The University of Iowa

UI Informatics Initiative

Faculty Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the launch of the University of Iowa Informatics Initiative (UI^3), at the center of which is the newest interdisciplinary faculty hiring effort under the UI Cluster Hire Initiative.

The ultimate goal of the initiative will be to bring together faculty and staff to conduct leading-edge informatics research and discovery, and also partner with researchers and teachers across campus whose work depends on the creation, evaluation, and utilization of large amounts of digital information. 

The initiative will include participation by three kinds of experts:  core informatics faculty, with expertise in data analytics, hardware and software architecture and engineering,  computer graphics and visualization, networks and sensors, and related areas; "bridge" faculty, or individuals who use informatics to advance their research and teaching in digital arts and humanities, bioinformatics, health information, public health, geoinformatics, business, analytics, physical and social sciences, and many other fields; and partnership staff who have broad-based campus involvement in a number of research areas.

Informatics faculty will be hired through the UI Cluster Hire Initiative.  As with previous cluster hires, these individuals will have primary appointments in established academic departments, but will collaborate with new and existing faculty from across campus to contribute to the goals of the initiative.

I am delighted to report that Greg Carmichael, Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, has agreed to serve as the inaugural director of UI^3.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Informatics Task Force, who worked hard over the course of the spring 2013 semester to develop the recommendations that led to this exciting initiative.

A public announcement about the initiative will go out later today.  For more information, see

P. Barry Butler
Executive Vice President and Provost