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CISE - IIS - About

The Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) studies the inter-related roles of people, computers, and information.  IIS supports research and education activities that 1) develop new knowledge about the role of people in the design and use of information technology; 2) increase our capability to create, manage, and understand data and information in circumstances ranging from personal computers to globally-distributed systems; and 3) advance our understanding of how computational systems can exhibit the hallmarks of intelligence.

IIS supports three core programs

Human Centered Computing (HCC): Human beings, whether as individuals, teams, organizations, or societies, play an integral role in all stages of the creation and use of computational systems. Moreover, computing technologies and human societies co-evolve, transforming each other in the process. HCC explores creative ideas, novel theories, and innovative technologies that advance our understanding of the complex and increasingly coupled relationships between people and computing.  More information on topics of interest to the HCC program is available at: http://www.nsf.gov/cise/iis/hcc_pgm.jsp.

Information Integration and Informatics (III): Recent years have seen massive growth in the scale, diversity, and complexity of data. Moreover, the data are often used in unanticipated and new ways that frequently require repurposing, transforming, and/or integrating multiple, uncoordinated, and sometimes variously restricted data sources over which data users have no control. The abundance and heterogeneity of data and data sources have created increasing demands on and opportunities for information technologies.  The III program focuses on the processes and technologies involved in creating, managing, visualizing, and understanding diverse digital content in circumstances ranging from individuals through groups, organizations, and societies, and from individual devices to globally-distributed systems. Further, data are only part of a "knowledge life cycle" that progresses from data through knowledge and insight and, ultimately, to action. III funds innovative information technology research that can transform all stages of the knowledge life cycle.  More information on topics of interest to the III program is available at: http://www.nsf.gov/cise/iis/iii_pgm.jsp.

Robust Intelligence (RI): The RI program encompasses all aspects of the computational understanding and modeling of intelligence in complex, realistic contexts. The RI program advances and integrates the research traditions of artificial intelligence, computer vision, human language research, robotics, machine learning, computational neuroscience, cognitive science, and related areas.  The program supports projects that will advance the frontiers of all RI research areas, as well as those that integrate different aspects of these fields.  More information on topics of interest to the RI program is available at: http://www.nsf.gov/cise/iis/ri_pgm.jsp.


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