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Computer Science Department and Ramp-UP! at Rensselaer

Riding the Data Deluge

Dr. Francine Berman, Vice-President for Research
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

January 28th, 2009
TROY 2012, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Refreshments at 3:30 p.m.


The Information Age has brought with it a deluge of digital data generated by cell phones, computers, sensors, satellites, scientific instruments, and other sources. This digital information, currently at the Exabyte level (10^18 bytes), drives virtually every area of research, education, commerce, entertainment, and modern life. While today's digital information has already begun to transform the world, the challenges of managing it, retaining it, accessing it over the long term, and sustaining it constitute some of the most difficult problems of our time. Solving these problems requires strategies that make sense from technical, policy, regulatory, economic, security, and community perspectives. In this talk, we focus on the opportunities presented by today's and tomorow's deluge of data, and discuss the challenges of ensuring access to it for the foreseeable future.


Prof. Kristin Bennett (x6899)
Mathematical Sciences

Prof. Petros Drineas (x8265)
Computer Science

Last updated: January 12, 2010