Rice wins interdisciplinary ‘big data’ grant

IMAGE: Marina Vannucci and Luay Nakhleh. view more Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University Rice University has received a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to bring together computer science and statistics for the greater benefit of data science. The grant will fund a new research training group at Rice. The goal is to develop scientists with a combined education in statistics and computer science to work on problems that can be addressed only through interdisciplinary approaches. The new age of “big data” demands the best of both worlds, said Marina Vannucci, chair of Rice’s Department of Statistics and principal investigator for the new program. “Data science is rapidly evolving as an essential interdisciplinary field where advances often result from combinations of ideas from various disciplines,” she said. “Statistics and computer…


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