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Labs and Institutes

Center for Visual and Decision Informatics (CVDI)

In 2012, Drexel University and The University of Louisiana at Lafayette established a national research Center for Visual and Decision Informatics. This collaborative effort is funded by the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center program of the National Science Foundation, government and industry partners, and university matching funds.

The Center for Visual and Decision Informatics serves to drive continuous innovation through knowledge sharing among partners leading to invention and commercialization of information and knowledge engineering technologies for decision support. Its mission is to research and develop next generation visual and decision support tools and techniques to enable decision makers in government and industry to fundamentally improve the way their organization's information is interpreted and analyzed.

Applied Informatics Group (AIG)

The Applied Informatics Group (AIG) specializes in advanced research and development for knowledge representation, mobile computing, machine learning, robotics, modeling and simulation, advanced imaging, cyber operations and information sciences. AIG is the innovation center of CCI and Drexel University for rapid development, testing and deployment of intelligent information systems. As a research arm of CCI, AIG has access to invaluable academic resources within the Drexel community, including faculty expertise in areas such as data mining, information retrieval, information security, bioinformatics, systems analysis and design, and artificial intelligence.

Institute for Health Informatics (IHI)

The IHI is an initiative supported by CCI, the College of Nursing and Health Professions, the School of Public Health, and the College of Medicine. It is based at the College of Computing & Informatics. An inherently interdisciplinary field, healthcare informatics puts the needs of people at the center of health information technology solutions. IHI brings together educators, researchers, and professionals from all healthcare sectors, information technology, and the information sciences who are well equipped to solve the complex tasks of system design, organizational change, and usability that are needed to achieve a 21st century health system.

Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Analysis Lab (GISSA)

GISSA is an active laboratory engaged in progressive GIScience research. Leveraging state-of-the-art spatial analytical tools for geospatial analysis, geovisualization and spatial process modeling, GISSA both develops and implements these tools for engaging in evidence-based decision making, policy evaluation and contract-based industry research.

GISSA was founded and is directed by Tony H. Grubesic, Associate Professor of Information Science and Technology at Drexel University.

Recent work includes the development of spatial decision support systems (SDSS) for evaluating the vulnerability of critical infrastructure systems in the United States, the development of a spatio-temporal surveillance framework for visualizing heterogeneities in violent crime "footprints" in urban areas, examining the global accessibility of major world airports, the implementation of predictive statistical models to forecast the spatial provision of broadband services throughout competitive telecommunications markets in the U.S., and the development of a mathematical programming framework for evaluating the efficiency of federally funded air transport subsidies to rural and remote communities in the United States.

Data Mining and Bioinformatics Lab

The Data Mining and Bioinformatics Lab is an interdisciplinary research lab based at CCI, which includes faculty from the School of Public Health, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Biomedical Engineering. The Lab is focused on developing novel data mining algorithms and methods, and applying them to the many challenging problems in life sciences. The lab faculty are very active and productive in research publications and funded projects.

Internet Public Library (iPL2)

The ipl2, which was first hosted at Drexel University in January 2007 as the Internet Public Library, is a highly visible digital library consisting of a free online collection and reference service available to anyone in the world. In the fall of 2008, the IPL merged with the Librarians Internet Index, a publicly-funded, database-driven Web site and weekly newsletter. This merger resulted in the ipl2 - which launched in January 2010. ipl2 is a public service organization, a teaching learning environment, and a research platform. ipl2 is committed to providing the public with information they need, through access to a wide range of online library collections and resources, some of which have been created by ipl2 volunteers. ipl2 users can search these collections themselves, or take advantage of the Ask an ipl2 Librarian feature, connecting them with ipl2 librarians (primarily library and information science students). Additionally, ipl2 offers exciting prospects in research, collaboration, teaching and community service for all ipl2 consortium partners, which include managing partners Drexel University (CCI) and Florida State University, along with University of Pittsburgh, Rutgers University, Syracuse University, University of Texas, Austin, University of North Carolina, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Washington. In March 2010, the ipl2 celebrated its 15th birthday with an institute that involved the various collaborators, including academics and practitioners.