Research team led by Wallapak Tavanapong awarded $3 million National Science Foundation grant


A team of Iowa State University researchers has earned a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Wallapak Tavanapong, professor in the Department of Computer Science, will lead the team as Principal Investigator on this research.

The NSF award will support the team’s efforts to establish the Dependable Data Driven Discovery (D4) graduate program of study at Iowa State.

Co-Principal investigators on this project include: Vice President for Research, Surya Mallapragada; Daniel Nettleton, Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Statistics; Eric Weber, professor in the Department of Mathematics; and Hridesh Rajan, Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science.

The NSF grant, which is jointly funded by the NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program and the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, will support this work through 2027.

The D4 graduate program will involve a broad range of faculty across multiple disciplines. Faculty will train students across diverse backgrounds to recognize risks associated with dependable data discovery. Students will be encouraged to develop mitigation strategies to help ensure that data is dependable, fair and equitable.

Nearly 100 students are expected to participate, from disciplines such as computer science, mathematics, statistics, bioengineering and computational biology. The program will include efforts to recruit graduate and undergraduate students from underrepresented and underserved populations.

To read further details about this work and the award, please visit the NSF awards page.