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The Community Intelligence Lab (CIL) is a statewide network of WSU faculty engaged in serving primarily rural communities through applied research and education to increase access and use of information technology, and the data sciences to grow rural economies, improve community well-being, and support smarter governance.

The CIL is dedicated to the following:

  • Helping rural communities and other Extension clients with simple and complex research opportunities.
  • Promoting sustainable and resilient communities through equitable access and use of information technology.
  • Serving as a leader in advancing the role of IT and data science in University Extension across the U.S.
  • Empower entrepreneurs, community leaders, public service providers, and citizens to effectively evaluate, and utilize IT, and data science tools to improve community and economic well-being.
  • Conduct and disseminate applied research (e.g. novel algorithms, tools, and use case results) on state-of-the-art data science applications in the context of rural and underrepresented urban communities.
  • Developing state-of-the-art data tools with and for rural and underrepresented urban communities.

What We Do
The Community Intelligence Lab conducts research, provides training, consultancy and customized technology solutions in:

  • Data collection, storage, processing, and communication.
  • Developing research methodologies to suit governance or business needs.
  • Compliance with FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data use practices

IT Services Evaluation
Whether helping residents learn smart phone applications, or providing counties with dynamic budget analysis, the Community Intelligence Lab helps communities better leverage some of the most exciting breakthroughs in IT big data, and artificial intelligence. Current services include risk assessment, business intelligence, spatial economic analytics, trends tracking, database management, social sensing, forecasting, e-commerce, public policy research, and program evaluation.
We currently deploy specialized skill-sets in remote sensing, GIS, natural language processing (e.g. text classification, summarization, semantic mapping), economic impact analysis and trends forecasting to improve business opportunities, and service delivery in the non-profit, healthcare, education, environmental services, and government sectors of rural communities.