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Around Campus, Fall 2020

Data Science and Computing Magazine Inaugural Issue Fall 2020

September 18, 2020

IDSC launched our first online magazine with the fall 2020 issue.  Nearing the end of 2020 we reflected on the past in the photos below, and looked forward to resuming in-person events and gatherings.

Fall 2020, Leadership

Taking a Collaborative Approach to Data Science

September 18, 2020

Data science holds the key to tackling many of society’s greatest challenges from COVID-19 to smart cities, social justice, and the global environment. Leading-edge computational approaches can extract hidden knowledge and generate fresh insights from large and complex datasets in many different sectors. That’s why the University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing […]

Cover Story, Fall 2020

Yelena Yesha Joins UM as IDSC Chief Innovation Officer

September 18, 2020

Yelena Yesha, PhD, an award-winning researcher and technology industry leader, has joined IDSC as Chief Innovation Officer and Head of International Relations. She was also named Visiting Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Science. “Dr. Yesha is an internationally recognized leader in many fields, including cybersecurity, big data analytics, medical research, electronic commerce, and […]

App Development, Fall 2020

xSAT Outbreak Tracking + Early-Detection Platform Launched

September 18, 2020

IDSC has developed a first-of-its-kind early-detection platform xsat.idsc.miami.edu for COVID-19 that will enable local residents to self-report symptoms and researchers and decision makers to visualize data and identify hot spots. By tracking social media posts, analyzing public health data, and creating an interactive online dashboard, University of Miami researchers, and others, will have the ability […]

Fall 2020, Leadership

Jim Bottum to Lead Strategic Initiatives for IDSC

September 18, 2020

IDSC welcomes James R. “Jim” Bottum as Director of Strategic Initiatives. In this role, he will be responsible for building collaborative alliances and partnerships with academia, industry, and community organizations. “As I look at the national landscape of emerging data science initiatives, IDSC appears to have some unique qualities that I find very exciting. IDSC […]

Fall 2020, Leadership

Data Science for Everyone

September 18, 2020

Data science is rapidly becoming an essential discipline for students and adults. Understanding the construction of datasets, the use of analytic tools, and the assumptions that go into computational models are vital skills in science, business, and the humanities. In atmospheric and marine science, for example, data science tools are helping us improve hurricane forecasts, […]

Fall 2020, Leadership

Data Ethics and Society Director and Co-Director Appointed

September 18, 2020

Kenneth W. Goodman, PhD, and Otávio Bueno, PhD, have been named Director and Co-Director of Data Ethics + Society for the University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing (IDSC). “From personal privacy to fake news, legal, ethical, and social concerns permeate the research, teaching, and applications of data science and computing,” said IDSC […]

Blockchain, Fall 2020

Fake News Detection and Tracking Using Blockchain

September 18, 2020

UM Visiting Distinguished Professor and IDSC Chief Innovation Officer Yelena Yesha, PhD, is launching a collaborative blockchain project to detect and track fake news by identifying the source in real time. “The coronavirus pandemic has led to an explosion of misinformation, such as ‘miracle cures’, as well as scammers trying to take advantage of people, […]

Fall 2020, Neurotechnology

Brain Investigators Collaborative International Initiative

September 18, 2020

Researchers from IDSC are exploring the interface between the human brain and technology through a collaborative international initiative. “We are working closely with scientists from Europe and Israel in fields like medical informatics, brain-computer interfaces, and biomarkers for diseases like COVID-19,” said Yelena Yesha, PhD, UM Visiting Distinguished Professor and IDSC Chief Innovation Officer. “These […]

Fall 2020, Visualization

PCORI Awards Evidence Map Depicting Impact of Social Needs Interventions on Health Outcomes

September 18, 2020

Data specialists at IDSC are collaborating with national consulting firm MDB, Inc., in designing and developing an interactive evidence map displaying the impact of social needs interventions on health outcomes. “Our multidisciplinary UM team will effectively translate scientific findings and data into a visual evidence map to help physicians, researchers, and health insurance systems see […]

Education, Fall 2020

New MS in Data Science Degree Launches Collaborations

September 18, 2020

From cybersecurity to applying artificial intelligence in business, the University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing (IDSC) is launching a wide range of collaborative educational programs. “Being able to analyze data and interpret the results is now a basic skill, like being able to read and write.” “We believe data science skills are […]

Fall 2020, Leadership

Industry Advisory Board Advances IDSC Mission

September 18, 2020

A team of distinguished technology professionals is advancing the collaborative mission of the University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing (IDSC) by serving on the Industry Advisory Board. “We are committed to making South Florida a hub for the data sciences and integrating leading-edge tools and applications into decision-making processes for all industries,” […]

Data Science, Fall 2020

Tel Aviv University Partners with UM on Data Science

September 18, 2020

A new international partnership between IDSC and Tel Aviv University in Israel will open the door to collaborative research, learning, and cultural initiatives. “We are looking forward to creating exciting opportunities for our researchers, faculty, and students, to expand their horizons,” said Nick Tsinoremas, IDSC Director, who recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Tel […]

Fall 2020, Software Engineering

IDSC Software Engineering

September 18, 2020

IDSC’s professional software engineers actively seek collaborative partners for new and innovative software application and systems development projects. Core competencies include: • Software Application Conceptualization, Design, Implementation, and Project Management • AI and Machine Learning • Computer Vision, Photogrammetry, and 3D Reconstruction • Drones and Aerial Surveys with a Focus on Urban Spaces • Extended […]

Extended Reality, Fall 2020

The U Experience Magic Leap Campus Tour

September 18, 2020

By combining their creativity with powerful computing tools, University of Miami (UM) graduate students Maria Aguilar and Manouj Govindaraju crafted an extended reality (XR) application to welcome incoming freshman. Now, campus newcomers will be able put on a Magic Leap 1 set and ‘walk’ through the campus, learn about academics, athletics, and other topics, and […]

Advanced Computing, Fall 2020

IDSC Advanced Computing

September 18, 2020

Rated one of the Top 5 academic institution supercomputers in the country for 2019, TRITON, the U’s newest supercomputer, is a state-of-the-art IBM power9 GPU-accelerated system, representing a new approach to computational and data science. IDSC Advanced Computing consults on storage solutions, hardware, installation, systems administration, storage maintenance, account maintenance, and end-user support. The AC  […]