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UTA-led iPerform Center Board Meets; New Industry Partners Still Welcome

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Fillia MakedonMembers of the National Science Foundation, as well as key personnel from UT Arlington and UT Dallas, recently met for a meeting of the Industrial Advisory Board of the iPerform NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center.

The center, headed by UT Arlington’s Fillia Makedon, encourages industry-university collaboration and attracts industries and government institutions to become members. It is a consortium with UT Dallas (UTD), where it is led by computer science professor Ovidiu Daescu. Several other universities are expected to join the center in the future

Besides focused research projects of interest to industry to enhance company performance and productivity, additional center activities include exchange of international scholars, iPerform job-ready training for women and minorities, study abroad internships, lectures and interactions with the Dallas Chamber of Commerce.

“There has never before been a systematic effort to research how assistive technologies can promote industrial innovation while stimulating new research in academia,” Makedon says. “However, beyond applications involving assistive technologies, center researchers can help industry add value to their products and services with a broad range of enabling technologies that include privacy, big data analytics, smart environments, industrial automation, and risk analysis.”

In addition to meeting with university and industry representatives, the board viewed project presentations, posters, and research demonstrations by UTA and UTD faculty and students.

UT Arlington is accepting new industry partners. Industry representatives who wish to become a partner in the iPerform center should contact Fillia Makedon at or the UTA Computer Science and Engineering Department Office at 817-272-3785.