Analog and Mixed Signal VLSI Design Center

The Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI Design Center at Iowa State University was formed in 1988. Faculty members in the center focus on analog and mixed-signal VLSI design for biomedical, RF, microwave, fiber-optics, data conversion, testing layout and other applications. The center’s faculty bring extensive academic experience, broad industrial experience, and continued professional interactions into a center that relies heavily on industrial direction, interaction, and support.

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Asteroid Deflection Research Center

The ADRC was established at Iowa State University in the Spring of 2008 to coordinate and lead a research effort to address the complex engineering and science issues for mitigating the impact threats from hazardous asteroids or comets.  Its specific mission goal is to develop the science, engineering, and technology needed to reliably deflect or disrupt those large asteroids or comets that could collide with Earth and cause a global climate change or the end of civilization.

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Center for e-Design

eDesign_logoThe Center for e-Design is a joint research coalition comprised of seven universities working closely with numerous businesses and government organizations. The coalition was established to create new design paradigms and electronic design tools that will assist in generating high quality products and systems at a reduced cost while also reducing the time associated with designing complex engineered products and systems. The research efforts of the Center for e-Design support the basic premise that information is the lifeblood of an enterprise and that collaboration is what seamlessly integrates.


Human Computer Interaction Initiative

The study of the relationship between humans and computers has quickly become one of the most dynamic and significant fields of technical investigation. Iowa State University’s graduate program in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) is an established leader in this rapidly changing field, making strategic investments to accelerate research, attract talented students and faculty, and expand the program of study.

Interdisciplinary by definition, HCI impacts nearly every area of our lives. The HCI graduate major reflects a broad recognition in academia and industry of the need to train researchers to meet the challenges faced by this rapidly evolving area of technological progress. HCI graduate students at ISU interact with faculty from departments representing every college in the University as well as researchers at the Virtual Reality Applications Center.

Students in the program engage in the interdisciplinary research and study of the interaction between people and technology and how that technology impacts society.


Virtual Reality Applications Center

Virtual Reality Applications CenterThe Virtual Reality Application Center (VRAC) is an interdisciplinary research center focused on the rapidly expanding interface between humans and computers.  The VRAC is administered by the Institute for Physical Research and Technology at Iowa State University.  Our research centers around computer interfaces that integrate virtual environments, wireless networking, pervasive computing, and emerging user interface technologies to amplify the creativity and productivity of people.  The VRAC is home of the C6, the world’s highest resolution, completely immersive six-sided virtual reality room.

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Laurence H. Baker Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics

Faculty in the Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics engage in research to develop computational, graphical, statistical, mathematical, or algorithmic methods to interpret or mine information from biological data; apply quantitative approaches in biology; and bridge separate experimental biology areas with creative computational approaches.  Data can originate from molecular, cellular, anatomical, physiological, population, ecological, and systems studies.  The mission of the Center is to facilitate and enhance research in bioinformatics and biological statistics by fostering communications among the faculty, external laboratories, and granting agencies.  Another important role of the Center is to inform diverse researchers about new opportunities for applications in biology.  The 80+ faculty have their homes in 17 diverse departments and research units.

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Iowa Space Grant Consortium

The ISGC is part of the NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, authorized by Congress in 1987. The ISGC was formed in 1990 by the three Regents’ universities (Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa) and now includes Drake University, as well as affiliates from government, industry and nonprofit organizations. The mission of the ISGC is to coordinate and improve Iowa’s future in aerospace science and technology and to stimulate aerospace research, education and outreach activities throughout the state.  These goals are carried out through partnerships with the Consortium’s affiliates. The ISGC’s work is organized into the program categories of precollege, higher education, fellowships/scholarships, research infrastructure and informal education.

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Geographic Information Systems

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Support and Research Facility supports GIS services in research and education at Iowa State University and outreach to the citizens of Iowa. The facility provides hardware, software, and technical services for research use in GIS-related projects.  The facility also provides support and periodic training for GIS software products as well as teaching support of GIS courses through the Geographic Technologies Teaching Lab and the ISU GIS graduate certificate.  Software supported by the facility includes the ArcGIS suite of software for GIS applications and ERDAS for image processing.  Any of these tools can be licensed through the GIS Facility for use at the university.

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Center for Computational Intelligence, Learning, and Discovery

The Center for Computational Intelligence, Learning, and Discovery (CCILD) pursues fundamental research and research-based advanced training in algorithmic models of intelligence, learning, and discovery.  A major research focus of CCILD is on the development of advanced algorithms and software infrastructure for data-intensive, distributed, collaborative, integrative e-science driven by scientific, economic, and technological problems of major societal importance in virtually every area of human endeavor.

CCILD core faculty have significant breadth and depth of expertise in artificial intelligence, cognitive modeling, machine learning, data mining and statistical inference, information integration, knowledge representation, semantic web, service-oriented distributed computing, algorithm design and analysis, theory of computation, and related areas.  They are engaged in transformative research on cyber-enabled discovery in collaboration with their colleagues in several areas.  Some of this research is leading to fundamental advances in plant and animal genomics (e.g. genome annotation, characterization of macromolecular sequence-structure-function relationships, discovery and modeling of genetic interactions in development, aging, and disease), critical infrastructure (e.g. power systems) monitoring and protection.  Additional collaborative projects are underway in Security Informatics, Medical Informatics, and Materials Informatics, as part of the center’s e-science initiative.

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