Cyber Center Lecture Series
March 28, 2012
The data deluge and discussions of its implications is no longer just the purview of obscure technology conferences. So visible and immediate has the topic become, that it was a topic at the 2012 DavosWorld Economic Forum. The data deluge of interest to computer scientists and informatics researchers is the one that impacts science and scholarly research. If realized properly, this deluge will be a catalyst for new scientific discovery that fuels advances in grand challenge questions such as climate and social-ecological interactions. Antecedent to these discoveries, however, is the need for deeper understanding of the issues of access and use of the metadata and provenance about scientific data. On one hand, good metadata and provenance turn data from being write-once, read-none to write-many, read-many; on the other, bad metadata and provenance just contribute in a non-trivial way to the data deluge.
In this talk I discuss several related research efforts on tools, evaluations, and experiences gained in provenance and metadata use and access that facilitate new forms of access and use of scientific and scholarly data.
July 29, 2014
Michael Ladisch, distinguished professor of agricultural and biological engineering at Purdue University, has been appointed to the board of directors of the newly created Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research, which Congress authorized in the 2014 farm bill. Ladisch, who also is director of Purdue's Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering and holds a joint appointment in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, is one of 15 board members appointed by U.S. agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on July 23.Read Full Story
July 29, 2014
Seven Purdue faculty members have been selected to the New York-based Thomson Reuters Corp's. list of "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014" The honor recognizes researchers around the world who have earned distinction by publishing the highest number of articles that rank among the most frequently cited by fellow researchers, according to Thomson Reuters. Purdue scientists on the list include David J. Love, professor of electrical and computer engineering; Mark S. Lundstrom, the Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Kinam Park, the Showalter Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Zhixiang Chen, professor of botany and plant pathology; R. Graham Cooks, the Henry B. Hass Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry; Jian-Kang Zhu, Distinguished Professor of PlanRead Full Story
July 25, 2014
A Purdue Research Park-based company whose one-step, patent-pending technology could improve the efficiency of alternative fuels and the production of fragrance products has received funding from the National Science Foundation. Spero Energy Inc. has received a six-month SBIR Phase I grant from the NSF worth $150,000. Its technology is based on Purdue University intellectual property.Read Full Story