The Center for Dynamic Data Analysis (DyDAn), led by Rutgers University, is one of four University Affiliate Centers of the Institute for Discrete Sciences (IDS) announced in July 2007. IDS is a joint project between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and several national laboratories, based at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. DyDAn is a unique academic-industrial team designed to work in partnership with DHS and the national laboratories.
DyDAn researchers are developing new techniques for drawing inferences from massive flows of data arriving continuously over time. Buried in such data are patterns and behaviors that are changing, often quite quickly. The DyDAn team is researching novel technologies to find these patterns and relationships in dynamic and sometimes massive datasets. The DyDAn research program spans topics in Information Management and Knowledge Discovery as well as foundational topics in DiscreteMathematics.
DyDAn is also developing education programs for students and educators at all academic levels and fully integrating them with ongoing research. DyDAn is involving graduate students in all of its research projects and hosts a variety of education programs, including a research experience for undergraduates program during the summer. Programs for educators feature new courses, certificate programs, guidance for faculty who want to bringhomeland security topics into their classrooms, and a summer homeland security workshop for college teachers. Since awareness of career paths begins early, we are developing courses for high school teachers to introduce topics at the interface between discrete science and homeland security.
DyDAn is coordinating the other three new University Affiliate Centers located at the University of Illinois, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Southern California. These centers have been designated as university Centers of Excellence by DHS.Additional Information about DyDAn:
- DyDAn Flyer: General information about DyDAn
- Applications of DyDAn research: What are real-world uses of our work?
- Why IDS?: Why should we engage in data ana lytic research at the IDS centers?
- Privacy and DyDAn research: How does privacy enter DyDAn research?