111418 Update

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A bi-monthly newsletter with updates on data and computing news and events for UW-Madison researchers.

In the Nov. 14th, 2018 update:

  • Illuminating Connections: Exploring Hubs at Discovery
  • Course Offerings for Spring 2019
  • Upcoming Campus Events
  • Upcoming Trainings and Workshops
  • Campus Opportunities and Groups
  • External Opportunities

Are you…

  • unsure which campus data and computing resources you need for your research?
  • interested in making connections and starting new collaborations with data scientists and other researchers on campus?
  • looking for training in data and computing skills?

The Data Science Hub can help! Send an email to the Data Science facilitator (facilitator@datascience.wisc.edu) or come by Hub Central in the Discovery Building during office hours (W 9:30-11:30, Th 2:30-4:30). Check calendar for latest details and updates.

Illluminating Connections: Exploring Hubs at Discovery

Wednesday, December 12
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Discovery Building, UW–Madison

Join us for a celebration of WID’s hubs! Learn how the hubs serve researchers and community members across campus and the state. Explore posters, interactive activities, and informal discussions followed by a special edition of SoundWaves revolving around the theme of illumination.

Course Offerings for Spring 2019

The time for students to enroll in spring courses is quickly approaching. Below is a list of courses related to Data Science that were shared with us.

Course Department and Number Instructors Course Title (with link when available)
BMI 826-008 Pilar Ossorio Ethical Conduct of Research for Data Scientists
CS 760 Mark Craven and David Page Machine Learning
PHS 651 Lu Mao Advanced Regression Methods for Population Health
PHS 806 Paul Peppard Advanced Epidemiology: Practice of Epidemiology
ECE 379 Laurent Lessard Data Science and Engineering
ISyE 412 Jiao Xu Fundamentals of Industrial Data Analytics
ISyE 512 Jiao Xu Inspection, Quality Control and Reliability
ISyE 524 Stephen J. Wright Introduction to Optimization
ISyE 525 Alberto Del Pia Linear Programming Methods
ISyE 612 Kaibo Liu Information Sensing and Analysis for Manufacturing Processes
Agron 772 Lucia Gutierrez Applications in ANOVA
Stats 571 Nicholas Keuler Statistical Methods for Bioscience I
PA 818 Geoffrey Wallace Introduction to Statistical Methods for Public Policy Analysis
PA 819 Geoffrey Wallace Advanced Statistical Methods for Public Policy Analysis
Anthro 690 Richard McFarland Quantitative Methods in Anthropology
CS/ECE 861 Rob Nowak Active/Reinforcement Learning and Control

If you have additional courses you would like us to know about, you can let us know by just answering a few questions.  We will continue to add courses to this list which you can access here.

Upcoming Campus Events

AI Club:   6:30pm-7:30pm, 1240 Computer Sciences
Nov. 19, Organization Wide Meeting

Applied and Computational Mathematics Seminar (ACMS): 2:25pm, 901 Van Vleck Hall
Nov 16, TBA, Alfredo N. Wetzel

Biostatistics & Medical Informatics (BMI) Seminar12:00 pm, Biotechnology Center Auditorium
Nov 16,  Finding the Optimal Rule of Combining Ratings from Multiple Experts, Lu Mao

Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) Training Seminar: 2:00pm-3:15pm, 8417 Sewell Social Science Building
Nov 14,  Agent-Based Modeling with NetLogo (II)Jennifer Stenglein, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Nov 28, Structuring Arguments, UW–Madison Writing Center

Computer Sciences Events:
Nov 15, 4:00pm-5:00pm, 1240 CS, Distinguished Lecture: The Quest for Average Response Time, Tom Henzinger, Institute of Science and Technology-Austria
Nov 16, 3:00pm-5:00pm, 1240 CS, Thanksgiving Cook Off ’18
Nov 26, 6:00pm-7:30pm, 1240 CS, PhD Tech Talk – Google, Sushant Jain
Nov 28, 6:30pm-9:00pm, 1240 CS, Bloomberg – Coding Competition

Computation and Informatics in Biology and Medicine (CIBM) Seminar4:00pm, Genetics/Biotechnology Center Auditorium
Nov. 20, TBA, Yin Li
Nov. 27, Steps toward Reproducible Research, Karl Broman

Machine Learning for Medical Imaging (ML4MI) Initiative Seminar
Nov 15, 4:00pm, 1345 HSLC Single Image Super-Resolution for 2D and 2D MRI, Jerry L. Prince, Johns Hopkins University

Quantitative Biology Initiative (QBI Seminar), 2:00pm-3:00 pm, Orchard View Room, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
Nov 14,  The Science of Mentorship:  Exploring Ways to Optimize Research Mentoring Relationships for Diverse Scholars, Christine Pfund
Nov 21, What’s in a Name? Quantifying Gene Flow and Species Boundaries in the Majestic Baobab Trees, Nisa Karimi

Statistics Seminar4:00pm, 133 Service Memorial Institute (SMI)
Nov 14, Constructing Stabilized Dynamic Treatment Regimes, Guanhua Chen
Nov 28, TBA, Alex Aue

