The first NSF IUCRC center in UO's history

Prof. Dejing Dou led a research team to receive a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) grant for Big Learning. This is the first ever NSF IUCRC center to be established in UO. 

Recent advances in deep learning are leading to an advanced era in intelligent computing. The Center for Big Learning (CBL) aims to design new algorithms and develop efficient systems for deep learning applications in the generation of big data. It will catalyze diverse expertise of faculty members, students, industry partners, and federal agencies to create state-of-the-art deep learning methodologies, technologies, and applications across broad domains of business, healthcare, and Internet-of-Things.  CBL will provide training for new scientists and graduate students, as well as a rich environment for cross-disciplinary engagement.

University of Florida (South), Carnegie Mellon University (East), the University of Missouri at Kansas City (Central), and the University of Oregon (West) are the four academic sites across the country which will deliver key techniques to the leading industries that are partnering with the center. The CBL is also the first IUCRC center in the nation to focus on deep learning. 

Prof. Dejing Dou is the Principal Investigator of this NSF grant and the Director of CBL at UO. Prof. Allen Malony is the Co-Director and Prof. Joe Sventek chairs the University Policy Committee for CBL. There are 16 more faculty members who have contributed to the UO’s CBL, most of them are from CIS and five of whom are collaborative faculty members from Boston University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of Arkansas, and Tsinghua University. 

The CBL will run for the next five years and with potential support from the NSF, it may operate for an additional ten years. More details of CBL can be found at