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Cover Story, Fall 2021, From the Director

COVER STORY: Growing Innovation and Talent in the South Florida Community

August 30, 2021

from the director With the start of a new academic year, the Institute for Data Science and Computing (IDSC) is poised to make significant contributions to research in many disciplines, while educating a new generation of data scientists. This issue of our magazine highlights several of those high-impact initiatives. Thanks to our world-class expertise and […]

Covid-19, Fall 2021

IDSC Advances COVID-19 South Florida RADx Wastewater Monitoring Project

August 30, 2021

The Software Engineering team at IDSC is helping to advance a University of Miami initiative to study how wastewater may be used to predict new COVID-19 outbreaks.  Detecting traces of the virus may provide up to a week’s notice ahead of positive test results to warn students and faculty that they should get tested and self-isolate before the illness […]

AI + Machine Learning, Fall 2021

AI Recycling Project Aims to Reduce Contamination at the Source

August 30, 2021

By addressing consumer confusion regarding recycling, a new University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing (IDSC) collaborative project could have a significant impact on the nation’s materials management programs. “We are developing an artificial intelligence (AI) model that recognizes different types of recyclable and non-recyclable materials at the source,” said Dr. Amin Sarafraz (pictured […]

Fall 2021, From the Deputy Director, Grants

New Faculty Positions and Funding Opportunities to Promote Data Science

August 30, 2021

from the deputy director Proposals Sought for IDSC Data Science Grants If you are exploring social, behavioral, and ethical issues, now is the time to apply for IDSC’s grant program, “Expanding the Use of Collaborative Data Science at UM.”  We are now seeking proposals on using data science to foster breakthroughs in a variety of […]

Fall 2021, Innovation

UM Joins National Science Foundation Center for Accelerated Real Time Analytics (CARTA)

August 30, 2021

By joining the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Center for Accelerated Real Time Analytics (CARTA), the University of Miami, through IDSC, is opening the door to deeper levels of academic and industry collaboration. “As the latest CARTA site, our research will focus on a variety of themes, including machine learning and artificial intelligence,” said Mitsu Ogihara, PhD, […]

Awards and Honors, Fall 2021

Yelena Yesha Named First IDSC Knight Foundation Chair

August 30, 2021

Professor Yelena Yesha, Ph.D., has been appointed Knight Foundation Chair of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, the first Knight Chair for the Institute for Data Science and Computing (IDSC) at the University of Miami. As an expert in blockchain technology, personalized health care, and electronic commerce, Yesha is a renowned data scientist and trailblazer in […]

Fall 2021, IDSC Membership

Featured IDSC Member: Luis Ruiz Pestana

August 30, 2021

Luis Ruiz Pestana, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Architectural Engineering Department at the University of Miami. He obtained his PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Northwestern University in 2015, where he made important contributions to the areas of nanomechanics, self-assembly, and selective molecular transport in peptide nanotubes, as well as […]

Fall 2021, Visiting Fellows

IDSC Visiting Fellows Program Promotes Data Science

August 30, 2021

To promote the advancement of data science, IDSC has launched a VISITING FELLOWS Program. The program is designed for academic and industry professionals outside the University of Miami who want to contribute to their fields through collaborations with our data scientists. The program is also for those who have an interest in research and/or education […]

Education, Fall 2021

Master of Science in Data Science Adds 2 Areas of Concentration

August 30, 2021

Applications continue to rise for the University’s Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) program. Now in its second year, this graduate program is expecting 15 new students for the fall semester, according to Mitsu Ogihara, Ph.D., professor of computer science, site director of the National Science Foundation’s University of Miami CARTA (UM CARTA), and director […]

App Development, Fall 2021

App Prototype Provides Access to Early Childhood Education Resources

August 30, 2021

A prototype mobile application has been created in the ongoing Sant La/Early Childhood Education Resources project. This app is designed to provide Haitian-American families in northeast Miami-Dade County with access to early childhood education resources.  The initiative is a collaborative partnership with Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center, which provides a wide range of services to […]

Fall 2021, IDSC Fellows

Apply Now for the 2021-2022 IDSC FELLOWS Program

August 30, 2021

The Institute for Data Science and Computing is pleased to announce the launch of the IDSC Fellows Program for the 2021-2022 academic year. The vision of the IDSC Fellows Program is to inspire a new generation of leaders in data science to cross the traditional boundaries between disciplines. IDSC joins with University faculty to mentor […]

Digital Health + Life Sciences Informatics, Fall 2021

DEMO DAY 9/18 to Fund Biotech, Healthtech, and MedTech Start-ups and Scale-Ups

August 30, 2021

Is your healthtech, biotech, or medtech start-up or scale-up ready for the global fundraising stage? Join World Business Angels Investment Forum and the University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing (IDSC) on Saturday, Sept.18, 2021, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM (EST), for a virtual Demo Day “Global Fundraising Stage Miami” to connect start-ups and scale-ups with angel investors and venture capitalists. This […]

Fall 2021, Information Design

Data Citizens: A Distinguished Lecture Series Presents Santiago Ortiz 9/23

August 30, 2021

Join us on Thursday, September 23, 2021, 4:00-500 PM, for our continuing lecture series “Data Citizens” featuring 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. TALK TITLE:  “Humans and Data” […]

Data Science, Fall 2021

Meet a Data Scientist Lecture Series Begins Exciting Second Year 9/30

August 30, 2021

Join us on Thursday, September 30, 2021, as we launch the second year of our fascinating Meet a Data Scientist lecture series. We are pleased to welcome former IDSC Director of Outreach and Engagement Athena Hadjixenofontos, now head of the Wells Fargo Quantitative Analytics Center of Excellence on AI Model Development in Phoenix, Arizona, for […]

Fall 2021, People

IDSC Welcomes New Team Members

August 30, 2021

IDSC is pleased to welcome two new Software Engineers:  Damian Franco and Manouj Govindaraju working with the Software Engineering group. and a Research Intern, Matthew Rossi, working with Dr. Amin Sarafraz in AI and Machine Learning.   Damian Franco Damian Franco is a Senior Software Engineer with many years of experience developing Web Applications in many different […]

Fall 2021, IDSC Membership

Become an IDSC Member

August 30, 2021

The Institute for Data Science and Computing (IDSC) catalyzes discovery through data by providing intellectual leadership and resources to support the development and deployment of pioneering computational methods. Membership is open to UM or outside faculty with an interest in interdisciplinary research. We invite you to request membership through a formal application and review process. […]

Fall 2021, Systems and Data Engineering

IDSC Software Engineering Services

August 30, 2021

The IDSC Software Engineering team are professional software engineers who actively seek collaborative partners for new and innovative software application and systems development projects. The team has developed applications and software systems to support work in clinical research, drug discovery, genomics, mapping and urban planning, observational biology/ecology, and the digital humanities. IDSC Software Engineering offers […]

Advanced Computing, Fall 2021

IDSC Advanced Computing Services

August 30, 2021

The IDSC Advanced Computing team consults on storage solutions, hardware, installation, systems administration, storage maintenance, account maintenance, and end-user support. They can also provide design and implementation of high-performance solutions, scientific programming, parallel code profiling, and code optimization. IDSC Advanced Computing designs and analyzes high-performance computing (HPC) systems for big-data-system users from a variety of […]