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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.