21
Nov
2014

For 25 hours last weekend, the University of Chicago offices of the Computation Institute looked more like a lock-in party. Attendees inhaled copious amounts of pizza and coffee, students shook off sleep or took a catnap in the wee hours of the morning, and new friendships and connections formed. But the this lengthy stay resulted in more than just sleep deprivation, producing interactive data visualizations for health care and crime reports, 3D-printable keyboards, a rap-song generator, and much more.

20
Nov
2014

Knowledge Lab granted 1.38 million dollars this week to support 15 data-driven projects about how ideas are formed and circulated. Supported by the John Templeton Foundation, the grants encompass 11 different institutions, will welcome eight new researchers to Knowledge Lab’s Metaknowledge Research Network, and support the work of eight existing members.

18
Nov
2014

A collaboration between researchers at the Computation Institute and University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences  will create a new, information-rich tool for assessing and refining health care innovations and policies. With a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, scientists from the Social and Behavioral Systems Group at Argonne National Laboratory will build an agent-based model to evaluate CommunityRx, a health information technology project underway in several South Side clinics.

17
Nov
2014

For two years now, the Eric & Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Fellowship has gathered aspiring data scientists from around the globe in Chicago to work on data-driven projects with social impact. Teams of fellows and mentors worked with non-profit and government partners ranging from the World Bank and the City of Chicago to Enroll America and the Office of the President of Mexico.

14
Nov
2014

Next week, the world's experts on high-performance computing, networking, storage and analysis will gather in New Orleans for the 2014 edition of the international Supercomputing conference. Several Computation Institute researchers will be there, presenting papers, participating in panels, leading workshops and tutorials, and speaking at the Department of Energy booth.

31
Oct
2014

While genomic sequencing gets cheaper, more extensive, and more routine, the analysis of those sequences remains a difficult challenge. Clinics and laboratories studying genetics use computational methods and bioinformatics pipelines to streamline this process, converting raw sequencing results into accurate and actionable insights.

20
Oct
2014

Data visualization is among the hottest of science and technology terms right now, gathering more attention and hype as experts deal with larger and larger collections of data. But data visualization is actually a centuries-old process, with classic types such as the bar graph and the pie chart dating back to the 1700s.

09
Oct
2014

All around the world, cities are building new neighborhoods and developments at a scale never before seen in human history. Designing these massive construction projects -- and ensuring that they are energy-efficient and livable for decades to come -- exceeds the limits of the tools architects and urban planners have used in the past.

08
Oct
2014

Science is increasingly a global pursuit, with more and more collaborations spanning national and continental boundaries. A new analysis calculating the scientific impact of 1.25 million journal articles finds that papers with authors from multiple countries are cited more often and more likely to both appear in prestigious journals.
 

07
Oct
2014

The thesaurus is an essential tool for writers, a helpful reference when they need help expanding their vocabulary. But thesauri are also important for computational text analysis, where automated techniques need information about words with similar meanings to properly categorize text. In scientific fields filled with jargon, where synonyms may not be as rigorously documented as other corners of the English language, the lack of a comprehensive thesaurus could hinder new efforts to reveal new connections and discoveries in millions of published research papers.