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AI Lab Funding

The Artificial Intelligence Laboratory is funded almost in its entirety by grants and contracts it wins through competitive, peer-review processes. Much of the Lab's current and past funding has come from federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Other funding has come through contracts, subawards, and other mechanisms. The AI Lab has received more than $30 million in research funding from 90+ grants, awards, and contracts, with more than 40 grants from NSF.

NSF is an independent federal agency which has as its mission the promotion of science, the advancement of national health, and the protection of the nation's security. NSF serves as a major source of funding for U.S. colleges and universities, particularly for computer and information sciences, mathematics, and the social sciences.

NIH is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). It serves as the primary federal agency for supporting medical research in academic and other research settings. It has provided excellent funding support for the Lab's work in bioinformatics and medical informatics.

The funding the Lab has received through NSF, NIH, and other government and non-government entities has enabled the Lab to become a well-recognized major research group in information systems research. By continually expanding the boundaries of our research and pursuing new and emerging areas of science, we have been able to contribute notable innovations in many arenas of information science, including e-commerce, intelligence and security informatics, terrorism informatics, digital library and digital government, and bio- and medical informatics. Please peruse the Lab's "Research" section of the website to examine the results made possible by our sponsors.

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Current Funding

  • Principal investigator, National Science Foundation, "Cybersecurity Scholarship-for-Service at The University of Arizona," $4,227,306 (NSF DUE-1303362), September 15, 2013 - August 31, 2018. With Co-PIs: Dr. Salim Hariri (ECE); Dr. Mark Patton (MIS), and Dr. Paulo Goes (MIS).
  • Principal investigator, National Science Foundation, "SBE TTP: Medium: Securing Cyber Space: Understanding the Cyber Attackers and Attacks via Social Media Analytics," $1,190,722 (NSF SES-1314631), September 1, 2013 - August 31, 2016. With Co-PIs: Dr. Salim Hariri (UA; ECE); Dr. Ronald Breiger (UA; Sociology); and Dr. Tom Holt (MSU; Criminology).
  • Principal investigator, National Science Foundation, "EAGER: Two Decades of Nanotechnology Development: Global Competitive Landscape and Knowledge Diffusion via ERGM and SIR Analysis," $298,358 (NSF CMMI-1249210), October 1, 2012 - September 30, 2014.
  • Principal investigator, National Science Foundation, "EAGER: Long-term View on Nanotechnology R&D as Reflected in Scientific Papers, Patents, and NSF Awards," $279,522 (NSF CMMI-1057624), September 15, 2010-August 31, 2014.
  • Principal investigator, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, "WMD Intent Identification and Interaction Analysis Using the Dark Web," $1,047,651 (HDTRA1-09-1-0058), July 2009-July 2014.

