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U.Va. Appoints Engineering Professor Don Brown to Lead New Big Data Institute

Friday, September 27, 2013  
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During the last year, the University of Virginia has been working with faculty and administrators to organize a Big Data Institute. Don Brown, William Stansfield Calcott Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, has been named the institute’s founding director. The Big Data Institute will reside in Olsson Hall and report to the Executive Vice President and Provost.An expert on data fusion, statistical learning and predictive modeling with applications to security and safety,


Brown is the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than 70 research contracts with federal, state and private organizations and has published more than 100 papers. He also is co-editor of the books, "Operations Research and Artificial Intelligence: The Integration of Problem Solving Strategies” and "Intelligent Scheduling Systems.”Brown has served on the National Research Council Committee on Transportation Security and is a recipient of the Norbert Wiener Award for Outstanding Research in the areas of systems engineering, data fusion, and information analysis.


According to Brown, what makes U.Va. distinct from other universities is that this is a program that is not a discipline or a department or even a school. It is above that – it instead is multidisciplinary, functioning across multiple schools.


"The big priority right now is to get a master’s of data science degree program in place by next fall. We also are going to push for an undergraduate minor in data science and hope to eventually implement a Ph.D. program," said Brown.

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