[Techtaffy Newsdesk]

Neustar, a provider of real-time information and analysis, is partnering with the University of Illinois to open the Neustar Innovation Center, a research facility located at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The Innovation Center will develop technologies to solve customer problems ranging from fraud prevention to security to large scale networking, says Neustar.

Neustar has appointed Ken Taylor to serve as the director of the Neustar Innovation Center. Prior to joining Neustar, Mr. Taylor served as technology principal for Yahoo Right Media eXchange where he focused on large-scale data processing, collection and analysis. In his role as director, Mr. Taylor will focus on selecting and implementing experimental projects that will bolster Neustar’s current and future services.

In 2012, The Innovation Center will focus on Big Data, in particular the exploration of how data analytics can help Neustar and its customers solve problems and advance their businesses in entirely new ways.