Recent News

  September 15, 2016

Businesses, organizations and individuals are dependent upon computers and computer networks to perform critical work in an ever-increasing technology-driven economy. As this dependency grows, threats from mischievous pranksters, criminals who steal valuable and sensitive information and nations engaged in espionage continue to increase.

UNC Charlotte is a leader in education and research that addresses the many vulnerabilities in cyberspace. The annual Cyber Security Symposium is an opportunity for attendees to become more aware about important topics and possible solutions in the...

  September 15, 2016

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $4 million grant to UNC Charlotte researchers to develop a multidisciplinary research program called Virtual Information Fabric Infrastructure (VIFI) that will create new ways to manage, use and share Big Data and analytic results

Ashit Talukder, director of the Charlotte Data Visualization Center and the Bank of America Endowed Chair in Information Technology in the College of Computing and Informatics, is the principal investigator for the grant. The award was made under the NSF-CISE/ACI-Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBS)...

  August 17, 2016

Home improvement retailer Home Depot recently announced record sales and earnings for the second quarter, driven in part by a massive technology investment. The news came Tuesday, as part of the company's earnings conference call, where it detailed its specific tech efforts.

Overall, Home Depot's sales were up 6.6%—reaching $26.5 billion in the second quarter. Of its $5 billion investment plan, store reinvestment was pegged at $2 billion, while technology and online investment came in a close second at $1.8 billion. There were also investments in new stores, international expansion...

  August 10, 2016
Jinglin Li, a Fall 2015 graduate with a Ph.D. in Computing and Information Systems, Computer Science track, has won the 2016 Graduate Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Award for his dissertation "Continuum Robot Manipulation". His advisor was Jing Xiao, Ph.D., a professor in Computer Science.   Dr. Li is now a researcher in the GM Global R&D Center.
  August 9, 2016

A summer of horror unfolded on Carolinas beaches last year, when sharks bit eight swimmers at N.C. beaches and eight more in South Carolina as part of a record number of unprovoked attacks worldwide.

Pamela Thompson, who teaches computer science at UNC Charlotte and Catawba College in Salisbury, thinks something good could come from the attacks: A better smartphone app for shark alerts.

Thompson’s specialty is “finding hidden knowledge in the vast amounts of data we collect today...

  August 8, 2016

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  July 14, 2016

We know Charlotte is a banking town and we’ve spoken about the doors that designation may open for fintech – the marriage of banking and technology.  Now, it seems, we’ve become the top city in the U.S. for growth in tech talent.  Over the past five years, Charlotte has experienced a 74 percent growth rate in that talent.  How has this happened, what does this mean and where do we go from here?  We look at it all.

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  July 7, 2016

Zip codes are funny things. There are close to 42,000 of them, and when you start plotting them on a map, you realize there's a certain method to how the numbers are set up, such that you can slice the country into ever-smaller chunks depending on how...

  June 29, 2016

Effective May 2016, the Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC) merged with the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in IT (CMD-IT). CDC started in 1996 as a joint committee of ACM, CRA, and IEEE-CS. CDC has focused on the recruitment and retention of minorities in MS/PhD programs and the transition from the graduate programs to professional careers. The Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference started as a CDC project in 2001. CDC and CMD-IT have collaborated closely on the Tapia Conferences and CMD-IT's Academic Career Workshops for Underrepresented...