National Grid is investing $250,000 to develop a cutting-edge facility to support virtual partnerships that would promote applied research collaborations and technology transfer opportunities between biomedical engineers in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and those in local industry. The goal is to help New York businesses gain competitive technological advantages.
The Access Grid facility will help stimulate collaborative research and conferencing between faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the biomedical industrial community, including Western New York’s growing life sciences sector. Biomedical engineering is a relatively new area of research that applies engineering techniques to the medical field.
Access Grid is an international video teleconferencing system that allows real-time interaction between users at two or more sites. Originally developed at the Argonne National Laboratory, Access Grid supports large-format, multimedia displays, presentation and interactive environments, and interfaces with computing middleware and visualization environments.