Purdue awarded $25 million for state's first NSF Science and Technology Center

February,  2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University has been awarded $25 million to create the first National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center in Indiana.

The center will explore emerging frontiers of information science to develop a set of principles extending information theory to integrate the elements of space, time, structure, semantics and context.

"The center brings together world-class scholars from top universities to collectively develop a comprehensive science related to how information is extracted, manipulated and exchanged," said Richard Buckius, Purdue's vice president for research. "The team will attack these problems by rigorous theoretical studies driven by critical real-world problems in domains as diverse as biology, social networks and computer communication networks. The outcomes promise to be transformative, just as development of reliable and affordable digital communication transformed 20th century life."

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Fourteen Purdue faculty members from six departments along with ITaP are participating in the project. Members from the Department of Statistics involved in this project include: Yuan (Alan) Qi, Jennifer Neville, and Mark Daniel Ward.