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Research

The School of Informatics and Computing provides a vibrant environment for research with state-of-the-art facilities and a dedication to improving the world through discovery. Our faculty’s research spans a broad range—if it matters in today’s tech-driven world, we have a world-renowned faculty leading research on the topic. Our 12 centers provide the space and the people required to focus research on some of the most important problems of our time. The list of centers and research areas underscores the amazing breadth of our research.

This Month in Research

  • Summary for March 2017

    Before getting into all of the great events this month, the ADR office would like to share a little information about the Intelligent & Interactive Systems talk series, held each Monday 2:30-3:30 in Informatics East 130. They will cover a wide range of topics including machine learning, computer vision, human-robot interaction, cognitive science, and more. Each topic discussion will be led by a variety of speakers including visitors, faculty, and grad students. A schedule and video archive of most past talks is maintained here: http://vision.soic.indiana.edu/iis-talk-series/ To sign up for weekly talk announcements, please subscribe to the mailing list by sending a blank email to list@list.indiana.edu with the subject line: subscribe iis-seminar-I

    First off, for the month of March, the ILS Colloquium Series presents Allen Riddell, presenting Enumerating the Great Unread: Estimating the Yearly Rate of Novel Publication in the British Isles, 1789-1914. In this presentation, he will show how the yearly rate of new novel publication can be successfully modeled by combining a heterogeneous collection of related time series. Dr. Riddell will speak on Thursday, March 2 at Wells Library, Rm. LI 030 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm.

    Next, the Informatics Colloquium Series welcomes Dr. Aqueasha Marie Martin-Hammond, Assistant Professor for Human Centered Computing in Indianapolis. The topic of this talk is Designing and Developing Interactive Technologies to Support Aging Well. Dr. Martin-Hammond will present recent research where we examine how personalized and persuasive technology can be designed to assist older adults with health tasks and support web accessibility. Hear more on Friday, March 3 at the Geological Survey – GY-S201. Links with more details can be found below.

    The Computer Science Colloquium Series’ guest speaker Siddharth Srivastava, Staff Research Scientist, United Technologies Research Center, Berkeley, CA. Speaking on the topic of; Sequential Decision Making in the Real World: Representation, Computation, and Execution.  Intelligent assistive agents hold the key to making preventative precision healthcare a reality. Not only could such agents provide easily accessible assistants for the elderly and the ailing, but they could also assist by collecting valuable lifestyle information and making health-oriented suggestions without requiring households to be retrofit with ubiquitous sensors. Hear Dr. Srivastava speak at Lindley Hall, Rm. 102 on Friday March 3, 3:00pm. Additional information can be found below under the ‘Links’ section.

    Then, the Center for Bioinformatics Research will be presenting a talk by Xiaoqian Jiang. More details to come! Join us at the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) Oak Room on Thursday March 23 at 3:00pm.
    More from ILS Colloquium Series, Dr. Luciana Duranti, speaking on Trusting Records and Archives in the Era of Alternative Facts and misinformation. Dr. Duranti’s abstract gives us a taste for what she has to share; “In 2016, the Oxford English Dictionary chose the term ‘post-truth’ as its word of the year, an adjective that it defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’ (Oxford English Dictionary, 2016). What has changed in the digital age is its ‘always on’ connectivity, that lets falsehoods circulate at rates unimaginable only a few decades ago, as well as the pervasiveness of distribution channels, that tend to sidetrack traditional institutions in favor of a populism where reputation as a trusted source no longer carries much, if any, weight.” Experience this talk at Wells Library, Rm LI 001 on Monday, March 27 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm. More information can be found under the ‘Links’ section below.

    Next, the Center for Bioinformatics Research, Ryan Gutenkunst, Inferring natural selection on proteins from population- and network-scale models. Dr. Gutenkunst’s talk will discuss how his group aims to understand how mutations and natural selection drive the evolution of the complex biomolecular networks that underlie life. To do so, we build detailed computational models to compare with genomic and experimental data. Contrary to much recent work, our results suggest that natural selection on protein function is as important as selection on protein biophysics. Join us at Indiana Memorial Union (IMU), Walnut Room on Thursday, March 30 at 3:00pm. More details on Dr. Gutenkunst and his work at the University of Arizona can be found below.

    The Teaching & Learning research group invite all interested parties to the meeting of the Working Group on Friday, March 31, 11:00am - 12:15pm, in Info West 107. Adrian German will present on The Market Value of an Unfinished Assignment: Enhancing Decoding of Disciplines with Learner-Sighted, and Self-Regulated Learning Practices. Suzanne Menzel will discuss the benefits of project “walkthrough” video assignments in a Data Structures course. Mitja Hmeljak will share highlights from his experience at SIGCSE.

    Also hosting a talk this month, the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics Colloquium Series presents Tarleton Gillespie; At Scale and under Pressure: How Social Media Moderate, Choreograph, and Censor Public Discourse. This talk will discuss problematic forms of online expression and activity are pushing social media platforms to face some difficult questions. While many platforms continue to celebrate themselves as providing open spaces for public participation, in fact they have always had to police inappropriate speech and anti-social behavior. I will discuss the array of challenges social media platforms face, the justifications they offer for their interventions, and some of the implications that their responses present. Attend this talk at Wells Library 030 on Friday, March 31 at 2:00pm. Specific details can be found by following the link below.

    From the ILS Colloquium Series, Maurizio Ferraris, What is the Web? Join us at Wells Library, Rm LI 030 on Friday, March 31 from 4:00. Be sure to follow the hyperlink for more information soon!
    Do not miss out on the final CS Colloquia this month featuring, Cynthia Phillips. Dr. Phillips will be visiting from the Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Phillips will be sharing her latest projects from her Center for Computing Research. See this talk in Lindley Hall, Room 102 on Friday, March 31 at 3:00pm.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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