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University of Utah Professor of Computer Science Juliana Freire

"The focus of my research has been to simplify the process of finding, gathering, integrating, managing, analyzing and visualizing information," says Juliana Freire, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Utah.

Credit: Juliana Freire / University of Utah

University of Utah computer scientist Juliana Freire is working to find data that could be missed in the quagmire of technology available, and to manage and integrate that data into knowledge people can actually use. Freire and colleagues have created the DeepPeep project, which attempts to integrate Web-based data with databases that are publicly available but difficult to find using standard methods such as online searching.

Freire was driven to pursue a career in computer science by her love of math and science. After finishing graduate school, Freire worked in the Database Systems group at Bell Labs. During that time, her manager told her to "work hard and be famous." Freire interpreted that as a sign to work on important problems that could help many people. She says the most important characteristic for researchers is to be persistent, but they also must be able to identify important and worthy problems.

Freire's research has focused on simplifying the process of finding, gathering, integrating, managing, analyzing, and visualizing information with the goal of benefiting society by enabling users to better leverage the large volumes of digital data already available.

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