Data and Software Systems

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Researchers in this area are developing infrastructure and software solutions to scale and support the collection and use of big data for scientific research. Faculty research includes areas such as augmented and virtual reality, big data, machine learning, cloud computing, human-computer interaction, and software engineering.

Faculty specializing in human-computer interaction focus on developing assistive technologies that promote real-world accessibility and health and well-being. Research funded by NSF, Google and Microsoft develops assistive technology for users who are blind, such as accessible exercise games and an indoor navigation system for Google Glass.

Faculty specializing in big data and software systems are leveraging the power of modern computing to develop solutions in areas such as renewable energy, health and medicine, and more. Among the recent research collaborations faculty have been involved in are two NSF EPSCoR projects designed to gather climate and energy data as well as a consortium to share climate data among EPSCoR states Idaho, Nevada and New Mexico. A collaboration with the University of Nevada School of Medicine has resulted in software that enables large-scale modeling and visualization of neural networks.

Research Projects

Research Labs

Brain Computation Laboratory

Primary Contacts: Sergiu Dascalu and Fred Harris
Major Focus: Brain simulations and robotic control
Website: Brain Computation Lab

Cyber Infrastructure Lab (CIL)

Primary Contacts: Sergiu Dascalu and Fred Harris
Major Focus: Creation of new computing environments and methodologies that enable and accelerate scientific research and discovery, system and software architectures, techniques and tools for multi-disciplinary data-intensive projects, parallel computing, high-speed secure communication networks, data visualization, human-computer interaction for research activities, and advanced data acquisition, processing, and management.
Website: Cyber Infrastructure Lab

High Performance Computation and Visualization Lab

Primary Contact: Fred Harris
Major Focus: Parallel and distributed computation, graphics, scientific visualization, and virtual reality applications.
Website: High Performance Computation and Visualization Lab Website

Human+ Lab

Primary Contacts: Eelke Folmer
Major Focus: We investigate and develop next-generation technology that improves the interaction of humans with computers, with a specific focus on exploring assistive technology for users with visual impairments. Of specific interest is the intersection of human computer interaction with machine learning. Key areas of research: augmented reality, natural interfaces, machine learning, wearable computing, human navigation, spatial perception, haptics, assistive technology.
Website: Human-Computer Interaction Lab

Software Engineering Laboratory (SOELA)

Primary Contact: Sergiu Dascalu
Major Focus: Requirements specification, software architectures, software systems, user interface design, software frameworks and environments, tools for scientific and interdisciplinary research, model and data interoperability, simulation environments, software usability, project management.
Website: Software Engineering Lab Website


Faculty in this area

University of Nevada, Reno Logo

Engin Arslan

Assistant Professor

earslan@unr.edu

(775) 784-6917

Sergiu Dascalu

Sergiu Dascalu

Professor

dascalus@cse.unr.edu

(775) 784-4613

Eelke Folmer

Eelke Folmer

Associate Professor

efolmer@unr.edu

(775) 784-7592

Eric Fritzinger

Eric Fritzinger

Software Developer

ericf@cse.unr.edu

(775) 784-6974

Fred Harris

Fred Harris, Jr.

Professor

fredh@cse.unr.edu

(775) 784-6571

Tin Nguyen

Tin Nguyen

Assistant Professor

tinn@unr.edu

SEM 230

Feng Yan

Feng Yan

Assistant Professor

fyan@unr.edu

(775) 784-6448 | SEM 233

Lei Yang

Lei Yang

Assistant Professor

leiy@unr.edu

SEM 212

Dongfang Zhao

Dongfang Zhao

Assistant Professor

dzhao@unr.edu

SEM 206