Virginia Tech-Advanced Research Institute, VT-ARI, (formerly the Alexandria Research Institute), is located at Ballston in Arlington, VA. It provides a platform for Virginia Tech's engineering and computer science researchers to interact with counterparts in academia, government and industry around the National Capital region and also serves as a gateway to the R&D base at the main campus in Blacksburg. Currently, VT-ARI is involved with research in the fields of computer networking, data visualization, fiber-optics, wireless & telecommunications, satellite systems, medical informatics, energy and the environment, and more.

Southeast University (SEU) is one of the national key universities administered directly under the Central Government and the Ministry of Education of China. Southeast University is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in China. Its origin can be traced back to 1902, when it was founded as Sanjiang Normal College. The university now comprises 29 schools or departments with 75 undergraduate disciplines in all. At present, it has an enrollment of over 32,000 full-time students, including 13,000 postgraduate students; it also has over 3,100 on-the-job master’s degree candidates.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) , is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With an annual budget of about $6.06 billion, we are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.