Mar 18, 2011

Strong Funding Fuels Computer Science Department Growth




Continued success in obtaining external funding is sustaining the department of Computer Science's push to grow its research and educational programs. In 2010, UTSA was awarded over $7.8 million dollars in new grants and contracts to support projects led by computer science department faculty.

The awards obtained by department faculty span a diverse range of education and research activities, only a few of which can be highlighted here. CS faculty, Gregory White and Kleanthis Psarris, were successfully in obtaining a $1.25 million dollar NSF grant to provide scholarships for students in cybersecurity. Kay Robbins, a professor in computer science, and her collaborators obtained a $2.4 million dollars award from the Army Research Laboratory to support the development of methods to fuse and interpret massive amounts of data collected in real time. Associate Professor Carola Wenk is the principal investigator for a an award of nearly $2 million from the National Institutes of Health to support UTSA's core computational biology facility. CS faculty William Winsborough, Jianwei Niu, and Jeffery von Ronne received nearly $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation to develop a methodology for ensuring that software systems comply with privacy policies. Assistant Professor Dakai Zhu received a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award to support his research on process scheduling for multicore real-time embedded systems. Other faculty who have been successful in obtaining new funding this past year include Rajendra Boppana, Daniel Jiménez, Ravi Sandhu, Qi Tian, Clint Whaley, and Qing Yi, and Jianhua Ruan.

Most of these were awarded through highly competitive processes in which the proposals written by department faculty competed against others from the best research universities in the country. The success that the department faculty have had in obtaining competitive external funding is indicative of their stature in the broader research community and in the quality of their work.

These awards are especially important as the department sustains its transformation to a research intensive department similar to those at established research universities. These awards provide the resources necessary to continue conducting world-class research, and are especially important in supporting the department's graduate students and the growth of the department's PhD program.