040319 Update


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

In the April 03, 2019 update:

  • ITLC 2019: Information & Technology Leadership Conference
  • Upcoming Campus Events
  • Upcoming Training and Workshops
  • Campus Opportunities and Groups
  • External Opportunities
  • Information & Technology Leadership Conference

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 3:00-5:00 P.M.). This Thursday’s office hours will feature representatives from across campus! Stop by to ask the experts your research computing and data science questions. Check calendar for latest details and updates.

ITLC 2019: Information & Technology Leadership Conference

Join other information and technology professionals on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at UW Madison’s Union South for the 6th annual Information and Technology Leadership Conference. From Hindsight to Foresight: Leading Holistically in a Data-enabled Institution is this year’s ITLC theme. Learn from experts and practitioners, engage with peers, and discuss issues and topics of interest to higher education leaders at all levels. Additional details and registration information can be found here.


Upcoming Campus Events (Calendar View)

Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) Training Seminar, 2:00pm-3:15pm, 8417 Sewell Social Science Building
April 3, PAA practice talks

  • Caring and Working Life Expectancy at 50: A Comparative Analysis of Gender Differences in Europe, Ariane Ophir
  • Population-Level Impact of Adverse Early Life Conditions on Adult Trajectories of Morbidity, Disability and Mortality for Low- and Middle- Income Countries, Yiyue Huangfu
  • Does Destination Matter? Geographic Patterns of Immigrant Health in the US, Leafia Ye

April 17 Introducing the UW Survey Center, Nora Cate Schaeffer

Systems, Information, Learning, and Optimization (SILO) Seminar, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Orchard View Room, Discovery Building
April 3, Network Inference from Graphic Dynamic Processes, Santiago Segarra (Rice University)
April 10, Human-Interpretable Concept Learning via Information Lattices, Lav R Varshney (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
April 17, Data-Driven Discovery and Control of Complex Systems: Uncovering Interpretable and Generalizable Nonlinear Models, Steven L. Brunton (University of Washington)

Biometry Seminar, 4:00pm-5:00pm, 274 Animal Sciences Building
April 4, Spatial Factor Models for High-Dimensional and Large Spatial Data: An application in Forest Variable Mapping, Daniel Taylor-Rodriguez (Portland State University)

Computer Science Colloquiums, 4:00pm-5:00pm, 1240 Computer Sciences 
April 4, Visualization for People + Systems
April 8, Learning to Understand Entities in Text
April 9, Structured Approaches to Natural Language Understanding
April 16, Visual Question Answering and Beyond

Statistics Seminar, 4:00 P.M. 140 Bardeen
April 5, Instrumental Variable Learning of Marginal Structural Models. TBA, Eric Tchetgen Tchetgen
April 10, Privacy-Preserving Parametric Inference: A Case for Robust Statistics, Marco Avella
April 17, Modified Multidimensional Scaling, Qiang Sun

Computer Science Seminars, 11:00am-12:00pm, 2310 Computer Sciences
April 9, Processing Hardware Security Detection by Unique Program Execution CheckingWolfgang Kunz (Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (TUK), Germany)

Computation and Informatics in Biology and Medicine (CIBM) Seminar: 4:00pm-5:00pm, 1360 Biotechnology Center 
April 9, TBA, Lauren Baker
April 16, TBA, Deborah Chasman

Applied and Computational Mathematics Seminar (ACMS), 2:25pm-3:25pm, 901 Van Vleck Hall
April 12,  Stochastic Persistence and Extinction, Alexandru Hening (Tufts University)

Biostatistics & Medical Informatics (BMI) Seminar, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Biotechnology Center Auditorium
April 12, Immunology Research in the Era of Single-Cell Genomics Lessons Learned from 1.7 Million Single Immune Cells, Bo Li (Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard)

The Wisconsin Association for Computing Machinery – Women in Computing, April 15, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Computer Sciences 2310

WARF Essential Topics, 4:00pm-5:00pm, H.F. DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building
April 16, Tech Transfer Considerations in Agreements with Commercial Partners, registration required.

