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FACULTY, RESEARCH, & DEVELOPMENT OVERVIEW

The South Hub has a strong focus on impact for faculty and on the advancement of research and development across the region. The South Hub provides direct support to large and small-scale applied projects, academia-industry collaborations, and seed grant proposals.

 

IMPACT

  • $7+ Million in faculty lead projects
  • $135,000+ in early career faculty fellowships for travel and salary support to engage with industry partners
  • Over $ 100,000 in faculty training in data science for faculty at primarily teaching institutions, minority-led or -serving institutions, community colleges, and four-year liberal arts colleges

 

VIEW MORE ABOUT OUR WORK WITH FACULTY, RESEARCH, & DEVELOPMENT

In the age of ubiquitous connectivity and social media, information is at our fingertips. Unfortunately, so is misinformation and often it is hard to tell one from the other. A recent roundtable discussion sponsored by the South Big Data Hub examined the rapidly changing landscape for building online communities, sharing information, and creating what often appears to be a groundswell of support for particular points of view. 
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Chinese scientists get a taste of data-driven research at U.S. State Department
Ten scientists from the People’s Republic of China visited with University of North Carolina faculty members in January, where they learned about research that uses big data and data science to understand problems related to smart and connected cities, environmental quality, air pollution, and urban quality of life. The scientists were part of the International Visitor Leadership Program Young Scientist Forum, a program sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Office of International Visitors Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Young Scientists Forum is an annual engagement under the U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange, which aims to strengthen the ties between U.S. and Chinese citizens in the areas of culture, education, science and technology, sports, and women’s issues. This particular forum was in the U.S. to explore best practices for connecting with, and engaging, the public on scientific research related to air, water, and soil pollution. View the post for more information.
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On August 25, nearly sixty people gathered for a workshop on Data Infrastructure for Materials and Advanced Manufacturing.
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The South Big Data Hub Roundtable held on January 11 in Chapel Hill, NC, provided an open discussion forum with a focus on Translational Data Analytics for Environmental Health. Ashok Krishnamurthy, PhD, moderated the discussion, which included panelists Andy May, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of civil, environmental, and geodetic engineering at The Ohio State University, Ayaz Hyder, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at Ohio State’s College of Public Health, David Peden, PhD,  a distinguished professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and Paul Kizakevich, PhD, a senior research engineer in the bioinformatics program at RTI International. VIew the post for more.
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Participant recap of the mHealth Conference in May 2017. The Mobile Health (mHealth) conference sponsored by the South Big Data Innovation Hub and the National Consortium for Data Science. Alex Cheng was a third-year graduate student in biomedical informatics at Vanderbilt University. He attended the South Big Data Hub/NCDS mHealth conference in May with travel support from the Hub.
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The workshop participants thoughtfully assessed a wide array of mobile health (mhealth) applications to address health disparities and their environmental influences within the research, legal, policy, environment, and clinical settings. Within the clinical setting, participants identified shifting the point of care to the patient using mHealth technologies as a key priority.
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High Impact Applications of Data Science in Precision Medicine, Health Analytics, and Health Disparities
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Participant recap of the 2017 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation (SBP-BRiMS 2017) was held in Washington, DC, in July, and prominent fields applying social computing techniques include public health and healthcare. Sahar Tavakoli is a PhD student in computer science at the University of Central Florida. She attended the 2017 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation (SBP-BRiMS) with support from the South Big Data Hub.
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The South Big Data Innovation Hub and the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS), in collaboration with the Institute for the Future and 10X Collective, held a workshop that brought together a diverse body of experts to identify and prioritize research challenges in data science and IoT cyberinfrastructure.
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The purpose of this workshop is to collect practitioner input into the challenges surrounding the use of data coming from distributed sensors in the context of smart cities and smart campuses.
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