NSF funds UrbComp, program focused on big data and urbanization


DAC will create and administer a new interdisciplinary Ph.D. certificate program called UrbComp, which is set to launch in spring 2016.  The UrbComp Ph.D. certificate is focused on big data and urbanization through a $3 grant over five years from the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program. UrbComp will be open to students from both the Blackburg and National Capital Region campuses who are pursuing a Ph.D. in one of eight departments: computer science, mathematics, statistics, electrical and computer engineering, population health sciences, urban affairs and planning, civil and environmental engineering, or sociology. To read more about the program click here.

Aditya Prakash works on collaborative project about the Russian flu epidemic

Aditya Prakash (left), Amy Nelson, and Tom Ewing are collaborators on the Russian flu project.

Aditya Prakash (left), Amy Nelson, and Tom Ewing are collaborators on the Russian flu project.

DAC faculty member Aditya Prakash, an assistant professor in the department of computer science is working on a multi-disciplinary project about the Russian flu epidemic of the late 19th century.  He is working with faculty in the department of history, specifically professor Tom Ewing and associate professor Amy Nelson.  They have received a $175,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for their research and are collaborating with the Leibniz Universität Hannover in Germany t0 examine medical discussion and news reporting during the epidemic.  To read more about this project click here.

Samah Gad, DAC (CS) PhD graduate, and Hussein Ahmed launch a successful startup


Hussein Ahmed (left), middle? , Samah Gad (right)

Transpose, a new Seattle startup that bills itself as a holistic information management platform, today announced a $1.5 million funding round. Transpose is the brainchild of Samah Gad, DAC (CS) PhD graduate and Hussein Ahmed also a CS PhD graduate. Formerly known as KustomNote, the nine-person company has developed software that helps customers create structure and pull intelligence from large sets of data across all devices.

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