Big data and cloud computing collectively offer a paradigm shift in the way businesses are now acquiring, using and managing information technology. With the fast growth of this paradigm, businesses are struggling to find experienced people who not only have the deep analytical skills, but also have the data hosting, storage and management skills to effectively leverage this collective model.


The iBigCloud research team at WSSU aims to increase awareness and interest in big data and cloud computing among WSSU community and to conduct activities that will integrate this collective paradigm into the CS curricula and research.


Specific project goals are

  • To build the big data and cloud computing research capacity at Winston-Salem state university.
  • To involve undergraduate students in cutting-edge research.
  • To enhance educational experiences for CS and IT majors at WSSU.
  • To expand the participation of underrepresented minority, specifically women, in STEM and support the nation’s efforts in building a robust STEM workforce.

Current Funding

  • NSF Award # 1600864
  • “Improving Research and Education of Big Data and Cloud Computing at Winston-Salem State University”
    Amount: $307,802.00
    July, 2016 to June, 2020
    PI: Dr. Debzani Deb, WSSU
    Collaborator: Dr. Jeffry Chase, Duke University
  • UNC Research Cyberinfrastructure Colaboration Grant
  • Senior personnel: Dr. Debzani Deb, WSSU
  • WSSU RIP Award
  • “Utility-based Resource Provisioning of Big Data Applications on Cloud Environment”
    Amount: $9,690.00
    June, 2016 to November, 2017
    PI: Dr. Debzani Deb, WSSU