Georgia Tech Selects Prometheus Research for Expedition in Computational Behavioral Science

NEW HAVEN, Conn., March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Prometheus Research, a leading provider of data management services for behavioral and biomedical research, announced today that it has been selected by the Georgia Institute of Technology to support their $10M National Science Foundation (NSF) "Expeditions in Computing" Award.  Prometheus Research will create a web-based data management infrastructure, based on the extensible RexDB® platform, to support research associated with the computing grant. The RexDB-based system will allow collaborators to acquire, curate, and access data and files generated by multiple modalities for the measurement and analysis of behavior in children. The application will be HIPPA-/HITECH-compliant and securely available to remote team members.

"This phase of work will meet the immediate needs of acquiring and sharing data generated by social-interaction protocols, as well as provide a platform to reliably manage future data collected from questionnaires," said David Voccola, Chief Operating Officer at Prometheus Research.

Prometheus Research's domain expertise in autism and related disorders makes it an ideal partner for the Georgia Tech team.  Prometheus has supported or collaborated on some of the largest and most ambitious autism research endeavors in the world, including the Simons Simplex Collection (SSC) and the National Database for Autism Research (NDAR). The tools and processes they've helped develop in the areas of study governance, data collection, data curation, data distribution, and data persistence are now considered best practices for collaborative research, and are already in use at places like the Yale Child Study Center (CT) and the Marcus Autism Center (GA).

"Georgia Tech is working with Prometheus as part of our NSF Expeditions in Computing Award project to develop novel computational modeling and data analysis techniques for capturing and measuring behaviors relevant to diagnosing and treating autism," said James M. Rehg, professor in the Georgia Tech School of Interactive Computing and principal investigator for this project. "Georgia Tech has selected Prometheus to develop a foundational, first-of-its-kind data management system capable of managing the high-bandwidth media assets associated with the research project, such as video and audio, along with more traditional survey and scientific data sets."

About Prometheus Research

Prometheus Research provides data management services and web-native data-management software to biomedical researchers investigating autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Its team specializes in designing and building systems capable of accelerating complex interdisciplinary research and of multiplying the value of hard-won research data. Prometheus staff are consummate innovators, and Prometheus technology powers some of the most ambitious and important research endeavors in autism, including the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI). Many of these innovations also are made available to the open source software community, most notably HTSQL, an instant Web interface for databases, and the Research Exchange Database, RexDB®.

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