Director Participates in Big Data Summit

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, was in Washington, DC, today to participate in a White House sponsored meeting to explore public-private partnerships in Big Data. Called Data-to-Knowledge-to-Action, the high-level summit brought together government, industry, and university leaders to discuss collaborations in education and R&D. Dr. Rappa moderated a panel discussion on Education and Workforce Development featuring Dr. Deborah Nolan (University of California at Berkeley) and Dr. Roy Campbell (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Berkeley, partnering with NYU and the University of Washington, announced a $38 million gift for data science from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Illinois announced a $100 million gift from The Grainger Foundation that will focus on two topics, big data and bioengineering.

Dr. Michael Rappa (L) moderating a discussion with Dr. Roy Campbell:

Dr. Michael Rappa and Dr. Roy Campbell

[photo credit: NSF/Sandy Schaeffer Photography]