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Around Campus, Spring 2021

Data Science and Computing Magazine Issue No. 2 Spring 2021

February 1, 2021

IDSC Staff largely worked from home during the COVID-19 crisis. Despite the physical distance, we remained close and productive. We look forward to the time when we can resume our in-person events, but hope that you will join us virtually in the meantime. Subscribe to IDSC Magazine  |  View Upcoming IDSC Events   2020-2021 Fun […]

From the Director, Spring 2021

Celebrating A Year of Collaborative Accomplishments

February 1, 2021

from the director It’s hard to believe that February marks the first anniversary of the University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing (IDSC).  Despite the unprecedented challenges of the global COVID pandemic, IDSC has been successful in attracting top-tier faculty, launching new programs, and building collaborative academic and industry partnerships in many different […]

Cover Story, Digital Health + Life Sciences Informatics, Smart Cities, Spring 2021

Health Care at Your Convenience

February 1, 2021

Smart Home Health Care Technology Picture a future where health sensors would be strategically placed throughout a person’s house to check their vital signs each day, and to alert them about potential dangers, like a sudden step down to the living room. Outside of the home, sensors could measure local pollen or pollution levels in […]

App Development, Spring 2021

Partnership Provides Access to Early Childhood Education Resources for Haitian-American Families

February 1, 2021

For two decades, Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center has been a vital community resource for Haitian-American families in the northeast corridor of Miami-Dade County. Now, Sant La is making it easier for parents to access early childhood education resources while boosting their digital technology skills in a new partnership with the University of Miami Institute […]

From the Deputy Director, Spring 2021

IDSC Launches New Grants Programs with 6 Interdisciplinary Awards

February 1, 2021

from the deputy director To support data-intensive scientific projects in multiple disciplines, IDSC has launched new Grants Programs, with awards to six University of Miami researchers. Our goal is to advance scientific knowledge through collaborative projects that can benefit from our institute’s powerful computation and analytic resources. In addition, these grants demonstrate the growing importance […]

Education, Spring 2021

New Master of Science in Data Science Degree Generates Strong Enrollment

February 1, 2021

A new Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) program offered by the University of Miami has generated strong enrollment from students seeking to incorporate data skills in their careers. “Demand for the University’s highly personalized MSDS program has already outpaced expectations,” said Mitsunori Ogihara, PhD, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Director of IDSC […]

Blockchain, Spring 2021

Yelena Yesha: International Leader in Blockchain Technology

February 1, 2021

While most people think of blockchain as the “secret sauce” of cryptocurrencies, Yelena Yesha, PhD, believes this powerful computational technology has the potential to transform industries around the world. “We have done a tremendous amount of research on blockchains for securing medical devices, including a novel network system that enables patient consent,” said Dr. Yesha, […]

Extended Reality, Spring 2021

Student XR Fund

February 1, 2021

The University of Miami XR Initiative is changing the way we teach, collaborate, and research.  This new technological paradigm shift is putting us at the forefront of innovation in the field of immersive media. As part of the XR Initiative, a competition for students who are passionate about virtual and augmented reality and have an […]

Spring 2021, Visualization

Alberto Cairo Becomes Series Editor for AK Peters Visualization Book Series

February 1, 2021

The “AK Peters Visualization [Book] Series” aims to capture new developments, and to summarize what is known over the whole spectrum of visualization by publishing in a broad range of formats. The series will contain books from all subfields of visualization, including visual analytics, information visualization, and scientific visualization, and will largely follow the calls […]

Events, Spring 2021

Data Citizens: A Distinguished Lecture Series Presents Sheldon Brown

February 1, 2021

Data Citizens is a series of in-depth talks by experts in the field of data science on a wide variety of topics including data visualization, big data, artificial intelligence, and predictive analytics.  Join us on March 11 as we welcome Sheldon Brown for a talk on AI. TALK TITLE: The Fiction Science of AI | […]

