Collaborative Success Stories: Big Data
Dr. Chi-Ren Shyu and the University of Missouri Informatics Institute help interdisciplinary researchers make sense of large datasets.
Big data analytics—examining large amounts of data to uncover hidden patterns—has a wide array of applications, from analyzing genetic information for food production and medical advancements to leveraging mass media for crisis response and other public services. With so much potential for discovery, both the U.S. government and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have encouraged further research and education. Establishing the infrastructure and organizing the datasets is critical to obtaining correct analyses.
Shyu, director of the MU Informatics Institute, has made a career of understanding big data. He is frequently asked to participate in a multitude of interdisciplinary projects–including breast cancer predisposition, network visualization and plant genetics. He was a contributor to a Mizzou Advantage-funded project investigating traumatic brain injury which has led to several publications. Shyu was also part of a team of MU researchers who received four patents relating to visualizing geography changes and large-scale database search engines with remote-sensing imagery technology.
Shyu is also examining the feasibility of creating an online, multidisciplinary master’s degree program in data science and analytics. Shyu credits his work on the potential degree as one reason that, in 2014, the NSF awarded MU over $1 million for a supercomputer to further large-scale big data research at MU.
Dr. Chi-Ren Shyu is the Shumaker Endowed Professor of Biomedical Informatics in the MU College of Engineering computer science department.
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