Statistics Graduate Student Association (SGSA) Social Hour,  4:00pm, Union South – The Sett
Nov 23, Dec 7

Systems, Information, Learning, and Optimization (SILO) Seminar12:30pm, Orchard View Room, Discovery Building
Nov 14,  Fit without Fear: an Interpolation Perspective on Optimization and Generalization in Modern Machine Learning, Misha Belkin, Ohio State
Nov 21, TBA, Vivak Patel

UW-Madison Open MeetupData Story Slam
The last Data Story Slam was such a success the UW Madison Open Meetup wanted to throw another one! They will be looking for storytellers to each tell a short data story. This can be free form, a slide presentation, a poem, or anything else. Pizza and cookies will be served! This event is free and open to all UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff.

Nov 30, 12:00pm-1:00pm, BioCommons in Steenbock Library, 550 Babcock Dr.

The Wisconsin Association for Computing Machinery – Women in Computing (WACM-W) meets every month on the first Tuesday of each month.
Dec 4, 12:15pm-1:15pm, Computer Sciences 2310.

Upcoming Trainings and Workshops

Software Carpentry Workshop, 8:30am – 4:30pm, Jan 14-15, 2019
Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems. Event hosted by the Data Science Hub. Registration opens Dec 10, 2018.

Data Carpentry Workshop, 8:30am – 4:30pm, Jan 16-17, 2019
This hands-on workshop teaches basic concepts, skills and tools for working more effectively with data. The workshop is for any researcher who has data they want to analyze, and no prior computational experience is required. Event hosted by the Data Science Hub. Registration opens Dec 10, 2018.

Next Gen. Data Analysis Workshops – Fall/Winter 2018 

The Bioinformatics Resource Core (BRC) at the UW Biotechnology Center (UWBC) is offering Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) Data Analysis skills with open-source software on a Linux platform. Workshops are heavily hands-on.

(Online Registration is required! VERY IMPORTANT NOTEIt is necessary to register separately for each workshop separately!  Workshops Description/RegistrationThere is a fee associated with each workshop.)

UWBC Next Gen workshops:
(limited seats): Max: 8-12 participants depending on workshop (2 minimum.)

Workshop Dates Location / room
Intro to NGS Data Analysis: Wednesday 11/28 Biotech Center / 1360
mRNA-Seq: Wednesday 12/5 Biotech Center / 1360

(1): Required – or demonstrated prior proficiency with bash shell.

Campus Opportunities and Groups

Computational Biology, Ecology, and Evolution (ComBEE)
ComBEE is a group of researchers at UW-Madison interested in computational biology in ecology and evolution. ComBEE offers R and Python study groups on alternating Thursdays throughout the semester.
ComBEE Python Study Group – Meets every other Thursday at 2pm in Microbial Sciences 5503
ComBEE R Study Group – Meets every other Thursday at 2pm in Microbial Sciences 5503

Molecular Dynamics Group
Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations can provide a computational microscope for looking at molecular events. However, the art of setting up, running, and interpreting a simulation is challenging. To help, campus MD users and potential users are getting together to share experiences, tools, and codes. Importantly, the group will also discuss best practices, appropriate/inappropriate uses, and how best to use local computer resources. Contact Spencer Ericksen (ssericksen@wisc.edu) if you are interested in joining the group.

Research Systems Administrators Group (RSAG)
This ACI-sponsored group meets on the third Wednesdays of every month and allows systems administrators of research systems to share expertise. Join the email list by sending an email message to join-rsag@lists.wisc.edu for updates and future meetings.

External Opportunities

Call for Proposals Involving Large Scale Computing (Deadline: November 30, 2018)
The NSF has approved an extension for the Blue Waters to continue operating until December 19, 2019. This extension provides additional nine months of operation and the NCSA Blue Waters team has allocated to the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation (GLCPC) an additional 2.7 million node hours—equivalent to approximately 86 million core hours as part of the Blue Waters project. This allocation provides the GLCPC member institutions with an opportunity to advance their programs in computation, data, and visualization intensive research and education. This Call For Proposals (CFP) describes the process for submitting a proposal to the GLCPC Allocations Committee for allocations on the Blue Waters system. Details on the Blue Waters system can be found at https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/blue-waters.

rOpenSci’s Community Call, Nov 15, 12:00pm-1:00pm, rOpenSci’s software engineer / postdoc Jeroen Ooms will explain what images are, under the hood, and showcase several rOpenSci packages that form a modern toolkit for working with images in R, including  opencv,  avtesseractmagick and pdftools. Instructions to call in can be found here: http://communitycalls.ropensci.org/#next-call

Institute for Research on Statistics and its Applications at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is hosting a day long seminar on Nov 27 entitled, Modeling Natural Catastrophes: Is it a Complete Disaster? by Bhaskar Chattaraj. If you are interested, you can learn more about how to register here.


Check calendar for latest details and updates for all listed events. If you have a relevant event or group you’d like to see included in next month’s news letter.  Please send us an email at facilitator@datascience.wisc.edu.

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