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Previous Funding

  • Principal investigator (PI), NSF, "EXP-LA: Explosives and IEDs in the Dark Web: Discovery, Categorization, and Analysis," $800,000 (CBET-0730908), December 2007-August 2013
  • Principal investigator, NSF, "CRI: Developing a Dark Web Collection and Infrastructure for Computational and Social Sciences," $500,000 (CNS-0709338), October 2007-September 2012.
  • Principal investigator, DHS, The National Center for Border Security and Immigration, "Project 3.2: Fusion of Spatial-Temporal Sensor Data," $300,000 ($60,000 per year), August 2008-July 2012.
  • Principal investigator (with Dr. Shu-Hsing Li of National Taiwan University), Taiwan National Science Council, "Text Mining for Business Intelligence Applications," $70,000, January 2008-December 2011.
  • Principal Investigator (PI, Co-PI: D. Zeng), NSF, Information Technology Research (ITR) Program, "A National Center of Excellence for Infectious Disease Informatics," $1,200,000 (IIS-0428241), August 2004-July 2010. (subcontracts: University of Utah, California Department of Health, and NY Department of Public Health) (UA matching: $75,000)
  • Principal investigator, NSF, "Unveiling Trends in Global Nanotechnology Research and Development," $250,000," EAGER, CMMI-0926270, May 2009-April 2011.
  • Principal Investigator, NSF, Digital Government Program, "COPLINK Center: Social Network Analysis and Identity Deception Detection for Law Enforcement and Homeland Security," $600,000 (IIS-0429364), September 2003-August 2009. (UA matching: $75,000)
  • Principal Investigator (PI, Co-PI: D. Zeng), NSF, Information Technology Research (ITR) Program, "COPLINK Center for Intelligence and Security Informatics--A Crime Data Mining Approach to Developing Border Safe Research," $700,000 (EIA-0326348), September 2003-August 2009. (UA matching: $175,000)
  • Principal investigator, Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), "Dark Web WMD-Terrorism Study," $89,500, August 2008-May 2009.
  • Principal investigator, Library of Congress, "Capture of Multimedia, Multilingual Open Source Web-based Terrorist Content-Phase 2," $60,000, May 2007-April 2008.
  • Principal investigator, New Mexico Tech, "Border Crossing Network Analysis," $125,000, June 2007-September 2007.
  • Principal investigator, NSF, "Inter-Repository Patent Analysis to Understand Worldwide Nanotechnology Research and Development, $100,000, SGER, December 2007-December 2008.
  • Principal investigator, NSF, "Worldwide Nanotechnology Development: A Comparative Study of Global Patents," $100,000, SGER, January 2007-December 2007.
  • Principal investigator, NSF, "Multilingual Online Stylometric Authorship Identification: An Exploratory Study," $75,000 (IIS-0646942), SGER, October 2006-September 2007.
  • Founder, International BioComputing Corporation, received NSF SBIR funding (PI: H. Su), "BioPortal: An Informatics Infrastructure for Infectious Disease and Biosecurity Information Sharing, Analysis, and Visualization," $100,000, January 2007-June 2007.
  • Principal investigator, DHS, USDA, DOD, Defense Intelligence Agency, Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center (AFMIC), "Foot-and-Mouth (FMD) BioPortal: Global FMD Surveillance, Information Sharing, and Analysis," $260,000, September 2006-March 2008.
  • Principal Investigator, NSF (from DHS RISC Regional Information Sharing and Collaboration Program, "Supplement to COPLINK Center for Intelligence and Security Informatics-A Crime Data Mining Approach to Developing Border Safe Research," $300,000 (EIA-0326348), July 2006-August 2007.
  • Principal investigator, NSF (CIA/DHS), "International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI 2006)," $100,000 (IIS-0636210), July 2006-June 2007.
  • Principal investigator, NSF, "Arizona Biosurveillance Workshops," $20,000 (IIS-0636637), August 2006-July 2007.
  • Principal investigator, NSF, "NanoMap: Mapping Nanotechnology Development," $200,000 (DMI-0533749), August 2005-July 2007.
  • Principal investigator, Federal Government (Non-Disclosure Agreement), "Terrorism Informatics Workshop," $150,000, October 2007-June, 2008.
  • Principal investigator, Arizona Department of Public Health, "Chief Complaint and Disease Surveillance," $250,000, September 2005-October 2006.
  • Principal investigator, Kansas State University, DOD, Defense Intelligence Agency, Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center (AFMIC), "Enhancing and Extending RSVP-A Based on the BioPortal Framework," $250,000, July 2005-December 2006.
  • Principal investigator, NSF, "Mapping Nanotechnology Development based on the ISI Literature-Citation Database," $100,000, SGER, September 2005-August 2006.
