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RDI² INTEGRATES MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AND EDUCATION, INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS, AND ADVANCED CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE TO CATALYZE NEW THINKING AND NEW PRACTICES IN COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI²) is a university-wide, comprehensive and internationally competitive institute focused on Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering. This institute provides academic and industry researchers with the multidisciplinary expertise and resources necessary to address the grand challenges in science, engineering and society. RDI² leverages the integration of research, education, and infrastructure to bridge more traditional research boundaries and catalyze socio-technical changes in research across all academic fields and industry sectors, stimulating new thinking, new practices and new solutions.

 

This integration will stimulate new thinking and new practices in CDS&E that will be catalyzed by cyberinfrastructure advances. Collectively, these efforts will address today’s grand challenges in science, engineering, and industry. Science and engineering research is becoming increasingly multidisciplinary, making a resource that can identify and cultivate effective collaborations and synergies critical to success. To promote these synergies, RDI² creates a research environment that bridges more traditional research boundaries and catalyzes socio-technical changes in research across all fields of science and engineering.

Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (often referred to as ACI) is the core that permeates all aspects of RDI², including facilities for high-performance computing and communications, data management, computational services, and advanced visualization. The goal is to support both science and engineering enabled by ACI, as well as the science and engineering required to develop and advance ACI. The Rutgers ACI should also provide global linkages to the national and international ACI that will be used, for example, to link observational instruments, data streams, experimental tools, and testbeds.

 

Key Areas


RDI² bridges traditional research boundaries and catalyzes socio-technical changes in research across all fields of science, engineering, humanities and social sciences stimulating new thinking and new practices essential to address grand challenges in science, engineering, society and industry.
RDI²’s multidisciplinary competencies span large scale data management and analytics, computational and data-enabled science and engineering, and advanced cyberinfrastructure. RDI² staff have expertise in cutting-edge computing and data technologies and an ability to work with researchers across disciplines, assisting in the use of data driven methods and computing more effectively in the discovery process.


Big data, large-scale analytics, and computational modeling and simulations are playing an increasingly important role in all industry sectors. Businesses recognize the value of these capabilities, but many require guidance and assistance in understanding computational infrastructure and support in research and development activities.

Industry partnerships in research, education, entrepreneurship, and economic development are integral aspects of RDI². RDI² enables companies of all sizes and sectors to take advantage of advanced computing technology and expertise.


ACI IS THE CORE THAT PERMEATES ALL ASPECTS OF RDI² ACTIVITIES AND INCLUDES HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTING TECHNOLOGIES, DATA MANAGEMENT, COMPUTATIONAL SERVICES, AND ADVANCED VISUALIZATION.

RDI² supports a broad spectrum of disciplines in utilizing ACI, and also provides global linkages to the national and international ACI (such as XSEDE) that can be used, for example, to link observational instruments, data streams, experimental tools, and testbeds.


RDI² and its affiliate partners offer a variety of educational programs to students, academic researchers, and industry professionals. These include various certificate and degree programs, seminars in data science, data analytics, high performance computing, and advanced large scale computing. Seminars are open to the public, and short training modules are available to help academic and industry researchers acclimate to advanced computing hardware and software.

Meet The Director

  • Name: Manish Parashar
  • Position: Director
  • Phone: (848) 445-5388
  • Email: parashar@rutgers.edu

Manish Parashar is Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Rutgers University, as well as the founding Director of the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2).

 

His research interests are in the broad areas of Parallel and Distributed Computing and Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering. Manish is founding chair of the IEEE Technical Consortium on High Performance Computing (TCHPC) serves on the editorial boards and organizing committees of a large number of journals and international conferences and workshops, and has deployed several software systems that are widely used. He has received a number of awards for his research and leadership. Manish is a Fellow of AAAS, Fellow of IEEE/IEEE Computer Society, and an ACM Distinguished Scientist.

A key focus of his research is enabling new insights into natural, engineered and social system through extreme-scale computations and data. For more information please visit parashar.rutgers.edu.