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Center Overview

Real-time analytics is the leading edge of the smart data revolution. The Center for Accelerated Real Time Analytics (CARTA) works with next-generation hardware technologies to build cognitive analytics systems and active storage devices for real-time analytics. The vision of CARTA is to drive innovation in faster-than-life analytics.

The use of data analytics has become a basic and fundamental need for private and public organizations that want to provide high levels of service to their clients and customers. But data is no longer limited to static repositories that can be analyzed at will. It now includes live, moving data sources such as video, voice, social networking, and the "internet of things" data that must be integrated across multiple sources to provide immediate, real-time decision support.

Extracting value from massive and moving data hinges on balancing research, technological know-how, and commercial market intelligence. Achieving this involves more than just speeding up the processes of data collection and analysis. Data wrangling, the process of preparing data for the application of analytic tools and techniques, is rapidly becoming a critical part of the analytics process.

Data governance is another developing challenge as organizations seek to use data from many sources. Understanding the quality and provenance of the data is vital to making trustworthy decisions based on analyzing multisource data streams.

Cutting across all of these is the need to maintain the security of the data and the analytic processes, especially when the data itself can contain executable and potentially malicious elements.


  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • University of Miami
  • Rutgers University
  • North Carolina State University
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Center Personnel

Dr. Dimitris Metaxas
Center Director
+1 848 932 0150

Dr. Rada Chirkova
Site Director - NC State University
+1 919 515 2444

Dr. Karuna Joshi
Site Director - UMBC
+1 410 455 8775

Dr. Mitsunori Ogihara
Site Director, Miami
+1 305 284 2268

Dr. David Wright
Center Program Manager
+1 919 515 0315

Research Focus

To meet the demand for technologies and expertise in real time analytics, CARTA, through its research, is developing cutting-edge tools, approaches, and expertise that will significantly lower the barriers of entry into advanced, real-time analytics.


Member Organizations

IUCRC affiliated member organizations are displayed as submitted by the Center. Non-federal organizations are not selected, approved, or otherwise endorsed by the National Science Foundation.
  • Carestream
  • DHS
  • Laboratory for Physical Science (LPS)
  • NASA
  • National Security Agency
  • NEC Labs USA
  • NetApp, Inc.
  • Neurotargeting
  • Resilience
  • SAS Institute
  • SenseBrain Technology
  • SenseTime, Hong Kong
  • SenseTime, Shanghai
  • The Rockefeller Institute at West Virginia University