Florida Tech Signs “R&E” Agreement with Research Institute
– Strengthening its ties to key 21st century technology development, Florida Institute of Technology has signed an affiliation agreement with the Florida
Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Inc. (IHMC) of Pensacola, Fla.
Seated at the signing table are (L to R) Florida Tech President Dr. Anthony Catanese and Institute for Human Machine Cognition (IHMC) Director Dr. Kenneth
M. Ford. Standing (L to R) are Florida Tech’s Carey Gleason, director of community/government relations; Dr. T. Dwayne McCay, provost and chief academic
officer; Dr. Michael Karim, dean of the College of Aeronautics; Dr. Fredric Ham, interim dean of the College of Engineering; and Dr. Terry Oswalt,
associate provost for research. At right is Timothy W. Wright, IHMC associate director.
The agreement, which calls for cooperation involving research initiatives and education of common interest, will encompass long-term, multi-project
activities in and outside of Florida. The university and IHMC will share facilities, equipment, services and personnel. Institute staff and scientists, and
university faculty and students will work jointly.
“The IHMC is one of the nation’s premier research institutes and works in the fascinating field of human and machine cognition. We are extremely excited
about contributing to their work in leveraging human cognitive and perceptual capabilities and we welcome their support in pursuing our educational goals,”
said Florida Tech President Anthony Catanese.
The university and IHMC have already begun discussions regarding the use and development of technology in several new and ongoing university science and
engineering projects. These include machine vision, human factors, neural networks, robotics, swarm computing and optical signal processing.
“We are proud to join our colleagues at Florida Tech in these collaborations and to explore future intellectual discoveries and inventions that could
benefit the lives of citizens throughout Florida and possibly around the world,” said Dr. Ken Ford, IHMC chief executive officer. IHMC scientists and
researchers conduct research in the emerging field of human-centered computing, which includes elements of artificial intelligence, cognitive science,
computer science, robotics and related areas.
Florida Tech is the only private, comprehensive techno-university in the Southeast and grants degrees through the doctorate. The university has been named
as one of America’s best colleges by U.S. News & World Report for 14 consecutive years.