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Register Now for 2nd Annual BIG DATA Conference 12/4-5/17

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Register Now for 2nd Annual BIG DATA Conference 12/4-5/17

2nd Annual BIG DATA Conference and Business Applications of Data Science Workshop Monday & Tuesday, December 4-5, 2017   CCS is pleased to announce Daniel Cohen, Senior Vice President, Emerging Payments for MasterCard Latin America and the Caribbean will offer the keynote address. Mr. Cohen is responsible for leading the development and commercialization of innovative payment solutions that can be used at the check-out counter, via the web, mobile phone, tablet, and beyond. Big data, advanced computing, and algorithms are rapidly and profoundly changing every sphere of human activity; Airbnb, Uber, and Fitbit are just a few examples. Today, over 3.6 billion people worldwide are deeply engaged with smartphone devices, wearables, and Internet-of-things technologies while artificial intelligence also promises to create a wave of new products.  Advanced computing gives us the ability to reliably and cost effectively store petabytes of data; and machine learning algorithms can crunch through massive datasets in real time to extract business intelligence and socially relevant information, giving firms new marketing tools, like mobile geo-social targeting. These tools have also empowered customers, making them more savvy in their interactions with business. The businesses, nonprofits, health care providers, government agencies, entrepreneurs, and educational institutions that harness these trends have an historic opportunity to gain an advantage over their competitors. DAY 1   To address the challenges and opportunities these changes spawn, UM Center for Computational Science invites you to network with South Florida private- and public-sector healthcare providers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, educators and researchers, and hear panel discussions on Big Data. DAY 2   The Big Data Conference dives deeper into the topics explored in Day 1, specifically on building data science competence at your organization. This will be an interactive workshop with examples of the possible compositions of data scientist teams, driven by the types of problems that you are looking to solve, an examination on the processes that the data need to go through from database to insight, an examination of the infrastructure needs both in terms of storage and computing power, caveats and limitations of data analyses, and more. Participants will have the opportunity to bring in their own problem as a test case, and apply the concepts discussed in the workshop by designing a pipeline for analysis to address it. Given the interactive nature of the workshop, participation is limited, so register early!   Location UM Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146   DAY 1  MONDAY 12/4 | Free  Register here 1:00-2:00 PM Registration 2:00-5:00 PM Panel Discussions The Disruptive Power of Artificial Intelligence and Business MODERATOR   Joseph Johnson Implementation of Big Data and Analytics in Your Organization MODERATOR   Pete Martinez 5:00 - 7:00 PM Networking Reception   DAY 2  TUESDAY 12/5  | $200  Register here            8:00-9:00 AM Registration 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM Business Applications of Data Science Workshops Workshops Data Strategy  | Connecting Data to your Business Strategy Data Engineering  | Getting the Right Data to the Right Place at the Right Time Data in Action: Data Science  | Different Types of Analytical Approaches to Solve Different Business Problems Are we There Yet?  | Getting Your Firm Ready for Exploiting the Power of Data Science Hard copies of the materials will be provided, and electronic copies will be distributed to workshop attendees after the Conference. Refund Policy  All registration cancellations and refund requests must be...

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CANCELLED: CCS Social Systems Informatics Flash Talks Friday 9/8/17

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CANCELLED:  CCS Social Systems Informatics Flash Talks Friday 9/8/17

We regret to announce that the CCS Social Systems Informatics Meeting #2 (FLASH TALKS & Happy Hour) on Friday, September 8, has to be cancelled due to the approach of Hurricane Irma. We hope you all stay safe, and we look forward to rescheduling this event at a later date. -Daniel Messinger -Athena...

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BD2K-LINCS Data Science Symposium 1/31-2/2/18

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BD2K-LINCS Data Science Symposium 1/31-2/2/18

BD2K-LINCS Data Science Symposium | Jan 31 - Feb 2, 2018 | Miami, FL Studying Systems Biology by Cellular Perturbations The BD2K-LINCS Data Coordination and Integration Center (DCIC) and the University of Miami present the third annual BD2K-LINCS Data Science Symposium (DSS 2018) on January 31 - February 2, 2018. This annual symposium brings together experts in systems biology, data science, drug discovery and translational medicine from academia, industry and government to present their latest research and exchange new ideas and approaches in data driven biomedical research. The general theme of the Symposium is the study of complex biological systems using large-scale cellular perturbation profiling and applications in drug development, translational biomedicine and environmental health. Talks will address a range of issues related to leveraging Big Data in translational research including integration, visualization, access, sharing, and reuse of data, software tools and the emerging NIH Big Data ecosystem. The program also provided a survey of data science research pertaining to BD2K (Big Data to Knowledge) and LINCS (Library of Network-Based Cellular Signatures) consortia. The Symposium is organized by the BD2K-LINCS DCIC, a center jointly funded by NIH BD2K and LINCS programs (U54 HL127624) and with support from the Center for Computational Science and the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.  The objective of the DCIC is to apply state of the art data science principles and methods in stewarding, integrating and analyzing data generated by the LINCS project and relevant related resources.   Participant registration  |  Submit poster abstract |  Poster abstract and poster guidelines   Location University of Miami   Contact Dusica Vidovic  |  dvidovic@miami.edu Funding This symposium was funded by grant U54 HL127624 awarded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute through funds provided by the trans-NIH LINCS Program and the trans-NIH BD2K initiative, and by resources from the University of Miami....

