Welcome to the Center for Information Centric Engineering (CICE)!

Our state of the art Center is unique for its research, education and outreach activities which emphasize an Information Centric Engineering (ICE) perspective across various fields of engineering and bio medical systems. A summary of our major achievements and activities can be found here: CICE’S SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS AND ACTIVITIES.

We have pioneered information centric research, educational and outreach activities in traditional and emerging areas of engineering, medicine and other domains. Our Center’s unique perspective and expertise revolves around Next Generation smart technologies and related modeling, simulation and exchange approaches for a range of process contexts. Some of our notable achievements include (a) developing the first cyber physical and Internet-of-Things (IoT) test bed for advanced manufacturing as part of the GENI / US Ignite initiatives (b) demonstrating the potential of smart technologies in healthcare and medical education. We have pioneered Next Generation Internet based approaches for distributed collaborative applications (ranging from agile assembly of micro devices to using Virtual Reality based simulation environments to train orthopedic surgeons).

A new domain of engineering has emerged which can be termed as 'Information Centric Engineering' (ICE). Earlier, in 2002, we coined the term 'Information Based Manufacturing' to highlight the emergence of information centric approaches for manufacturing domains which spans several fields including manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science. ICE is an expansion of information centric perspectives to other areas of engineering.

ICE broadly refers to the study and use of information technology based principles, modeling approaches and computing frameworks in process design activities. ICE recognizes the substantial impact that information (and its seamless exchange) has on the accomplishment of collaborative engineering, medical and other process activities (especially in a Virtual Enterprise oriented context). Today, the role of information in an engineering enterprise has changed dramatically: information is recognized as a powerful entity, which drives the accomplishment of a myriad of processes and integrates various life-cycle activities across a range of domains. With the development of the Next Internet underway as part of the GENI, EU FIRE, US Ignite and other Smart Cities initiatives, the next IT revolution is well underway which will impact healthcare, manufacturing, education and other domains in a phenomenal manner.

The 3 core facets of ICE are:
Modeling of Information
Simulation / Visualization of Information
Exchange of Information

Modeling encompasses the creation of information models and adoption of information modeling techniques to design and automate various process engineering tasks; it also includes the design and study of modeling languages to build such information models as well as the process underlying the creation of information intensive process models across various domains.

Simulation / Visualization focuses on the design of Virtual Prototyping approaches based on Virtual Reality (VR) technology and the investigation of innovative VR based simulation techniques for process design and analysis. Other issues of interest include the study of representation of ‘Objects of Interest (OOI)’ (which can range from high fidelity modeling and visualization of mechanical objects to representation of tissue and cellular membranes)

Exchange includes a broad umbrella of activities including exploration of IT based techniques and frameworks which support seamless information exchange (such as cyber computing frameworks) to enable distributed collaborative engineering and integration activities. Recently, with the advent of the Next Generation Internet (as part of the GENI and US Ignite initiatives), there has been a growing realization of the importance of such activities.  The design of ultra-fast high gigabit networks to support manufacturing, health care and education as well as the adoption of cloud computing techniques fall under this category.

The 3 Core Facets of Information Centric Engineering (ICE)

If you are interested in joining our research group as a student,faculty or industry collaborator, please contact Dr. J. Cecil (j.cecil@okstate.edu)