  • Principal investigator, Library of Congress, "Capture of Multimedia, Multilingual Open Source Web-based Terrorist Content," $60,000, July 2005-June 2006.
  • Principal Investigator, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), CNRI, "BorderSafe Initiative Phase-2," $780,000, June 2004-October 2005. subcontract: Tucson Police Department. (UA matching: $100,000)
  • Principal investigator, NIH, NLM, Innovations in Biomedical Information Science and Technology Program, "GeneScene: A Toolkit for Gene Pathway Analysis," $1,394,224 (1 R33 LM07299-01), January 2002-December 2006.
  • Principal Investigator, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), CNRI, "BorderSafe Initiative Phase-2 DHS Relevance Extension (CBP)," $200,000, October 2004-October 2005. (UA matching: $15,000)
  • Principal investigator, NSF/CIA/DHS, "Workshop: Symposium on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI 2005)," $120,000, January 2005-December 2005.
  • Principal Investigator, NSF/CIA, Knowledge Discovery and Dissemination (KDD) Program, "Detecting Identity Concealment," $150,000, September 2004-August 2005. (UA matching: $25,000)
  • Principal Investigator, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), CNRI, "BorderSafe Initiative," $550,000, October 2003-September 2004. subcontracts: Tucson Police Department and Arizona Department of Customs and Border Protection. (UA matching: $100,000)
  • Principal investigator, NSF/CIA/DHS, "Workshop: IEEE Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference (ISI 2004)," $120,000, September 2004-August 2005.
  • Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI, PI: D. Zeng), NSF, Information Technology Research (ITR) Program, "Developing a Collaborative Information and Knowledge Management Infrastructure," $220,000 (IIS-0114011), 2001-2004.
  • Principal investigator, NSF/CIA/DHS, "Workshop: Symposium on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI 2003)," $90,000, January 2004-December 2004.
  • Principal Investigator (PI, Co-PIs: Ed Fox, Ann Lally), NSF, National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Program, "Intelligent Collection Services for and about Educators and Students: Logging, Spidering, Analysis and Visualization," $480,000 (DUE-012741), 2001-2004.
  • Principal investigator, NSF, "NSF/CIA KDD ARJIS/COPLINK Border Safe Research and Testbed," (in collaboration with TPD and San Diego ARJIS), $751,996 (EIA-9983304), supplement to "COPLINK Center: Information and Knowledge Management for Law Enforcement," March 2003-March 2004. (UA matching: $62,500)
  • Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI, PIs: Jim Cox, Daniel Zeng, Jim Austin), NSF, National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Program, "An Active Object-Oriented Digital Library for Microeconomics Education," $700,000, September 2002-August 2004.
  • Principal Investigator (PI, Co-PI: D. Zeng; subcontracts: NY and CA Departments of Health), NSF, "COPLINK Center (Disease Informatics Supplemental Request): Developing a National Infectious Disease Information Infrastructure: An Experiment in West Nile Virus and Botulism," $800,000 (EIA-9983304), October 2003-March 2004. subcontracts: New York State Department of Health and California Department of Health Services. (UA matching: $50,000)
  • Principal Investigator, NSF, Digital Government Program, "COPLINK Center: Information and Knowledge Management for Law Enforcement," $1,600,000 (EAI-9983304), July, 2000-March, 2004.
  • Principal investigator, NSF, SGER, "Intelligent Patent Analysis and Visualization," $100,000 (IIS-0311628), May 2003-April 2004. (UA matching: $25,000)
  • Principal investigator, NSF, SGER, "Intelligent Patent Analysis for Nanoscale Science and Engineering," $99,935 (CTS-0311652), May 2003-April 2004. (UA matching: $25,000)
  • Principal investigator, NSF, SGER, "DGPort: Intelligent Web Searching for Digital Government Research," $92,965 (EIA-0302353), January 2003-December 2003. (UA matching: $23,000)
  • Principal investigator, NSF/CIA, "Workshop: Symposium on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI 2003)," $90,000 (EIA-0317269), March 2003-December 2003.
  • Principal Investigator (PI, Co-PI: Bob Fund, Knowledge Computing Corporation), NSF/CIA, Knowledge Discovery and Dissemination (KDD) Program, "COPLINK Testbed for Homeland Security Data Mining," $201,000, September 2002-June 2003.
  • Principal investigator, NIH, NLM, "UMLS-Enhanced Dynamic Agents to Manage Medical Knowledge," $400,000 (1 R01 LM06319-01 A1), February 2000-January 2003.
  • Principal Investigator, The University of Arizona NSF Digital Government Matching Account #210199, $100,000, July, 2000-June 2003.
  • Principal investigator, NSF, SGER, "NanoPort: Intelligent Web Searching for Nanoscale Science and Engineering," $99,980 (CTS-0304375), January 2002-December 2002.
