UC Berkeley to lead western regional ‘brain trust’ for data science innovation

The National Science Foundation, or NSF, announced Monday that UC Berkeley, along with two other campuses, will lead the western regional “brain trust,” which plans to encourage the sharing of ideas, resources and practices of data science to address regional issues. The NSF will be giving $5 million over three years to four regional big data hubs. Big data refers to new technologies used to gather and interpret large amounts of data. UC Berkeley’s involvement with the West Hub will bring opportunities for research and collaboration to a range of fields on campus, according to Michael Franklin, one of the principal investigators for the West Hub and chair of UC Berkeley’s Computer Science Division. “The idea is to put together teams to attack important societal problems where Big Data can help,…


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