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.
Query processing and extracting desired information from large, heterogeneous databases represents a major challenge being addressed by our researchers. Designing platform and protocol solutions for data services and semantic web for structured and unstructured data are foci of 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. Ensuring privacy and protection from attack for personal mobile devices and corporate servers are challenges being addressed as well as developing schemes for supporting emerging technologies such as cloud computing.
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 for enhanced educational experiences and new data fusion tools to aid physically-impaired individuals are being developed.