KU's high-tech research center seeks partners
From Kansas City Star
By David Hayes
The University of Kansas Information and Telecommunication Technology Center in Lawrence took its show on the road Monday, hoping to attract area businesses that need high-tech help.
Five new researchers from the high-tech research and education center explained the projects they're working on to about 20 executives from Kansas City area high-tech companies. The event was held in the Doubletree Hotel in Overland Park.
"I won't mince words. I'm looking for partners," said Stephen Lohmeier, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science.
The center points to several recent success stories, including software used in an Internet search engine, a video monitoring system used by Turner Broadcasting and technology developed for DiscoverMe, a Prairie Village Internet company.
Timouthy Johnson, executive director for operations and applied technology, said the center had 80 active projects and was doing work for 17 companies. The center, which has several federal government grants, counts Sprint Corp. as its largest private client.
The center tries to "team up with corporations or government agencies that might have a need" for the center's expertise, Johnson said.
The Lawrence center, also known as ITTC, has about 130 graduate and undergraduate students, 30 faculty members, and 21 other researchers and support staff. The center focuses on research in telecommunications and information technology.
Hossein Saiedian, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science, said the university was planning to establish a graduate program in software engineering at its Edwards Campus in Overland Park. The program will be oriented toward working professionals, with courses scheduled nights and weekends, he said.
"Not only are we committed to research, but we're also committed to providing quality education," Saiedian said.
For more information, contact ITTC.