Doctor of Philosophy in Informatics in North America

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The PhD is a doctoral degree, specifically called a "doctor of philosophy" degree. This is misleading because PhD holders are not necessarily philosophers (unless they earned their degree in philosophy!). That said, PhD recipients are able to engage in thought experiments, reason about problems, and solve problems in sophisticated ways.

This is an advanced study that enables you to have a better understanding of the informatics area of specialization. With this study, you can give a scholarly contribution to this area of study by bringing real solutions to people using the technology.

The United States of America is located on the continent of North America. It is the third largest country by size in the world. It has a relatively short history compared to other world nations, has one of the world's largest economies, and has one of the world's most diverse populations.

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PhD Analytics and Data Science

Kennesaw State University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Kennesaw Marietta

Our Ph.D. program is traditional and innovative - applied and theoretical, a Ph.D. for the 21st century. Real-world application, with real-world data, drives our student's learning process. Take a glimpse at some of the exciting findings our students have uncovered as they apply their learning. [+]

PhD Degrees in Informatics in North America 2017. Real-World Application The age of Big Data is here. Technological advances over the last century have created trillions of points of data. The challenge for organizations is how to turn all that data into useful information. People that have the skill to manage analyze and provide decision-making insights are in GREAT demand. Our Ph.D. program is traditional and innovative - applied and theoretical, a Ph.D. for the 21st century. Real-world application, with real-world data, drives our student's learning process. Take a glimpse at some of the exciting findings our students have uncovered as they apply their learning. Big Data - Big Change Big Data is changing not only the way we make decisions, but it’s changing the way we think about our health, our transportation, our finances, our communications…almost every dimension of our lives. Translating Big Data into meaningful information is the engine that drives discovery in Biology, Finance, Engineering, Marketing, Sociology, Chemistry and everything in between. The Ph.D. in Analytics and Data Science at Kennesaw State University is a cutting-edge interdisciplinary doctoral program that bridges the divide between application and theory, between academia and industry. The program integrates concepts from Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics with applications in Business, Healthcare, Transportation and Public Policy, preparing the next generation of Data Scientists. Process Improvement Using a combination of Yelp reviews and Twitter data, with traditional predictive variables, KSU students have improved sales forecasting processes for several businesses – both large and small. Through mining Yelp reviews, students were able to provide these businesses with unexpected consumer insights – helping them to better serve their customers. New Insights Using data related to family engagement, physical wellness, mental outlook and diseases, this analysis resulted in the development of a new segmentation taxonomy, providing improved insights into the specific device needs of individuals as they age. Better Strategies Using this analysis, insights were developed related to how diseases progress and spread throughout a human population after a natural disaster, leading to better strategies for vaccination distribution and the optimal movement of supplies and materials. Pattern Analysis Using this analysis, insights were developed related to crime patterns based upon weather data. As a result, weather forecasts could be used to contribute to determining optimal law enforcement strategies. Finding Relationships Using data collected from the U.S. Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Statistics, KSU students were able to determine which factors caused the most delays in airline travel and used this information to minimize travel time when flying within the United States during the last three years. Data was also collected from the U.S. Energy Information Administration to show possible relationships between airline fuel and energy consumption and airline delays and cancellations. This information can be used by airlines to help in making decisions when weather and other mitigating circumstances make diverting and cancelling flights necessary. Making an Impact This analysis resulted in the identification of best practices to attract, retain and provide support for STEM education professionals across the individual sub disciplines of Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Physics in K-12 schools. The impacts include increasing student engagement and student intention to enroll in these disciplines after graduation. In 2015, the National Science Foundation recognized this research with a funded award to continue the development of STEM education insights and best practices. Innovating Analysis Instead of analyzing structured data from neat columns and rows of numbers arranged on spreadsheets, this new search algorithm allows researchers to utilize unstructured data, such as that which exists in email, tweets or texts, for example. They can also perform analysis on video and audio files. Curriculum The general structure of the KSU Ph.D. program will include three stages: Stage 1: Pre-Program Requirements Stage 2: Coursework Stage 3: Project Engagement and Research/Dissertation Students pursuing a Ph.D. in Analytics and Data Science would be required to take 48 course hours, 6 hours of electives spread over four years, dissertation research (12 hour minimum) and internship (12 hour minimum). In total, this degree is a minimum of 78 credit hours of courses, internship and dissertation. [-]

PhD in Information Studies

University of Maryland, College of Information Studies
Campus Full time 4 years Open Enrollment USA College Park

The PhD program at Maryland's iSchool offers an interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching provided by faculty at this leading public research university. [+]

The PhD program at Maryland's iSchool offers an interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching provided by faculty at this leading public research university. Small classes and wide-ranging research projects enable you to work closely with faculty mentors to gain experience in identifying knowledge gaps, investigating both theoretical and practical solutions, evaluating results, and creating and disseminating new knowledge. A range of required research courses, two foundational doctoral seminars, and electives chosen by the students and their faculty mentors provide both the structure necessary for individuals to become successful researchers and the flexibility that allows them to pursue the research areas about which they are most passionate. We are looking for creative and forward-thinking individuals to take part in a transformative PhD experience. Successful candidates will gain knowledge of the foundations of the field of information studies, as well as a mastery of research methods and design. While gaining expertise of research in a specialized content area, you will also achieve proficiency in synthesizing and applying knowledge from a variety of areas. Maryland’s iSchool is at the center of groundbreaking research in the fast-moving field of information studies. With a multidisciplinary faculty studying such diverse topics as online communities, information systems, information policy, human-computer interaction, and digital cultural heritage, the iSchool cultivates doctoral students from a wide range of backgrounds. The PhD program offered at the iSchool provides students with training in interdisciplinary theory, research, and pedagogy as preparation for original research that connects communities, technologies, and information. Admission Requirements A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited US institution, or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution; GRE scores from within the past five years; For international students, a TOEFL score of 100 or higher. Additional admission requirements and information can be found on the PhD Admissions webpage. [-]

