The Wayne State University College of Engineering’s Big Data and Business Analytics group has received a $62,000 research grant from LexisNexis Risk Solutions and access to its innovative and open source Big Data processing platform, HPCC Systems. The gift provides data scientists and researchers with new data processing and analysis capacity and resources to advance institutional priorities such as developing a HPCC Systems cluster to benefit the Big Data and Business Analytics group.

HPCC Systems, one of the most advanced, fast-performing Big Data processing technology platforms available, will bring new thought capital, collaboration and support on research projects to campus and will help students and researchers rapidly analyze tremendous amounts of data to solve large-scale, complex data and analytics challenges.

The Big Data and Business Analytics Group employs a strong focus on solving real-life business problems in active collaboration with regional industry while leveraging the core strengths and research interests of the team. The grant is part of a larger initiative to build deeper and productive relationships with industry members. Part of the funds will be allocated to sponsor a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Xue-wen Chen, professor of computer science, to support the group’s overall research goals. “This gift allows us to deploy new high-performance computing clusters that enable our researchers to develop better technology and enhance our capabilities,” said Ratna Babu Chinnam, industrial and systems engineering professor and founding director of the group.

“Our goal is to help society tackle the technology challenges of the next decade,” said Flavio Villanustre, vice president, products and infrastructure, HPCC Systems, LexisNexis. “Our collaboration with Wayne State University is an important way we can further catalyze research and breakthroughs in the Big Data analytics space. “

This grant is one in a series of partnerships spearheaded by LexisNexis Risk Solutions with academic organizations who have embraced the open source HPCC Systems platform. The level of collaboration between the technology company and the academic institution can include hosting seminars on campus, participating in lecture series, giving faculty and students access to the HPCC Systems online training curriculum, collaboration, and support on research projects. For more information about HPCC Systems’ programs for academic institutions, visit:

About the Big Data and Business Analytics Group

The Big Data and Business Analytics Group ( at Wayne State University is an initiative of the College of Engineering, with a charter to assist enterprises in their Big Data adoption and value extraction challenges. The group has assembled a cross-departmental team of experts that have extensive experience in successfully delivering and leading a variety of Big Data and business analytics projects and initiatives across several industries such as health care, manufacturing and automotive, retail, and government.

About HPCC Systems

HPCC Systems® ( from LexisNexis® Risk Solutions offers a proven, data-intensive supercomputing platform, designed for the enterprise, to process and solve Big Data analytical problems. As an alternative to legacy technology, HPCC Systems offers a consistent data-centric programming language, two processing platforms and a single, complete end-to-end architecture for efficient processing. Read our blog (, or connect with us on Twitter (@hpccsystems), Facebook ( and LinkedIn (

About LexisNexis Risk Solutions

LexisNexis Risk Solutions ( is a leader in providing essential information that helps customers across industries and government predict, assess and manage risk. Combining cutting-edge technology, unique data and advanced analytics, Risk Solutions provides products and services that address evolving client needs in the risk sector while upholding the highest standards of security and privacy. LexisNexis Risk Solutions is part of Reed Elsevier, a leading global provider of professional information solutions across a number of sectors.

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Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution of higher education offering 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 28,000 students. For more information about engineering at Wayne State University, visit

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