The University of Washington is already a budding hub for computer science. Now, with some help from a national laboratory, the Seattle campus will become even more of a CS powerhouse.

The UW and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have formed the Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing. Researchers there will jointly focus on developing solutions related to big data for challenges from climate change to energy management.

“The expanded partnership between UW and PNNL will create tremendous new opportunities for both organizations,” Ed Lazowska, UW’s Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering, said in a press release. “‘Big data’ is transforming the process of discovery in all fields. UW and PNNL have significant and complementary strengths; together we’ll be able to do amazing things.”

PNNL Fellow Moe Khaleel and UW electrical engineering chair Vikram Jandhyala will co-direct the institute. Both are being paid by the PNNL for their time. Institute members will be able to submit proposals to various funding agencies for research projects.

PNNL, the Department of Energy’s national lab in Richland, is one of ten U.S. national laboratories and a leader for interpreting of large amounts of data. Approximately 4,700 employees work there and its business volume is more than $1.1 billion.

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