[ISN] Purdue nurtures cyber infrastructure
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Fri Aug 19 03:37:53 EDT 2005
By Michael Arnone
Aug. 18, 2005
Purdue University has started a new cyber infrastructure program to
link all of its computer resources and enhance research, university
officials announced today.
The program -- the Cyber Center -- will beef up Purdue's networks and
research computing, said Ahmed Elmagarmid, a professor of computer
science and the center's director.
The center will also serve as an incubator for new technologies that
will help the economy, Elmagarmid said.
The center "will take advantage of two important developments: the
increasingly interdisciplinary nature of research and the use of
information technology for the discovery process," said James Bottum,
Purdue's vice president for IT, in a statement.
A key focus will be collaboration to improve sensor technology and
wireless sensor networks, Elmagarmid said. Through the center, Purdue
scientists intend to work on improved radio-frequency identification,
sensor and wireless technologies that could be used for homeland
security and other purposes, he said.
Purdue created the center on the recommendation of its cyber
infrastructure advisory committee, formed two years ago to help the
university determine how to improve its cyber infrastructure,
One-quarter of a $10 million grant from the Lilly Endowment will pay
for the center's first three years of operation, Elmagarmid said. The
university aims to acquire $25 million in outside funding for the
center over the next three years.
In related news, the National Science Foundation announced that it is
creating an advisory committee to advise its Cyberinfrastructure
The Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure will advise the council
on what the NSF is doing to create and maintain cyber infrastructure
that fosters cutting-edge developments in science and engineering, the
Federal Register reported Aug. 10.
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