Lafayette

Feb 11, 2012 1:39 PM by Sharlee Barriere

ULL, Drexel University Developing Research Center

A partnership of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and Drexel University in Philadelphia is in the planning stages for a research facility that will be known as the Center on Visual and Decision Informatics.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/yGvdYL) the center will provide research for business and state agencies.

The two universities received funding for the effort from the National Science Foundation's Industry/University Cooperative Research Center program.

Drexel received a $55,000 grant and ULL got an $80,000 grant for the first phase of development.

Continued NSF grant funding will be pursued to help manage data for business and government, said Vijay Raghavan, a computer science professor at ULL.

"They collect a lot of data and often, if it's not organized and processed properly, then a lot of times, the data is not available for decision-making," Raghavan said. "We want to provide through our research new technologies (so) our member companies can better use the information and make better decisions with their information."

As part of the grant proposal process, both universities received letters of commitment from 13 companies and Louisiana and Pennsylvania state agencies interested in becoming members of the center, including Lafayette-based Stuller Inc., Microsoft Research and Johnson & Johnson and several Louisiana state agencies.

The annual fee for industry membership is $30,000, with the money directed to research, Raghavan said.

The center teams ULL's School of Computing and Informatics with The iSchool at Drexel, which specializes in information systems and digital library science.

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