UW to Help Lead NSF “Big Data Brain Trust”

The eScience Institute is pleased to announce our participation with University of Washington as one of three West Coast co-leads selected by the National Science Foundation as part of four Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs the NSF is establishing around the country.

The BDRI Hubs program stems from the 2012 White House National Big Data Research and Development Initiative (PDF), with UW’s involvement in the Western Regional Big Data Hub focusing on the following five areas:

  • Big Data Technologies
  • Managing Natural Resources and Hazards
  • Precision Medicine
  • Metro Data Science
  • Data-Enabled Scientific Discovery and Learning

“UW, through its eScience Institute, has become a national leader in data science. We have built partnerships across the campus, across the region, and across the nation,” comments eScience Institute Director, Ed Lazowska. “Our selection to help lead the West’s Big Data Hub affirms our position as a leader in data science and our track record in building successful partnerships.”

UW project leadership also includes eScience’s Associate Director, Bill Howe, Program Manager, Sarah Stone, and eScience Senior Data Scientist, Ariel Rokem.

You can read a full press release from UW Today about the announcement here, the announcement from the NSF here, and a blog post about the intiative from the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy here.

You can also read a piece from the Seattle Times on the announcement here.