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2017 DH+DJ Symposium canceled owing to Hurricane Irma

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2017 DH+DJ Symposium canceled owing to Hurricane Irma

The DH+DJ Symposium canceled owing to Hurricane Irma.   At present, the next one won't be held until 2018.  Please stay tuned for more details . . .   Digital Humanists and Data Journalists face common challenges, opportunities, and goals, such as how to communicate effectively with the public. They use similar software tools, programming languages, and techniques, and they can learn from each other. Join us for lectures and tutorials about shared data types, visualization methods, and data communication—including text visualization, network diagrams, maps, databases, and data wrangling. In addition to the scheduled content, there will be opportunities for casual conversation and networking.   CANCELLED: September 14-16, 2017  University of Miami, Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146.   Day 1 Panels The Disruptive Power of Artificial Intelligence and Business | Moderator:  Joseph Johnson Implementation of Big Data and Analytics in Your Organization | Moderator:  Pete Martinez   $99.00 USD   Refund Policy All registration cancellations and refund requests must be submitted by close of business Monday, August 14, 2017.  To cancel an order and request a refund, send an email to  ccsadministration@miami.edu providing the following information:  (1) Purchaser’s name, email address, and contact number;  (2) Event name;  (3) Refund amount.   Privacy Statement Your privacy is very important to us. Simply stated, our policy is to collect no personally identifiable information about you when you visit our website unless you actively choose to make such information available to us.  Click here for full details of UM's Privacy Statement and how we collect, use and/or share information gathered by our websites.   For more information on the DH+DJ Symposium, email dhdj.info@miami.edu.  ...

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CCS Data Scholars Teaches the Next Generation of Female Coders

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CCS Data Scholars Teaches the Next Generation of Female Coders

What did you do during the summers when you were a teenager? Did you play video games? Did you spend your time at the pool or beach? Or perhaps you favored the park? For 17 local girls, this summer has been all about learning computer science. Most of these future coders are in high school, though some are younger. And about half of them are in foster care. It was a sunny Thursday morning in July when they got to show off all they had learned in the six-week college readiness 'cam'p, four of which were focused on data and computational science. Click to hear Ashley Adirika's comments "This camp actually taught me a lot about myself, as well as things I can use for my future, so I think I'm set," said Ashley Adirika, grinning behind her round eyeglasses. Adirika is 12. She had no interest in computers or coding before the camp, but on her last day, she felt empowered standing beside her final data visualization project. She had spent a week collecting data on her interactions and made illustrations based on her observations. This was the first year of the Data Scholars program, hosted by CCS, The Children's Trust, and Educate Tomorrow, a nonprofit that provides mentorship and tutoring for children in the foster care system and underprivileged youth. Athena Hadjixenofontos is the director of engagement for CCS and she came up with the idea for the Data Scholars. She says she was motivated by what she's witnessed firsthand in her work:  Data isn't going anywhere. "It is a field that has infused itself with every single discipline," says Hadjixenofontos. But she also noticed that the algorithms used for everything from curating Facebook news feeds to controlling GPS are also being used for facial analysis. And when algorithms aren't coded by certain populations, it becomes an issue of visibility. "If it's trained without faces of black people or Hispanic people or Asian people in that data set, then the algorithm won't learn those faces," she said. In computer language, if an algorithm can't read a face, it can't acknowledge its existence, and it could even mislabel it. This may not seem like an urgent issue, but law enforcement uses facial analysis to identify suspects, so mislabeling could have severe consequences even in the short-term. So Hadjixenofontos set out to start training the next generation of black, brown, and non-white computer scientists and code experts. Throughout the four weeks, the Data Scholars spent time learning how to code, how to visualize data and how to think critically about complicated issues. She said she hopes the students feel empowered to take on the digital future by using some of the skills they learned at Data Scholars. Educate Tomorrow's goal is to open doors for its students, and that includes upward mobility through professional training. But at the heart of it all is mentorship. Devin Floyd, the director of mentoring, says the guidance and support the program provides is vital for kids. "It's just so crucial to have that one person that's going to go anywhere ... they change case managers, foster homes, foster parents, and it's really great that we can get them a mentor because quote-unquote normal individuals have parents that are always there," he said. The...

