Data Citizens: A Distinguished Lecture Series 

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Data Citizens: A Distinguished Lecture Series 

Data Citizens is a series of panels and in-depth talks given by top-level experts in data science, including data visualization, big data, artificial intelligence, and predictive analytics in a wide variety of fields.  Subjects discussed include psychology, climate change, healthcare and medicine, art, neuroscience, ethics, and many more.  The series is co-sponsored by the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Sessions


Past Sessions 

Rafael Rodriguez Gárciga

Rafael Rodriguez Gárciga

Thursday, October 26, 2023, 12:00 to 1:00 PM • Catch the Replay (link coming soon)

TALK TITLE “The Exhaustion of Creativity: The Need for a New Mode of Thought in the Era of Global Boiling”

We are pleased to present ultra contemporary artist and data scientist Rafael Rodriguez Gárciga. This event includes light lunch. The lecture navigates the exhaustion of creativity, probing its implications for science, art, and philosophy as the tripartite domain of thought.

Nawar Shara

Nawar Shara, PhD

Tuesday, June 6, 2023, 4:00-5:00 PM • Catch the Replay
TALK TITLERevolutionizing Healthcare: Unleashing the Power of AI and ML

Join us for a “Data Citizens: A Distinguished Lecture Series” talk featuring Nawar Shara, PhD, an esteemed researcher and professor of medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Renowned for her expertise in biostatistics, health informatics, and data science, Dr. Shara will address how AI and ML are transforming healthcare.

Matthew S. Goodwin

Matthew S. Goodwin

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 • Catch the Replay
TALK TITLEThe Promises of Wearable Bio-Sensing Technology for Youth with Autism

Dr. Matthew S. Goodwin is an Interdisciplinary Associate Professor with tenure at Northeastern University jointly appointed in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences and the Khoury College of Computer Science, where he is a founding member of a new doctoral program in Personal Health Informatics and Directs the Computational Behavioral Science Laboratory.


Joel Saltz

Joel Saltz

Monday, February 13, 2023 • Catch the Replay
TALK TITLE “Advancements in Whole Person Research, Mobile/Digital Health, and Immuno-Imaging/Therapy”

Dr. Joel Saltz, MD, PhD, is Cherith Professor and Founding Chair, at the Stony Brook University, Department of Biomedical Informatics. Dr. Saltz’s work involves high-end and data-intensive computing, applications of machine learning and AI, pathology informatics, large-scale data analytics, and clinical informatics.


Zahi A. Fayad

Zahi A. Fayad

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 • Catch the Replay
TALK TITLE “Artificial Intelligence, Multi-Modal Analysis, Digital Health, and Clinical Informatics”

Dr. Zahi A. Fayad is the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Medical Imaging and Bioengineering at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is also a Professor of Radiology (Vice-Chair for Research) and a Professor of Medicine (Cardiology). Dr. Fayad is the founding Director of the BioMedical Engineering and Imaging Institute (ranked 15th in 2021 NIH funding in the field of Radiology).


John H. L. Hansen

John H. L. Hansen

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 • Catch the Replay
TALK TITLE “Challenges and Advancements in Speaker Diarization & Recognition for Naturalistic Data Streams”

John H. L. Hansen, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean for Research at the Center for Robust Speech Systems at the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Texas at Dallas (CRSS-UTDallas). Dr. Hansen is also a Distinguished University Endowed Chair in Telecommunications Engineering, Professor of Electrical Engineering, and a Speech and Hearing Professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.


Anant Madabhushi

Anant Madabhashi

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 • Catch the Replay
TALK TITLE “Artificial Intelligence Across Length Scales: Implications for Precision Medicine”

Anant Madabhushi, PhD, is the Donnell Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Engineering and the Founding Director of its Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics (CCIPD).


Hillary Leone and Daniel Bor

Thursday, April 7, 2022 • Catch the Replay
TALK TITLE “Data at the Intersection of Art and Science”

Internationally recognized multidisciplinary artist Hillary Leone in a conversation with University of Cambridge Neuroscientist Daniel Bor, PhD. Dr. Leone’s website,  Synch.Live, is a participatory art experience designed to mobilize our human instinct to cooperate, and an open technology research framework that will allow scientists to study collective behavior.

Daniel Bor
Ram Sriram

Ram D. Sriram

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 • Catch the Replay
TALK TITLE “Artificial Intelligence in Medicine: Past, Present, and Future”

Ram D. Sriram, PhD, is the Chief of the Software and Systems Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST promotes innovation in industry to enhance economic security, including studying how AI can be used to make better measurements, as well as promoting the use of AI systems in fields like healthcare.

