The announcement of Caterpillar’s Research Park operation expanding its data analytics capabilities garnered national attention this month, with the story picked up by the Associated Press, Markets Insider, and many industry publications.
Read more about Caterpillar’s plans in:
The Daily Illini (Sept. 18)
Research Park Director Laura Frerichs thinks Caterpillar’s addition of a data analytics lab reflects Champaign’s growth as a hub for big data. Earlier this year, a report identified data analytics as an area of potential economic development at the University. “We think that Champaign is a great location for computing, but more specifically, analytics as a growing market opportunity, with many companies seeing the information they have as increasingly valuable in making more data-driven decisions for their business,” Frerichs said.
The News-Gazette (Sept. 10)
The new data analytics center is expected to draw on the talents of UI faculty and students in engineering, computer science, statistics, economics and other disciplines, said Gwenne Henricks, the company’s chief technology officer.