The Academic Computing and Communications Center (ACCC) is the provider of campus-wide computing, storage, networking, communications and instructional technology services at UIC. To facilitate research, ACCC has instituted ACER (Advanced Cyberinfrastructure for Education and Research) group that strives to provide researchers, and their collaborators around the globe, with broad-array of computational resources and data-related services to meet any or all of their technical needs. These services include, but not limited to, providing access to high-performance computing clusters, big data analytics clusters, collaborative research data storage, secure research environments and high-performance networking. In addition to providing resources, ACER group provides consulting services to researchers for their broad range of research aims. From building architecture to securely receive and analyze data from environment sensors, personal wearable devices to software defined networking projects, ACER group is committed to further UIC’s research ambitions holistically.