Software Technologies Research Center (STRC)
STRC is an innovative, state-of-the-art hardware and software applications development and training facility, created to support economic competitiveness and productivity, by furthering the use and adoption of networked, collaboration and visualization cyberinfrastructure to develop solutions to complex problems.
The Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) is among STRC’s affiliated UIC laboratories that are highly cost-effective resources providing its partners with far-reaching R&D services using fully operational and professionally supported facilities. STRC offers expertise and project planning, dedicated project research teams, multi-million dollar facilities with a range of technologies, high-speed network testbeds and collaborative spaces. And, STRC provides talented and motivated graduate students, who obtain firsthand R&D knowledge and skills, and are highly desirable for jobs upon graduation.
STRC has a long and successful history of partnerships with industry, government, education, science and engineering communities – jointly developing the teams, tools, hardware, software systems, networks and human/computer interface models on an accelerated scale, to enable researchers to study and better understand complex systems. STRC works with a variety of application areas, including: computational science and engineering; bioinformatics; geoscience; education; rapid prototyping, design and manufacturing; mathematics; and architecture, art and entertainment. Some current and past collaborators include, but are not limited to:
UIC campus units: Academic Computing and Communications Center; Art & Architecture; Biomedical and Health Information Sciences; Center for Advanced Design, Research, and Exploration; Center for the Advancement of Distance Education; Communication department; EVL; Industrial Virtual Reality Institute; Laboratory for Advanced Computing; and National Center for Data Mining, among others.
University of Illinois units: UIUC National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA); UIUC/NCSA Technology Research, Education, and Commercialization Center (TRECC); University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA).
Other Illinois-based institutions: Argonne National Laboratory’s Mathematics and Computer Science Division; Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory; and Northwestern University’s International Center for Advanced Internet Research, among others.
Others, Nationally and Internationally: California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at University of California, San Diego (UCSD); CineGrid; King Abdullah University for Science & Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia; Masaryk University (Czech Republic); Osaka University (Japan); SARA Computing & Networking Services (Netherlands); Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences; University of Amsterdam; University of Michigan’s School of Information; and, University of Minnesota’s Geology and Geophysics Department, among others.
Industrial: Cisco; General Motors Research; Microsoft; NTT; Sharp Labs of America.
Museums: Adler Planetarium; SciTech (Aurora); Science Museum of Minnesota.
Conferences: Major demonstrations at IEEE/ACM Supercomputing (SC), American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS); American Geophysical Union (AGU), etc.
Contact STRC Director Dr. Jason Leigh:
The bulk of the work is done by graduate students under the supervision of professors.
Affiliated laboratory professors are pioneers in the field with decades of research experience.
Funds provided by partners are used to pay graduate tuition and stipends to help students get their advanced degree (MS/PhD and MFA).
Funding students costs less than the cost of paying private consultants.
University overhead is 50% or less than that charged by companies.
It’s money better spent on funding productive work.
Companies can conduct far-reaching research while minimizing startup costs and risk. UIC's advanced network testbeds and visualization environments are already in place and supported by a professional staff.
Companies gain a strong recruitment advantage of the smartest future R&D professionals.
Autostereoscopic and haptic VR display systems
Stereo VR display systems for classroom, fieldwork and meetings
Advanced networking software and middleware
User interface design and testing
Computer supported cooperative work
Data visualization and scientific visualization
Media streaming, including high-definition video streaming
Telepresence high-definition teleconferencing
Custom VR and visual simulation applications
High-performance computing and communications infrastructure design and development, including display technologies, computational, data and visualization clusters, and advanced networking