February 27, 2018

Faculty and staff input invited to shape data science research initiative

As a follow-up to the Jan. 26 Integrated Data Sciences Initiative Forum hosted by Jay Akridge, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, and Suresh Garimella, executive vice president for research and partnerships and the R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Discovery Park is hosting four targeted data science research workshops focused on health care; defense; ethics, society and policy; and fundamentals, methods and algorithms.

In consultation with the newly announced data science steering committee, input from faculty and staff attending the workshops will be used to help shape an initial Data Science Initiative investment in research and identify areas where Purdue is well-positioned to lead a transdisciplinary effort in data science in each of the focused workshops topics. The workshops are open to all Purdue faculty and staff, who may register for any workshops that are of interest.

Following these workshops, a request for proposals will be released on March 14 for each of the four identified data science target areas. Proposals should be submitted by multidisciplinary teams and generate new insights and game-changing contributions to the respective data science area. The submission deadline will be April 19 for all proposals. Funded projects will be announced in early May with an anticipated kickoff by May 29. It is anticipated that winning teams will be funded for up to two years.

Information for attending the specific workshops follows:

Data Science for Ethics, Society and Policy Workshop. 1:30-2:30 p.m. March 5 (M) at Wilmeth Active Learning Center, Room B074. This workshop will be facilitated by Laurel Weldon, director of Purdue Policy Research Institute, Distinguished Professor of Political Science. Register for this workshop using this Eventbrite link.

Data Science for Health Care Workshop. 2:30-3:30 p.m. March 6 (Tu) at Jischke Hall of Biomedical Engineering, Room 2001. The workshop will be facilitated by Paul Griffin, director of Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, the St. Vincent Health Chair of Healthcare Engineering and professor of industrial engineering. Register for this workshop using this Eventbrite link.

Data Science Fundamentals, Methods and Algorithms Workshop. 1:30-3:30 p.m. March 7 (W) at Lawson Computer Science Building, Room 3102. This workshop will be facilitated by Wojciech Szpankowski, director of the Center for the Science of Information and the Saul Rosen Distinguished Professor of Computer Sciences. Register for this workshop using this Eventbrite link.

Data Science for Defense Workshop. 2-4 p.m. March 8 (Th) at Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, Room 121, Discovery Park. The workshop will be facilitated by Dan DeLaurentis, director of Institute for Global Security and Defense and professor of aeronautics and astronautics. Register for this workshop using this Eventbrite link.

Questions may be directed to Cliff Wojtalewicz, assistant director of Discovery Park, at cliffw@purdue.edu.


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