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Science, healthcare, economics, infrastructure and government could be completely changed by effectively using big data. Currently, these fields have the ability to collect vasts amounts of data, but they simply can’t use it to its full potential. Assistant Professor Laura Balzano lives and breathes data. She partners with a variety of campus research teams who need help developing data collection strategies and analyzing it after it’s been gathered. Her work is helping develop the resources needed to solve our global big data dilemma.

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Big Data

8/15/2014

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Big data is being collected from every corner of our digital world at an unprecedented rate. Effectively using it to inform decision making is impossible unless analysts can fill the missing holes and mine the most relevant pieces. Michigan engineers are developing more robust algorithms and new-school statistical models that will help realize the true potential of a big data driven future.

Big data is being collected from every corner of our digital world at an unprecedented rate. Effectively using it to inform decision making is impossible unless analysts can fill the missing holes and mine the most relevant pieces. Michigan engineers are developing more robust algorithms and new-school statistical models that will help realize the true potential of a big data driven future.

 


About the Professor


Laura Balzano is an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan College
of Engineering. Her research projects are in statistical signal processing and estimation, particularly dealing with large and messy data. She has worked in the areas of online algorithms, compressed sensing and matrix completion, network inference, and sensor networks.

About Michigan Engineering: The University of Michigan College of Engineering is one of the top engineering schools in the country. Eight academic departments are ranked in the nation's top 10 -- some twice for different programs. Its research budget is one of the largest of any public university. Its faculty and students are making a difference at the frontiers of fields as diverse as nanotechnology, sustainability, healthcare, national security and robotics. They are involved in spacecraft missions across the solar system, and have developed partnerships with automotive industry leaders to transform transportation. Its entrepreneurial culture encourages faculty and students alike to move their innovations beyond the laboratory and into the real world to benefit society. Its alumni base of nearly 70,000 spans the globe.