The University of New Orleans has established the Joseph Canizaro and James Livingston Gulf States Center for Environmental Informatics (Canizaro/Livingston GulfSCEI), which will focus on the science of information applied to environmental science. The Center was approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents at its September 2015 meeting. The Center is housed within the Department of Computer Science and is curretly directed by Dr. Abdelguerfi, professor and chair of computer science The Center will focus on a broad area of Environmental Informatics (EI). The center will apply environmental numerical modeling, machine learning techniques and advanced Geospatial Information Systems combined with Semantic Web Services to develop smart environmental decision support systems for the sustainable management of marine fauna, risk mitigation and environmental monitoring. The center will foster both inter-disciplinary collaboration within the university, and will greatly facilitate close collaboration with non-academic institutions, such as state and federal agencies, and industrial partners. The main goal is to advance educational, research and development efforts in EI, involving faculty, staff, students, and non-academic personnel (such as personnel from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) – New Orleans District and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi) in its endeavors.
The center is a natural progression in a systematic, multi-year effort by the Computer Science and Biology Departments to build a Gulf Coast Wide recognized research and educational program in EI. The main objectives behind it are to:
The establishment of the Canizaro/Livingston GulfSCEI (pronounced Gulf Sea) was made possible by a generous donation from Mr. Joseph Canizaro and General James Livingston that will fund three endowed professorships at UNO’s Computer Science Department, including one for the Director of the proposed Center.