Upcoming Training and Workshops

Open Science Grid User School 2019
If you could access hundreds or even thousands of computers for your scholarly work or the work you support, what could you do?  How could it transform research?  What discoveries might be made? Find out in the Open Science Grid (OSG) User School 2019, which takes place July 15-19 at the beautiful University of Wisconsin in Madison. Participants will learn to use high throughput computing (HTC) to harness vast amounts of computing power for research, applicable to nearly any field of study (e.g., physics, chemistry, engineering, life sciences, earth sciences, agricultural and animal sciences, economics, social sciences, medicine, and more).
Ideal candidates are graduate students doing research and staff (e.g., facilitators, admins) supporting research that involves or could involve large-scale computing – work that cannot be done on one laptop or a handful of computers. Basic travel, hotel, and food costs are covered for applicants who are selected to attend. 
Application Period (OPEN NOW): 11 March – 12 April 2019

Next Generation Data Analysis Workshops 
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. Seats are limited (Max: 8-12 participants depending on workshop).

Keys to a Successful Data Management Plan
As more funders require data management plans on grant applications, writing and following an effective DMP is critical to research success. Clare Michaud and Morgan Witte will introduce the components of a strong DMP – with an emphasis on the guidelines for the NSF’s research directorates – and demonstrate how to use DMPTool online to create data management plans that meet institutional and funder requirements.  April 24, 12:00-1:00 P.M. Memorial Library Room 126

Campus Opportunities and Groups

Predoctoral Training Program in Bio-Data Science (BDS)

Research to improve the analysis of big biomedical data is active at the interface of computer sciences, statistics, and various biomedical disciplines, including genomics, molecular biology, neuroscience, cancer research, and population health.  The mission of the Bio-Data Science (BDS) training program is to provide predoctoral research training at this interface, preparing graduate students for key roles in academia, industry, or government. If you are interested in participating, send your personal statement, current CV, and the names of two faculty who can testify to your work here at UW-Madison to Beth Bierman.

Local Business Data Day

This panel discussion and networking event is sponsored by the researchERS (Emerging Research Scholars) Program, and will be held on Monday, April 8, 5:30pm-7:00pm in BioCommons at Steenbock Library. Students will have the opportunity to meet representatives from IBM, Illumina, Mirus Bio LLC, American Family Insurance, and the South Central Library System. This event is open to ALL UW-Madison students (both graduate and undergraduates included) interested in a career working with data. Registration is required. 

Teaching & Research Application Development (TRAD)
The Teaching & Research Application Development (TRAD) service partners with instructors, researchers and campus staff to conceptualize, design and implement innovative custom software solutions and library applications. We specialize in supporting campus teaching, learning and research ideas.

GLBIO 2019
The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference will be held in Madison on May 19-22.  Sunduz Keles and Mark Craven will be keynote speakers.  There are still opportunities to submit abstracts for oral presentation or posters. For submission information, see https://www.iscb.org/glbio2019-submissions.  Poster abstracts are due April 15 for late breaking posters. In addition to the main track, there will be special sessions on precision medicine, RNA biology, microbiome studies, and bioinformatics education that are accepting paper and/or abstract submissions. Please contact conference co-chairs Sushmita Roy or Tony Gitter for more information.

The Midwest Machine Learning Symposium
The Midwest ML Symposium aims to convene regional machine learning researchers for stimulating discussions and debates, to foster cross-institutional collaboration, and to showcase the collective talent of ML researchers at all career stages. It will be held at the Memorial Union on June 6-7, 2019. You can register here.

PyTroll Contributor Week Meeting 
The PyTroll open source python programming group is hosting their week long developer meeting in Madison this spring (May 13th – 17th) at the Pyle Center. Each day attendees work together to fix bugs and add new features to PyTroll tools like SatPy, a library for working with earth-observing satellite data. Those new to PyTroll tools can spend the time adding the tools to their existing workflows. Everyone is welcome.  Registration is free but required.

