The Labs of ITTC

Technology Commercialization

ITTC has had excellent results from its technology transfer activities. The Center's Office of Technology Commercialization works with the KU Center for Research (KUCR), companies, faculty, and staff to help transfer technologies developed within ITTC from the University to the commercial sector. 

New technologies come from various opportunities: 

  • industry or federally sponsored research agreements
  • direct company assistance
  • research and ideas with commercial potential from KU faculty, staff, and students

These opportunities are supported by KUCR, a foundation that manages the University's sponsored research and license agreements.  ITTC-developed technologies frequently produce a license agreement with a company. These agreements often include sponsored research support, cost sharing, royalty arrangements, or sometimes equity positions. Each technology is managed to find the best "win-win" solutions for those involved. 

ITTC Technology Transfer will help information and telecommunications industries and Kansas-based companies remain viable in the worldwide market by:

  • Creating flexible partnerships
  • Transferring ITTC technologies to the public sector
  • Working to identify the "push-pull" between university research and company needs
  • Attracting and create new companies when possible
  • Seeking partnerships and licensing opportunities with companies nationwide that enhance reinvestment in ITTC research
  • Promoting public relations to advance ITTC's mission and economic development activities
  • Providing exceptional assistance to ITTC faculty, staff and students, and financial incentives for innovative excellence


Our collaborative, multidisciplinary environment combined with state-of-the-art laboratories facilitates superior research. ITTC investigators have pioneered advances in bioinformatics, information technology, telecommunications, and radar systems and remote sensing.

National and regional private and public groups have recognized the importance of research. The prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology magazine, Technology Review, released its report on ten emerging technologies in February 2006. ITTC is currently contributing fundamental research and development to four of the ten innovations highlighted in that report.

According to the North Carolina Alliance for Competitive Technologies, "The states that make the best investment in technology are going to be those who prosper in the 21st Century. Over the past 50 years, innovation has been responsible for at least a quarter–and possibly as much as a half–of the nation's growth."


The Information and Telecommunication Technology Center (ITTC) advances knowledge and creates innovative technologies in telecommunications, information systems, bioinformatics, and radar. We are one of the largest research centers at the University of Kansas, with our resources and state-of-the-art facilities supporting various multidisciplinary inquiries. ITTC-affiliated faculty members have served as federal program directors at NSF, DARPA, and NASA.

ITTC researchers are helping shape not only national policy but also the technology leaders of tomorrow. ITTC, the only KTEC Center of Excellence focused on the core technologies below, is committed to the continued growth and diversity of the State's economy.

Under faculty guidance, our students conduct fundamental research and develop strategic solutions for Kansas companies and national industries.

Partner with ITTC

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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