The Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering initiates, catalyzes, and propels collaborative, interdisciplinary research and training initiatives for a better society by promoting (a) discovery and innovations through the use of computational and data-driven approaches, and (b) advances in the science of computing inspired by challenges in arts and sciences, engineering, and management disciplines.
Endowed by a generous gift from Bahaa R. Hariri, the Institute strives to create and sustain a community of scholars who believe in the transformative potential of computational perspectives in research and education. This vision is realized through the support of a portfolio of ambitious computational research projects, and forward-looking educational and outreach initiatives at Boston University.
Despite its relative youth, the impact of the Hariri Institute for Computing on the BU landscape has been transformational. Since its April 2012 inception, the Institute has had many achievements, summarized in the most recent Hariri Institute Annual Report. Some of these include:
- Energizing a vibrant community of scholars by connecting junior and senior faculty fellows, and by attracting distinguished visiting fellows from academia and industry
- Seeding collaborations that promise to transform entire disciplines—from archeology to marketing and from biomedical engineering to investigative journalism
- Spearheading regional initiatives aiming to establish a nationally-unique center of excellence in cybersecurity research
- Supporting translational research that led to patent-pending technology and a fledgling startup
- Incubating a visionary project that stands to revolutionize both the technology and business of cloud computing
- Commanding the attention of major media outlets who reported, not only on the research findings of its Fellows, but also on the fresh model of academic research that it puts forth