"Technology push" and "biomedical science pull"
The early years of the Center were marked by a desire to push technology. Recently, there has been a shift to a situation in which biomedical scientists see the potential of computing and work with the Center to pull some of that technology into specific applications in biomedicine.
We have implemented a new design that places each collaboration into a management process we call a "collaboration life cycle". The motivation for this comes from the challenge of providing adequate and appropriate attention to each of a number of parallel projects and ensuring that each progresses as it should. Our past collaborations have provided crucial guidance in directing the technical path of the Center in creating and extending BioPSE and map3d. This new approach will allow us to effectively manage a large number of quality collaborations. Our new process will allow us to adjust the level of attention the Center pays to a particular project, add new projects, and perhaps even minimize the ongoing support of a project.
The general role of the collaborators is to give focus and motivation to the Center's technological research and development. Collaborations also allow us to work with practicing scientists to develop techniques, algorithms, and software that are very well linked to their application to biomedicine. The feedback we receive from collaborators is invaluable in helping us identify the strengths and weaknesses of our approach and in ensuring efficient and effective interactions with the larger scientific community.
The Collaboration Pipeline