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UC Berkeley launches lab to work on real-time intelligence

The University of California, Berkeley, launched a new laboratory Monday to work on data-intensive computer systems that provide on real-time intelligence with secure execution (RISE).

Housed in UC Berkeley's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences within the College of Engineering, the RISELab is a five-year intensive research lab supported by founding sponsors including Amazon Web Services, Ant Financial, Capital One, Ericsson, GE Digital, Google, Huawei, Intel, IBM, Microsoft and VMWare.

The RISELab researchers are looking to make real-time decisions in milliseconds. "The RISE challenge is to allow machines to make decisions in a tight loop with the real world," said lab principal investigator professor Joseph Gonzalez, an expert in Machine Learning systems. "So we need systems that can both understand the big context, and continuously adapt their beliefs and make robust decisions in real time."

RISELab's principal investigator and director Ion Stoica said the lab's mission is to tackle"a longstanding grand challenge in computing: to enable machines to rapidly take intelligent actions based on real-time data and context from the world around them.

This technology has applications wherever computing decisions need to interact with the world in real time, ranging from earthquake warning systems, to coordinating fleets of self-driving cars and drones, to cybersecurity and real-time financial services."

"Data science is a critical area of expertise for the future of organizations across all industries," Dinesh Nirmal, vice president of analytics development at IBM, was quoted as saying in a news release from UC Berkeley. "We are looking forward to working with UC Berkeley RISELab to further advance data science technology for the next generation workforce."

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