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Teresa Thomas

For immediate release:
July 25, 2005

Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell Joins Carnegie Mellon Officials To Celebrate Greater Oakland KIZ and CoLab Tenants

PITTSBURGH—Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell joined Carnegie Mellon University and Pittsburgh leaders today to celebrate the tenants of the Collaborative Innovation Center and the governor's Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) program.

Apple Computer joins Intel Research Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon CyLab, which is the nation's largest academic center for cybersecurity-related research and education, and the Software Engineering Institute's Network Systems Survivability (NSS) program, which includes the world-renowned CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC), in the 127,654-square-foot building. The Korean Information Security Agency (KISA), a research division of the Korean information technology ministry and a CyLab partner, also is a tenant.

Situated in Junction Hollow, the Collaborative Innovation Center represents the hub of Carnegie Mellon's engagement in the KIZ. The KIZ program accelerates economic growth and promotes collaboration between colleges, universities, local economic developers, local government and businesses within a region.

The Collaborative Innovation Center was funded with state capital and Department of Community Development funds, Carnegie Mellon financing, and support from the City of Pittsburgh and the Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC).

"As Carnegie Mellon's first effort to create space on campus for joint research with industry, the building is a celebration of the goals of the KIZ program. The building creates a nexus for industry, federal and university research—supporting start-ups, enhancing competitiveness for federal research funding and creating a landing zone for companies," said Mark Kamlet, Carnegie Mellon provost and senior vice president.

Kamlet said the building is a hotbed for next-generation wireless and mobile computing, robotics and trustworthy computing applications.

Intel Research Pittsburgh is one of four labs created by Intel Corp. in order to pursue open collaborative research projects to accelerate the development of new computing and communications technologies.

Apple and Intel will occupy the top floor of the CoLab building.

Carnegie Mellon CyLab is a university-wide, multidisciplinary initiative that builds on more than two decades of Carnegie Mellon's leadership in information technology and involves more than 200 faculty and staff. CyLab contains two National Science Foundation centers and hosts researchers from its 46 corporate members.

The Korean Information Security Agency pledged $6 million over the next three years to establish CyLab Korea at Carnegie Mellon and has assigned six senior researchers from KISA to full-time positions with CyLab in the Collaborative Innovation Center.

More than 130 members of the Network Systems Survivability program, including CyLab partner CERT/CC, will be in the Collaborative Innovation Center. NSS is part of the Software Engineering Institute, which recently received one of the largest federal contract renewals ($411 million) in Pennsylvania history.


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