CITeR works with its affiliates to advance identification technology through cooperative definition and completion of highly leveraged research, education of the next generation of scientists and engineers, and effective knowledge transfer.
Highly Leveraged Research
The CITeR Research Portfolio spans a comprehensive topic set across biometrics and credibility assessment. The CITeR Research Portfolio is cooperatively defined by the Centers Affiliates and funded by the Affiliate Fee pool. Center Affiliates pay yearly affiliate fees that provide each with voting privileges on the Affiliate Advisory Board and thereby direct influence in the selection of projects being funded from the Affiliate fee pool. Project results are shared among the membership at semiannual meetings effectively, the CITeR Affiliates pay for the cost of one research program but reap the benefits of many. Understanding the importance of the Industry-university relationship, all university indirects are reinvested by the participating universities to the research activity for its use. Affiliates often find expertise within the Center that allows them to focus on specific basic and applied research needs. As a result, Center Affiliates may fund separate sponsored research on proprietary projects for which they alone receive the research results.
Center Affiliate fees contribute directly to the support of affiliate driven master and doctorate level research projects. In addition, the Center actively involves undergraduate students on projects through summer research internships, academic year research, and senior capstone projects. Students work on research projects selected by the affiliates making the training they receive well aligned to student and affiliate interests alike.
The results of the centers highly leveraged research are formally disseminated to members at twice yearly meetings. Informally, transfer is continuous over the course of a project for all affiliates and especially those serving as Project Monitors. In addition to reports, papers, and site visits, access to the student researchers as potential future employees represents perhaps the most important long term means of knowledge transfer.