The George W. Donaghey Emerging Analytics Centers at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) named Dr. Jan P. Springer as its new director. Springer, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, will focus his leadership on four areas in the Emerging Analytics Center (EAC): immersive visualization, multimodal augmented reality/virtual reality applications, cybersecurity and Internet of Things.
“Research is not just sitting around reading papers and developing interesting ideas,” Springer said in a statement. “It’s also about developing talented people. My intention for students in the Emerging Analytics Center is to experience a professional environment for research and development. It is part of the mission of the EAC to show students the many opportunities available in this area, even if they don’t go into research, working here gives them a good idea of what to expect in their professional career.”
The EAC serves as a research center home to researchers, faculty and students. At the center, researchers perform innovative research and pursue development in technology, infrastructure, and applications for virtual and augmented realities, immersive visualization, interactive technologies, as well as cybersecurity and the Internet of Things.
“In the last year, the EAC generated a revenue of about $5 million in all of our projects,” Springer said. “We have many students who are conducting innovative research and we are an economic factor at the university. Many people in the city look at the EAC as a benchmark in regard to the university.”
Springer received a master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science from Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and has been a member of the UALR faculty since 2018.