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Creative Technologies, Spring 2023

Building a Digital Twin for Training in the UMVerse

January 18, 2023

Ophthalmologist Giselle Ricur, M.D., has been promoting telemedicine for decades, but it wasn’t until COVID hit in early 2020 that she started making major headway. “The pandemic came, and we accomplished more in three months than we had in 30 years.” “The pandemic came, and we accomplished more in three months than we had in […]

From the Deputy Director, Spring 2023

New Faculty and New Grants Bring Innovative Ideas and Fascinating Research

January 18, 2023

from the deputy director The new year marks an exciting period at the Institute for Data Science & Computing, with new faces joining the team and a new round of IDSC grant winners who will further our mission to use the power of computing to bolster a wide range of academic pursuits across the University […]

Creative Technologies, Spring 2023

Game and Interactive Media Design Student Casey O’Brien is Living the Dream

January 18, 2023

Casey O’Brien is only months (and a capstone project) away from completing her Master of Fine Arts in Game and Interactive Media Design. A week after she graduates, O’Brien will start her dream job at her dream company, working on her favorite game. “I grew up playing games, from elementary school into college,” said O’Brien. […]

Digital Health + Life Sciences Informatics, Spring 2023

Combating Alzheimer’s Through Sleep, Exercise, and Early Detection

January 18, 2023

The medical community has been trying to uncover the causes of Alzheimer’s disease since it was first diagnosed over a century ago. Now, a team of researchers at the University of Miami is hoping that revolutionary technology can finally help find the answer.

Data Ethics + Society, Spring 2023

Ethics, Computer Science, and Writing: The Challenge and Opportunity of Text Generation 1/23

January 18, 2023

The University of Miami has a long track record in studying ethics and information technology. This special event links the Institute for Data Science and Computing (IDSC), the University’s new Department of Writing Studies, and the UM Ethics Programs on a panel to address challenges related to the explosive interest in—and use of—Artificial Intelligence programs […]

Earth Systems, Spring 2023

Geologist Combines AI, Big Data, Computing Power, and Curiosity

January 18, 2023

Growing up in North Carolina, Sam Goldberg was constantly outdoors on family hikes, summer camping trips, and canoe rides through winding rivers. As he paddled through deep valleys or fidgeted with his camping gear, Goldberg always found himself asking the same question: how was this made?

Digital Health + Life Sciences Informatics, Spring 2023

Catch the Replay: Renowned Cardiology Researcher Zahi Fayad on Integrating Health-Related Data Sets

January 18, 2023

Integrating varied data sets is vital for advancing medical research and delivering personalized health care, according to Zahi A. Fayad, PhD, a nationally renowned cardiology researcher. “We need to assemble the data for the whole person, including wearables, clinical reports, and imaging,” he said. “For instance, sensor technology can provide insights on a patient’s lifestyle […]

Spring 2023, Virtual Reality

“Nurture VR” Study Uses Virtual Reality to Enhance Maternal Mental Health

January 18, 2023

Virtual reality (VR) headsets have mostly been popularized by children—and some adults—playing immersive video games. But a team of researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine led by Azizi Seixas the Principal Investigator of the study, Director of the U’s Media and Innovation Lab (“The MIL”), and Director of Population Health Informatics […]

Cybersecurity, Spring 2023

IDSC Visiting Fellow Stephen Dennis Leads Collaboration with Universidad de la Américas Puebla

January 18, 2023

Borders between nations don’t exist in the world of cyber crime, so the University of Miami’s Institute for Data Science & Computing (ISDC) is forging a new relationship with a university in Mexico to help both nations bolster their ability to detect, prevent, and respond to cyberattacks.

Data Ethics + Society, Spring 2023

National AI Consortium Taps IDSC Ethics Director Ken Goodman

January 18, 2023

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) consortium on artificial intelligence has tapped the Director of Ethics + Society of the University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing (IDSC) for its external advisory board.

Social and Behavioral Data Science, Spring 2023

New Study Focuses on Evolution of Polarized Networks in Social Media

January 18, 2023

What drives the polarization of political opinions on social media? How do “echo chambers” of like-minded friends evolve over time? Are there ways to depolarize these networks and bring individuals closer together?

Advanced Computing, Spring 2023

PROFILE: Pedro Davila—Leveraging Supercomputers to Answer Important Questions About Cancer

January 18, 2023

Pedro Davila has a pretty awesome job—the care and feeding of the U’s supercomputers. He’s been a systems administrator at the Institute for Data Science and Computing (IDSC) for more than a decade, working with colleagues to maintain software, support hardware, and help users around campus meet their data needs.

People, Spring 2023

Welcome New Faces!

