While networks connect entities, it is the data transmitted across those networks that empowers objects and enriches life. With terabytes of data being produced daily by single applications, the tasks of storing, processing and retrieving data become even more monumental. Knowing what, where, how, and how long to store and index data for later use are major challenges. Data management in cyberspace, functioning in an assured and secured way, is critical to developing a trustworthy system that can support the needs of our modern information society.
With close links to AI, query processing and extracting desired information from large, heterogeneous databases represents a major challenge being addressed by CIDSE researchers. Projects that focus on understanding data storage and designing storage protocols to enable efficient integrated workflow with data services and semantic web are a focus to this group’s activities.
As a certified National Center for Academic Excellence, the Information Assurance Center forms a focal point for research and education in information assurance and security. Challenges such as helping personal computers and corporate servers ensure privacy and protect themselves, as well as developing schemes for addressing new distributed technologies such as cloud computing, are focus areas of this team.
Data comes in many forms with intended use for many purposes in many environments. Virtualization must accommodate text, video, audio, tactile and eventually taste, smell and emotional response for high fidelity representation of the real-world experience. Models for integrating multimedia and the creation of new technologies for multimedia educational experiences are under development. Additionally, CIDSE researchers are making advances in heterogeneous data fusion and developing new tools to aid physically-impaired individuals.