May 17, 2018

Discovery Park announces winners among Integrative Data Science Initiative research proposals

Following oral presentations on May 3, a panel of judges selected research proposals to be funded in response to Purdue's Integrative Data Science Initiative request for proposals. For this first round, the areas of focus are health care; defense; ethics, society and policy; fundamentals, methods and algorithms; and cross-cutting data science-enabled research. 

The winning proposals and principal investigators of the Integrative Data Science Initiative request for proposals are:

* Causally Driven Healthcare Science: From Observational and Experimental Studies to Personalized and Improved Patient Outcomes -- Elias Bareinboim (College of Science). 

* Fingerprints of the Human Brain: A Data Science Perspective -- Joaquín Goñi (College of Engineering).

* Quantum Machine Learning for Data Analytics and Optimization -- Sabre Kais (College of Science).

* Using the One Health Approach for Combating Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR): Creating an integrated framework for the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data necessary to establish a comprehensive AMR surveillance system in Indiana -- Audrey Ruple (College of Veterinary Medicine).

* Formal Methods for Robust Machine Learning -- Jennifer Neville (College of Science).

* Blazing Fast Chemical Sensing -- Bruno Ribeiro (College of Science).

* A Relational-Based Measure of State Legislator Consequence -- Eric Waltenburg (College of Liberal Arts).

* Engineering Data Science Algorithms -- David Gleich (College of Science).

The request for proposals, released on March 15, resulted in 52 separate highly competitive proposals addressing data science applications in heath care; defense; ethics, society and policy; and fundamentals, methods and algorithms.  The submitting proposal teams included 10 of Purdue’s colleges/schools and involved 172 Purdue faculty from 48 departments.

The presentations were evaluated by Sunil Prabhakar, head of the Department of Computer Science and director of the Integrative Data Science Initiative; Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, executive director and chief scientist for Discovery Park; Chris Ladisch, dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences; Kathleen Howell, the Hsu Lo Distinguished Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Paul Griffin, director of the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering; Dan Delaurentis, professor or aeronautics and astronautics and director of the Institute for Global Security and Defense Innovation; and Laurel Weldon, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and director of the Purdue Policy Research Institute.

Writer: Sarah Anderson,, 765-494-1386
Source: Cliff Wojtalewicz,, 765-496-3961

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