  • Principal Investigator, The University of Arizona Intellectual Property Account #239760, $34,000, 2001.
  • Principal investigator, NSF Digital Library Initiative-2, "High-performance Digital Library Systems: From Information Retrieval to Knowledge Management," $500,000 (IIS-9817473), April 1999-May 2002.
  • Principal investigator, NSF/CISE/CSS, "An Intelligent CSCW Workbench: Personalized Analysis and Visualization," $331,451 (IIS-9800696), June 1998-June 2001.
  • Founding Director, Mark and Susan Hoffman E-Commerce Lab, $1M lab naming endowment; $500,000 equipment donation fro HP; ERP and e-commerce software donations from Oracle, SAP, J.D. Edward, IBM, Microsoft, and IFS for a combined value of $10M, October 2000.
  • Principal investigator, Digital Equipment Corporation, External Technology Grants Program, "COPLINK: Database Integration and Access for a Law Enforcement Intranet," DEC AlphaServer 4100 (5/533 Mhz CPU, 2 GBs RAM, 100 GBs disk), $184,893, 1997-2001 (equipment donation).
  • Principal Investigator (PI, Co-PI: O. Sheng), "E-Commerce Agent Research and Curriculum Development through HP E-speak: A Framework for Creating Wireless B2B Solutions," $122,729, June, 2000-May, 2001.
  • Principal investigator, City of Tucson, "Coplink Concept Space: An Intelligence Analysis Tool," $250,000, January-September, 2000.
  • Principal investigator, Hewlett-Packard Company University Grant, "Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Computing Lab for Enterprise Information Systems Education and Research," $305,578, July, 1999.
  • Principal investigator, Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI), SGI Origin2000 supercomputer (8 R10000 processors, 1 GB RAM, 100 GBs disk), $210,000, 1998-2001 (equipment donation).
  • National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), "Parallel Computation for a Semantic Interoperability Environment," High-performance Computing Resources Grants on SGI/Cray Origin2000 (512 processors), July 1997-June 2000.
  • Principal investigator (PI, with B. Schatz at NCSA), Department of Defense, Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), "The Interspace Prototype: An Analysis Environment based on Scalable Semantics," $3,309,000, June 1997-May 2001 (subcontract to H. Chen, PI, University of Arizona: $1,078,991, N66001-97-C-8535).
  • Principal investigator, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH), "Information Analysis and Visualization for Cancer Literature: Phase II," $100,000, January 1999-December 1999.
  • Principal investigator (PI, with D. Smith, Chief of Tucson Police Department) National Institute of Justice, "COPLINK: Database Integration and Access for a Law Enforcement Intranet," $1,200,459, July 1997-January 2000 (subcontract to H. Chen, PI, University of Arizona: $941,887).
  • Principal investigator, 3COM, "High-Performance Multimedia System Benchmarking: An Experiment for Internt-2," $90,000, October 1998-February 1999.
  • Principal investigator, SAP University Alliance Grant Awards, "Knowledge Management for SAP R/3: An Experiment on Call Center Record Management," $75,000, January 1999-December 1999.
  • Principal investigator, Department of Defense, Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), "GeoWorlds, Task 5.1 Under Dasher" $194,000, June 1998-December 1998.
  • Co-Principal investigator (Co-PI, PI: B. Schatz, University of Illinois) Digital Library Initiative, NSF/ARPA/NASA, "Building the Interspace: Digital Library Infrastructure for a University Engineering Community," $4,000,000, September 1994-August 1998 (IRI9411318) (subcontracts to H. Chen, PI, University of Arizona, Period 1 (9/94-2/95): $61,880; Period 2 (2/95-2/96): $85,760; Period 3 (2/96-2/97): $188,368; Period 4 (2/97-2/98): $242,032; Period 5 (2/98-9/98): $150,000).
  • Principal investigator, National Science Foundation, CISE, IRIS, "Concept-based Categorization and Search on Internet: A Machine Learning, Parallel Computing Approach," $200,755, September 1995-August 1998 (IRI9525790).
  • Co-Principal investigator (Co-PI, PI: T. Smith, UCSB), NSF, CISE, "Supplement to Alexandria DLI Project: A Semantic Interoperability Experiment for Spatially-Oriented Multimedia Data," $100,000, June 1996-May 1998 (subcontract to H. Chen, PI, University of Arizona, $49,220, KK7022, IRI9411330).
  • National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), "Medical Information Analysis and Knowledge Discovery," High-performance Computing Resources Grants on SGI/Cray Origin2000 (512 processors), January 1997-July 1997.
  • Principal investigator (PI, with B. Schatz at National Center for Supercomputing Applications), National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH), "Information Analysis and Visualization for Cancer Literature," $150,000, July 1996-July 1997.
