Pervasive Technology Institute announces $8M grant, a new director

BLOOMINGTON – The Crisis Technologies Innovation Lab in IU’s Pervasive Technology Institute has been awarded $8 million to help create life-saving technologies for first responders.

Thanks to funding from the Public Safety Communications Research Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the IU lab and its partner, KSM Consulting, will administer a series of competitions for companies, entrepreneurs and students to find the best solution for indoor 3D tracking for first responders.

Beth Plale

Beth Plale, the Michael A. and Laurie Burns McRobbie Bicentennial Professor of Computer Engineering in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, has been named the new executive director of the Pervasive Technology Institute.

The role marks Plale’s return to IU after a three-year stint at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C., as science advisor for public access.