Funded by the US National Science Foundation as a flagship Science and Technology Center, the Center for Science of Information is focused on developing the next generation of faculty & industry leaders working on data communication, large-scale data handling and analyses, and information transfer in living systems. More than fifty faculty associated with the Center are involved in mentoring and providing funding for student fellows to conduct research and take courses toward their degree.
The Center's ten institutional partners garner the very top rankings in the nation for computer science, electrical engineering, and mathematics. The Center advances education for students and instructors through a variety of opportunities.
Our long term vision is to educate a new generation of diverse students in different disciplines with the core fundamentals, methods, algorithmic thinking, and understanding of applications in the Science of Information. Our education plan encompasses a framework for a multidisciplinary Science of Information curriculum as a specialty within a variety of related disciplines.
Current opportunities exist for undergraduates in science of information through courses, fellowships and REU's and online modules. The Center is developing future opportunities for summer research experiences, travel to workshops and conferences, and an online repository of course materials that provide a foundation for graduate level research.
Information Theory, starting with Claude Shannon's seminal work in 1948, laid the foundation for much of today's communication and storage infrastructure. However, significant progress in our ability to collect, model, and analyze data has fundamentally changed the scope, scale, and utility of these datasets. Together with graduate student researchers, the Center is focused on extending information theory by integrating elements of space, time, structure, semantics, and context -- all of which are not accounted for in Shannon's theory.
The Center supports more than 50 graduate students through stipends and fellowships, and in addition supports the professional development of students through travel support for conferences, research workshops, a summer school, and collaborations with students and faculty across the Center. Professional development resources are available on our Resources and Professional Development page.
We encourage you to investigate Center faculty members and their research interests before applying to graduate school.
Faculty and Teachers
We invite faculty and teachers to interact with us on the development and sharing of curriculum materials, online courses and video modules. The Center hosts visiting professors from around the world to speak on topics that support the extension of information theory and its applications. In addition, the Center recruits a limited number of post-doctoral researchers, and visiting scholars. Current member faculty profiles are available at http://soihub.org
The core education team provides leadership and first line of contact for management of all education programs and is comprised of the following team members:
Director of Education