Dr. José Fortes, one of three Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering faculty, named University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) Professors for 2019 - 2022.

ACIS Director, Dr. José Fortes, was recently named as a University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) Professors for 2019- 2022.

The recognition goes to faculty who have a distinguished current record of research and a strong research agenda that is likely to lead to continuing distinction in their fields.

New Server Hardware for iDigBio

(pictured: Dan Stoner and Nicholas Rejack)

New storage hardware arrived last week for the iDigBio project. These new Supermicro servers will take the project from 430 TB to 924 TB of raw storage space (275 TB usable) and prepare us to accept the next 26 million images from the ADBC community. The new cluster runs the Ceph distributed storage software and will be connected at 10 Gb/s to the UF campus research network, making these media available to the world over the Internet2 network.

ACIS receives EAGER award to explore identifier practices in biodiversity by building data graphs

The Advanced Computing and Information Systems lab (ACIS), the iDigBio cyberinfrastructure partner, received an EAGER award from NSF. Written in response to the Advancing Long-term Reuse of Scientific Data Dear Colleague letter, the goal will be to examine identifier practices and quantify how those practices influence our ability to link data together into graphs with recommendations for future improvements.

San Diego Supercomputing Center's Nadya Williams Visits ACIS

This past week Nadya Williams from SDSC visited the ACIS lab to work in person on several of our collaborations involving PRAGMA, IPOP, and iDigBio.

NCTU's Prof J. C. Chen visits ACIS Lab

Prof JC Chen visits ACIS Lab, photo courtesy of Dina Quinn

Prof. Jyh-Cheng Chen (center) from Department of Computer Science, National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Taiwan visited ACIS Lab and gave a talk on "RECO: A Reconfigurable Core Network for Future 5G Communication Systems" at Prof Yuguang 'Michael' Fang's (left) lab earlier this month.

New SAGE2 Visualization Wall Demonstrated at CENTRA2 Meeting

The ACIS Lab's new SAGE2 visualization wall was demonstrated to participants during the CENTRA2 meeting.

Winning teams of our first Smart Cities Student Hackathon

Hackathon Winners, photo courtesy of Grace Hong

There were two winning teams in the hackathon. Nannapas Banluesombatkul, Prapansak Kaewlamul (both of Thammasat University Computer Engineering, Thailand), Parth Patel (University of Florida Computer Engineering), and Pongsakorn U-chupala (Nara Institute of Science and Technology Computer Science, Japan) created a web application to visualize data from Gainesville’s open data portal to help new businesses decide where to locate. Their prototype application is online and available at

iDigBio project receives $15.5 million NSF grant to digitize biodiversity collections

The National Science Foundation awarded a five-year, $15.5 million grant to the iDigBio project based at the University of Florida to continue leading the national effort to digitize biodiversity collections and make them available online.

The iDigBio group is the combined efforts of the Florida Museum of Natural History, the Advanced Computing Information Systems (ACIS) laboratory and the Institute for Digital Information and Scientific Communication at Florida State University.

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