that create benefits that are pervasive in their impact on US society.

8 What is PTI A partnership among OVPIT, UITS, School of Informatics, Mauer School of Law, Libraries A way for 2 schools, several leading research labs, a group of Libraries and library projects, and parts of OVPIT/RT to project themselves nationally and collaborate internally The identity we will associate with IU’s leading Information Technology Research, Development, and Delivery activities Partnership is probably the best one word to characterize PTI

9 Collaborative Structure of PTI PTI is a highly collaborative organization. Collaborations will typically involve one Center, UITS/OVPIT, and often collaborators from IU who are not part of PTI. It will often be the case that Centers collaborate with each other. But the most common form of collaboration is likely to be UITS/OVPIT A PTI Center Researchers on campus


11 RT Mission (draft) The mission of the Research Technologies division of UITS is to develop, deliver, and support advanced technology solutions that improve productivity of and enable new possibilities in research, scholarly endeavors, and creative activity at Indiana University and beyond; and to complement this with education and technology translation activities to improve the quality of life of people in Indiana, the nation, and the world.

12 PTI and RT Joint goals: – Scientific sustainability – Service and education sustainability – Financial sustainability – Staff sustainability (support and life) How we project ourselves nationally and how we organize ourselves operationally within the university are two different matters. Neither the Mauer School of Law nor the School of Informatics nor the UITS Research Technologies Division will disappear We serve the state. Our competition is primarily outside the state (on rare occasions within the State)

13 A spectrum of activities

14 Why have PTI? PTI Mission – Science Mission is set at the Center Level – Engagement, Economic Development, Service, Education, Outreach, Training agendas set at Institute Level RT Mission – Set primarily within OVPIT and UITS – Includes a service mission that goes beyond PTI’s PTI Scale – Proposal sets out a commitment for sustainability of the Institute dramatically different than a typical lab or center. Longevity commitment based on structure of Institute – Centers – Labs – Different scale in In-State impact than any one lab might have – Engagement in the State & Nation (Steer national agendas) – Collaborations within University – R, D, & D that matters – Links the largest entities involved in IT R, D & D – No good comparisons out there, really The funding from Lilly is intended specifically to support those things that distinguish PTI as conceived at scale (size and temporal) PTI represents a confluence of interests; each component of PTI will have and pursue interests and activities outside of PTI


16 Next steps Self analysis and goal setting document Empowering People Faculty Retreat Hiring staff (emphasis on areas previously understaffed) Submitting grants Strategic Plan for PTI & RT Comments to Anonymous (but preferably constructive) comments via surveymonkey accessible from OnCourse sites

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