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Big Data Workshop: “Intro to Hadoop and Spark” at RSMAS 8/11/2017

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Big Data Workshop: “Intro to Hadoop and Spark” at RSMAS 8/11/2017

PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE:  Event will be hosted in  MSC 123 Join us for an introductory workshop on Big Data "Intro. to Hadoop and Spark" on Friday, August 11, 2017, from 1:00-4:00 PM at RSMAS, Marine Science Center MSC 123.  The workshop explores the differences between Big Data systems and traditional high-performance computing and will get your hands wet by running some Hadoop and spark jobs using sample data.  This is an excellent opportunity to grow your projects by making use of CCS’ Bigfoot cluster, and will develop skills that are indispensable for industry careers. BRING A LAPTOP. This workshop is free and open to UM Faculty, Staff, and Students.  Refreshments will be provided. This session is full.         Instructor  Zongjun Hu, PhD Lead, Big Data | CCS Advanced Computing        ...

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Notification: Advanced Computing Resources unavailable starting 8/3/17

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Notification: Advanced Computing Resources unavailable starting 8/3/17

Details and updates about CCS migration will be posted on the CCS AC website (http://ccs.miami.edu/ac/migration). Reminder:  CCS resources will be unavailable starting August 3, 2017 at 20:00 for the University of Miami's data center migration at the NAP of the Americas secure downtown facility. All CCS systems and networks will be affected. The migration will occur in phases, and is scheduled to complete in 2 weeks. Details and updates about CCS migration phases will be posted next week on the CCS AC website (http://ccs.miami.edu/ac/migration). Please plan your work accordingly, and thank you for your patience.   CCS AC...

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Dean el-Khoury’s firm Khoury Levit Fong honored by Chicago Architecture Biennial

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Dean el-Khoury’s firm Khoury Levit Fong honored by Chicago Architecture Biennial

Congratulations to CCS Smart Cities Program Director, and Dean of the School of Architecture, Rodolphe el-Khoury. He and his partners at Khoury Levit Fong aka "KLF", Robert Levit and Steven Fong, were selected as Official Participants at the upcoming 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB). Incidentally, KLF is the only firm from Canada to receive this distinction. The Biennial, which recognizes outstanding work in the field, is the “main stage” of contemporary architecture, unveiling avant-garde ideas, materials, technologies, and practices. It is where architects connect, collaborate, and engage the public while examining disciplinary issues and global concerns. The first architecture Biennial, took place in Venice in 1980. Twenty-five years after Venice, China launched the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in 2005 in Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Chicago is the third city in the world to host an Architecture Biennial that upholds the structure, programming, and international representation of the original Venice Biennale. CAB’s 2017 theme, “Make New History” will focus on the relationship between art and architecture, history, and modernity, with the curatorial guidance of Los Angeles-based architects Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee of Johnston Marklee. In 2015, more than 530,000 Chicago residents and visitors took part in CAB. It was the largest international exhibition of contemporary architecture ever held in North America, and featured the ideas of more than 100 architecture and design firms from 30 + countries. Based on the diverse selection of firms by CAB’s new artistic leadership team, the second edition is poised to build on the success of the first. The magnificent Chicago Cultural Center, operated by Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, will once again serve as the anchor of the exhibition, with additional sites across the city. Just like with Art Basel in Miami Beach, a collection of independent architecture-themed exhibits is coordinated with the main event. Through its constellation of exhibitions, full-scale installations, programming, and related events, the Chicago Architecture Biennial invites the public to engage with and think about architecture in new ways, in a global discussion on the future of the field.
 It will take place from September 16, 2017, to January 7, 2018.   For more info on KLF, go to: www.khourylevitfong.com and for the Chicago Architecture Biennial, go to: chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org.     _______________________________________________________________ COURTESY: Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017 website  |  SOURCE: eVeritas July 24,...

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2nd annual Smart Cities MIAMI Conference 4/5-6/18

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2nd annual Smart Cities MIAMI Conference 4/5-6/18

The University of Miami brings cutting-edge research in urban planning, architecture, and engineering—in alignment with computational resources and analytical expertise—to aid in the design and development of more sustainable, livable, and resilient cities. This conference gathers leaders in academia, professional practice, and industry to examine the Smart Cities phenomenon in relation to emerging trends and technology. The focus is on infrastructure and the built environment, as well as new potentials for business and governance.  Join us in 2018 for the 2nd annual event in Miami, Florida. #smartcitiesmiamiconference This Conference is jointly organized by the Center for Computational Science and the School of Architecture.   Day 1 - April 5   1:00 PM - 5:00 PM  Panel Discussions & Exhibit Booths/Demonstrations 5:00 PM  - 7:00 PM Networking Reception  Day 2 - April 6   8:30 AM-2:00 PM   Workshop Stay tuned for more information.   Please click here to apply for a demo station at the Smart Cities Miami Conference Day 1. For more information on Smart Cities Miami, contact us at Events.ARCH@miami.edu, or call 305-243-4962.     Last year's event was sponsored by:                                                                      Interested in sponsoring this event?  Email ccsadministration@miami.edu for...

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Issue 2 of “Catalyzing Transformation” CCS’ eNewsletter is out!

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Issue 2 of “Catalyzing Transformation” CCS’ eNewsletter is out!

Issue No. 2 | September 2017 Issue No. 1 | December 2016   [ctct form="20428"]  

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