Newswise — PHILADELPHIA - The newly established National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Visual and Decision Informatics (CVDI), a joint venture between Drexel University and The University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette) and the National Science Foundation, proudly announces a new collaboration with Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services.

As the digital world expands at an exponential rate, the need for managing and securing the immense amount of data we depend on—for national security, disaster management, healthcare, and the health of the U.S. economy—has emerged as one of the most important challenges of the 21st century, known as Big Data.

The CVDI, which strives to solve our nation’s most pressing Big Data challenges, is a virtual enterprise between UL Lafayette’s School of Computing and Informatics in Lafayette, La. and The iSchool at Drexel in Philadelphia.

The CVDI is funded by the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) program of the National Science Foundation, members from industry and government, and University matching funds.

“Drexel University is honored to call Elsevier a partner of the CVDI,” said The iSchool at Drexel’s Dean David Fenske. “The talent of our world-class researchers combined with Elsevier’s extensive industry knowledge will undoubtedly prove to be a fruitful collaboration, and serve as a catalyst for finding solutions to Big Data challenges across multiple disciplines.”

In collaborating with Elsevier, CVDI researchers will gain the essential industry knowledge they need to develop visual and decision support tools and techniques to fundamentally improve the way information is interpreted and analyzed in the science, technology and medical sectors.

“The collaboration with CVDI shows Elsevier’s commitment in working with academic and national institutions to further the goal of creating new tools to improve researchers’ efficiency and solving information discovery challenges,” said Rafael Sidi, vice president Product Management, Applications Marketplace and Developer Network, Elsevier. “We look forward to continued work with our partners to create solutions for the research community and accelerate the research discovery process.”

"As we welcome Elsevier, our vision to discover, share and leverage synergies of concepts, technologies and resources will translate into the delivery of authoritative content and more innovative solutions to the research community,” said Dr. Ramesh Kolluru, site director for the CVDI and assistant vice president for research at UL Lafayette.

Only 15 Computer Information and Engineering (CISE) centers exist across the United States. UL Lafayette and Drexel University now join this elite group with the CVDI, which is the only center in the nation focusing on visual and decision informatics research.

For more information about Drexel University and University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Center for Visual and Decision Informatics (CVDI), please visit:

About Elsevier Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include ScienceDirect, Scopus, Reaxys, MD Consult and Mosby’s Nursing Suite, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite and MEDai’s Pinpoint Review, which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world-leading publisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).