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Data-Driven Discovery

Data fuels important decisions at every level of society. The exponential growth and availability of big data presents numerous challenges and opportunities. It is voluminous, fast, increasingly complex, and comes in a range of formats. But if managed effectively, big data can deliver powerful benefits. It can result in more accurate analyses in fields ranging from health care to genomics to business informatics to physics. More accurate analyses lead to more confident decision-making. And better decisions can mean greater operational efficiencies, cost reductions, and decreased risk.

Quick Hits

Kyungsuk Yum

Kyungsuk Yum, assistant professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, received a five-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation CAREER award to design and develop bioinspired 3D materials with programmed shapes and motions.

David Arditi

David Arditi, an assistant professor of sociology, is working to preserve North Texas’ independent music scene through MusicDetour, a digital depository for music created and performed in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Weidong Zhou

Electrical engineering Professor Weidong Zhou is using a $450,000 Army Research Office grant to determine the minimum amount of energy required to develop high-speed and energy-efficient lasers based on nanophotonic cavities and nanostructured materials.

Data-Driven Discovery Stories