PhD in Informatics and Computing

Northern Arizona University
Campus Full time 5 years August 2017 USA Flagstaff

The PhD INF program prepares graduate students to work in the transformative "fourth paradigm" of science and engineering, an interdisciplinary field relying on Big Data and advanced software, hardware, and statistics skills. [+]

PhD Degrees in Informatics in North America 2017. The PhD INF program prepares graduate students to work in the transformative "fourth paradigm" of science and engineering, an interdisciplinary field relying on Big Data and advanced software, hardware, and statistics skills. After a streamlined five-year plan of study, graduates will be ready to be leaders in industry and government research labs, faculty and research scientists in academia, and entrepreneurs in cutting-edge informatics application areas. Graduates will make contributions to exciting projects that address critical areas of national need in bioinformatics, population health, environmental sustainability, ecology, software engineering, wearable computing, cyber-physical systems, and cybersecurity. Students' research and education are strengthened through broad collaborations with a variety of academic, government, and private entities. We accept students from broad formal educational backgrounds such as biology, ecology, computer science, electrical engineering, and statistics, however all students must possess sufficient mastery of key foundational areas in order to meaningfully engage in and contribute to original research. These areas include programming, data structures, software development methods, and statistics. Program faculty may require that students admitted into the program correct any deficiencies in these areas by enrolling in additional undergraduate or graduate courses. Available Emphasis Areas: Bioengineering Informatics - Emphasis Cyber and Software Systems - Emphasis Ecological and Environmental Informatics - Emphasis Health and Bioinformatics - Emphasis The doctoral degree in Informatics and Computing enables students to engage in a research-intensive course of study within a broad range of informatics and computing areas, including population health, bioinformatics, remote sensing, ecological modeling wireless sensor and communication systems, cyber-physical systems, software architecture and visualization, computer graphics, model-driven design, machine learning, wearable computing, and cybersecurity. Our five-year degree program is strengthened by committed mentorship and professional development training, with students benefiting from a broad range of collaborations and partnerships, including but not limited to: Center for Bioengineering Innovation, Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics, Center for Ecosystem Science and Society, Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research, Department of Biological Sciences, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, and School of Forestry. Regional research collaborators include but are not limited to: Translational Genomics Research Institute, Northern Arizona Healthcare and Flagstaff Medical Center, North Country HealthCare, U.S. Geological Survey, and Northern Arizona Planetary Science Alliance. What Can I Do with a Doctor of Philosophy in Informatics and Computing? The Ph.D. program in Informatics and Computing prepares graduates for meaningful and fulfilling careers in the application of informatics and computing to critical areas of national need. We aim to prepare students to be leaders in industry and government research labs, faculty and research scientists in academia, or entrepreneurs in cutting-edge informatics application areas. University Requirements To receive a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses, from one or more disciplines, ranging from at least 60-109 units of graduate-level courses. Most plans require research, a dissertation, and comprehensive exams. All plans have residency requirements regarding time spent on the Flagstaff campus engaged in full-time study. In addition to University Requirements: Complete individual plan requirements. ADDITIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required. NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application. Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College. Transcripts For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy Individual program admission requirements include: GRE® revised General Test 3 letters of recommendation Personal statement or essay Resume or Curriculum Vitae Expertise in key foundational areas in informatics, including core topics such as programming, data structures, software development methods, and statistics, as well as areas that support specific emphases, such as biology, ecology, and cyber systems. Student Learning Outcomes Graduates of this training program will demonstrate the following advanced competencies and program learning outcomes (PLOs): PLO1: Identify, explain, and assess the major theories, research methods, and technical approaches driving informatics- driven science and engineering and the impact of these elements on society. PLO2: Identify, explain, synthesize, and apply the fundamental concepts of informatics, including large-scale data representation and organization, various types of programming languages, software development methods, data processing, information extraction and machine learning, and statistical analysis. PLO3: Identify, explain, synthesize, and apply the interdisciplinary combination of core informatics and in-depth disciplinary expertise defining one of the following emphasis areas: Health and Bioinformatics, focusing genetic and genomic analysis, population health, and disease transmission; Ecological and Environmental Informatics, focusing on ecological and environmental analyses and remote sensing; Cyber and Software Systems, focusing on the design and implementation of cyber-physical and large-scale software systems. Bioengineering Informatics, focusing on data analysis and control in bioengineering applications. PLO4: Identify, survey, analyze, organize, and critically distill information from the scientific literature within an informatics emphasis area and creatively identify open research questions. PLO5: Independently apply appropriate expertise, methods, and tools to the creative design, execution, and assessment of an investigation that addresses original informatics research questions. PLO6: Compose and engage in highly effective written and oral communication in informatics areas; demonstrate clear argumentation and logical cohesion in a variety of written and oral communications, including scholarly dissemination, funding requests, industry, and lay-communication. [-]