The Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (TTIC) is a unique independent computer science graduate academic institution, focused on pursuing fundamental research and education in computer science since its operations began in 2003. TTIC has had tremendous success in its short history and has become a highly renowned institution for important research and learning in its areas of focus, which include computer science theory and algorithms, machine learning, speech and language technologies, computer vision and computational photography, robotics, and computational biology.
As its 20th anniversary approached, the institute undertook a comprehensive strategic planning process that involved the whole TTIC community, including discussions with faculty, administrative staff, students, and the Board of Trustees, guided and informed by the institute’s academic mission and understanding of its resources, partnerships, constituents, and fiducial responsibilities. This process provided an opportunity for TTIC to reflect on its past, consider its present status, and think strategically about priorities for the coming years. Discussions focused on the institute’s core mission, vision, and values, key opportunities and challenges, and strategic priorities and initiatives to help guide and propel the institute forward in the near future.
The strategic plan identified ten areas that represent strategic priorities, grouped into two categories: (1) Priority Aspirations – guiding principles to help guide decisions and direction, and (2) Priority Actions – actions to focus on. These are intended to highlight key motivations and desired outcomes that should inform decision-making in the coming years.
The strategic plan also identified six strategic initiatives, specific projects and areas to focus on in the coming years:
These strategic priorities and initiatives will guide our aspirations and actions for the upcoming years. Meaningful progress will empower TTIC to amplify our mission of research and education with impact.