About CVDI



CVDI’s mission is to research and develop next generation technologies in data science, big data analytics, including visual analytics, augmented intelligence, and decision informatics to enable decision makers in government and industry to fundamentally improve the way their organization’s information is interpreted and analyzed. CVDI will bring together, analytic, visual and perceptual techniques by advancing the state-of-the-art in the research fields of Information Visualization, Visual Analytics and Automated Analysis.


(1) Become a world leader in big data and data science by creating exceptional core competencies across multiple areas,

(2) Create a network of diverse and complementary research sites, both here in the US and abroad, that deliver extensive technical extensive expertise to industrial partners and the research community,

(3) Accelerate the creation and transfer of technology to industry and commercial products, and

(4) Attract high quality student talent, and produce future workforce that have broad industrial perspective in their research that has the potential to benefit local and global economy.

In summary, the CVDI value proposition is to offer a low cost, low risk venue for the industry and government agencies to validate the early stage innovation with involvement of university faculty, post doctorate scholars and students.

What is an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) Program?

CVDI is a multi-university, industry-sponsored research center established as a NSF IUCRC in February 2012. CVDI is supported by the NSF’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering.

nsf-officialThe National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Industry University Cooperative Research Center program is an established and proven model for companies to acquire external technologies through open innovation by partnering with universities. An IUCRC is supported through membership fees from the Industry, grant money from NSF and commitments of participating universities. To industry, government and other organizations with research needs, the NSF IUCRC program provides the means to leverage research and development (R&D) investments with multi-university centers renowned for innovative research capabilities.

The IUCRC program’s cooperative model enables the creation of an industry-relevant, pre-competitive research portfolio, via the formation of multi-member, sustained partnerships between industry, academe, and government. NSF supports the development and evolution of IUCRCs by providing a financial and procedural framework for membership and operations, in addition to best practices learned over decades of fostering public/private partnerships that provide significant value to the nation, industry, university faculty and students.

As of today, there are 77 IUCRCs operating in United States (US) with over 200 university sites across the nation and a handful of international sites in Europe, and Asia. CVDI is one the few IUCRCs that has an international presence. This international expansion of the IUCRC program offers unique opportunity to ensure US competitiveness in a global economy and allow the development of the next generation workforce that is global in nature and has perspective on socio-economic issues that transcends cultural boundaries. There are more than 2000 students engaged at IUCRCs on a yearly basis. Each year about 1000 students graduate through these IUCRC sites and approximately 30% of these students are hired by the IAB member companies. These numbers demonstrate the strong role that IUCRCs plays in building our nation’s workforce.