Today's world is connected. People, devices, data, physical objects, and virtual agents are all linked in a variety of ways. Each of us and our objects, physical or virtual, generate large amounts of data which as information can help us to make good decisions. The data have to be transported to their correct destinations using networks. Research at DINS aims to promote a better functioning society by advancing our capability to make this connected world easier to manage for individuals, organizations, and groups.
DINS students receive interdisciplinary training, conduct high-impact research, and pursue and succeed in careers in academia, government, and industry.
DINS faculty are editors of journals, have written text books and monographs, and are funded by federal agencies, industry, and foundations.
DINS research spans technical and social phenomena with a foundation in Information, Networks, and Human Behavior.
Learn more about the people and their work in the three foundational areas in DINS: Information, Networks, and Human Behavior.
Information encompasses technical notions of information and subsumes the generation, storage, processing, communication, and analysis of data. Analyses of various data includes methods and techniques for data fusion, integration, credence, trust, provenance, privacy, and security. Machine learning and artificial intelligence are recent examples of powerful techniques for analyzing data leading towards better decisions.
Networks can be connections between humans, machines, vehicles, robots, documents, events, concepts, data, and other elements. DINS has a long history of research on how information is communicated with reliability, latency and quality which meets the needs of humans. Such communication happens across the Internet and also locally.
Human behavior is at the foundation of the Department's educational and research activities. Such behavior spans individual cognition of information, individual behavior (such as incentives and trust), how these influence and are influenced by groups, organizations, and communities, to society and humanity as a whole in the context of information and information technology.