Sense, Predict, Act

University of Minnesota

Founded in 1851 as a public land-grant university, the University of Minnesota is one of the largest universities in the United States with an enrollment of more than 69,000 students and some 4,000 full-time faculty. It is a world-class academic institution with renowned research programs across the different schools and colleges, and it consistently ranks in the Top 10 for research among the nation’s public universities. The College of Science & Engineering alone brings in over $100 million in sponsored research funding each year and has a long history of notable inventions including the retractable seatbelt, synthetic rubber, the supercomputer and the pacemaker. Located within the college is the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, which boasts strong research programs in computer science and environmental informatics, among others. The department is also home to one of the largest and most prominent data mining research groups at any academic institution, and has a rich history of fundamental research as well as interdisciplinary collaboration. One particular focus has been on the development of data mining tools and methods motivated by the earth and environmental sciences. For example, in collaboration with the Planetary Skin Institute, the data mining research group has developed powerful algorithms capable of processing high-resolution global remote sensing datasets to obtain a comprehensive picture of the changes in the world’s ecosystems. A synergistic project is exploring the global climate system and drivers of change using data-driven methods. Taken together, these projects continue to advance the state of the art in computational methods while providing useful tools and analyses for scientists within the application domains. For more information about the data mining research group, visit its web site