Connections - information and you

Information - analyzing it, understanding it and moving it to where we need it - is the story of the new century. E-mail, data management, distance learning, telemedicine. Not so long ago, these technologies were simply conveniences. Now, they are becoming more and more essential to our daily lives. That's where the Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technologies (IT)2 comes in.

Research connections
2 is an interdisciplinary research center of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), a statewide engineering research and development agency of The Texas A&M University System. It's our mission to focus research and development in telecommunications and information technology research and development in the A&M System. We are bringing together the best minds in fields that affect telecommunications and information technology. We want to use the energy of new ideas and new technology to turn the promise of telecommunications and information technology into reality.

Industry-academic connections
We're already connecting institutions in The Texas A&M University System with one another and with the Texas Tele-communications Engineering Consortium (TxTEC), a statewide consortium of major telecommunications and information technology companies and universities.

  • Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
  • Alcatel
  • AT&T
  • Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.
  • Lucent Technologies
  • MCI WorldCom
  • Motorola
  • Nokia
  • Nortel Networks
  • SBC Communications, Inc.
  • Texas Instruments Incorperated
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Tech University
  • The University of Texas at Arlington
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • The University of Texas at Dallas

TxTEC's goal is to increase the number and quality of telecommunications and information technology graduates available to meet current and future industry needs. We encourage researchers interested in making the promises of new technology and new ideas come true to get in touch with us at IT2. We can help them make the interdisciplinary connections and find the funding sources they need for meaningful research in telecommunications and information technology.

Making DREAMSTM come true
2 researchers are already making life better for the people of Texas. They are working with medical scientists at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston led by famed trauma specialist James "Red" Duke to build and equip a prototype of the InteractTM ambulance. Equipped with state-of-the-art medical monitoring and wireless communications technology, the InteractTM ambulance connects emergency medical technicians on the scene with trauma specialists in distant hospitals. It provides computer-accurate real-time monitoring of vital signs and allows physicians to watch patients' progress through real-time video. InteractTM is the first phase of the Disaster Relief and Emergency Medical Services (DREAMSTM) project, a multi-million-dollar undertaking aimed at improving emergency medical care. Funded by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, DREAMSTM uses new technology like global positioning system navigation and real-time transmission of physiological, audio and video data to give emergency medical professionals more and better information. Managing biological and chemical warfare threats such as the 1995 terrorist attack on the Tokyo subway system is another important aspect of the DREAMSTM program. Researchers in Texas A&M's Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Department of Chemistry are developing enzyme-based systems to detect, identify and decontaminate biological and chemical weapons.

Texas GigaPOP
Computer-based research being conducted around the world depends on computers' ability to move huge amounts of information very quickly. High-speed connections are critical for research in simulation and modeling, and anything requiring computer graphics, video or audio. Texas and Texas A&M University are at the forefront of developing these telecommunications infrastructure programs. The Texas GigaPOP organization will provide regional access to these new national and international high-performance networks.

TEES researchers perform engineering and technology- oriented research and development aimed at enhancing the educational systems and economic development of Texas and the nation. TEES activities emphasize critical interdisciplinary areas and support programs of leading-edge fundamental and applied research. Find out more about (IT)
2 and how we are making the connections for the telecommunications and information technology research that Texas and the rest of the nation need.