“Game-changing research” awarded $2.1M Grant


University’s receives funding for Big Data Research Partnership

UNC Charlotte edges further forward in data science and business analytics research (Big Data) with a $2.1 million grant from UNC General Administration.

The funding is part of an appropriation to support areas of "game-changing research" identified in the UNC Board of Governors strategic plan for the University system.

Mirsad Hadzikadic, director of the University’s Complex Systems Institute and professor of software and information systems in the College of Computing and Informatics, is the lead investigator for the project “North Carolina Data Science and Analytics Initiative.” In conjunction with North Carolina State University and UNC-Chapel Hill’s Renaissance Computing Institute, Hadzikadic and fellow investigators will develop strategic research hubs of excellence that will position North Carolina as the national leader in fundamental and applied research in data science.

“This grant will further solidify the position of UNC Charlotte as the leader of Big Data analytics in both innovative educational programs and exemplary relationships with industry. It will help UNC Charlotte and North Carolina establish a state-of-the-art infrastructure for collecting and analyzing data, as well as establishing a center of excellence for risk mitigation strategies,” Hadzikadic explains.