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Data Intensive Computing Certificate

(HEGIS: 51.00 DATA PROCESS TECH UNCLAS, CIP: 11.0701 Computer Science)

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

338 Davis Hall
North Campus Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Bina Ramamurthy
Program Director

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Why study Data Intensive Computing Certificate at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

This data-intensive computing certificate program is relevant and useful in any discipline with large data-analysis needs. The program is equally available to students in other fields of study. The program consists of a total of five courses: three required CSE courses, one elective course from the major discipline of the student and a capstone project course that applies the concepts in the earlier courses of the certificate. The program requires just 1-3 credits (for the capstone project) more than a regular minor in CSE. It creatively integrates the computational needs of the student's chosen discipline with the data-intensive computing solutions, methods and tools offered by the CSE courses. Thus the certificate program offers a pathway into computing for non-CSE students through its curriculum and its achievable design.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the certificate program students will have the ability to:

  • Recognize a data-intensive problem.
  • Assess the scale of data and requirements.
  • Retrieve data using appropriate methods.
  • Describe the data layout and define the data repository format (Ex: store).
  • Decide the algorithms (Ex: MapReduce) and programming models (Ex: Bayesian).
  • Define application-specific algorithms and analytics (Ex: network analysis).
  • Design the data-intensive program solution and system configuration.
  • Implement the data-intensive solution and test the solution.
  • Write a report summarizing the solution and results.
  • Incorporate services from cloud computing platforms.
  • Study the foundational concepts enabling cloud computing: services-based interface, programmatic consumption of services, virtualization, PKI-based security, large-scale storage, load-balancing, machine images and on-demand services.
  • Formulate data-intensive visualization solutions for presenting the results.

The Learning Environment

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers 11 engineering programs leading to the degree of bachelor of science (BS) degree: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, engineering science, environmental, industrial, material science, and mechanical engineering.

Seven combined BS/MBA programs are offered in conjunction with the School of Management. BA, BS, and BS/MS degrees in computer science are offered through the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. BS/MS degrees are offered through the Departments of Biomedical and Electrical Engineering. A BS degree in engineering physics is offered jointly with the Department of Physics. A BS degree in bioinformatics and computational biology is an interdisciplinary program offered jointly with the College of Arts and Sciences. Minors are offered in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing, Robotics, Human Factors and Ergonomics Engineering, Operations Research, and Quality Engineering. Additionally, a certificate is offered in Data Intensive Computing. The Department of Materials Design and Innovation (MDI) has the only joint-accelerated Chemistry BS/MDI MS program in the nation, which allows students to complete an undergraduate and graduate degree in less than five years.

The curricula allow students flexibility in their programs of study and encourages interaction between students and faculty. The undergraduate educational experience prepares students for professional practice and advanced study. Special programs including our experiential learning program, undergraduate research, and internship opportunities provide professional development skills and experiences and facilitate placement of our graduates in high-quality engineering positions.

About Our Facilities

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences occupies six buildings on UB's north campus: Bell, Bonner, Davis, Furnas, Jarvis, and Ketter Hall.

Together, these buildings form an outstanding educational and research facility, comprising 275,000 square feet of laboratory and office space.

In addition to the excellent Computer Science and Engineering department Computing Facilities, students enrolled in this certificate program will also work on cloud computing resources such as Amazon web services Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Google App Engine (GAE).

About Our Faculty

The faculty members of the department, all of whom have national and international reputations in their fields, are involved in research projects that have a variety of special contracts. Many have also received research funding from corporations such as Cisco, Google, IBM, Intel, Kodak, Microsoft, Nokia and Xerox.

These projects include research in:

  • algorithms and theory
  • augmentative technology for the handicapped
  • computer networks and distributed systems
  • computer security and information assurance
  • computer vision and information visualization
  • data integration and databases
  • high performance and grid computing
  • cyber infrastructure and computational science
  • knowledge representation
  • computational linguistics
  • medical applications and bioinformatics
  • human computer interaction
  • wireless computing
  • multimedia databases and informational retrieval
  • pattern recognition
  • machine learning
  • data mining
  • programming languages and software systems
  • embedded systems
  • VLSI
  • computer architecture

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Computer Science and Engineering department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Data-intensive computing has been hailed as the fourth paradigm after experimental, theoretical, and computational sciences. In the popular literature, data-intensive computing is closely associated with another emerging technology, namely, cloud computing. The skills and competencies learned in this certificate program are highly sought after by a wide range of industries from scientific research to stock market analytics.

Career Choices

Data intensive computing is a collective solution to address the data deluge that has been brought about by tremendous advances in distributed systems and Internet-based computing. The need to deal with huge volumes of data is being felt across industry, government, and academia. This includes the analysis needs of intelligence agencies for data from satellite imagery, signal intercepts, sensors, etc.; medical agencies analyzing images, genetic and other diagnostic data; environmental agencies with sensor-collected data on air, water, and meteorological conditions; and organizations in general needing to exploit the massive document databases on the world wide web (several hundred trillion bytes of text); among others. There are excellent opportunities for using the certificate for finding employment in many fields that require data analytics.

Salary Information

Salaries depend on the major study of the student. But the data-intensive computing and cloud computing skills are in great demand. We expect the salaries to be greater than $50,000.

Academic Advising

Students obtain academic advice and guidance from the academic advisors in the SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education (410 Bonner Hall) and from faculty advisors in their program of study. The Office of Undergraduate Education advises all students throughout their first two years of study. In the junior and senior years, students seek advisement primarily from departmental faculty advisors.

Academic Advising Contact Information

SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education
410 Bonner Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1900
Phone: 716-645-2774

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Website

Students interested in the Data Intensive Computing certificate program should seek advisement on course selection from Dr. Bina Ramamurthy.

Scholarships and Financial Support

There are many scholarships, fellowships and other funding opportunities available for students accepted into the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. These include recruitment scholarships and annual scholarships/awards for current students. There are both merit and need-based scholarships.

View School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Scholarships

All scholarships are currently offered through UB's scholarship portal.

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Published: Nov 16, 2022 15:55:32