CCI Professor Part of Collaborative Effort Between Computer Scientists and Biologists

Date Published: 
Thursday, March 23, 2017

College of Computing and Informatics professor in the Department of Computer Science, Min Shin, Ph.D., is part of the collaborative effort involving UNC Charlotte along with the University of Arizona and UC Santa Barbara. 

“Biologists are taking lots of videos of the movement of cells to address important biological problems,” said Dr. Shin.  “The problem is the current analysis of the cell movement can only be done manually and is very time consuming.  So that is where we come in.”

Dr. Shin says they are trying to develop a tool that is easy to use, can take the videos from the tracking experiments, and get behavioral tracking data that is accurate with minimal effort from the biologists.  He says with the help of algorithms, motion analysis, and data tracking they will be able to see how the cells are moving, how they react to the presence of cancer, and how social insects behave during danger and how they react and sustain the entire colony.

“Once the information is obtained it will then be uploaded to a shared repository,” said Dr. Shin.  “By collectively sharing the data it allows the research community to fuel great collaborations and solve even bigger problems.”

Dr. Shin says he has been involved with motion analysis for the last ten years.  He says none of this would have been possible without the collaborative efforts of those in the Department of Biological Sciences. 

About the College of Computing and Informatics
The College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) is the largest and most comprehensive technology program in North Carolina, and one of the largest in the nation, offering scale and critical mass in cutting-edge research and innovation. CCI is a national leader in interdisciplinary partnerships, bridging fundamental research with critical scientific, societal, and national defense challenges. It is also the home to leading research centers and institutes, including the Cyber Defense and Network Assurability (CyberDNA) Center, the Bioinformatics Research Center, the Charlotte Visualization Center, the Complex Systems Institute, and the Center for Education Innovation.  Active research awards currently total $28 Million.  @UNCC_CCI

About the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research university. It is the fourth largest campus among the seventeen institutions of the University of North Carolina system and the largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region. Current enrollment exceeds 28,000 students, including 5,000 graduate students.


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