Featured Profile: Chi-Ren Shyu
For Dr. Chi-Ren Shyu, it’s all about the data.
Shyu has made a career of understanding data in a wide variety of settings. Because of his expertise in examining and analyzing information sets, researchers from all across the University of Missouri campus frequently invite him to participate in interdisciplinary projects. Shyu has lent his skills to topics ranging from breast cancer predisposition to network visualization to traumatic brain injury. His many partnerships led to his winning The Mizzou Advantage Entrepreneurial Award in 2014. The award recognizes not only collaboration, but also interdisciplinary entrepreneurship. Shyu’s selection was based in part on his contribution to a project that used high resolution remotely sensed imagery to detect geographical changes. The team received four US patents.
Shyu is currently working with UM sister campuses and multiple MU colleges creating an executive, multidisciplinary master’s degree program in Data Science and Analytics. Big data analytics – examining large amounts of data to uncover hidden patterns for decision making – has many applications, from analyzing genomic information for precision medicine and crop yield improvement to leveraging mass media for crisis response and other public services. Shyu credits his work on the education and research activities as one reason that, in 2014, the National Science Foundation awarded MU more than $1 million for a supercomputer infrastructure to further large-scale big data research.
Dr. Chi-Ren Shyu is Paul K. and Dianne Shumaker endowed professor and chairman of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in the University of Missouri College of Engineering. He serves as director of the MU Informatics Institute.
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