From Computing to Informatics

Yi Deng, Dean & Professor
College of Computing and Informatics
University of North Carolina at Charlotte


In the 21st Century economy, every industry has become an .information industry., where computing, information and communication are not only essential utility, but more importantly, the core driver for competitiveness and innovation. The field of computing has evolved and expanded from its focus on computation to data, information and knowledge. The ubiquitous and deep penetration of information and technology, and exponential growth of scale and complexity of data give arises to a new discipline and industry of informatics - the integration, rather than application, of information and technology with specific disciplines and industries. This phenomenon will have transformational effect on research and education and on the future of our institutions. I will discuss the trends and their implications to our students, faculty, programs and organizations, and how our college plan to deal with these changes.

About the Speaker:

Yi Deng is the Dean and Professor of the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a position he has held since July 2009. Prior to joining UNC-Charlotte, he had been the Dean and Professor of the School of Computing and Information Sciences at the Florida International University (FIU) from 2002 to 2009. He has authored or co-authored over 100 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and proceedings, and been awarded numerous research grants as the principal or co-principal investigator totaling over $21 million, most of which from the premier federal agencies. He has initiated and led many large scale multidisciplinary R&D and education projects and initiatives, founded and/or directed several research centers. He has been an active contributor to the professional and research community in various leadership capacities. He co-founded and co-led the Latin American Grid (LA Grid) Consortium and founded and directed the Consortium of Partnership for International Research and Education (PIRE), whose partners include leading institutions and research centers in the U.S., Mexico, Argentina, Spain, China, India and Japan. Yi Deng received his B.S. in Computer Science and Technology from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1983, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 and1992, respectively.