Calderbank Reappointed to New Term as Information Initiative Director

Robert Calderbank Robert Calderbank has been reappointed as director of the information initiative at Duke (iiD) for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2019, Provost Sally Kornbluth announced today.  He has held the position for the last five years and underwent the standard review for university leadership.  The faculty review committee was chaired by Greg Wray, professor of biology and director of the Duke Center for Genomic and Computational Biology. 

Established in 2013, the Information Initiative at Duke (iiD) is an interdisciplinary program designed to increase "big data" computational research and expand opportunities for student engagement in this rapidly growing field. 

“Robert has been an outstanding university citizen catalyzing multidisciplinary collaborations across the university,” Kornbluth said.  “His experience in academia and the corporate world provides him with a broad understanding of the innovative tools that are essential to maximizing research projects in a wide variety of fields.  His commitment to teaching, research and applying big data to address important current issues and problems is exceptional and appreciated.  I am happy to know he and his team will continue their fine work.”

Calderbank is the Charles S. Sydnor Professor of Computer Science and professor of electrical engineering and mathematics; he also has a secondary faculty appointment in physics.  He joined Duke in 2010 after working at Princeton University, AT&T and Bell Labs.