NSF Solicitation on Big Data

NSF has a new solicitation out on Core Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science & Engineering (BIGDATA).  Deadline is June 13 for mid-scale projects ($250k-$1m per year) and July 11 for small-scale projects (up to $250k per year).  Note that these “smalls” are substantially larger than Core Program smalls since the above is per year.  Bala Kalyanasundaram is the point-person for our (Algorithmic Foundations) community.  If there are enough proposals from AF, they might be able to have an AF panel.

According to the solicitation, this program

“aims to advance the core scientific and technological means of managing,  analyzing, visualizing, and extracting useful information from large, diverse, distributed and heterogeneous data sets so as to: accelerate the progress of scientific discovery and innovation; lead to new fields of inquiry that would not otherwise be possible; encourage the development of new data analytic tools and algorithms; facilitate scalable, accessible, and sustainable data infrastructure; increase understanding of human and social processes and interactions; and promote economic growth and improved health and quality of life.”

Proposals should focus on one or more of the following perspectives:

  1. Data collection and management (DCM)
  2. Data analytics (DA).
  3. E-science collaboration environments (ESCE).

The description of the data analytics thrust in particular lists a number of algorithmic, data structure, mathematical modeling, and statistical directions.  See the solicitation for more information.

Remember, June 13 for mid-scale and July 11 for small-scale.  Good luck everyone!

NSF Workshop on Research Directions in the Principles of Parallel Computation

There will be a one day NSF sponsored workshop on Research Directions in the Principles of Parallel Computation immediately following SPAA on June 28th in Pittsburgh.   The purpose is to brainstorm about possible research directions in the theory of parallel computation.  The workshop offers travel grants for students and the registration is free to all.   Also, the early registration deadline for SPAA is May 25th.