Mission and Vision
The Center for Mobile Research & Innovation’s mission is to explore, understand, and explain the emerging role of mobile technology. The Center will provide Seton Hall University strategic leadership, direction and coordination of mobile technologies usage; and will study its development, impact, and application for the promotion of positive social change globally. The Center for Mobile Research & Innovation is a collaborative, cross-functional center, fostering the investigation of mobile technology through the creation of original research, the promotion of critical partnerships, the creation and support of innovative initiatives, and the dissemination of knowledge.
By fostering collaboration between higher education, industry leaders, non-profit and government organizations, and engaged citizens and consumers, the Center will build a new and diverse community of learners who will shape the next generation of mobile technology and services.
Charter and Functions
Mobile technologies play an increasingly large role in our day-to-day lives as they integrate further into our existing personal and professional communication, entertainment, information, and learning networks. Users engage and interact with mobile technology, particularly smartphones, differently than traditional computing technology. Mobile technology is designed to keep users constantly connected by being easily carried and always on. Therefore, mobile strategies and solutions must be designed to harness this dynamic and disruptive nature, while seeking to enhance and expand within traditional ecosystems.
Higher education can play an interesting and innovative role in adding value to the growth of mobile technology. The primary focus of Seton Hall University’s Center for Mobile Research & Innovation (CMRI) is to investigate, create, and educate. This will be done through various mobile initiatives designed to identify meaningful and valuable opportunities to extend the potential of mobile technologies and their ecosystems, and to create applications and opportunities for partners across all segments of society. The Center will become a thought-leader by providing explanations and understanding of the evolving role of mobile technology, and how it can be effectively harnessed to achieve individual goals and aspirations, as well as provide previously unrealized opportunities.
Through academic research, the Center will create a better understanding of the use of mobile technologies in education, business, government, and the nonprofit sector. Combining the expertise drawn from within the nine schools and colleges at Seton Hall University with external partners through fellowship programs and institutional research agreements, the Center will have the ability to address the breadth and complexity of the role of mobile technology within society.
Beyond academic research, the Center will be a unique resource for members of the mobile industry. The University provides a unique opportunity as a microcosm of the larger society. As such, it is an ideal setting for field testing of emerging products, services, and ecosystem integrations. The Center will provide objective assessment and evaluation through structured pilot programs, focus groups, and nationwide polling services.
CMRI will focus on promoting the development and distribution of applications and services designed to define the next generation of mobile growth, as well as to contribute to the evolution of platform ecosystems and their innovative implementation. The Center will be a community hub for the sharing of ideas, expertise, and resources amongst the larger mobile development community, as well as a catalyst for cutting edge technologies and services. It will link those interested in developing mobile technologies with experts drawn from a wide spectrum of professions and industries. While providing opportunities for research and development using all mobile operating systems, CMRI’s primary efforts and emphasis will be placed on innovative exploration of Microsoft’s Enterprise, Consumer and Mobile ecosystem. With extensive enterprise products and services, robust consumer adoption, and a wealth of development teams and partners, Microsoft’s products and services present an exciting opportunity to innovate and create tightly integrated systems. Ecosystem Innovation will provide new integrated products and services for both professional and personal computing environments. CMRI will provide access to resources, training, consultative services, and connections to mobile experts to create, and empower others to create, a wide range of comprehensive technology solutions. These solutions will not be limited to mobile OS development, but will include extensions and connections to gaming, desktop, and cloud platforms as well. The Center, in conjunction with its partners, will provide the mobile community with the expertise and resources necessary to conceptualize, design, develop, and launch innovative mobile solutions.
Seton Hall University is a pioneer in the use of technology in higher education, and has an institutional commitment to experiential learning and servant leadership. As such, the Center is well positioned to provide educational leadership. The Center will develop and offer formal and informal educational program targeted at all segments of the community. Formal education efforts include the Mobile Academy and Young Developers Program. The Center’s Mobile Academy will offer online certificate programs that provide training in the necessary skill sets required to create, understand, and employ mobile technologies. The certificate programs are designed to be flexible and responsive to the dynamic and rapidly changing mobile sector. The Young Developer’s program will identify promising young mobilists from underserved school districts and provide them with an intensive training and mentoring program that will both prepare and encourage them to pursue career path in the mobile industry. More informal educational programs will be provided through the Center as well. Student internships and post-doctoral fellowships will provide opportunities for university students to explore and learn about mobile development and technologies. In addition, seminars, lectures, and conferences organized and hosted by the Center will serve a point of information dissemination for the wider public.
These three functions, while distinct in objective, are necessarily interrelated and synergistic. Initiatives will be designed to be cross-functional whenever possible, and will at a minimum, provide feedback to other functions. Specific initiatives will be selected based on the current needs and interests of the Center, its partners, and the evolution of the mobile sector. At this time, the Center has identified three long-term initiatives in mLearning, Young Developers Program, and Microsoft Ecosystem Integration via mGaming. Current short-term initiatives include wireless sensor networks, mPrivacy, and location-based services. Details on these initiatives, and others, can be found in the Initiatives section below.