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The Second Planning Workshop for the NSF Center on Pervasive Personalized Intelligence (PPI) will take place November 9, 2018 in Boulder, Colorado. The goal of this workshop is to bring together startups, corporations, universities, and government agencies to discuss global challenges and research solutions for enabling the next generation of Intelligent IoT. This Planning Workshop lays the foundations for a new research Center on PPI.

A warm invitation to join us on November 9 from ...
Danny Dig, Executive Director of The Center of Pervasive Personalized Intelligence
Terri Fiez, Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation, CU and
Bobby Braun, Dean, College of Engineering & Applied Science, CU
Scott A. Ashford, Dean, College of Engineering, OSU

I believe that further advancing digital innovation by IoT requires both technology breakthrough and technology harmonization and thus, this center, consisting of a team of universities and a broad spectrum industrial partners, will certainly become the new core of open innovations. My expectation is that the center will create a global-scale impact and visibility to make it the place for academia-industry collaboration on IoT.

– Yasunori Mochizuki, senior vice president at NEC Corporation

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Objectives for the Planning Workshop

  • Network with global thinkers: identify common challenges and opportunities for Pervasive Personalized Intelligence (PPI)
  • Cooperate with industry to define industry-relevant research projects: challenge our research to make it better.
  • Validate the feasibility of the PPI Center: analyze data and deliverable-driven interaction based on established NSF best practices

Outcomes For Prospective Members

  • Influence the direction of the PPI Center
  • Confidence that the PPI Center will provide value
  • Content, purpose and direction of the Center to justify membership commitment


  • Danny Dig, PPI Executive Director, CS faculty at OSU and UIUC.
  • Evan Chang, Site Director for U of Colorado
  • 10 faculty in ML/AI/NLP, including Tom Dietterich from OSU. Tom is regarded by many as the father of ML. Tom is an ACM Fellow, AAAS Fellow, and he served as the previous President of AAAI.
  • 5 faculty on Security and Privacy, the most senior is Dan Massey from University of Colorado. Dan was previously a Program DIrector for Cyber Security Division, Department of Homeland Security.
  • 5 faculty on Edge Computing, Mobile, and Cloud. The most senior person is Dirk Grunwald from CU Boulder
  • 5 faculty on Programming Languages and Verification, the most senior is Sriram Sankaranarayanan
  • 4 faculty on SE and HCI, the most senior is Margaret Burnett Margaret Burnett, who is the mother of the end-user Software Engineering field, and a pioneer in gender-inclusive software. She is an ACM Fellow.
  • 40+ CS graduate students at OSU and CU Boulder

Venue: University of Colorado Boulder

Flatirons Room, 3rd Floor, Center for Community (C4C)
University of Colorado Boulder
2249 Willard Loop Dr, Boulder, CO 80305

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The closest airport is Denver International Airport (DIA). By car, it is about a 45 minute drive to CU Boulder. We urge you to consider using public transportation during your visit to Boulder.

From Denver International Airport:

Green Ride airport shuttle. Cost: $30 one-way.

SkyRide Bus Service - Bus AB - Boulder / US 36 to Denver Airport Station

Driving Directions:

If you drive from the airport, there is a north/toll route (E-470 to Northwest Parkway to US-36) or a south/free route along (I-70 to I-270 to US-36). You should definitely take the toll route during morning/evening rush hours.

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Click here for information on CU Boulder Event & Conference Parking rates, and click here for a parking map (go to map quadrant T-18). There is a parking garage at the Center for Community Building that can be accessed from Regent Drive.


Hotel Boulderado
2115 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302
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The Hotel Boulderado is historical, nice, and in an excellent location for restaurants and shops; it is about 1.5 miles or 20-30 minutes walking to the department.

Millennium Harvest House
1345 28th St, Boulder, CO 80302
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The Millennium Harvest is a clean and modest hotel that is very convenient to campus (almost right next to it).

Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast
2151 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
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The Briar Rose is a bed and breakfast that is about halfway between downtown and the department.

900 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO 80302
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Chautauqua is a set of cottages and lodges that are more rustic. The draw is that the location is right on open space where a bunch of hiking trails start. It is about 1.5 miles or 20-30 minutes walking to the campus, though there is a significant hill.

Best Western Plus Boulder Inn
770 28th St, Boulder, CO 80303
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The Best Western Plus Boulder Inn is a slightly cheaper option that is 0.6 miles or 10-15 minute walk from the department, but there's not as much next to it (e.g., restaurants).

Boulder Marriott
2660 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder, CO 80302
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The Boulder Marriott is 1.0 miles or 15-20 minutes walking to the department. There are some places to eat nearby, but the location is not as nice as downtown.

The downtown area of Boulder is a really nice area with the Pearl Street pedestrian mall, lots of restaurants, farmer's market, etc. And it's about a 5 minute drive/20 minute bus ride/30 minute walk from the department. It's roughly centered around Pearl St and Broadway St.


Registration for the Pervasive Personalized Intelligence Planning Workshop in Boulder is now open! There is no cost to registrants.


Use Access Code: CUVIP


Schedule a discovery meeting with decision makers at your company and the PPI Director (Danny Dig) or the Colorado Site Director (Evan Chang), to learn about your needs and how we can serve you.

Danny Dig, Executive Director for the Center
phone: (541) 737-8216
email: [email protected]

Evan Chang, CU Boulder Site Director
phone: (303) 492-8894
email: [email protected]

Questions about registration and facilities can be directed to:

OSU Conference Services
Oregon State University
200 LaSells Stewart Center
Corvallis, Oregon 97331
phone: (541) 737-9300
email: [email protected]