UNT to expand software development partnership with National Science Foundation grant

Thursday, September 20, 2007

A $10,000 National Science Foundation planning grant will allow the University of North Texas to expand its current partnerships in a net centric software consortium that also involves the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Texas at Arlington and Southern Methodist University.

UTD and SMU also received $10,000 from NSF to collaborate with UNT, Arizona State University, University of California/Irvine and Southern Illinois University to form an Industry/University Collaborative Research Center, or I/UCRC.

Each university partner has one year to recruit at least five industrial members, paying annual membership dues, before the I/UCRC can be established. The four universities in Texas will concentrate on developing high-quality software for new generation applications that involve systems on a network, known as net centric systems. The U.S. Department of Defense has expressed a strong interest in the research.

Dr. Krishna Kavi, principal investigator of the grant and chairman of UNT’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering, says the grant will allow planning for additional industries and businesses to join I/UCRC.

“We are inviting about 200 companies here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to join the consortium. In February 2008, a meeting will be held to explain the I/UCRC concept, benefits for industry and how they can join the center. In short, by joining the consortium, industry will have royalty-free access to the research we are conducting in the center,” he says.

Kavi is also the initial director of the net centric software consortium that was established with the four major universities in the DFW area. He predicts the consortium will be known as a leading research alliance in the United States, conducting significant research projects for the federal government and industrial customers and attracting the best research faculty and students from all over the world. The consortium also helps in creating a trained workforce to meet the needs of U.S. industries.

Dr. Oscar Garcia, founding dean of the UNT College of Engineering, says the $10,000 grant from the National Science Foundation “culminates a long collaborative effort of UNT and other universities partnering with regional industry in bringing academic work into an application environment.”

“It will facilitate industry/university projects, and the students will be the ultimate beneficiaries of this timely work. It also will advance the state of the art in software engineering and embedded systems in the net-centric environments of today's activities resulting in economic development. We applaud the leadership that UNT and its collaborators have shown in involving many entities in this laudable project,” Garcia says.

More information on the consortium can be found at http://www.csrl.unt.edu/~kavi/NetCentric/.

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