23
Jan
2015

With the ebola scare of last year subsiding, scientists are now looking for ways to prevent or slow the next outbreak of the deadly virus. While medical researchers seek an effective, safe, and affordable treatment for the disease and public health experts look to improve reporting and quarantine procedures, another group of scientists seeks to find technological approaches to containing and eradicating ebola. 

23
Jan
2015

Our new Discovery Engines: Under The Hood workshop series offers practical, hands-on instruction with new and popular computational and data tools. Watch video from the first workshop, Statistical Learning with Python and pandas, to learn about how to use the programming language and library for simplifying data structure and analysis.

13
Jan
2015

A summer job can be a lot of things: a resume builder in a new industry, a chance to learn and acquire new skills, an opportunity to explore a new city and meet new friends, a chance to volunteer and do some good for a community. There aren't too many programs that can fulfill all of these goals simultaneously, but the Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship (DSSG) is a rare exception, providing students from around the world with a chance to combine technical development with meaningful, rewarding work, in a vibrant, social setting.

09
Jan
2015

For December's Inside the Discovery Cloud event, Juan de Pablo, Liew Family Professor in Molecular Engineering at the IME, discussed how his laboratory uses computational approaches to study DNA mapping and self-assembly. Then, Michael Wilde, CI Senior Fellow, and software architect at Argonne National Laboratory discussed methods developed and applied at UChicago and Argonne that help researchers conquer the complexity of high performance computer modeling and better integrate it into the scientific knowledge discovery process.

05
Jan
2015

Since last fall, CI faculty and fellow Jason Salavon has occupied a unique position: artist-in-residence at Microsoft Research. As a computational artist, Salavon explores new ways of creating art with software and data, such as aggregating hundreds of Playboy centerfolds or Renaissance portraits into a single image, turning census data into a massive, dynamic visualization, or creating information-dense collages of search engine image results. An article at The Stranger by Jen Graves dives deep into Salavon's background and his current work at Microsoft Research, where he is exploring the intersection of art, technology, and surveillance by, in part, spying on the Microsoft Research office itself.

29
Dec
2014

The back half of 2014 was filled with big announcements: partnerships with the White House and the City of Chicago, participation and leadership in some of the newest, biggest national scientific computing projects, a new home for cancer genomic data, and an upgrade for our pet Beagle. The CI hosted a hackathon, kicked off the second year of its Inside The Discovery Cloud Speaker Series, and toasted the second class of the Data Science for Social Good fellowship. Most importantly, across all the research centers of the CI, the stage was set for an even bigger 2015. Happy New Year!

22
Dec
2014

2014 was a productive year for the Computation Institute, so much so that we can't even fit our entire year in review into a single post. From papers on influenza, climate modeling, whole genome analysis, and autism prevalence to workshops on research data management, urban research, and the science of science, the Computation Institute was active across the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory campuses and beyond, facilitating collaboration between disciplines and applying powerful computational tools to accelerate the pace of science. In this post, we cover January through June of this busy 2014, with the second half of the year coming later this week. Happy Holidays!

18
Dec
2014

The cities and urban developments of the future will dwarf what architects and city planners have done in the past, creating an urgent need for new large-scale tools and approaches. Lakesim, one of the first projects of the CI's Urban Center for Computation and Data seeks to address this need, combining modern design tools with scientific supercomputing to create a new platform for testing and modifying different plans.

16
Dec
2014

The genetic code of living things has been likened to a blueprint for life. Unlike a real blueprint, though, the genome doesn’t explicitly lay out everything. Genomes can reveal the amino acid sequence of proteins, the molecules at the heart of biological functions like metabolizing food and fighting disease, but the truly valuable insights lie hidden in a protein's physical structure—a far more elusive piece of data.

12
Dec
2014

The theme for the 2014-15 Computation Institute Inside the Discovery Cloud Speaker Series is "Catalyzing Collaboration," placing the spotlight on the unique, multidisciplinary research partnerships enabled by the CI. As more and more research fields grapple with the linked challenges of big data and complex computational methods, the need for collaboration between computer scientists and domain scientists grows more urgent.