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Innovation through Collaboration: Pervasive Technology Institute


The mission of the Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI) is to improve the quality of life in the State of Indiana and the world through novel research and innovation and service delivery in the broad domain of information technology and informatics. As a world-class organization, PTI pairs fundamental academic computational research with the widely known strengths of Indiana University through innovations and service delivery in networking and high performance computing. By means of organization into research and service centers, PTI encourages collaboration that crosses center boundaries, where practice informs the science, and science advances the practice, the results of which advance the university, state, and nation as a whole. PTI is a collaboration of the School of Informatics and Computing, Maurer School of Law, College of Arts and Sciences, University Information Technology Services (UITS), and Office of the Vice President for Information Technology (OVPIT, where PTI reports within IU’s administrative structure). 

PTI is a sustainable embodiment of a vision set by IU President Michael A. McRobbie, who in 2008 wrote:

"Creating the Pervasive Technology Institute is the logical next step to securing our position of leadership in the information technology field and will serve as a catalyst to our efforts to expand all of our research enterprises within the university and state. It will build on nearly a decade of outstanding applied research work in information technology and on IU's highly advanced IT."

PTI has two types of affiliated centers: Research Centers, and Service and Cyberinfrastructure Centers. The PTI Research Centers focus on excellence in computationally related research and education. The PTI Service & Cyberinfrastructure Centers focus on developing and delivering leading edge services that benefit the university, State of Indiana, and advance the scholarly community nationally. Both types of centers are involved in education, outreach, and economic development. Current PTI Centers are:

PTI-affiliated Research Centers:

  • Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR) leads the creation of IT security policy, security tools, and secure applications in critical areas of cyberinfrastructure, including health. CACR is affiliated with PTI, the Maurer School of Law, OVPIT, and UITS.
  • Data to Insight Center focuses on the life cycle of digital data while furthering tools for discovering and gaining insight from the vast quantities of data now produced in digital form. D2I is affiliated with PTI, the School of Informatics and Computing, OVPIT and UITS, and works closely with the IU Libraries.
  • Digital Science Center (DSC) advances cloud computing and network science and is home to the well-known FutureGrid. DSC is affiliated with PTI, the School of Informatics and Computing, and OVPIT.

PTI-affiliated Service and Cyberinfrastructure Centers:

  • Research Technologies develops, deploys, delivers, and supports cyberinfrastructure for IU and scholars, educators, clinicians, engineers, and artists throughout the United States. Research Technologies is affiliated with PTI, OVPIT, and is a Division of UITS.
  • The National Center for Genome Analysis Support (NCGAS) provides bioinformatics software services and support for genomics analysis. NCGAS is affiliated with PTI, OVPIT, UITS, and the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences nology Services (UITS), and Office of the Vice President for Information Technology (OVPIT, where PTI reports within IU’s administrative structure).