USC and Infosys Labs develop a research ecosystem
The University of Southern California (USC) Viterbi School of Engineering and Infosys are conducting research in advanced software technologies through partnership in research, education and training.
In 2008, USC and Infosys set up the Center for Research and Education in Advanced Software Technologies (CAST), the first R&D unit of Infosys outside India. CAST facilitates joint research in software architecture, Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and information integration, intelligent systems and agents, mobile and wireless systems, sensor networks and CAD frameworks, and cloud infrastructure. Subrahmanyam Goparaju, Senior Vice President and Head of Infosys Labs and Prof. Viktor Prasanna, the Charles Lee Powell Chair in Engineering, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California, are executive directors of CAST.
Building Intellectual Property (IP)
The successful three-year research collaboration has resulted in the filing of applications for two patents and publications co-authored by researchers of USC and Infosys. Significantly, a joint research paper was presented at the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE). In addition, the IP generated from the collaboration has been incorporated into the software development process of Infosys.
Prof. Nenad Medvidović and Dr. Barry Boehm conducted workshops for the software architects of Infosys. Dr. Boehm's three-week workshop on ‘Value-based Software Engineering' shaped the Infosys principle of Business Value Articulation (BVA) for its services and software engineering processes. The Infosys software team also benefitted from interacting with Prof. Medvidović who shared lessons from his book, 'Software Architecture – Foundations, Theory and Practice'.
Prof. Medvidović and Dr. Boehm are directors at USC’s Center for Systems and Software Engineering (CSSE), founded in 1993 to promote research and education in software design, architecture and engineering. In 2010, Infosys joined CSSE as an affiliate.
Realizing business value
The research partnership has helped Infosys in projects related to globally distributed software design and architecture as well as reliability modeling and performance measurement of cloud architectures.
USC is a leading private research university and features consistently among the top 10 in the U.S News and World Report rankings.
Infosys has signed agreements with the University of Cambridge for strategic research and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign for research in parallel computing.