Visualizing Big Data

Through advanced computing and our visualization facilities, the Center for Visual & Decision Informatics creates decision-making environments (DME) that allow users to explore, customize and, ultimately, gain better insight into their information.

NSF Center for Visual and Decision Informatics




A Big Data Sciences Collaboration Center 

Established in  2012, the Center for Visual and Decision Informatics works in partnership with government, industry, and academia to develop the next-generation visual and decision support tools and techniques that enable decision-makers to significantly improve the way their organization's data is organized and interpreted. 

Focus Areas


  • Completed 34 IAB - funded projects in 5 years 
  • Awarded 1.9 million dollars in NSF research funding including supplements for undergraduates, teachers and veterans (UL Lafayette only)
  • Nominated by industry for two technology breakthroughs
  • Published 110 CVDI -related papers
  • Organized first ever IEEE international conference on Big Data
  • Coordinated two annual hackathons - CajunCodeFest and the Philly Code Fest
  • Recognized as the first and only NSF I/UCRC to focus on Big Data
  • Noted as the only I/UCRC center in Louisiana
  • Successfully added an international academic research site in 2015- Tampere University of Technology in Finland
  • Moved to Phase II of the IUCRC program on March 1, 2017

 A National Science Foundation Industry University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC)

CVDI is part of NSF IUCRC program that promotes high-quality industry relevant research and direct technology transfer of ideas, research results and technology to U.S. industry. It brings a consortium of researchers and students across multiple universities to advance research and innovation in big data with respect to Internet of Things – specifically how large scale multi-dimensional datasets are analyzed and interpreted using advanced data mining, and visual and perceptual techniques for decision makers. 

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