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Clemson joins South Big Data hub

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Staff Report
Published Nov. 17, 2015

Following the announcement by the National Science Foundation’s Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs program, Clemson University has joined the South hub, which is managed jointly by Georgia Tech and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

The regional hubs were created to “bring together academia, the private sector, nongovernmental agencies and other interested parties to solve big data problems and accelerate innovation.” The South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub is one of four regional hubs across the country. It will serve Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

“Clemson is extremely progressive in internal and external engagement in the areas of research computing where big data computing is an emerging reality,” said Alex Feltus, associate professor in Clemson’s genetics and biochemistry department, in a press release. “I see BD Hub ‘spokes’ leading to disruptive science and technology development.”

Kuang-Ching Wang, associate professor with Clemson’s electrical and computer engineering department, said this is a timely initiative for Clemson because of the collaborative abilities at the university.

“We are confident that Clemson will help the BD Hub build connections among partners, as well as within the university community,” Wang said.

The South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub will be developed in three phases: An initial phase to form the basic governance structure, a transitional phase that will move toward an operational structure and a final operational phase. It will have dual locations in Atlanta and North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, with co-executive directors accountable to hub partners.

Initially, the Hub will use big data in five scientific and social areas: Health care, coastal hazards, industrial big data, materials and manufacturing, and habitat planning.

Initial NSF funding for the hub will be $1.25 million over three years. In addition to the South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub, the NSF has funded hubs in the Northeast, Midwest and Western United States; the hubs are managed by universities in those regions.

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