Center Mission, Vision and Research Focus

Mission Statement

The mission of the Center is:

A. To invent novel software and hardware technologies for building next generation, net-work and cloud ready, interoperable and trustworthy systems.

B. To be a premier source of fundamental software and systems research and technology for net-centric and cloud systems.

C. To enhance research capabilities of the Member Institutions and revolutionize our national research competence.

D. To be a leading technology innovator, technology incubator, and source for technology commercialization.

E. To provide competency to enable end-users to conceive, create, configure and deploy net-centric and cloud systems.

F. To address challenges in specifications, modeling, analysis, design, implementation, verification and validation, testing, and deployment of net-centric and cloud systems.

G. To coordinate education and training to meet the future software workforce needs of our nation.

H. To attract the best research faculty, students and high-tech companies to North Texas to participate in research and technology innovation.

Vision Statement

    The Center is designed to maintain a mechanism whereby the university environment can be used to collectively promote and undertake research, education, technology development, technology transfer, and technological workforce development to enable the nation to transition into net-centric cloud operations.

    Our vision is that the Center will be a primary source for fundamental software and systems research for the modeling, analysis, design, implementation, verification and validation, testing, deployment, and evolution of net-centric and cloud software and hardware systems.  The Center will enable coordinated software engineering research and development, utilization of emerging memory and processor technologies as well as education and training of U.S. citizens to meet the future software workforce needs of our nation.

    The Center will be a leading research alliance in the Nation, capable of conducting significant research projects for the Industrial Members, including the federal government.  By joining the forces of the participating Academic Members and Industrial Members, the Center will greatly enhance the research capabilities of the Member Institutions and revolutionize our national research competence.  It will earn its fame in the nation as a leading technology innovator, technology incubator, and a center for technology commercialization.  It will convert North Texas into a major research region in the nation and attract the best research faculty and students from all over the world and tens of million dollars in research funding.  It will contribute significantly to the economic growth of Texas because numerous high-paying jobs and leading high tech companies will move into North Texas due to the research and technology innovation capacity and the quality of the technological workforce brought about by the Center.

Research Focus

     The Center will provide the diversity needed to independently evaluate competing products and technologies developed by Industrial Members.  The Center will also undertake basic research needed for net-centric software systems.  More specifically, the Center will investigate the development of formal requirement specifications for net-centric systems whereby the requirements can be analyzed to determine if existing services and components can fully satisfy the requirements, the level of risk involved in utilizing existing components and services, additional software components that must be developed to satisfy the requirements fully and at acceptable risk levels.  Innovative risk assessment analysis techniques will be developed to aid in determining if a system is being designed and implemented at acceptable levels of risk and whether any additional effort to further develop the system will not be cost-effective.

    The Center will develop fundamental research and associated technologies that can lead to robust, fully analyzable net-centric software systems.  Among the research to be explored initially include automated synthesis of net-centric systems that can be verified for functional, performance, and security compliance, continuous monitoring and adaptation to tolerate unexpected events, and development of highly survivable and user-friendly net-centric systems.