Susan Gregurick

Susan Gregurick

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 • Catch the Replay
TALK TITLE “Connecting Data, Enhancing Software, and Creating a Digital Data Health Ecosystem”

Susan K. Gregurick, PhD, is the Associate Director for Data Science, and Director of the Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS) at the  National Institutes of Health (NIH).


Eliot Siegel

Eliot Siegel

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 • Catch the Replay
TALK TITLE “AI in Medical Imaging: Hype, Reality, and Future”

Eliot Siegel, MD, is a Professor and Vice Chair of Research Information Systems at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, and Chief of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine for the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System, both in Baltimore, MD.


Santiago Ortiz, speaker, Data Citizens distinguished lecture series, University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing

Santiago Ortiz

Thursday, September 23, 2021 • Catch the Replay
TALK TITLE “Humans and Data”

Santiago Ortiz. Santiago is the Chief Data Officer at DrumWave. Santiago is a mathematician, data scientist, interactive visualization developer, and inventor, who creates and develops highly innovative and interactive projects for the web.

Marjorie McShane, speaker, Data Citizens distinguished lecture series, University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing

Marjorie McShane

Thursday, May 20, 2021 | Video withheld by request
TALK TITLE “Toward Broad and Deep Language Understanding for Intelligent Systems”

Marjorie McShane is an Associate Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Cognitive Science Department, and Co-Director of the Language-Endowed Intelligent Agents (LEIA) Lab for a talk on artificial intelligence and language processing.

Nilam Ram, speaker, Data Citizens distinguished lecture series, University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing

Nilam Ram

Thursday, May 6, 2021 • Catch the Replay
TALK TITLE “Screenomics: A New Venue for Discovering the Dynamics of Digital Life”

Nilam Ram is a Professor of Psychology and Professor of Communication at Stanford University. He studies the dynamic interplay between psychological and media processes and how they change from moment to moment and across the life span. He is also developing a variety of study paradigms that use recent developments in data science and the intensive data streams arriving from social media, mobile sensors, and smartphones to study change at multiple

Sheldon Brown, speaker, Data Citizens distinguished lecture series, University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing

Sheldon Brown

Thursday, March 11, 2021 • Catch the Replay
TALK TITLE “The Fiction Science of AI”

Sheldon Brown is an academic, entrepreneur, computer scientist, and artist. He is currently Co-Founder and Vice President of Product Design and Innovation at Virbela, a virtual world company spun out of his lab at UC San Diego where he was Professor and MacArthur Foundation Endowed Chair in Digitial Media and Learning. He was the founding Director of the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, Director of the UCSD branch of the Center for Hybrid Multicore Productivity Research, and co-founder of Calit 2.

Robert Atlas, speaker, Data Citizens distinguished lecture series, University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing

Robert Atlas

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 • Catch the Replay
TALK TITLE “Modeling and Simulation for Reducing the Risks Associated with Extreme Weather”

Dr. Robert M. Atlas is a Research Professor and Global Coordinator for NSF CARTA (Center for Accelerated Real Time Analytics) at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Director Emeritus of NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory.

Deborah Stone, speaker, Data Citizens distinguished lecture series, University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing

Deborah Stone

Thursday, December 10, 2020 • Catch the Replay
TALK TITLE “There’s No Such Thing as a Raw Number”

Professor Emerita at Brandeis University, Dr. Stone is a political scientist whose work spans public policy, sociology, philosophy, and law. Dr. Stone has taught at M.I.T., Duke, Yale, and Aarhus University in Denmark, in addition to Brandeis. Her widely acclaimed textbook, Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision Making, explores the squishy but often unacknowledged values, stories, and psychology that drive policymaking and analysis.

Mira Marcus-Kalish, speaker, Data Citizens distinguished lecture series, University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing

Mira Marcus-Kalish

Monday, November 23, 2020 • Catch the Replay
TALK TITLE “Medical Informatics—Promise and Barriers towards Precise Medicine”

Internationally renowned Israeli researcher Mira Marcus-Kalish, PhD, is the Director of International Research Affairs for Tel Aviv University. Dr. Marcus-Kalish’s main areas of research are mathematical modeling, converging technologies, and data mining.  Her focus is on disease signature identification, based on targeted analysis of the micro and macro environmental clinical features, using newly developed analytical tools for big and small data analysis to deliver reliable, personalized, and precise medicine for the benefit of society.