Internet of Things (IoT) marks the dawn of a technological revolution that rivals the industrial revolution. In this new era, intelligent computing becomes anticipatory, proactive, and adaptive. The next big growth in IoT systems will come from pushing Pervasive Personalized Intelligence (PPI) to the edge of the network, where latency is critical, and mobility, privacy, and context awareness are essential qualities of the application. The PPI Center will support the thrusts that enable an entirely new class of applications with intelligence that is predictive instead of reactive, thus making processes more efficient and saving time, energy, and money.

The PPI Center is an multi-university, industry-focused research center under the supervision of the US National Science Foundation (NSF). We operate under the NSF IUCRC model. The precompetitive (i.e., of interest to many companies) and industry-applied research projects we work on are funded by industry members, by our universities, and by the NSF.

Our 60+ companies represented at our meetings include many of the global high-tech companies, the leading companies in the IoT domain (smart buildings, smart home, smart city, Industry 4.0, smart health), and many medium-size and startups from Oregon, Colorado, and Silicon Valley. Our mission is to engage our industry members through twice-a-year in person meetings, progress reports, student internships, etc. We do not accept members as Corporate Affiliations; we only work with engaged industry members. We are project-driven and we stay accountable to our members for the progress we make. It is this accountability that makes us better and helps us to serve our members.

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Center Advantages

  1. Enable diverse thinking. Intelligent IoT requires interdisciplinary research on machine-learning based software systems that:
    • Compute at the edge of the network
    • Respect the privacy and security of users yet are personalized
    • Non-experts can use proficiently
    • Programmers can build, test, and verify
  2. Collaborate on industry-wide challenges for intelligent IoT. Long-term partnerships between startups, corporations, universities, and government agencies will:
    • Accelerate technology transfer
    • Spread best practices amongst peers
    • Broaden the perspective
    • Foster standardization
  3. Leverage access and resources:
    • Engage a critical mass of Intelligent IoT experts
    • Collectively fund industry relevant work that leverages $M of fundamental research
    • Engage industry-ready students for internships and employment

Research and Education

The PPI Center will enrich the toolsets and educational resources for adding, modernizing, tuning, and suggesting intelligence in software applications for the IoT. The Oregon State Site pursues activities under three thrusts.

  1. ML and AI: increasing the trust of developers and end-users in software that learns, detecting anomalous behaviors and patterns, on-boarding new users.
  2. Security and Privacy: helping end-users make configuration decisions that do not violate their privacy, computing on users’ private data without revealing private information.
  3. Software Engineering and HCI: retrofitting PPI programming models into existing software, ensuring that PPI systems are inclusively designed.

The Colorado Site leads activities under two thrusts:

  1. Edge and Cloud Computing. Is it possible to identify and develop a small set of fundamental system-level services at the middleware layer to integrate mobile nodes, IoT devices and edge servers?
  2. Programming Languages and Verification. Can new techniques be created that enable software developers to effectively create rich PPI applications that, by construction, are secure, privacy-preserving, and reliable?
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