ITTC Project

A Computing Facility for Bioinformatics and Life Sciences Research

Project Award Date: 09-29-2004


Broadly, we can view computing associated with life sciences research as the application of advanced information technology to solve biological problems. These technologies are aimed at organizing biological data, analyzing the data, and then facilitating its interpretation. The knowledge gained from this process can then be used to build predictive models of biological systems. Thus, life sciences research needs information technologies, e.g., advanced algorithms, high performance computing, data and information management (including databases and data mining systems), and software to support communications and collaboration.

While some off-the-shelf solutions may exist for some aspects of these technologies, it is clear that new solutions are needed. This will necessitate making advances in the areas of algorithms, high performance computing, parallel computing, statistical pattern analysis, modeling, signal processing, data management, and data mining.

A computing facility (including computing cluster, storage facility, backup system and associated software) will facilitate the development, testing and deployment of these new computing technologies in support of research on a variety of life sciences problems. The facility will initially provide for research into new algorithms and methods for genomics (including analysis of microarry data), proteomics, molecular dynamics, molecular docking and analysis of magneto-encephalography (MEG) data. The facility will also support various public domain software and academic licensed software to serve needs of our research and development community. The close collaboration between chemists, biologists, mathematicians, and computer scientists using this facility will not only result in the creation of new computing and information technologies but also will directly lead to increasing our understanding of biological systems.


Faculty Investigator(s): Victor Frost (PI), Xue-wen Chen, Terry Clark

Staff Investigator(s): Adam Hock, David Johnson

Student Investigator(s): Doug Herbers, Justin Ward

Project Sponsors

Primary Sponsor(s): NIH-Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) (of U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services)

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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