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Center for the Science of Information

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Emerging Frontiers of Science of Information  (Purdue University)

Research Focus

The Center for Science of Information advances the next generation of information theory through collaborative research and teaching. By assimilating elements of space, time, structure, semantics, and context, it seeks to deepen our understanding of information and apply these results to critical problems in society.

Purdue University is the lead institution, with research partners at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, Princeton University, Howard University, Bryn Mawr University, the University of California at San Diego and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Research Benefits

Center researchers work to define and develop the core principles that govern information transfer, and apply this knowledge to problems in the physical and social sciences, and in engineering, including, for example, financial transactions, patterns of consumer behavior, and communication among cells within molecular biology. The results could have wide-ranging applications in numerous fields, from disease detection to developing the next generation of wireless networks.

Education & Outreach

The center is focused on developing the next generation of information theory, including data communication, large-scale data handling and analyses and information transfer in living systems. More than 50 faculty members associated with the Center are involved in mentoring and providing funding for student fellows to conduct research and take courses toward a degree.

The center advances education for students through a variety of opportunities, including seminars, a science of information summer school, research experiences, industry internships and travel to workshops and conferences.

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The center's work has wide-ranging applications in numerous fields, from disease detection to developing the next generation of wireless networks.
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