Our goal is to effectively, efficiently and ethically produce, manage and securely use information in the age of big data.
UND is already a leader in big data expertise as the lead institution in a multi-university project for digital agriculture, funded by the National Science Foundation. And it’s also co-lead in another NSF project to determine industry and academic computational needs in the Midwest.
UND can do more, said Grant McGimpsey, the school's vice president for research & economic development.
“Big data is important to North Dakota,” said McGimpsey. “We can convert data to valuable information.”
Agriculture, UAS, energy, utility, construction and transportation sectors all use big data, and it’s critical to enhance acquisition, storage, communication and security, as well as to convert the data to usable information.
As a big data hub, UND would leverage existing research and infrastructure, assemble experts from UND and NDSU, and form a laser-focused team to rapidly solve industrial data challenges. UND could be a region-wide leader, and reap billlions of dollars for such services.
- Improved infrastructure following $1.7 million investment in Big Data storage, computational cores, and personnel over the past 18 months.
- Seed funding provided to recruit post-doctoral researchers leading to higher proposal production.
- Expanding a highly active core of data analytics researchers focused in cybersecurity, machine learning and algorithm development related to UAS.
Benefits to North Dakota
- UND’s Big Data research aims to provide a robust data supply chain for North Dakota industry (agriculture, energy, transportation, utilities) with a focus on conversion of data to actionable information.
- Data analytics, including but not limited to UAS image analysis, drives company attraction and job creation, while enhancing UND’s externally-funded research enterprise.