Posted in Center News: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The Center for Science of Information (CSoI) has received a $194,000 two-year grant from the National Science Foundation entitled “Science of Information: Bringing Many Disciplines Together.” Principal investigators Deepak Kumar and Mike Sears from Bryn Mawr College and principal investigator Mark Ward from Purdue University will join CSoI’s Brent Ladd and Mike Atwell in implementing the center-wide initiative.
The grant will support efforts to create a set of upper level undergraduate course materials in the emerging multidisciplinary area of science of information\", says Mark Ward, Assistant Professor of Statistics at Purdue University. \"Materials and course modules developed during this project lead students to an understanding of the concept of 'information' that transcends boundaries between disciplines, especially between physical and life sciences, communication, and knowledge extraction from massive datasets. The course materials ground the study of information in concrete computational models\", says Ward.
\"The need for a curriculum on the science of information is critical to the success of tomorrow’s leaders in science, industry, and government\" says Deepak Kumar, Professor of Computer Science at Bryn Mawr College. \"As a CSoI outreach effort, this project aims to open up opportunities for undergraduate students to get first hand exposure, knowledge, and understanding of the concept of 'information' in a way that transcends boundaries between disciplines. By creating tangible, hands-on course modules, the project will help bring the study of science of information to life,\" says Kumar. The project will train a diverse cadre of faculty in the use of these materials in established and new courses across the U.S. The resources and infrastructure of CSoI are being used to maximize the educational impact of this project, including a focus on increasing diversity, gender and ethnic balance, and broadening of participation.
The Center for Science of Information is an NSF Science and Technology Center headquartered at Purdue University with partners at Bryn Mawr, Howard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, Texas A&M, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, and the University of Illinois. The Center’s mission is to advance science and technology through a new quantitative understanding of the representation, communication, and processing of information in biological, physical, social, and engineered systems.
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