Internships, Spring 2021

Interns Build Their Data Science Skills in Multi-Institution Partnership

February 1, 2021

A cooperative international partnership led by the University of Miami Institute of Data Science and Computing (IDSC) has opened the door to new experiences and opportunities for four U.S. and Canadian interns. During the fall semester program, conducted with Canada’s Ontario Tech University (OTU) and the University of Waterloo, as well as GlassHouse Systems (GHS) […]

People, Spring 2021

IDSC Bids a Fond Farewell to Joel Zysman

February 1, 2021

After 15 years of keeping the U research community at the ‘bleeding edge’ of new technology, Joel Zysman is saying goodbye.  “Joel was the key contributor to the supercomputing infrastructure here at UM today.  His multi-faceted experience and extensive computational knowledge has led to the success of numerous IDSC milestones,”  said Nick Tsinoremas, IDSC Director. […]

AI + Machine Learning, Spring 2021

Using Generative Adversarial Networks to Diagnose COVID-19

February 1, 2021

A collaborative team of researchers has developed an innovative method of generating high-quality chest X-ray images that can be used to diagnose COVID-19 more accurately than current methods. Yelena Yesha, PhD, IDSC Innovation Officer, and Dr. Michael Morris, IDSC Affiliate Member (pictured at left), are involved in the research, which is being led by Sumeet […]

Smart Cities, Spring 2021

Smart Cities MIAMI Conference Goes Virtual 4/15

February 1, 2021

The University of Miami School of Architecture and Institute for Data Science and Computing present the 4th annual Smart Cities Miami Conference on Thursday, April 15, 1:00-4:00 PM. To aid in the design and development of more sustainable, livable, and resilient cities, the University of Miami brings cutting-edge research in urban planning, architecture, and engineering […]

Awards and Honors, Spring 2021

Dr. Ken Goodman Named The Hastings Center Fellow

February 1, 2021

Widely recognized for his work on ethical issues related to health care, life science, and information technology, IDSC Data Ethics and Society Director Kenneth W. Goodman, Ph.D., has been named a fellow of The Hastings Center, a prestigious international organization for bioethics professionals. “This is a remarkable and exciting opportunity,” said Dr. Goodman, who is […]

Spring 2021, Visiting Fellows

IDSC Welcomes Visiting Fellows Daba Dabic and Hartley LeRoy

February 1, 2021

IDSC is pleased to welcome two new Visiting Fellows:  Innovative architect Daba Dabic, and digital healthcare entrepreneur Hartley LeRoy.   Daba Dabic Ljubisa Daba Dabic, AAIA, an innovative architect with experience in healthcare and smart city programs has joined IDSC as a Visiting Fellow. A Partner in AMB Architectural Design Studio, LLC in Rockville, Maryland, Dabic […]

IDSC Membership, Spring 2021

Become an IDSC Member

February 1, 2021

Membership Criteria 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 […]

Leadership, Spring 2021

IDSC Industry Advisory Board Advances Workforce Development Initiatives

February 1, 2021

Building the data and analytic skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century workforce is a top priority for the University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing (IDSC). To advance that goal, IDSC has recruited leading technology professionals for its Industry Advisory Board. “We are committed to making South Florida a hub for […]

Events, Spring 2021

2-day Python and R Software Carpentry Courses Offered

February 1, 2021

Choose programming with R or Python. These workshops will provide you with the basic computing skills and best practices needed to be productive in a small research team. The format is a mixture of short seminars and hands-on practical exercises, and participants are encouraged to help one another and to try applying what they have […]

People, Spring 2021

IDSC Welcomes Melvin Ayala and Mostafa Zahed

February 1, 2021

IDSC is pleased to welcome two Post Doctoral Associates:  Melvin Ayala, working with the Advanced Computing team, and Mostafa Zahed, working with the Bioinformatics and Health group.   Melvin Ayala Melvin Ayala received his BA and PhD in Economic Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz in Germany and his PhD in Electrical and […]

Advanced Computing, Spring 2021

IDSC Advanced Computing Services

February 1, 2021

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 CPU-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 […]