12
Feb
2016

A panel of British and American researchers, including RDCEP's Joshua Elliott spoke at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington DC, presenting updated research revealing how extreme events which affect the food system are increasingly likely to occur, resulting in ‘food shocks’.

29
Jan
2016

A multi-institutional team of researchers is using Chameleon -- the cloud computing system for research operated by the Computation Institute and Texas Advanced Computing Center -- to study cyberattacks, detect vulnerabilities, and improve defenses.  

21
Jan
2016

The University of Chicago Innovation Fund has been kind to the Computation Institute. One year ago, Parallel.works, led by CI Senior Fellow Mike Wilde, received funding from the UChicago-backed initiative to support entrepreneurship on campus. Last summer, the Array of Things project kept the streak alive, receiving $150,000 to begin manufacturing its sensor nodes. But for the fall round of the Innovation Fund, we doubled down with two winning startups from CI researchers: Navipoint Genomics and Praedictus Climate Solutions.

19
Jan
2016

OpenGrid, a new website and mobile app that maps and visualizes city data for Chicago residents, was announced and released today by the City of Chicago. The project, funded by the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge, was built in partnership with researchers at the CI's Urban Center for Computation and Data and uses their Plenario open data platform.

14
Jan
2016

Navipoint Genomics and Praedictus Climate Solutions, two companies launched by CI researchers at Globus and the Center for Robust Decision Making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCDP), received funding in the latest round of the University of Chicago Innovation Fund.

06
Jan
2016

A new partnership between Array of Things (AoT) and Product Development Technologies (PDT) will drive the public launch of the urban sensing project in 2016. PDT, based in Lake Zurich, IL, will spearhead the design and manufacturing of a custom enclosure system for AoT nodes, protecting the technology from weather conditions while enabling accurate measurements.

31
Dec
2015

Climate change and agriculture. The environment, infrastructure, and activity of cities. The damage of electric shock. Police relations with the public. The balance of innovation and conservatism across the history of science. These subjects would seem to have little overlap, but in 2015, they were all subjects of research at the Computation Institute, with researchers finding new and brilliant ways of using data and computation to study a broad range of important topics.

18
Dec
2015

One of the most important consequences of climate change will be its effect upon global agriculture and food supply. In worst case scenarios, increased temperatures and more frequent droughts will create food scarcity and dramatic shifts in the types of crops different regions of the world can grow. But in order to better prepare for these changes, more nuanced forecasts about climate and agriculture are needed. This week, one of the most ambitious projects in this area announced a new phase in creating these important computational tools.

Chronicle of Higher Education
09
Dec
2015

In two recent studies, CI Senior Fellows James Evans and Andrey Rzhetsky built a network of millions of papers to ask an important question: is scientific research living up to its potential?  Their analysis, conducted with UCLA's Jacob Foster and CI Director Ian Foster, found that science increasingly explores more incremental and conservative questions, avoiding the

08
Dec
2015

Everyone in the automotive industry wants to build a better engine, one that gets higher gas mileage, produces less emissions, and stills provides the power that drivers want. But actually building and testing different engines in the wide range of conditions it experiences is a costly process, and prohibitively complex. Dozens of variables, including RPM, fuel type and temperature, weather conditions, and city vs.