University of California-Davis
Good data sets become great when there are visual elements that bring it to a wider audience. A specialty program at this northern California state school brings a half-dozen faculty members together with graduate researchers to bring to life interdisciplinary problems in visualization, geometric modeling, computer graphics, computational geometry, graphics architecture, and immersive technologies.
University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
Along with some notable alumni Ray Ozzie of Microsoft and Tom Siebel among them the computer science program at the northern Illinois state university has some big (data) plans for future students. Make that huge data plans. Student researchers will learn the ins-and-outs of huge, varied data sets in part from trial runs on a supercomputer on campus via the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.
No stranger to huge supercomputers, the new Big Red II (pictured here) holds promises of one petaflop of processing. More germane to students and the businesses who will one day hire them, the Bloomington-based computer science department will delve into data from research in the realms of life sciences, astronomy, network science and informatics. IU also now offers an MBA in analytics.