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The primary mission of the Associate Dean for Research Office is to be the gateway for research collaborations and resources for faculty at SoIC. Providing this gateway and resources allows faculty to focus on achieving their research goals, while the ADR office assists with removing obstacles hindering objectives.

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For research collaborations, contact Martina Barnas.
For non-technical research needs (e.g., funding opportunities and grant management), contact Pantea Pishgahi.
For scheduling meetings and collaborations with SoIC please contact soicadr@indiana.edu.

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This Month in Research

Summary for February 2017

 An event hosted by Workshop in Methods, Olga Scrivner’s ‘Interactive Visual Data Analysis with Shiny Applications: Interactive Text Mining Suite and language Variation Suite,’ will be held Friday, Feb. 3 from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn 200). The objective of this workshop is to introduce researchers to user-friendly analytical tools. ITMS and LVS are two web-based tools for visualization and quantitative analysis. Additional information for this talk can be found under the ‘Links’ section below.

Next, Keval Vora from the University of California, Riverside, will speak on ‘Efficient Large-Scale Graph Processing’ as part of the CS Colloquium Series. Dr. Vora will be on campus at Lindley Hall, Room 102 Friday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m. For more details on this talk, please follow the link listed below.

From the Intelligent & Interactive Systems Talk Series, Alexander Gates of the IU School of Informatics and Computing will present ‘On comparing clusterings: an element-centric framework unifies overlaps and hierarchy’ demonstrating how standard clustering measures fail to meet common sense expectations. He also will show how his framework that can offer insight into how the clusterings differ. Gates will present his talk, Monday, Feb. 6 in Informatics East 130 at 2:30 p.m. Full details can be found below in the ‘Links’ section.

The Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research will host University of Connecticut assistant professor Maifi Khan IUB Maurer Law 335 | IUPUI ICTC 497, Thursday, Feb.9 Noon-1 p.m. Khan, who is with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UConn, researches different aspects of system usability and reliability (e.g., troubleshooting, configuration tuning, system update and maintenance, mitigating the effect of system failures on end users, and design of human-centric authentication and online communication). More information can be found in the ‘Links’ section below.

Another visitor for the CS Colloquium Series, Dr. Anand Sivasubramaniam, Distinguished professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Penn State, will be presenting his talk ‘Provisioning and Harnessing Energy Storage for Datacenters.’ This presentation will be Friday, Feb. 10 from 3-4 p.m. in Lindley Hall Room 102. Additional information for this talk can be found under the ‘Links’ section below.

The Information and Library Science (ILS) Colloquia Series is hosting our own Dr. Devan Ray Donaldson. During this colloquium Dr. Donaldson will be sharing his insight into Understanding Perspectives on Sharing Neutron Data at Oak Ridge national Laboratory. Join us at Wells Library, Rm LI 030 on February 17th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm.

Dr. Olga Scrivner, IU College of Arts & Sciences, will speak on ‘Developing interactive visual tools with Shiny for data mining’ on Monday, Feb. 20, at 3:30 p.m. in Informatics East Room 130 as part of the Intelligent & Interactive Systems Talk Series. Information for this talk can be found under the ‘Links’ section below.

The Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research will host EFF’s Nate Cardozo in the IUB Maurer Law 335 | IUPUI ICTC 497 Feb 23, from Noon-1 p.m. This talk will discuss the history of the first Crypto Wars and the state of the law coming into the Trump Era. Cardozo will then discuss what happened in the fight between Apple and the FBI in San Bernardino and the current proposals to weaken or ban encryption, covering proposed and recently enacted laws in New York, California, Australia, India, and the UK. More information on this talk and a bio for Nate Cardozo can be found in the ‘Links’ section below.

Finally, from the Intelligent & Interactive Systems Talk Series, Dr. Andrew Womack, IU Department of Statistics. Dr. Womack will discuss ‘Bayesian Marginal Computation from Hamiltonian Monte Carlo’,. This talk will be on Monday, February 27th, in Informatics East Room 130 at 2:30 p.m. Full details can be found below.


  • Summary for January 2017

    Happy New Year and welcome back to campus! We start the new semester in a big way: First up, for this month’s events, will be a half-day workshop hosted by SoIC Intelligent Systems Engineering, entitled; Big Simulation and Big Data Workshop. This workshop will begin with a keynote talk by Dr. Paul Messina of the Argonne National Laboratory, followed by a series of 30 minute talks by Dr. Thomas Sterling (Indiana University), Dr. Shantenu Jha (Rutgers University), Dr. Martin Swany (Indiana University), and Dr. Judy Qiu (Indiana University). The event will end with a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Geoffrey Fox (Indiana University). This colloquium will be held Monday, January 9th in the University Club, IMU from 1:00 pm – 5:45 pm. For more information, please follow the “Big Simulation and Big Data Workshop” link below.

    Later in the month, the IU Network Science Institute will be hosting Dr. Stacy Rosenbaum from The University of Chicago on January 23rd. Dr. Rosenbaum’s talk, entitled The Causes & Consequences of Social Plasticity in Wild Mountain Gorillas, will discuss socieocology variation within-species and within-population of wild Mountain gorillas. For more information, click on the “Stacy Rosenbaum” link below.

    Next, SoIC Computer Science (CS) Colloquium Series, will be hosting Junchen Jiang from Carnegie Mellon University on January 24th as well as Andrew Lukenfahr from the University of Michigan on January 27th. Dr. Lukenfahr’s topic will be Why is My Phone Dead? Energy-Efficient Computing with composite Cores. Dr. Lukenfahr will discuss the demands we have on smartphones and how those challenges can be met. More information on Junchen Jiang and Andrew Lukenfahr can be found in the links below.

    On January 26th, The SoIC Center for Bioinformatics Research will host a talk by Associate Professor, Yunlong Liu.

    Finally, on January 27th, The SoIC Data Science Talk Series will be hosting Michael Sutton, Chief Knowledge Officer & Chief Gamification Officer of Funification LLC. Some of the takeaways from this talk will include; 1) Insight to the value proposition for increased Emotional Intelligence skill sets within the Data Science field, 2) Potential opportunities for applying Design Thinking in Data Science, and 3) Knowledge nuggets encompassing leadership and teamship behavior within Data Science. More details can be found by following the link below.


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