Big data is being generated by everything around us at all times. Every digital process and social media exchange produces it. Systems, sensors and mobile devices transmit it. Big data is arriving from multiple sources at an alarming velocity, volume and variety. To extract meaningful value from big data, you need optimal processing power, analytics capabilities and skills.
Big data is changing the way people within organizations work together. It is creating a culture in which business and IT leaders must join forces to realize value from all data. Insights from big data can enable all employees to make better decisions—deepening customer engagement, optimizing operations, preventing threats and...
Our R&D team aim at broadening the focus of database and data management techniques beyond their traditional scope. We do both theoretical and systems work in areas such as Big Data management, Cloud computing, data pricing, probabilistic databases, stream processing, sensor-based monitoring, databases and the web, XML, data management for ubiquitous computing, data integration, and data mining.
Wireless & Sensor Systems
Wireless and sensor research aims to improve the connection between information systems and the physical world by developing new sensors and new ways to power and communicate with them, including new methods for harvesting power from wireless signals. Our research is creating improvements in a range of fields including communications, energy transmission, medical devices, and robotics. Wireless and sensor innovation at OPZET is also powering the “Internet of Things,” pushing the boundaries of this exciting field. Ambient Backscatter, a system that transforms existing wireless signals into both a source of power and a communication medium. This novel technique enables devices to communicate among themselves at unprecedented scales and in locations that were previously inaccessible by transmitting data using Wi-Fi, television, radio, and cellular signals, and eliminating the need for batteries.
Systems and Networking
OPZET is exploring new frontiers in systems and networking research, which encompasses the fundamental aspects of operating systems, distributed systems, networks, and security. This is a high-impact, collaborative area that reflects a variety of faculty interests and expertise, including: operating systems structure; network and systems reliability; robust protocol design; Internet security and privacy; peer-to-peer systems; mobile and wireless systems; high-performance, scalable cluster-based systems; the measurement of deployed, wide-area systems, such as the Web and content distribution networks; pervasive computing; cloud computing; and virtual machine technology.