Affiliated Project Centers and Institutes

Cross-cutting Centers and Institutes

Integrative Data Science Initiative (IDSI)

Purdue’s Integrated Data Science Initiative (IDSI) makes data science education part of every student’s learning experience on campus while also boosting research and partnerships to help grow the data-driven economy. It is focused on applying data science research to pressing fundamental and socially-relevant issues while establishing a “data science for all” educational ecosystem of data fluency to prepare students for the rapidly expanding future of a data-driven, knowledge economy. IDSI adds another major goal to the university-wide Purdue Moves initiative, which was launched in 2013 to strengthen and expand the university’s preeminent reputation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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Center for Analytical Instrument Development (CAID)

The Center for Analytical Instrumentation Development (CAID) was created to develop innovative "machine-tools of science" that enable discoveries across a broad spectrum of science. As part of its mission CAID holds an annual multi-day hands-on course in which students with a wide range of prior experience learn new instrumentation and evaluate it for their own needs. These activities help advance point-of-need devices for use in drug discovery, clinical diagnostics, environmental monitoring and the fight against chemical and biological terrorism.

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Purdue Center for Predictive Material and Devices (c-PRIMED)

The Purdue Center for Predictive Materials and Devices (c-PRIMED) is using computational modeling to help improve the quality of materials used in new devices and technologies. Dovetailing with the national Materials Genome Initiative, the center is seeking to accelerate the time it takes to introduce advanced materials to the marketplace for everything from airplane wings, solar cells and electronic devices to packaging that keeps food fresher.

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Research Center for Open Digital Innovation

The Research Center for Open Digital Innovation aspires to bring together a network of talented thinkers and thought leaders tackling fundamental research questions related to open digital innovation in interdisciplinary, sociology-technical, and empirical research projects. The center will follow an ambitious research agenda and aim to inform both academics and practitioners. The resulting research creates novel theoretical insights as well as practical guidelines for the “real world.” Beyond that, the center's goal is to equip future systems designers, managers, and leaders with new guidelines and tools and offer novel research-based interdisciplinary graduate education in innovation.

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The RETH Institute

The RETH Institute is a NASA-funded Space Technology Research Institute with the goal to build Resilient Extra-Terrestrial Habitats. The RETH Institute is pursuing three research thrusts: Resilience, Awareness, and Robotics.

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Impacting Global Health

Women's Global Health Institute

The Women’s Global Health Institute drives new research paradigm in seeking proactive approaches for prevention and early diagnosis of diseases. Purdue’s strength in technology, engineering, natural and social sciences will be applied to develop prevention methods including identification of populations at risk through biomarker discovery for pre-disease conditions, understanding behaviors that promote a healthy lifestyle, detection technology that will aid clinicians in early diagnosis, monitoring effectiveness of therapies, and design plus delivery of drugs after disease onset.

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Impacting Global Sustainability

Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP)

The Joint Transportation Research Program facilitates collaboration between the Indiana Department of Transportation, higher education institutions and industry to implement innovations that result in continuous improvement in the planning, design, construction, operation, management and economic efficiency of the Indiana transportation infrastructure.

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Purdue Center for Global Soundscapes

The Purdue Center for Global Soundscape’s mission is to support discovery, learning and engagement activities that lead to the preservation of Earth’s natural acoustic heritage.

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Impacting Global Security

High Tech Crime Unit (HCTU)

The High Tech Crime Unit (HCTU) is a collaborative network of law enforcement agencies specializing in digital forensics. The HTCU's digital forensics equipment provides a centralized location for digital forensic examiners that streamlines collaboration with Purdue's cyberforensics program.

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Visual Analytics for Command, Control, and Interoperability Environments Center (VACCINE)

Established in July of 2009, the Visual Analytics for Command, Control, and Interoperability Environments Center (VACCINE), is the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Center of Excellence in Visual and Data Analytics. VACCINE’s mission continues to focus on creating methods, tools, and applications to analyze and manage vast amounts of information for all mission areas of homeland security in the most efficient manner.