  • Principal investigator, Special Information Services, National Library of Medicine, NLM Research Participant Program (sponsoring two research fellows: M. Ramsey and K. Tolle), "Semantic Retrieval for Toxicology and Hazardous Substance Databases," $50,000, October 1996-July 1997.
  • Principal investigator, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), "Parallel Semantic Analysis for Spatially-Oriented Multimedia GIS Data," High-performance Computing Resources Grants (Peer Review Board), on Convex Exemplar (64 processors, 24,000 SUs), June 1996-June 1997 (IRI960001N).
  • Co-Investigator (Co-I, PI: J. Yen, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Hong Kong Research Grants Council, "Intelligent Agent for the Financial Databases," HK$544,000, July 1995-June 1997.
  • Principal investigator, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), "Parallel Computation for a Semantic Interoperability Environment," High-performance Computing Resources Grants (Peer Review Board), on SGI Power Challenge Array (128 R8000 processors, 8000 SUs) and CRAY SGI Origin2000 (128 R10000 processors, 4,000 SUs), June 1997-June 1998 (IRI970002N).
  • Principal investigator, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, "Information Analysis and Visualization for Business Applications," $20,000, May 1996-December 1996.
  • Principal investigator, AT&T Foundation Special Purpose Grants in Science and Engineering, "Intelligent Internet Resource Categorization and Discovery," $10,000, October 1996-September 1996.
  • Principal investigator, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), "Information Analysis and Knowledge Discovery for Digital Libraries," High-performance Computing Resources Grants (Peer Review Board), on SGI Power Challenge Array (48 R8000 processors, 3000 SUs), October 1995-September 1996 (IRI950001N).
  • Co-Investigator (Co-I, PI: N. Strausfeld, University of Arizona), National Science Foundation, Database Activities Program - Division of Biological Intrumentations and Resources, Database Activities Relating to identifiable Neurons, "FLYBRAIN, The First in a Federation of Databases for Insect Neurology," $896,424, September 1995-August 1998.
  • Principal investigator, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), "NSF/ARPA/NASA Digital Libraries," High-performance Computing Resources Grants, on Cray CS6400 (8 processors) July 15, 1995-Dec 31, 1995 (IRI950003N).
  • Principal investigator, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), "Terabyte Information Analysis and Knowledge Discovery," High-performance Computing Resources Grants, on Connection Machine CM-5 (521 nodes), SGI Power Challenge (16 R8000 processors), and Convex Exemplar (24 HP processors), September 1994-July 1995 (IRI950001N).
  • Principal investigator, AT&T Foundation Special Purpose Grants in Science and Engineering, "An Artificial Intelligence Approach to Creating an Intelligent GroupSystems Environment," $10,000, September 1994-August 1995.
  • Principal investigator, College of Business and Public Administration Summer Research Grant, University of Arizona, "Using AI Techniques for GroupSystems," $13,000, June-August, 1994.
  • Principal investigator, Small Grants Program, University of Arizona, "A Concept Space Approach to Multilingual Information Access," $4,540, January 1, 1994- December 31, 1994.
  • Principal investigator, Research Initiation Award, National Science Foundation, "Building a Concept Space for an Electronic Community System," $63,804, June 1, 1992- November 30, 1994 (IRI9211418).
  • Principal investigator, International Program Development Funds, University of Arizona, "UA/ITESM International Technology and Business Information System," $4,000, 1992-1993.
  • Faculty mentor/sponsor (MIS Department senior: Wilcox), Undergraduate Summer Research Grant, University of Arizona, "Building an Internet Spider," $1,000, 1996-1997.
  • Faculty mentor/sponsor (MIS Department seniors: Buntin, Sommer, Neely, Womersley), Undergraduate Summer Research Grant, University of Arizona, "A Machine Learning Approach to Prediction: A Greyhound Racing Example," $800, 1992-1993.
  • Principal investigator, Biomedical Research Support Grant Program, Division of Research Resources, National Institutes of Health, "A Neural Network Approach to the Estimation of the Aqueous Activity Coefficients (Solubility)," $5,000, 1992-1993 (BRSG S07RR07002).
  • Principal investigator, SIM (The Society for Information Management) grant, "A Knowledge-Based Approach to the Design of Information Retrieval Systems," $3,000, 1989-1990.

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