Session: Impacts of Public and Private Sector Collaborations for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure
  Chair: Dawnetta Michelle Van Dunk (Purdue University)
  Time: Wednesday, November 19, 5:00PM - 6:00PM
  Rm #: 38-39
  Dawnetta M. Van Dunk (Purdue University), Robert Aiken (Cisco Systems), Gary Baldwin (UC Berkeley), Gary Bertoline (Purdue University), Robert Riehl (Marconi Communications Federal), Gilbert Rochon (Purdue University), Wei Zhao (Texas A&M University)
  "...A vast opportunity exists for creating new research environments based upon cyberinfrastructure, but there are also significant risks and costs if we do not act quickly and at a sufficient level of investment. The dangers, all increasing with the passage of time,... increased technological ('not invented here') balkanizations rather than interoperability among disciplines, wasteful redundant system-building activities among science fields or between science fields and industry; lack of synergy among information technology research, and the IT industry÷ resulting in under- or overestimating technological futures..." This statement in the Blue Ribbon Panel's final report on advanced cyberinfrastructure presents a significant challenge for maximizing the possibilities of advanced cyberinfrastructure - establishing sustainable linkages between academia and private industry.

The private sector seems to be vital to advancing cyberinfrastructure. While a large number of innovations are generated by universities, the private sector implements them and assures dissemination to the public. Therefore, developments of advanced cyberinfrastructure will require strengthened and lasting public-private sector relationships. Well-developed technology transfer strategies are important in this development as it is the solution to the challenge of effective collaboration between scientists and the private business sector.

Pundits for advanced cyberinfrastructure envision its benefits to the economy on many levels, including increased efficiency among workers and lower start-up costs for small companies. These efforts give new markets a boost - creating jobs. The workforce becomes more efficient through knowledge exchange and therefore increasing value for the private sector.

This BOF session will address issues in the reliability of the private sector for advanced cyberinfrastructure (interoperability concerns, open source community?); new market creation (what would the business models look like?); and workforce generation (what are impacts for graduate education and filling the talent pipeline?).

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Panel Members:

Dr. Wei Zhao – Panel Moderator

Texas A&M, Associate Vice President for Research and

Director, Texas A&M Center for Information Assurance and Security

Professor, Computer Science

Robert Aiken

Cisco Systems, Director

Academic Research & Technology Initiatives

Dr. Gary Baldwin

University of California at Berkley, Executive Director - Center for Information Technology for the Interest of Society(CITRIS)

Assistant Dean, Industrial Relations - College of Engineering

Dr. Gary Bertoline

Purdue University, Information Technology Associate Vice President for Discovery

Director, Envision Center for Data Perceptualization

Robert J. Riehl

Marconi Communications Federal, Inc.

Chief Technology Officer and Technical Director

Dr. Gilbert Rochon

Purdue University, Information Technology Associate Vice President for Collaborative Research and Engagement

Director, Purdue Terrestrial Observatory(PTO); Editor, Journal PurdueTerrestrial Observation

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