TIBCO Software Inc., a global leader in enterprise data, empowers its customers to connect, unify, and confidently predict business outcomes, solving the world’s most complex data-driven challenges. Today, TIBCO announced the ongoing success of its Academic Alliance Program, providing students in colleges and universities around the world access to its software. Through the program, both higher learning institutions and students are building innovative technology solutions for real-world applications. TIBCO’s Academic Alliance program aligns to its TIBCO4Good initiative, working closely for the betterment of students and non-profit organizations through the use of TIBCO technologies.
“Working with universities and colleges around the world, we see in real time how students apply our technology to tackle today’s most pressing data challenges,” said Dan Streetman, chief executive officer, TIBCO. “We’re proud to help develop the innovators of tomorrow, who prove there are no limits to what we can solve with data.”
TIBCO’s Academic Alliance program is available to educators and students, providing access to TIBCO software for free or at reduced cost. The program’s premise is to spark learning and innovation in classrooms through practical experiences, preparing the workforce of tomorrow with career-ready skills. The initiative provides workforce-ready technologies, the facilitation of teaching and learning of data visualization, data analytics, data science, and other business applications, all through hands-on access to TIBCO technology.
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A few of the many respected universities that TIBCO collaborates with as part of the Academic Alliance program include University of Colorado Denver; Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis; and Texas Tech University.
University of Colorado Denver
Students at the University of Colorado Denver integrated TIBCO Spotfire® into a healthcare application, combining sensors via a smart glove to analyze the positive effects of playing video games on a patient with osteoarthritis. The capstone project measured the flexibility of a user’s fingers while fitted with sensors, feeding the data into Spotfire® to create a visual analysis of the effects of technology-centric hand exercises. “As a project sponsor and supporter of the University of Colorado Denver, TIBCO plays an important role in helping students bring their ideas to life. Spotfire enables them to graphically represent and analyze the data they unearth as they build out their ideas,” said Kristin Wood, PhD, senior associate dean of innovation and engagement, and executive director, Comcast Center, University of Colorado Denver.
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine are developing a precision medicine approach to fight neurological diseases, screening thousands of cell mutations to find and alter those that cause illness. The team uses TIBCO Spotfire analytics for quality control of cell imaging, feature extraction, and machine learning to find a model that predicts which cells are affected by mutations, providing data for future patient-specific therapy. “In genetics, you need sophisticated solutions to manage the sheer volume of data sets and combinations of the variants tested while still keeping track of how the data naturally moves through the analysis system. TIBCO Spotfire and TIBCO Data Science enable students to bring this data together in real-time settings, arming them with skills that will carry them into the workforce,” said William Buchser, assistant professor and director, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.
Texas Tech University
The Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering at Texas Tech University uses TIBCO Spotfire for research purposes, such as running simulations of reservoirs where hundreds of thousands of inputs need to be analyzed and plotted. The technology was introduced to students for design projects, assisting them in making predictions from hundreds of columns of data and providing analysis down to a granular decision-making level. “I have used Spotfire for years, both in a professional capacity and as a professor. When I introduced my senior students to Spotfire, they were so excited they immediately wanted to know why they didn’t have access to it earlier in their education. The first class we gave academic licenses to was up and running in just 40 minutes,” said Sheldon Gorell, Ph.D. associate professor, Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering, Texas Tech University.
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