Deputy Director & Vice President for Research


NSF solicitations for Harnessing the Data Revolution, Real-Time Machine Learning, and Geoinformatics

Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Institutes for Data-Intensive Research in Science and Engineering - Frameworks (I-DIRSE-FW). One of two “conceptualization paths” aimed at developing institutes to accelerate discovery and innovation in data-intensive science and engineering, I-DIRSE-FW encourages applications from teams of researchers proposing frameworks for integrated sets of science and engineering problems and data science solutions. Full Proposal Deadline: May 7, 2019.

NSF and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are teaming up through a new Real-Time Machine Learning (RTML) program to explore high-performance, energy-efficient hardware and machine learning architectures that can learn from a continuous stream of new data in real time. NSF and DARPA are issuing separate RTML funding opportunities that will offer collaboration opportunities to awardees from both programs throughout the duration of their projects. Deadline for full proposals is June 6, 2019.

New Geoinformatics solicitation due August 15, 2019.

Apply for Microsoft Azure AI for Earth grant

AI for Earth awards Microsoft Azure cloud computing resources, including AI tools, to people and organizations that are working to transform the way we understand and manage our natural resources. Grantees receive access to and training on Microsoft’s innovative data science, machine learning, and visualization tools to advance their work in addressing climate change, protecting biodiversity, improving agricultural yields, and lessening water scarcity. Proposal deadline April 8, 2019;

What is Informatics?

Informatics can be described as the science and technologies that transform data into information and knowledge. Informatics is more than computer science or information technology. It refers to the structures, behavior and interactions of systems that store, process, and communicate information. Examples of domain-specific informatics include: Bioinformatics, Biodiversity informatics, Geoinformatics, and Social informatics. The science and technologies of Ocean informatics are now emerging, with many examples shown here in the Projects tab on this webpage.

Ocean Informatics at WHOI

Phase 2 of Ocean Informatics at WHOI began in 2013 and has several strategic goals (see Phase 2 page). The Ocean Informatics advisory group currently consists of Stace Beaulieu (coordinator of the group, in Biology Dept.), Danie Kinkade (Biology), Joe Futrelle (IS), and Lisa Raymond (Co-Director MBLWHOI Library). Please feel free to contact any member of the group with questions. Also, please contact us if you are interested in joining the advisory group.

Phase 1 was active from 2009-2013, led by a 4-person Ocean Informatics Working Group. This Working Group recommended a strategy and an action plan to build a robust data informatics infrastructure at WHOI. Thanks to a modest budget provided by the WHOI directorate alongside synergistic staff resources provided by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), the group achieved its initial core mission of initiating and expanding a basic Ocean Informatics infrastructure at WHOI. The group and partners brought in external support, established new collaborations, and produced a suite of software tools along with other accomplishments detailed in a final report (see Phase 1 page).

Last updated: March 13, 2019