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Center for Innovative Information Systems Engineering

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CREST: Center for Innovative Information Systems Engineering  (Florida International University)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Center for Innovative Information Systems Engineering, a National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Research Excellence in Science and Engineering (CREST), is based at Florida International University (FIU). The Center's four research thrusts bring together a multidisciplinary group of researchers, large-scale collaborative relationships, and a broad ecosystem of partners to perform research that will lead to information technologies that help to solve problems of national importance.

Researchers in the field of Information Systems Engineering are finding more effective techniques for managing, modeling, and providing access to information. The Center’s research includes disaster management, universal access, and brain research and neuroscience. Pete Martinez, Chairman of the Florida Research Consortium, states that "[b]y applying its research to themes critical to the State of Florida, such as disaster management, healthcare for our diverse population, and universal access to information systems, we believe that the Center will enable technology creation that will help keep the United States and Florida competitive..."

Education & Outreach

The Center for Innovative Information Systems Engineering emphasizes the recruitment of future leaders including students from demographics that are underrepresented in information systems engineering. High school programming competitions allow the Center to identify talented students early and to reach and engage their teachers. FIU's annual engineering fair presents research to school students and makes them aware that research careers are within their grasp. Student clubs, tutoring support, and undergraduate research opportunities allow the Center to keep the pipeline flowing and to attract our brightest students into graduate programs.

Recognizing the critical need for broadening the participation of minorities in computing, FIU and IBM jointly founded the Latin American Grid (LA Grid). The initiative fosters diversity in computing by focusing on three key areas: Technical Platform Development, Research, and Hispanic Computing Talent Development. The Technical Platform Development program provides the infrastructure and computing resources necessary for the Research program, wherein IBM Scientists and FIU faculty collaborate on joint research projects with Hispanic students. The Hispanic Computing Talent Development program focuses on broadening the participation of Hispanics in computing by providing graduate and undergraduate students with summer internships at IBM, executive mentorships, and executive lectures and round tables that provide deep insight into current technology and business issues facing the computing industry.

FIU's NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) award facilitates collaborative research at prestigious international academic and industry research sites in Argentina, Brazil, China, France, India, Mexico, and Spain. CREST students participating in PIRE are co-supervised by FIU faculty members and their international collaborators. PIRE provides language and cultural training as well as travel support that allows students to perform hands-on research in international laboratories.

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  • TerraFly generated aerial street view
Terrafly makes high-resolution, aerial imagery layered with street, business and demographic data available to anyone using a Web browser. The Center of Emerging Technologies for Advanced Information Processing, a CREST center led by Florida International University, contributed major research and development to the TerraFly project.
Naphtali Rishe, Florida International University
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