Our initiatives and focus areas

PTI will foster new opportunities within its identified strategic priority areas. Initial priority areas are as follows:

We’re working on several initiatives related to these areas. Keep reading to learn more.

Bringing cyberinfrastructure to the nation

IU’s high-performance computing expertise, stature, and service to the U.S. research community continues to grow. With the renewal and expansion of Jetstream, the nation’s first production science and engineering research cloud system, the National Science Foundation’s investment in IU-led computing systems exceeds more than $50 million since 2010.

Jetstream2 allows researchers and educators access to cutting-edge resources regardless of project scale, giving rise to the motto “AI for everyone.” IU is using virtual infrastructure to provide more access to high-end technology, which in turn enables deep learning and artificial intelligence techniques.

Improving lives through artificial intelligence

Indiana University is a principal organization in the National Science Foundation–funded AI institute for Intelligent Cyberinfrastructure with Computational Learning in the Environment (ICICLE), which will help advance artificial intelligence to improve people’s lives.

Three researchers from the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering’s Department of Intelligent Systems Engineering will help ICICLE investigate ways in which AI can enhance the cyberinfrastructure that underpins national- and campus-level research infrastructure. McRobbie Bicentennial Professor of Computer Engineering Beth Plale, a co-project investigator and executive director of the IU Pervasive Technology Institute, and assistant professors Ariful Azad and Prateek Sharma will research approaches to improve the trustworthiness of AI, and develop new AI models and computational primitives that make cyberinfrastructure for AI run smarter and faster.

Expanding innovations in data for research

Through initiatives such as the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC), Indiana University continues to help researchers turn information into knowledge. The HTRC develops cutting-edge software tools and cyberinfrastructure that enables scholars to access the growing digital record of human knowledge and to perform research using data from the HathiTrust Digital Library.

The eLearning Research and Practice Lab leads advances in our understanding of student learning, both by conducting original research with the rich data produced as students progress through online coursework, and by providing a bridge enabling Indiana University faculty to responsibly access these data sources.