The National Science Foundation has awarded a $4 million grant to UNC Charlotte researchers to develop a multidisciplinary research program called Virtual Information Fabric Infrastructure (VIFI) that will create new ways to manage, use and share Big Data and analytic results

Ashit Talukder, director of the Charlotte Data Visualization Center and the Bank of America Endowed Chair in Information Technology in the College of Computing and Informatics, is the principal investigator for the grant. The award was made under the NSF-CISE/ACI-Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBS) solicitation.

“Under this large-scale research program, a novel Virtual Information Fabric Infrastructure (VIFI) will be created, allowing scientists to search, access, manipulate and evaluate fragmented, distributed data in the information 'fabric' (the infrastructure to facilitate data sharing) without directly accessing or moving large amounts of data,” said Talukder.

“The research addresses the challenges of coordinating loosely federated infrastructure and proposes novel solutions for distributed large-scale data analytics; distributed machine learning and artificial intelligence; search and retrieval; distributed data management; and security and privacy,” he said.

Talukder, who has vast experience in a number of areas spanning computer science and electrical engineering, both foundational and applied in several domains, has a track record of leading new research programs and large research teams.

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