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ATOM Hackathon 2024

The University of Delaware’s Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence (AICoE) and Data Science Institute (DSI) are together organizing an ML/AI hackathon opportunity for our students/postdoc/research staff and anyone interested to participate in, meet new researchers, learn ML/AI skills and network/build new connections! This hackathon is in collaboration with Accelerating Therapeutics for Opportunities in Medicine (ATOM).

Registration deadline is June 17th.

Photos courtesy of Nina David

4th International Radar Aeroecology Conference and Worksho

The Aeroecology Program at the University of Delaware will be holding the 4th International Radar Aeroecology Conference and Workshop in Newark, Delaware, USA.

August 4 – 9, 2024

 

UD Professor Kyle Davis has studied crops, crop rotation and national farming policies as the world struggles to feed its burgeoning population and use resources smartly amid climate change. Photo courtesy of Kyle Davis.

Computers and Chemistry

At the University of Delaware, a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) known as the Computing and Data Science Training for Materials Innovation, Discovery, & Analytics (MIDAS) program is helping students obtain the skills and experiences they need to become fluent in both computational and chemical languages.

The NRT-MIDAS program was launched by DSI Faculty Council member Arthi Jayaraman, the Centennial Term Professor for Excellence in Research and Education who holds joint appointments in the College of Engineering’s departments of chemical and biomolecular engineering and materials science and engineering.  Jayaraman, is both the program director and PI of the $3 million grant from NSF that supports the program for its first five years.

DSI Resident Faculty member Austin Brockmeier and DSI Faculty Council member Sunita Chandrasekaran have served as co-instructors of previous iterations of the NRT Hackathon course (Chandrasekaran in 2022 and Brockmeier in 2023).

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Ready, Set, VirusGo

Students from Las Américas ASPIRA Academy High School pose with an augmented reality model of a Brome mosaic virus, part of the VirusGo teaching platform developed by DSI Affiliated Faculty member Jodi Hadden-Perilla, Professor Lauren Genova and undergraduates Riley McKeon and Ava West. VirusGo combines AR and a role-playing game to teach students about viruses.

UD Professor Kyle Davis has studied crops, crop rotation and national farming policies as the world struggles to feed its burgeoning population and use resources smartly amid climate change. Photo courtesy of Kyle Davis.

Mining in Portugal

DSI Faculty Council member Saleem Ali, the Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware, is pictured here at an old pyrite mining pit, which has been restored to a lake with geoscience education curation. Ali recently traveled to Portugal to address mining in the country thanks to a Fulbright Specialist Award he received from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

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Sharing Innovative Ideas

UD faculty and staff presented ideas that promote academic excellence at the second annual One Idea, One Slide Summit.

DSI Faculty Council member Bintong Chen, professor of business administration and director of Lerner College of Business and Economy, presented “FinTech Policy Innovation: Using Customer Sensitive Data to Improve Fair Lending” at the One Idea, One Slide Summit.

DSI Faculty Council member Sunita Chandrasekaran, David L. and Beverly J.C. Mills Career Development chair, presented “Boost UD Discovery and Learning through Free AI Platform.”

UD Professor Kyle Davis has studied crops, crop rotation and national farming policies as the world struggles to feed its burgeoning population and use resources smartly amid climate change. Photo courtesy of Kyle Davis.

Future Leaders and Innovators

DSI Fellow Shar Daniels was among the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship award winners for 2024.

Saleem Ali, the Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment at UD and chair of the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences, is the lead author of a new study that suggests the need for an international minerals agreement to ensure countries can produce the green technologies necessary to battle climate change. In this photo, Ali is pictured in the Bayan Obo mining region within the Inner Mongolia region of China in 2017 in front of a massive ore nugget of rare earth minerals which is being celebrated here with the following words: "Welcome to the Rare Earths Community.” Photo courtesy of Saleem Ali

The Intersection of Finance and Technology

DSI Affiliated Faculty member Paul Laux, professor of finance, was one of the organizers of the inaugural FinTech and Financial Institutions Research Conference on April 19 at the FinTech Innovation Hub at the University of Delaware, where the interconnectedness of finance and technology was on full display.

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For the Record

DSI Affiliated Faculty member Chandra Reedy, director of the Center for Historic Architecture and Design (CHAD) and professor in the Biden School, was named a national finalist in the 2023 Wiki Science Photo Competition under the Microscopy category and the Image Sets category for Crystals in Song Dynasty Glaze. The winning U.S. images will represent the United States at the international level.

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Serving as a nucleating effort to catalyze and coordinate data science initiatives at UD

  • Coalesce researchers around Data Science research themes
  • Develop competitive Data Science research programs
  • Support Data Science and Computing Core Facility
  • Engage students in Data Science research
  • Collaborate with government and industry partners

Institutional Strengths

As the vast resource of new and diverse datasets are rapidly becoming available in nearly every aspect of life, data science has the potential to advance human understanding in all branches of science and humanities, and, address grand challenges facing society. The Institute plans to combine disparate, dynamic, and distributed datasets and enable everything from predicting the future behavior of complex systems to precise medical treatments, smart energy usage, and focused educational curricula.

Activities

Resources and Funding Support

  • Seed funding to support team-based research center grants, infrastructure grants and training grants
  • Support researchers to identify cross-disciplinary collaborators and access to Data Science & Computing Core Facility
  • Provide an inventory of data resources, computational tools, and data science-related courses/degree programs

Team Building and Networking

  • Networking Events: Connecting faculty, students, industry
  • Annual Research Symposium
  • Seminars / Distinguished Lecture Series
  • Research Workshops
  • Short Courses and Training: Collaborating with academic programs
  • Industry Engagement: Collaborating with OEIP and Horn Program

Data Science in the News

Data Analytics Programs Take Off

Colleges are working to meet demand for big data analysis with burgeoning degree and non-degree programs.  To keep up with the explosion of big data across all industries, college and universities have debuted dozens of data analytics programs during the past few...

Prepare Undergrads for Data-Driven Workplace

Academic Institutions Should Prepare Undergraduates for a Data-Driven Workplace, New Report Recommends WASHINGTON – All U.S. undergraduate students should develop a basic understanding of data science to prepare them adequately for the workforce, says a...

Our Mission

The Institute aims to accelerate research in data science, serving as a nucleating effort to catalyze interdisciplinary research collaborations across fields impacting our society.