Research Partnerships

Fostering research partnerships is an important goal of IRUS. Research partnerships are relationships typically between an individual company and an individual faculty member, focused around a specific project or topic.

Partnerships can take many forms, and may have a variety of objectives. In some cases companies financially sponsor a specific research project which is conducted at UCI. In some cases the focus is on transitioning technology from UCI to the company, with UCI investigators both helping in the transition and then working with company to assess the benefits of the technology. Other projects may focus on UCI usage of corporate technology, either in the context of classroom usage or use in a research project. Still others are directed at site visits for information exchange, consulting, or arranging summer internships for students. UCI researchers are also actively engaged in several key standards bodies, such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Relationships with UCI researchers involved in these groups may be focused on helping to determine appropriate strategies to take.

IRUS provides forums to help establish these relationships. At technical roundtable meetings, for instance, companies may become aware of IRUS faculty leading research efforts in areas of key concern to the companies. IRUS can also arrange briefings at corporate sites to further assist in identifying avenues for cooperation.

The following examples of recent partnerships indicates a few of the many different relationships between IRUS corporate sponsors and IRUS faculty members.

With The Boeing Company we are conducting a longitudinal study of the introduction of group support technologies throughout the organization. This began with a study of the roll out of Exchange and Schedule Plus and is continuing with studies of more advanced virtual collocation technologies.

With Rockwell we are studying the application of design critics to software requirements engineering. One goal of this project is to modify our software design environment to support a specific style of formal requirements of interest to Rockwell, called CoRE. The UCI software design environment supports designers with "cognitive" features such as reminding, criticisms, and multiple perspectives.

With Sun Microsystems we are studying the design and use of group support technologies within Sun at Bay Area sites. These studies are spanning the rollout of Network Computers and HotJava Views within Sun.

With Hughes we have developed an integrated toolset for specifying and testing complex software-intensive systems. This toolset combines and refines several advanced technologies, including capabilities for specifying and reasoning about temporal properties, automated test execution, formal behavior verification, and test adequacy measurement.

With Northrop-Grumman we have investigated the application of heterogeneous hypermedia technologies to assist with problems of software systems evolution. In particular, hypermedia links are used to help capture and access design rationale and traverse the many relationships between artifacts produced during software development.

UC MICRO Program

Companies may be particularly interested in the benefits of sponsoring research projects via the UC MICRO program. Sponsored research is envisioned to lead to the long-term development of new products and technologies. A UC faculty investigator, by proposing a project of mutual interest to one or more companies, obtains a pledge of a cash contribution to support that research over a period of one year. A technical proposal containing a project description and research strategy is reviewed by experts in industry and academia. Projects of sound technical content which lie within the scope of the MICRO program are approved by an Executive Committee. The State of California will co-sponsor an approved project in two ways: by supplementing the industry contribution with cash, and by waiving the customary university overhead applied to research funds.

Research Emphases and Projects

To find out more about IRUS research emphases and projects, visit our Research page.

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Irvine Research Unit in Software
Information and Computer Science
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-3425