IIE Industrial Partners Program

The need for academic institutions and industries to work closely has never been greater given the rapid pace of technological innovation being witnessed today. The IIE Industrial Partners Program (IPP) provides an organized way to meet this need. By becoming a member of IIE-IPP, your company can have a direct involvement with the faculty, students and research projects of IIE Laboratory helping your company keep abreast of technological advances at a fraction of what it would cost to explore it in-house. The IPP also provides a mechanism for nurturing relationships with our excellent students, and offers means of attracting them to your organization. It truly is a win-win opportunity.

A company can become a partner of IIE for an annual membership of $5,000. Partner companies participate in the yearly IIE Research Show days consisting of numerous demos, project presentations by faculty and students, and proposals for new research. The partners also get exclusive updates on IIE activities, graduating students, research papers, and new initiatives. The membership fee is considered in the form of a gift with no overhead. Thus the entire money goes to support the exploratory research activities of the lab. Consistent with this gift policy, IIE Lab makes the findings and software developed in these projects available to its partners free of charge.

The partner companies can also sponsor a research project of mutual interest for an additional amount in the range of $30-50k/year that would be worked on by a team of IIE graduate students, faculty members, and the company personnel. Such projects fall under Oakland University’s standard contract arrangement with overhead, and intellectual property arrangement tailored to the specific needs of the project or its sponsor.

To date, the following companies have joined IIE-IPP:

• Deep View Systems

• Mandala Sciences

• Accenture

• Guardian Industries

Past IIE-IPP companies have included:

• Philips Research

For more information about IIE-IPP, please contact:

Professor Ishwar K. Sethi

Director, Intelligent Information Engineering Laboratory
Department of Computer Science & Engineering
Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309-4478
Tel. 248-370-2820; Fax 248-370-4625
Email. isethi@oakland.edu