His research is concentrated in the fields of analysis and control of complex-distributed systems—key areas include virtual resource placement optimization, auto-deploy and configure domain specific cloud resources and architecture, and the use of quantum information algorithms for analysis and security.
Bernard Arulanandam, UTSA’s vice president for research, economic development and knowledge enterprise, to which the OCI currently reports, said, “Under Dr. Prevost’s direction, the OCI will work alongside our institutes and centers to carry forward UTSA’s vision to be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.”
Created in 2015, the OCI is part of an initiative to develop degree programs in cloud computing and big data and foster collaboration with industry, positioning UTSA and San Antonio as world leaders in open cloud technology. The OCI’s vision is to become a leading research institute in support of education and research in cloud computing with local and global impact.
In 2021 the OCI plans to focus on bringing the latest developments of cloud and edge computing to the university through sponsored seminars, workshops, internships and fellowships, and collaboration activities with other key institutes and centers across campus. Most notably, the OCI aims to increase levels of faculty and student engagement and participation and support for large grant collaborations and sponsored research publications.
Prevost will lead the OCI as it transitions from Main Campus to the new School of Data Science at the university’s Downtown Campus, which is scheduled for completion in 2022. The new school is a key component of UTSA’s plan to expand its presence and programs in downtown San Antonio to meet the city’s growing workforce needs and add to its growing reputation as the largest information security hub outside of Washington, D.C.
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