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Information Technologies (IT)

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Technology topic

Information Technologies (IT)

This topic encourages the submission of proposals that present ground-breaking innovations in the generation, analysis, use, transmission or protection of information, where such innovations offer the potential for substantial commercial returns and a positive impact on society and the world in which we live. The subtopics below provide specific examples of technologies and applications, although given the enormous range and diversity in the field of IT these examples are inevitably incomplete.

Note that Software (the IT13 subtopic) focuses on information technology innovations that are embodied in software and provide important new or enhanced capabilities that will usually be generalized, rather than directed to a specific use case. Examples of such capabilities include (but are not limited to): enhanced computational speed or efficiency; new or improved functionality; improved or extended performance; increased ease of use and accessibility. The range of possible innovations under that subtopic is too broad to attempt to describe here. Past examples of significant software innovations cover a wide range of technical approaches and resulting new capabilities, and they include (but are obviously not limited to): object-oriented programming; the GUI; HTTP; HTML; TCP/IP; SQL; internet search engine(s); the spreadsheet; word processing; MapReduce; virtualization.

IT1. Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Natural Language Processing

IT2. Image and Video

IT4. Cybersecurity, Authentication, and Privacy

IT5. Cybersecurity for the Internet of Things

Note: This subtopic is focused on cybersecurity innovations pertaining to IoT. Hardware innovations related to IoT should be submitted to the Internet of Things (I) topic.

IT6. Networking Technology

Note: This subtopic includes IT-based innovations pertaining to IoT networking technology. Hardware innovations related to IoT should be submitted to the Internet of Things (I) topic.

IT7. Mobile Computing and Internet of Things

Note: This subtopic includes IT-based innovations pertaining to IoT devices. Hardware innovations related to IoT should be submitted to the Internet of Things (I) topic.

IT8. Cloud Computing and High-Performance Computing

IT9. Cloud-based IT Services

IT10. Big Data and Advanced Analytics

IT11. Human-Computer Interaction, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality

IT12. Social Media and Collaborative Networking

IT13. Software