USF Partners with IHMC

The two parties will cooperate on research ranging from cyber security to underwater vehicles.


Special to USF News


OCALA, Fla. (Oct. 13, 2011) – The Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition and the University of South Florida are partnering to cooperate on joint research in areas of common strength, which will include cyber-security, surgical robotics, underwater autonomous vehicles, natural language processing and human/machine coordination.


“We are proud to join our colleagues at USF in research collaborations to explore future intellectual discoveries and inventions that could benefit the lives of citizens throughout Florida and the world,” said Ken Ford, president and CEO of IHMC.


Under the agreement announced this week, USF and IHMC will share facilities, equipment, services and personnel, as IHMC scientists work collaboratively with USF researchers on substantial long-term, multi-disciplinary research projects.  This combined effort has already led to discussions regarding the use and development of technology in several new and ongoing university science, engineering and medical research projects of particular promise to building Florida’s innovation-based economy.


“IHMC is one of the nation’s premier research institutes and works in the fascinating field of human and machine cognition,” said Rick Baker, Vice President for Public Policy and Innovation Partnerships at USF. “We are excited about contributing to the IHMC’s work in augmenting human cognitive, perceptual, and physical capabilities, and we welcome their support in pursuing the research goals of USF.”


Established in 2004 as a statewide not-for-profit research institute by the Florida Legislature, the IHMC maintains locations in Pensacola and Ocala, Florida.  The Institute is home to over 100 top scientists and researchers from across the globe collaboratively engaged in cutting-edge developments in artificial intelligence, robotics, multi-modal interfaces, human-centered computing, cyber security, machine learning and data mining, knowledge modeling, cognitive psychology, etc.  IHMC has earned global recognition for excellence in research and technology.


USF, headquartered in Tampa, Florida, is one of only three Florida public universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the top tier of research activities, a distinction attained by only 2.2 percent of all universities. USF grants degrees through the doctoral level.


For more information on IHMC, visit or contact (850) 202-4400.  For more information on USF, visit or contact (813) 974-4014.