Industry Partners in the Robert Mehrabian Collaborative Innovation Center
The Robert Mehrabian Collaborative Innovation Center (RMCIC) is designed to respond to the changing nature of technology-based economic development.
Specifically, the building integrates corporate, university, and governmental research tenants with a focus on mobile computing, software, security, and robotics. It is home to training and conference facilities with daily instruction in Europe and Asia, including more than 600 visitors in its first year. In addition, the RMCIC offers space options designed to support labs and engineering centers as well as accelerator space for start-ups.
Current Collaborative Innovation tenants include Apple, Disney, Intel Research Lab-Pittsburgh, the Center for Innovative Robotics, the Parallel Data Lab's Data Center Observatory, Carnegie Mellon CyLab, and the Software Engineering Institute's Network Systems Survivability program (which includes the world-renowned CERT Coordination Center). Former tenants include Google, 3Ksoft, and the Korean Information Security Agency.
Apple Pittsburgh is a focused office that works as a seamless extension to Apple's facilities throughout the world. Apple Pittsburgh's aim is providing phenomenal products.
Disney Research Pittsburgh is a laboratory that engages the top talent of the entertainment industry's premier fantasy maker and enables collaborations with the Carnegie Mellon’s unparalleled computer science and fine arts resources.
Intel Research Lab-Pittsburgh is one of four labs created by Intel Corporation in order to pursue open collaborative research projects to accelerate the development of new computing and communications technologies. Under the model, which stresses openness and collaboration, researchers flow freely between the labs, Intel, and the university, conducting joint research projects. School of Computer Science Professor Todd Mowry directs the lab.
The Center for Innovative Robotics is designed to help make robotics accessible to a broader range of individuals and businesses by making software development less daunting. The center aims to promote interoperability between different types of robots and a variety of software for controlling robots. The center has teamed up with Microsoft Robotics Group, allowing interested parties to now draw on Microsoft's software tools that will make robot development more accessible.
The INI Distributed Education Center (DEC) is the Information Networking Institute's state-of-the-art distance-learning classroom, equipped with the latest videoconferencing technology in order to make students in several remote locations feel like they are all in one classroom.
The Data Center Observatory, part of the Parallel Data Lab, is a large-scale collaborative effort between Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering and School of Computer Science with participation from industry and government partners. The Observatory was created to combat the rising power and human administration costs of data centers by monitoring who and what draw on limited computing capacity—analysis that was previously unavailable. Additionally, the Observatory provides added storage for research projects that demand a high level of computing resources.
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.
More than 130 members of the Network Systems Survivability (NSS) program, including CyLab partner CERT/CC, are also in CoLab. NSS is part of the Software Engineering Institute, which recently received one of the largest federal contract renewals ($411 million) in Pennsylvania history.