Influuent – Connecting Industry with UT System Researchers

On May 14, the UT System launched a cutting-edge web portal that allows private sector and government agencies to quickly find thousands of researchers and facilities at the Systems’ campuses and health institutions.

Influuent is a free online searchable database of researchers and resources that enable potential collaborators to easily identify faculty experts to conduct all levels of research (basic, applied and clinical), develop new technologies and processes and overcome technical challenges. The UT System is the first major university system in the nation to launch a database with such capabilities. Influuent is the gateway to more than 15,000 UT System researchers who have produced nearly 110,000 publications in the last five years in science, medicine, engineering, energy, transportation and business.

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Influuent’s search tool scans and analyzes every publication in Scopus, these data are then used to produce a fingerprint of each researcher’s expertise. The database is designed to provide access to not only a faculty researcher, but also their entire research ecosystem including their collaborators, specialized facilities and equipment and other faculty in the same academic department.

Influuent searches can be based on a keyword, concept, last name or published abstract. Once users have found the right experts, they can contact them directly. In addition to boosting the state’s economy, Influuent makes Texas more business-friendly. This powerful tool will also foster cross-institution collaborations among UT researchers from different campuses and institutions.  Influuent was funded as part of the Innovation Framework approved by the UT System Board of Regents last year.  Influuent was developed in collaboration with Elsevier, a provider of information solutions for science, health and technology professionals.