The University of South Carolina and IBM are broadening their collaboration, applying cognitive capabilities and the Internet of Things (IoT) to develop new solutions for predictive analytics and maintenance.
The $25 million Center for Applied Innovation opened Thursday, where university, IBM and private sector researchers including, Fluor Corporation, will use the technology for a host of real-world applications. The initial projects include developing ways to enhance and personalize tools in higher education, make aircraft more reliable and supply chains more efficient.
IoT represents the new frontier in applied research and relies on gathering and integrating large amounts of data taken from an array of interconnected sources to improve how they all function together. IoT holds the potential to reinvent the way people drive, make purchases, get medical treatment, and even how they get energy for their homes.
“This new center places the University squarely in the mix with some of tech’s hottest areas — cognitive and the Internet of Things,” said university President Harris Pastides. “It also represents the potential for strong public private partnerships to advance our educational mission and significantly raise our research profile.”
Located in the Innovista research district, the Center for Applied Innovation was formed in 2014 to provide application services to both public and private sector organizations across North America specializing in analytics and higher education industry solutions. Together, IBM and the university have been working to create personalized learning tools for both students and educators using analytics to better align intelligent content, student assessments and learner data.