University Designated Centers and Institutes

Information & Modeling Complex Systems Research Centers & Institutes

Biodiversity Institute
Biodiversity Institute researchers study the life of the planet, including animals, plants, ecosystems and past cultures, to better understand biodiversity patterns and processes and to predict environmental phenomena, such as the status of threatened and endangered species, the spread of animal-borne diseases and pest species, and the effects of climate change on global biodiversity.

Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS)
CReSIS develops new technologies and computer models to measure and predict the response of sea level change to the mass balance of the ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica. 

Information and Telecommunication Technology Center (ITTC)
The ITTC creates innovative technologies in telecommunications, information systems, bioinformatics, and radar.

Institute for Policy and Social Research (IPSR)
IPSR brings together social scientists from a broad range of disciplines to pursue and conduct sponsored research at the international, national, regional, state, and local levels.

KU Research Centers & Institutes Making an Impact

Lifemapper Distribution Maps

Species Distribution Modeling

Using Lifemapper, scientists and researchers are able to show the impact of climate change on ecosystems by visualizing and exploring the relationships among current and predicted environmental conditions and species ranges.

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Specify software

Over 400 Years of Species Data

Specify manages species and specimen information for computerizing biological collections, tracking museum specimen transactions, linking images to specimen records and publishing catalog data to the Internet.

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Sealevel mapping models

Incremental Sea Level Rise Maps

CReSIS has developed an interactive mapping tool showing what the coastline would look like around the world with different amounts of sea level rise.

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Anechoic Chamber

Anechoic Chamber Lab

The chamber is an electromagnetically-quiet room that allows for the characterization of antennas, radars, and other radio frequency (RF) emitters, as well as the testing of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) in electronics.

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Brain imaging improvements

More Accurate Brain Imaging

Leveraging a technique developed for radar antenna arrays, researchers created the patent-pending SAFFIRE algorithm, enabling more accurate brain imaging which could significantly aid in the understanding and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and other neurological disorders.

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Reduce bugs and glitches

Dependable Secure Cheap Software

Using new ideas from software engineering and mathematics, researchers have developed a model that will make it easier and cheaper to build highly dependable, secure software, potentially saving billions of dollars annually.

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Kansas Statistics

Kansas Statistical Data 

Since 1965 the IPSR has been annually compiling and publishing state, county, and city-level data including population, health, housing, education, exports, employment, income, crime, agriculture, climate, and energy and natural resources. 

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Kansas Business and Industry Data

Kansas Business & Industry Data

The Business Industry and Data Center (BIDC) an expansion of the State Data Center (SDC) partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau.  The program is a means to increase awareness of economic data statistics to the public and private sector decision-makers.

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