Big Data Research and Analytics Lab

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Big Data Research and Analytics Lab

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The Big Data Research and Analytics Laboratory (BDRAL) is a core facility under the Center for Integrated Systems at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

The BDRAL is a joint initiative of the Department. of Electrical and Computer Engineering (School of Engineering), the Department of Neurology (School of Medicine) and UAB IT Research Computing. The lab has been set up to bring together engineers, physicians, computer scientists and statisticians to develop novel ways to manage, analyze, and visualize very large data sets. In addition to serving as a facility to process data generated (at UAB) and gathered (i.e. publicly available datasets, such as genomics data and medical imaging data) through research, the lab is also working on emerging technologies and approaches to big data analytics that would be applicable to a large number of fields, from engineering to medicine to business.

The BDRAL is the outcome of a partnership between two schools and an administrative unit at UAB and would like to become the “data-driven innovation” hub for the region. One particularly exciting study in the lab is using data-driven research methods to develop new ways of detecting Parkinson’s disease using MR imaging. This project is in collaboration with the School of Medicine, the School of Public Health at UAB, and the National Institute of Computational Science (NICS) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) with funding from the Michael J. Fox Foundation and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The lab is also pursuing grants with computational scientists at NICS to accelerate applications through industry funded projects. The lab has strong educational outreach through the ContinuousSTEM program at UAB, and also assists local and regional companies with their data analytic needs.