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CITIES OF THE FUTURE. One of D2I's new project areas is smart and connected communities, which use new technologies to enhance community services and reduce overall cost.

Indiana University tech center announces new research areas, eLearning Lab

Data To Insight Center to focus on responsible use of data and technology in classrooms, communities and society at large

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—The Data To Insight Center (D2I) at Indiana University today announced its research agenda for the next five years, focusing on the responsible use of data and technology in society.

The center’s efforts will now be focused on four new areas: eLearning, smart and connected communities, transparent high-performance computing, and open science. 

The responsible use of data and technology in society will define the future.

Beth Plale, D2I  director

This strategic realignment draws on D2I’s prior research in data infrastructure and governance, and enables the center to push the envelope further into areas of relevance for science and society.

“The responsible use of data and technology in society will define the future,” said Beth Plale, D2I  director. “This repositioning of D2I will bring expertise to the table on the numerous issues in privacy, infrastructure and open science that will influence generations to come.”

Here’s more about the four new research areas:

  • Smart and connected communities. Communities serve their citizens through provisioning of basic services. Selective application of new technologies and services can enhance community services and reduce overall cost. D2I researches new tools, frameworks and organizational approaches for societally responsible application of new technology in smart and connected communities. 
  • eLearning. Today’s students increasingly use online learning platforms in their classes, and traces from their interactions with course materials present new opportunities to better understand a range of relevant phenomena, from basic learning processes to cultural factors in educational attainment and success. The newly formed eLearning Lab for Research and Practiceinvestigates data-driven approaches for more effective learning. 
  • Transparent HPC. High-performance computing (HPC) is being used in ways that increasingly touches people’s lives. D2I researches new technical approaches to HPC that enable more transparency in science. 
  • Open science. Open science facilitates the sharing and use of the products of research. It goes beyond the earlier forms of dissemination that relied on knowledge transfer through publications. Open science leads to transparent and rigorous science.

D2I researches new tools, frameworks and organizational approaches for societally responsible application of new technology in smart and connected communities. 

“The Data To Insight Center has created and put into use many widely used tools for managing and understanding data. These new enhancements to D2I broaden its scope and will expand its impact nationally and locally,” said Craig Stewart, executive director of the Pervasive Technology Institute. 

The Data To Insight Center is affiliated with IU’s Pervasive Technology Institute and the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering.