MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Memphis has landed the largest research contract in the school's history.

The Commercial Appeal reported Wednesday that the university won a $13.8 million research contract from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to lead a team of six universities studying wearable sensors. The work began at the end of June and will continue for 41 months, under the contract.

The university said in a news release that the team will develop and test a system of mobile sensors and software called mPerf to objectively assess everyday job performance. The university is the headquarters of The Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-To-Knowledge.

Santosh Kumar, the Moss Chair of Excellence in Computer Science, is directing the project, and called it a new direction for their research.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com