Millions From NSF Extend Purdue Center

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Szpankowski has lead the center since it was established in 2010 with five other centers like it throughout the U.S. Szpankowski has lead the center since it was established in 2010 with five other centers like it throughout the U.S.
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The Center for Science of Information at Purdue University has received $23 million from the National Science Foundation to extend its work for five years. The center, which was established in 2010 with a $25 million NSF grant, is the only operation of its kind in the state.

Purdue says the work over the first five years has yielded advances in analysis and modeling for life sciences, communications, financial and consumer fields.

Saul Rosen Professor of Computer Science and center leader Wojciech Szpankowski says the center focuses meeting challenges posed by rapid expansion in the amount and availability of big data. "Data is not only communicated, it is processed, aggregated, managed, valued, secured and used. Information theory needs to be extended to make possible another data revolution." He adds "collecting data is the easy part, extracting valuable and reliable information from that data is a significant challenge."

Projects at the center have included a collaboration with Pacific Biosciences to develop algorithms and software for genomic sequence assembly, using Google Glass to monitor real time blood glucose levels and work with Amgen involving drug design methods.

The new grant will support the launch of a new $1 million seed fund for efforts with partner institutions.

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