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1 CSI (Center for Systems Integration) T eaching application development, Building Research Collaborations, interacting with industry and academia, and encouraging social entrepreneurship. Ravi Shankar, PhD, MBA, PE, Fellow (AHA) Professor, College of Engineering and Computer Science Francis X McAfee, MFA Associate Professor, College of Arts and Letters Don Ploger, PhD Associate Professor, College of Education Michael Harris, PhD Associate Professor, College of Arts and Letters Ravi S Behara, PhD Associate Professor, College of Business Florida Atlantic University, FL

2 Center for Systems Integration Formed in 1993 - with funding from Motorola Paging & NSF Funding: from industry and federal sources - $4.3 M Recent Grants: – OPP (One Pass to Production) from iDEN, Motorola, at $1.1 M – SBA (Small Business Administration) at $123 K Recent Submissions: – NSF - Robotics in Math Education - $450K, 8/12 – 8/14 – NSF – Partnership for Innovation – Semantic Web Research - $600K – 1/13- 12/14 Planned Submissions: NSF /TUES – May 2012 – Android Projects - $200K Current Focus: Mobile, Web, and Complex Systems Philosophy: Open Source, Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration, Social Entrepreneurship, industry alliance, and small business formation by our students See,,,

3 Success Stories (past two years) Several Multidisciplinary courses: – Android Apps– ~325 High school, UG, Grad, Engineers – (Spring 2012 – Four way collaboration – 65 students) – Robotics - ~45 UG and Grads; 15 High school (Sp’12) – Semantic Web - ~40 Grad students Steve Jobs’ way: Integrate technology, art, humanities, business, innovation, research, and education, as appropriate Key Additions: Use all open source tools; leverage university infrastructure; and Market Apps to raise revenue for authors & university

4 ESP Course for High School Students (Su 2010) Provided high school students chance to learn application development---promotional, artistic, and programming. Encouraged entrepreneurship/commerciali zation. 7 Game Apps to be marketed

5 ESP Course (Su ‘11): 30 students (9 High Schools) Marketable Applications: 7+

6 Summer 2011: Falafel Copter FAU Android Group


8 Physiology and Impact of Diet on body shape FAU Android Group

9 Back Exercise Animation FAU Android Group

10 Methodology ( Past 2 years) Driving Factors: NSF Funding Criteria – Broad Impact, Intellectual Merit, STEM, Integration of Resch & Education, Diversity, Dissemination, Sustenance, and Assessment, (in addition to a good scientific/technical proposal). Strategic Decision made to address these issues and Apply OPP principles (to significantly increase design productivity) developed with Motorola grant. See The experience, however, has been truly rewarding in its own right! Teaching: 425 (High school to Graduate) Students & Business --- ‘STEM’ Focus App Development: Games, Social Impact, Educational Others: Chess Robotics, Semantic Web ALL Open Source Tools: Code/Designs available; community help & service

11 Methodology (2 years)…. Collaborations: with arts & letters, education, business Soon others: nursing, urban planning, and science Websites (FAU and Student Blog Sites): -- ‘Dissemination’ (100K+ hits),, New – student and team blog sites: free Business Ventures: -- ‘Broad Impact’ 4 Student companies – Engineering & Business Majors; University relationship ( Appstractions, Mobilitude, DroidTroiz, Pathway Media) 2nd prize in university business competition; FAU Owl Radio; NSF partner; and Video Clips Commercialization: -- ‘ Sustenance’ 14 Apps to be marketed (by Su ‘12) Goals: Revenue for the authors and self-sustenance Proposals submitted: 4 to NSF (not funded); 1990s: 3 funded Led to this re-thinking Now, better infrastructure and higher probability

12 Proposal Wish to use my sabbatical leave during Fall ‘12-Sp’13 for this Build CSI (Consortium for Small Scale Innovations) Leverage our experience with mobile systems Help /contribute to building a different type of infrastructure multi-college and multi-university collaborations Involve high schools, enhance STEM and diversity goals Build and market Apps; and share revenue with authors Seed research collaboration of these authors/groups; and submit proposals Relevant Potential Submissions: Large multi-institutional proposals on STEM to NSF/ DoEd - $2M / 5 years Healthy Aging Focus : IGERT – Integrative Graduate Education & Research Traineeship - 5/13, 7/13, $3.3 M/ 5 years. “Collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries” Smart Health and Wellbeing: Empowered Individuals; Sensors, Devices, and Robotics. 2/13, $200 K to $2 M, 2 to 5 Years -

13 Other NSF Links nt%20By%20Tab%20PDFs/24-NSF- wide_Investments_fy2013.pdf nt%20By%20Tab%20PDFs/24-NSF- wide_Investments_fy2013.pdf ategicplan_2011_2016.pdf ategicplan_2011_2016.pdf FAU Android Group

14 2. Social Impact Games: Engineering Undergraduates Collaboration with Arts & Letters: Anthropology and Fine Arts (Sp’11) Spring 2012: Four way collaboration, including Business College, and students from four disciplines (60 Students)

15 3. Android Chess Robotics: Undergrads and 9-12 Collaborators: Education, Arts & Letters, and High Schools, STEM Focus Fall 2011: Undergraduate Engineering course on Robotic Art Spring 2012: Mechatronics for Pre-Engineering high school students Kits and Apps NSF DRK-12 submitted

16 4. Smart Web Applications : Combining Semantic and Intelligent Web concepts Example from Fall ‘10: Android Off-Road Trail : Using GeonamesGeonames Fall 2011 Apps: Academic and Medical - Focus on Personal Empowerment Integration of Open Source Tools & Standards: Jena, Lucene, Protégé, Nutch, Jade, RDF, OWL, SWRL, SPARQL, Solr, etc Focus of NSF/PFI: Partnership for Innovation

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