South Hub presents next event in data science roundtable series

On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, the South Big Data Hub will present Translational Data Analytics for Environmental Health: Sensors, Algorithms, and Patients at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) from noon – 1:30. To attend in person, please RSVP to Those who are unable to attend in person are welcome to join virtually.

The roundtable will include a panel moderated by Ashok Krishnamurthy, PhD, Deputy Director of RENCI. Guest panelists include: Ayaz Hyder, PhD, from the College of Public Health at The Ohio State University; Andy May, PhD, from Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at The Ohio State University; and David Peden, PhD, from the UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

May and Hyder will be discussing in part their work on a collaborative partnership with a local high school to utilize low-cost air quality sensors to monitor traffic-related air pollution. Environmental data from the sensor will be stored, processed, and analyzed via a cloud-computing solution. The processed data will be used for multiple purposes: 1) student engagement via a web-based application to display curriculum-relevant materials, 2) community engagement via a multilingual informational and educational website for residents and patients at risk for adverse outcomes due to poor air quality, 3) environmental exposure assessment and statistical spatiotemporal forecasting of local air quality in epidemiologic studies.

Peden’s primary research focus is the impact of environmental agents and pollutants on respiratory and systemic inflammation and physiology, which impacts airway diseases such as asthma, COPD, inhalational injury and airway infection as well as triggering cardiovascular events.

The South Big Data Hub is proud to present a monthly series on emerging data science challenges, featuring researchers, innovators and industry from the South Hub. To suggest roundtable topics or host a South Hub roundtable at your institution, please email Dr. Lea Shanley, co-Executive Director of the South Big Data Hub, at

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