NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The University of New Orleans has established a new center focusing on the science of information applied to environmental science.
According to our partners at NewOrleansCityBusiness, the Joseph Canizaro and James Livingston Center for Environmental Informatics will be housed within UNO's department of computer science.
Center researchers will use computer science to develop systems to better manage environmental projects, according to a UNO news release.
Major research projects include wireless fish tagging to better understand the movement patterns and habitats of fish, numerical modeling to estimate sustainable oyster harvests for public reefs in the state and fishing vessel monitoring to better manage commercial fisheries.
The center will be staffed by a director, three full-time research software engineers, a part-time systems administrator, four doctoral research assistants, two graduate research assistants and several undergraduate researchers, according to the proposal approved at the Sept. 24 Board of Regents meeting.
A group of 12 faculty members from the UNO biology, computer science, mathematics and geography departments will also provide instruction and research support.
The center was funded in part by a donation from real estate developer Joseph Canizaro and Maj. Gen. James Livingston.
Their donation funds three endowed professorships in the UNO computer science department.
"UNO's new environmental informatics center will be the first in Louisiana and the first in the Gulf States region," said Mahdi Abdelguierfi, center director, professor and UNO chair of computer science. "The center will help attract funding as well as highly qualified students, faculty and staff to the university. It will improve our undergraduate and graduate curriculum, advance research and create workforce and economic development."
Center staff will also work with non-academic personnel from the Naval Research Laboratory at Stennis Space Center, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries on research projects.
The center is expected to be funded from private, state and federal grants and contracts. Grants from the LDWF and the Stennis naval research laboratory will fund the center for five years.
UNO is actively seeking other funding opportunities.