Earlier this year, the South Big Data Hub partnered with Microsoft Research to offer researchers in the South Hub region the opportunity to apply for cloud credits on Azure, the comprehensive cloud services platform offered through Microsoft. The opportunity was designed to provide cloud computing resources to support data-intensive research projects.
Applications were due August 16 and in November, Microsoft announced that eight researchers at institutions within the South Hub region will receive Azure credits. The researchers will also be able to take advantage of Azure services and tools to efficiently drive insights from data-driven research.
Research projects that will take advantage of the Azure credits include an effort to use Twitter data to develop a model that predicts public sentiment toward police over time (Graham MacDonald, Urban Institute); development of a compute-intensive graph mining system that divides graph mining jobs into individual tasks (Da Yan, University of Alabama at Birmingham); a project to build and test deep learning models for analysis of mobile text that measures covariates related health outcomes, such as trust, literacy, and anxiety (Ahmed Abbasi, University of Virginia), and an effort to develop a cloud-agnostic, large-scale data analytics framework (Claris Castillo, RENCI).
Projects from any discipline were considered for the awards, as long as the submission clearly articulated the data that the proposed research relied on, and the Azure-based analytics services that would be used.
Congratulations to all the South Big Data Hub Awardees:
- Prashanti Manda, assistant professor, department of computer science, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
- Lisa Singh, professor, department of computer science, Georgetown University.
- Graham MacDonald, data scientist and senior manager for data technology and innovation, The Urban Institute.
- Ragib Hasan, associate professor, department of computer and information sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
- Ahmed Abbasi, Murray Research Professor and director, Center for Business Analytics, University of Virginia.
- Da Yan, assistant professor, department of computer and information sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
- John Craft, research assistant professor, department of biology and biochemistry, University of Houston.
- Claris Castillo, senior computational and networked systems researcher, RENCI, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.