The iSchool is taking on broad, important and exciting challenges like these through innovative and interdisciplinary research that keeps pace with—and even pushes—the dizzying advances in technology.
- Imagine a world where any scene from any movie is available on the Web at any time.
- Imagine a world where social media can save lives and protect property during large-scale disasters.
- Imagine a world where medical records are accessible everywhere, immediately, to any doctor.
We’re known for our expertise in human-computer interaction, information policy and e-government, cloud computing and social network analysis, but we’re also immersed in a wide range of research on communities, the design process, visualization and digital libraries, education, public access and physical devices.
Our faculty and student researchers are working on a “911.gov” system for mobile devices so users can submit and receive critical information about homeland security problems. They’re working with the National Park Service to develop mobile technologies to enrich children’s visits to federal parklands. They’re collaborating with the nearby National Archives and Records Administration to greatly speed up the declassification process for millions of digital government documents set for release. Faculty are collaborating with the School of Education to rethink education in the 21st century and taking a leading role with others across campus on the future of information.
Faculty research is supported by more than $5 million of external funding each year from organizations like the National Science Foundation, Google, IBM Research, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Microsoft and the Library of Congress.