In its small red brick headquarters, Vanderbilt's Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) is working on a revolution in smartphone technology. It's not better screens, or battery life, or anything for a major carrier. It's a puzzle-piece phone that will (hopefully) change the way the military communicates.
Headed by former DARPA program manager Janos Sztipanovits, ISIS is already responsible for part of the military's efforts to build a hyper-secure smartphone. The institute plays a key role in DARPA's Transformative Apps program, the Department of Defense's attempt to create an app ecosystem that soldiers can use on the battlefield.