It was founded by Nasdra Magrody and involved with hypermatter research at the time. Nichos Marr later was the premiere AI programmer there. Cray Mingla and Stinna Draesinge Sha were also members. It had around 150 pupils, many of whom were tapped by Emperor Palpatine for employment at the Maw Installation. The Emperor also consulted the institute for help in designing the first Death Star.
The Institute also created cybernetic implants.