January 18, 2023

IDSC is pleased to introduce two new team members:  Antonio “Tony” Gonzalez, Data Engineer 2 for IDSC Systems + Data Engineering, and, Bryson Rudolph, XR Software Engineer, for the IDSC Human-Centered Design + Computing, Creative Technologies team.   Tony Gonzalez Antonio “Tony” Gonzalez has worked for the University of Miami for over 30 years. He […]

Smart Cities, Spring 2023

Save the Dates 3/30-31 for the Smart Cities MIAMI 2023 Conference

January 18, 2023

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 in alignment with computational resources and analytical methods. The annual Smart Cities MIAMI Conference is an extension of these efforts, providing a forum for leaders in academia, industry, […]

Events, Spring 2023

Bring your Questions to the next IDSC Town Hall Tuesday 2/7

January 18, 2023

The Institute for Data Science and Computing (IDSC) is broadening computational resources, services, and grants! We invite you to attend a Town Hall meeting to discover all that IDSC offers. Join us online on Tuesday, February 7, for a look at IDSC’s advanced computing resources, systems and data engineering services, workforce development and educational programming, […]

IDSC Fellows, Spring 2023

Catch the Replay: 2022-2023 IDSC Fellows’ Project Proposals

January 18, 2023

The Institute for Data Science and Computing (IDSC) was pleased to host the newly chosen 2022-2023 IDSC Fellows as they presented their project proposals on December 14, 2022. Join us in congratulating (in order of presentation) Jeffrey Serville, Kelly Soluri, Sadegh Tale Masoule, and Shara Sookhoo. Each spoke briefly on what they hoped to accomplish.

Careers, Spring 2023

IDSC Job Openings: APPLY NOW!

January 18, 2023

IDSC has the following positions are currently available: Assistant/Associate Professor in Interactive Media The University of Miami School of Communication Department of Interactive Media invites applications for permanent, full-time, nine-month, tenure-track, or tenure-eligible faculty positions at the Assistant Professor and Associate Professor levels. The candidate must possess or expect to receive a Ph.D. in Human-Computer […]

IDSC Membership, Spring 2023

Want to Collaborate With us?
Become an IDSC Member!

January 18, 2023

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.

Advanced Computing, Spring 2023

IDSC Advanced Computing Services

January 18, 2023

The IDSC Advanced Computing Services (ACS) 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. The IDSC ACS team designs and analyzes high-performance computing (HPC) systems for big-data-system users from […]

Spring 2023, Systems and Data Engineering

IDSC Systems + Data Engineering Services

January 18, 2023

The IDSC Systems and Data 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.

Events, Spring 2023

Did you miss any of our recent events? Catch the replays!

January 18, 2023

Here’s a look back at the most recent events since our last magazine issue. Check our EVENTS CALENDAR for upcoming events and/or sign up for our EVENTS MAILING LIST (scroll to bottom of page). 1/11/2023 • Data Citizens: A Distinguished Lecture Series presents ZAHI FAYAD   12/4/2022 • IDSC Fellows Launch Event Featuring Project Presentations […]

Cover Story, Digital Health + Life Sciences Informatics, Fall 2022

COVER STORY: Azizi Seixas Honored for Accelerating the Future of Personalized Wellness

August 30, 2022

Cover Story Nationally known as a health disparities researcher, thought leader, and technologist, Azizi Seixas, PhD, was recently honored by Amazon Web Services (AWS) as one of 10 U.S. Education Champions in their inaugural class at IMAGINE 2022. The AWS Education Champions community recognizes, celebrates, and supports individuals that embody and advocate for AWS Education’s […]

Fall 2022, From the Director

New Recruits Represent a Defining Leap Forward for IDSC

August 30, 2022

from the director I am pleased to share with you a look back at a year’s worth of exciting progress at IDSC, as told by writer Alan Gomez, who offers a glimpse at where it might take us . . . A computer science prodigy who started college at age 12 and received his PhD […]

Fall 2022, From the Deputy Director

CALL FOR PROPOSALS for IDSC “Expanding the Use of Collaborative Data Science” Grants

August 30, 2022

from the deputy director As Big Data, artificial intelligence, and machine-learning systems become more integral and integrated parts of our lives, the moral and ethical questions surrounding those advances become all the more important. At the Institute for Data Science and Computing (IDSC) we recognize those concerns and want to help find the answers. That’s […]

Earth Systems, Fall 2022

Applying a Diverse Lens to the Atmospheric Phenomena Affecting El Niño and La Niña

August 30, 2022

For forty years, climate scientists have been trying to develop a computational model that accurately predicts the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon. But that work has stagnated in recent years with only minor, gradual improvements to their predictions.

Fall 2022

Bring your Questions to the next IDSC Town Hall Thursday 9/8

August 30, 2022

IDSC is broadening computational resources, services, and grants! We invite you to attend a Town Hall meeting to discover all that IDSC offers. Join us online on Thursday, September 8, 2022, for a look at IDSC’s advanced computing resources, systems and data engineering services, workforce development and educational programming, as well as our research focus […]

Fall 2022

IDSC AI and Machine Learning
Welcomes Mingzhe Chen

August 30, 2022

Mingzhe Chen had a plan. Born and raised in in the interior of China, he moved to Wuhan for college and figured he’d get a telecommunications degree and find a job. It was 2009 and telecoms were booming, with the Chinese government building new networks and telecommunications infrastructure throughout the increasingly-connected nation.