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International Technology Alliance in Distributed Analytics & Information Science [DAIS ITA]

International Technology Alliance in Distributed Analytics & Information Science [DAIS ITA]

When we think of big data we usually think of collections of computer servers in huge data centres that we access via the cloud. In this project we’re trying to turn the data centre inside out by collecting and processing data near the edges of the network, creating dynamic, virtual data centres surrounding teams of front line responders.
— Professor Alun Preece, UK Academic Technical Area Lead
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The International Technology Alliance in Distributed Analytics and Information Science (DAIS ITA) is a joint US/UK research programme set up to unlock the potential of “big data” in front line situations, where people and computer systems need to collaborate in a coalition of multiple agencies.

Recent advances in areas like artificial intelligence and machine learning have greatly improved the capabilities of technology to assist coalitions working together in rapidly-changing
situations, such as major
disasters, to make people safer.

Cardiff University’s Crime and Security Research Institute is a key part of DAIS ITA, which is led by IBM, along with leading universities in the UK and the US and major international businesses, such as Airbus Group and BAE Systems. The alliance has been established by the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) with up to $80m (£63m) in funding to address this challenge over the next 10 years.

The DAIS ITA research at Cardiff is led by Professor Alun Preece, Co-Director of the Crime and Security Research Institute, together with Professor Roger Whitaker and Dr Ian Taylor from the School of Computer Science and Informatics.

In addition to Cardiff University, academic and industry partners include Airbus Group, BAE Systems, IBM, Imperial College London, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, Raytheon/BBN Technologies, Stanford University, University College London, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Southampton and Yale University.

DAIS ITA continues a successful model for academic-industry-government collaboration established in the first ITA programme and contains within a number of innovative, collaborative research projects. More information about the DAIS ITA network and example projects is contained within our latest '60 Second Briefing', which is available for free download below.

 

 

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