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Connected Infrastructure for Education, Demonstration, and Applied Research (CIEDAR) is a new research strategy for Texas State University. This will be achieved through the creation of multiple living labs within a smart neighborhood in partnership with multiple industry companies in several sectors to accelerate digitization and digitalization of industry via our own Technology Enhanced Infrastructure vision. 

CIEDAR is a Multi-Disciplinary Industry Research Consortium with the goal to achieve an additional $200 million of annual R&D revenues over the next 10 years.

CIEDAR Mission

CIEDAR involves the study of all technologies with application to the lifecycle monitoring of infrastructure assets. This includes the:

  • Validation of existing technologies
  • Evaluation of emerging technologies
  • Development of new technologies

CIEDAR serves as the transdisciplinary study of technologies with application to infrastructure. Project teams may include civil engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, chemistry, geography, mathematics, computer science, design, business, biology, and many others.

The STAR Park property will be a living laboratory neighborhood for the broadest study of living technology and infrastructures. Components of CIEDAR include education, demonstration, and commercialization. Technology will be validated, evaluated, and created.

There are currently 92 faculty working on 291 projects with hundreds of students in 32 labs, and 7 centers are already up and running. For a breakdown of laboratories and centers, visit CIEDAR Overview.

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What is Technology Enhanced Infrastructure™?

TEITechnology Enhanced Infrastructure™ (or TEI) is a framework and architecture for the digitization and digitalization of construction and industrial assets. TEI is based on using sensors, network technology, databases, analytic tools with machine learning and artificial intelligence, and asset management software to monitor, control, maintain, repair and manage assets that last longer, cost less, are more energy efficient, and truly deliver on higher sustainability for the planet.

Texas State University's Hillviews magazine featured CIEDAR in its November 2, 2020 issue. "Welcome to the Future" discusses the CIEDAR initiative and its goals in shaping Central Texas' future. Click on the link below to view.

CIEDAR Opportunity

CIEDAR is exploring partnerships with industry to develop the following 9 living labs populated by its expert faculty and students:

SMART UTILITIES Full Monitoring, control and management of all assets
SMART BUILDINGS Positive energy building with embedded sensors throughout
SMART ENERGY Energy storage, electric vehicles, microgrids, micro generation
SMART WATER/WASTEWATER Full Monitoring, control and management of all assets
SMART CITIES Streetlights, traffic lights, parking, recycling, etc.
SMART MOBILITY Roads, bridges, connected vehicles, autonomous vehicles
NETWORKS 5G, IoT, LPWA, LoRaWAN, LoRA, 6lowPAN, Extended Wi-Fi
SENSORS Wearables, embedded, nano, micro, waterproof, ingestible, others
DATA/SOFTWARE AI/ML, Blockchain, Databases, Cloud, Cybersecurity, Autonomous X


Andres Carvallo
Co-Director, CIEDAR
Professor of Innovation, College of Science and Engineering
Fellow, Materials Applications Research Center

Phone: 512-968-8108

Stan McClellan
Co-Director, CIEDAR
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ingram School of Engineering

Phone: 512-245-4125