Digital Scholarship & Publishing Office Hours
Do you have a publication or copyright question? Do you have questions about a digital humanities tool you’ve seen or about a new project and want to start with good data management? If so, consider dropping by the weekly Digital Scholarship & Publishing Office Hours, Thursdays, 11:30 A.M.– 1:30 P.M.  Location alternates between Memorial Library and Steenbock, check the website for the latest information and location.

Computational Plant Sciences (ComPS) Group
A common problem both bench and field plant scientists face is that advance in high-throughput measurement platforms have outpaced our ability to readily analyze the datasets produced. To help solve this problem, the researchers in Plant Sciences formed a community of practice, a peer-to-peer mentoring network that will work across lab, departmental, and college boundaries to help plant scientists build computational and data science skillsets. They hold monthly meetings the first Tuesday of every month at noon.

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, Python, and Julia study groups throughout the semester.  Checkout their website and sign up for their email lists for more information.

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

Data Driven Wisconsin 2019 Call For Proposals
We  are pleased to announce the fourth annual Data-Driven Wisconsin conference (formerly Big Data Wisconsin conference), to be held in Milwaukee on Wednesday, July 31. We are seeking speakers to give talks on all aspects of data science, big data technology, and their applications in business, science, government and health.

Midwest Biopharmaceutical Statistics Workshop (MBSW) 
The 42nd Annual Midwest Biopharmaceutical Statistics Workshop (MBSW) will be held from May 20-22, 2019 at Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel, Carmel, Indiana. The MBSW’s purpose is to foster discussion on Statistical methodology in the Pharmaceutical industry.  The detailed information and submission of poster proposals is available (online registration).  Students who are interested in MBSW 2019 seeking financial support must fill out student financial application form  to apply for a limited number of student travel grants as per instructions available at MBSW 2019 website. Abstract submission for posters is required and must be submitted online via this link by April 12, 2019.  

Algorithmic, Mathematical, and Statistical Foundations of Data Science and Applications
This conference seeks to highlight the multi-disciplinary challenges of Data Science, a growing field that uses data and computing to improve everyday life. Keynote speakers are (in alphabetical order) Anna Gilbert (U Michigan), Michael Jordan (UC Berkeley), Tamara Kolda (Sandia National Labs), Vahab Mirrokni (Google Research), Christos Papadimitriou (Columbia), and Rachel Ward (UT Austin).  The conference will take place at Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) on April 12-13, 2019 and full conference schedule and registration details are available here.

First Midwest Student Conference: Geometry and Topology Meet Data Analysis and Machine Learning
The goal of this new student conference is to gather graduate students to share their research work in applications of Geometry and Topology to Data Analysis and Machine Learning. Held at The Ohio State University (June 1-2, 2019), the aim is to build bridges between academic institutions in the Midwest region, and to enhance discussion and collaboration via poster sessions, short presentations, and discussion panels. A plenary lecture will be delivered by a senior researcher in the field.  Information about registration and abstract/poster submission details will be available soon.  If you have questions, please contactNicholas Garcia Trillos.

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center SESYNC
SESYNC invites applications to a short course on data and coding skills for socio-environmental synthesis. The 6th annual Summer Institute will be held July 23 (optionally 22) through 26 at SESYNC in Annapolis, Maryland. The short course will combine lectures, hands-on computer labs, and project consultation designed to accelerate the adoption of cyber resources for all phases of data-driven research and dissemination. Apply on the program website by April 19, 2019

Job Opportunity at the Software Sustainability Institute(SSI)
The SSI is now looking for a new community manager to manage the Fellowship Programme and Collaborations Workshop. Closing date is April 14, 2019.

The North American Data Documentation Initiative Conference (NADDI)
NADDI is an opportunity for those using metadata standards and those interested in learning more to come together and learn from each other. Modeled on the successful European DDI Conference, NADDI 2019 will be a two day conference (April 25-26) with invited and contributed presentations, and should be of interest to both researchers and data professionals in the official statistics, social sciences and other disciplines. A full day of training sessions will precede the conference (April 24th).

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 newsletter.  Please send us an email at newsletter@datascience.wisc.edu.