The Department of Computer Science is home to more than 30 research active faculty members. In FY 2017, annual research expenditures surpassed $3M while the new awards valued over $7M. Computer Science faculty serve as editors in some of the leading journals, and actively participate in the organization of over 90 international conferences every year. Three current faculty members received NSF CAREER awards. The areas of research emphasis include the cutting edge efforts in visualization/visual analytics, robotics, networking, video and image processing, cloud and high-performance computing, cognitive computing and knowledge systems/discovery. Below are the most visible labs hosted by the department:
The Charlotte Visualization Center strives to develop and promote the science of visual analytics and to advance interactive visualization as an integrative discipline that is indispensable for attacking key real world applications. The Center is one of five regional centers across the United States that is supported by the Department of Homeland Security and National Visualization and Analytics Center. The VisCenter is also a formal partner in conjunction with two of the Department of Homeland Security's Centers of Excellence.
An ever increasingly important need in the age of information technology is to make computers, robots, and other machines to interact intelligently with humans, with the physical world, with each other, and to enable effective virtual interactions to augment, extend, and even substitute interactions in the real physical world. At the Intelligent, Multimedia, and Interactive Systems Lab, research is focused on investigating novel technologies and methodologies to enable and support such intelligent interactions for effective use of information of various forms and for optimal performance of tasks involved.
The Knowledge Discovery in Databases (KDD) Lab conducts research related to the design, analysis and implementation of data mining theory, systems and applications including: Actionable Knowledge Mining, Business Analytics, Decision Support Systems for Fine Art, Flexible Query Answering, Health Informatics, Multimedia Databases, Music Information Retrieval, Recommender Systems, Sentiment Analysis, Social Good, Text Mining.
The Wireless Networking and Sensing (WiNS) Lab in the Department of Computer Science at UNC Charlotte focuses on research that advances the way that people and applications interact in emerging wireless networks, mobile computing and smart sensing. Research areas include algorithm design for various mobile and wireless networks and pervasive computing environments. Researchers explore problems and solutions for ad hoc networks, sensor networks, delay tolerant networks, mobile social networks, smart sensing, and the Internet of Things.