Investing in Informatics

October 11, 2016
by Jere W. Morehead, President

By investing in the burgeoning field of informatics, the University of Georgia is expanding its capacity to help solve complex challenges facing our state and nation. The University recently hired eight outstanding informatics researchers, bringing the total number of UGA faculty engaged in this discipline to more than 160. These individuals conduct research using massive data sets in vital areas such as national security, health care, agriculture, and financial systems.

In addition, UGA is creating the Georgia Informatics Institutes for Research and Education (GII) to enhance the University’s ability to prepare our students for successful careers in informatics while expanding research and collaboration. Administered by the College of Engineering, the GII will create new synergies among faculty across campus to promote groundbreaking discoveries. A core curriculum also will be developed to serve as the foundation for undergraduate and graduate certificate programs in informatics.

Many of the advances in this exciting field will be featured today at the Georgia Informatics Symposium, a daylong event held on the UGA campus. The symposium will bring nationally recognized speakers to Athens and will advance interdisciplinary collaboration among scholars in this important field.

Investing in informatics is another great example of the University of Georgia leading the way as one of the nation’s top public research universities.