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Research Centers and Institutes

Research Centers

The UT College of Engineering is home to eight research centers:

Center for Intelligent Systems and Machine Learning
CISML was formed in 2010 to spur the development of the theory and practice of intelligent systems and machine learning technologies via the active research collaboration of faculty, industry and national lab researchers. CISML seeks to understand biological learning mechanisms and to design and develop computer-based systems that exhibit intelligent behavior, operate autonomously and adapt to environmental changes.

Center for Materials Processing
Designated by the state of Tennessee as a Center of Excellence, the CMP’s research efforts focus on the control of material properties through their composition and molecular structure as well as how these factors relate to materials processing. Participating researchers come from all engineering disciplines.

Center for Transportation Research
The Center for Transportation Research (CTR), a nationally and internationally recognized research entity, was created in 1970 to foster and facilitate interdisciplinary research, public service and outreach in the field of transportation.

Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission
Networks (CURENT)

CURENT was founded for the National Science Foundation's (NSF) prestigious Engineering Research Center Program. Funded for $18.5 million by the NSF and the US Department of Energy, it is the first center of its kind at the University of Tennessee. The center works closely with industrial partners, and its research focuses on improving the nation's electric power transmission system.

Innovative Computing Laboratory
Dr. Jack Dongarra, a Distinguished Scientist in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UT and a Distinguished Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) founded the Innovative Computing Laboratory (ICL) in 1989. ICL is a world leader in enabling technologies and software for scientific computing.

The Institute for Biomedical Engineering (IBME)
The IBME at the University of Tennessee has been established to research solutions to medical problems such as devices for improved delivery of medications and monitoring of patients; better imaging technology; regenerative models to help the body heal itself; and optimized efficiency in the healthcare setting. This institute connects not only engineering and medicine but also multiple, diverse university campuses in a collaboration that is unique in the country; innovative for UT faculty, physicians, and students; and beneficial to people everywhere.

Reliability and Maintainability Center
The RMC is a university–industry association dedicated to improving industrial productivity, efficiency, safety and profitability through the use of management systems, analysis techniques and advanced predictive and preventive technologies to identify, manage and eliminate failures.

Scintillation Materials Research Center
SMRC is a unique, multidisciplinary research facility, formed by a collaboration between UT and Siemens Medical Solutions Molecular Imaging, with a mission to discover and develop new scintillation materials to provide the foundation for advances in gamma ray, x-ray and neutron detectors.

Interdisciplinary Institutes

College of Engineering researchers also play prominent roles in the following collaborative research initiatives.

The Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE)
ISSE promotes development of policies, technologies and educational programs in response to pressing environmental issues facing the state, the nation and the world. The institute's interdisciplinary research includes water resources, environmental security, energy and environmental policy research, education and social perspectives, agriculture and natural resources and environmental sustainability.

The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS)
The JICS functions in tandem with ORNL's terascale computer laboratories, and is currently is home to Titan, the newly configured Cray XK7 system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, recently officially sanctioned as the world's fastest supercomputer.

The Joint Institute for Advanced Materials (JIAM)
In 2005, $20 million in federal funding was secured for the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials (JIAM), a joint UT-ORNL institute for advanced materials multidisciplinary research in the transportation field. As a national leader in the field of materials research, the COE will play a leading role in the research conducted at the facility. Construction of the 100,000 square foot building has begun and it is scheduled for completion in late 2013–early 2014.


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