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RPI becomes a founding member of the International Technology Alliance

July 19, 2006

TROY, N.Y.- IBM Research is leading the International Technology Alliance, a consortium of 24 institutions from industry and academia in both the U.K. and the U.S. created in May 2006. The International Technology Alliance opens a new era of collaborative, multi-disciplinary research which spans multiple universities and industrial research labs. A number of leading researchers have come together to perform joint research, forming a virtual organization of some of the best minds in both countries over the next ten years. Among them, Dr. Boleslaw Szymanski of RPI is leading Project 9, one of the 12 projects of the alliance. Dr. Jim Hendler, who joins RPI in January 2007 is a participant in Project 12. Both RPI researchers are excited to be a part of this group, and are looking forward to achieving several breakthroughs in network-centric systems over the course of the next ten years.

The research of the alliance is comprehensive and ranges from finding fundamental limits of the technology to novel protocols and application algorithms to security and privacy issues, to performance optimized to the particular goals of the network owners to integration with and interfaces to humans. The integral component of the program is also rapid transition of research innovations into military and civilian applications. Hence, the research will result in paradigm shift in which the networking and distributed processing will become a pervasive and ubiquitous part of infusion of technology into military and society. The design principles for autonomous, self-organizing and self-repairing networks, including sensor networks, will be the most tangible outcome of research and wide military and commercial deployment will follow as the result of transition efforts.

The program is unprecedented in terms of its geographical scope (UK-US), length (10 years) and depth of industry-academia collaborations. The four broad topics that we proposed are interconnected and developments in each one will influence others. The numbers of university and industrial partners in both countries and the collective expertise and leadership represented by the PI's ensure that the consortium will be one of the leading forces in wireless networking and sensing in the next decade. Being a part of such a team is the most exciting aspect of this program.

The alliance will perform research in the four areas of (i) network theory (ii) security across system of systems (iii) sensor information processing and delivery and (iv) distributed coalition planning and decision making. RPI contribution will focus on areas 3 and 4. In the former, in the context of sensor information processing and delivery, we will focus on schemes that can characterize and improve the quality of information obtained from sensor networks and mechanisms that can allow sensor networks to adapt themselves to the operational context dynamically while reducing the human burden in managing them to best serve the objectives of military operations.

In the context of distributed coalition planning and decision making, we will concentrate on schemes that could improve the shared situational awareness among coalition partners, improve the suitability of information technology infrastructure to the missions of a coalition force, and analyze the cultural and procedural differences between coalition forces and the urban context in which they operate.

More details on the program are available at the alliance web site: http://domino.research.ibm.com/projects/titans/www_titans.nsf/pages/index. html

CONTACT: Professor Boleslaw K. Szymanski, (518) 276-2714, szymansk@cs.rpi.edu.

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