Left to right: Lea Shanley, Srinivas Aluru, Fen Zhao, Renata Rawlings-Goss, Dan Stazione, Stan Ahalt, Melvin Greer
Representatives of the South Hub including Principal Investigators Srinivas Aluru and Stan Ahalt, and Co-Executive Directors Renata Rawlings-Goss and Lea Shanley met in Washington, D.C. for congressional briefings to educate staff on the importance and impact of data science, as well as on the activities of the South Big Data Hub. Continue reading
The South Hub is sponsoring several workshops this fall, and registration for these events is now open. Participants come from academic research institutions across the 16 states that comprise the South Big Data Innovation Hub and industrial partners across the country. Some workshops will have limits concerning attendees due to space, and there are also a limited number of travel awards available. View more about all of these workshops by visiting http://southbdhub.org/workshops.html. Continue reading
By Jonathan Ortiz, DataStart Fellow, data.world, Austin, Texas
As the summer semester passes its halfway point, I take a moment to reflect on just what an amazing summer it has been and think ahead to what is in store for the second half. I am a Data Analytics and Big Data student at The University of Texas at Austin, and this summer I have had the exciting opportunity to work with data.world, an Austin data startup, through a DataStart fellowship managed by the South Big Data Hub with support from the Computing Community Consortium and the National Science Foundation.
data.world is a data platform that helps people work together to solve important problems faster. I believe, as the good folks at data.world believe, that the barriers that divide data and people are artifacts from a less-connected era. In a time when more and more open data is created every day, only a tiny fraction—less than 1%—of all the data that gets collected and stored is ever analyzed, according to an IDC report. Continue reading
The South Big Data Hub is proud to be a part of Microsoft’s new initiative. Read their full article about boosting the national Big Data Hub program with $3 million in Microsoft Azure Cloud Computing credits.
Working Groups (WGs) engage directly with the Hub Executive team to implement and participate across hub activities. These groups are distinct from Rings in that they would be a select group assisting the Hub in the development and administering of services to the members as a whole. We invite you to participate in an upcoming call, or catch up on what is in progress. By visiting the “Community” navigation tab at www.southbdhub.org, you can listen to previous calls, view our Wiki, and join upcoming calls. Initially, calls begin as exploratory meetings of the community facilitated by the hub, permitting the community to set goals, define and participate in leadership roles, and chart the path forward for the WG. Continue reading
DataStart provides real-world experiences for students while helping entrepreneurial companies
Graduate students from six universities in the southern U.S. will spend the summer working on data challenges important to the success of new and growing technology companies thanks to a program called the Southern Startup Internship Program in Data Science (DataStart).
DataStart interns will address a wide range of data-related business problems, including spotting trends in the diversity of people included in clinical trials, developing methods for using sensor data to detect loads on wind turbines, and the challenges of cleansing and standardizing data to extract more knowledge from it.
Reposted, original post on Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Dr. Lea Shanley has joined our South BD Hub team as co-Executive Director based at RENCI at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lea will work closely with Dr. Renata Rawlings-Goss, the new South BD Hub co-Executive Director at Georgia Tech, to implement the vision and strategic direction of the South BD Hub and manage Hub activities. Continue reading
Reposted, original post on Monday, Febrary 29, 2016
Renata comes to us with rich experience in Big Data technology and policy from the National Science Foundation and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. During her tenure, she co-led inter-agency Big Data initiatives and led the formation of the National Data Science Organizers group. She is a biophysicist and her scientific work, at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, was focused on biophysics, bioinformatics and next-generation genomics research. Continue reading