051519 Update


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

In the May 15, 2019 update:

  • MADLab
  • Upcoming Campus Events
  • Upcoming Training 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 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.


The MADLab is a University Center of Excellence supported by the Air Force Office of Sponsored Research (AFOSR) and the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL).  The Center is developing the next-generation of Machine Learning (ML) theory, algorithms, and applications. Led by Dr. Rob Nowak, the Center’s research foci include new ML theory and methods, novel ML systems, ML algorithms that are interpretable as well as robust to dynamic operational conditions, and new ML technology that is robust to adversarial attacks and data contamination. The Center is also spearheading the development of new ML technology tailored to specialized applications, as well as training the next generation of machine learning researchers and practitioners.

Upcoming Campus Events (Calendar View)

Systems, Information, Learning, and Optimization (SILO) Seminar, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Orchard View Room, Discovery Building
May 15, Information-theoretic Privacy: Leakage measures, robust privacy guarantees, and generative adversarial mechanism design, Lalitha Sankar

Upcoming Training and Workshops

Health Science Data Carpentry, 8:30am – 4:30pm, June 11-12, 2019
This hands-on workshop teaches basic concepts, skills and tools for working more effectively with health science related 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 is now open.

Software Carpentry Workshop, 8:30am – 4:30pm, June 13-14, 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 is now open.

Geospatial Data Carpentry8:30am – 4:30pm, July 11-12, 2019
This hands-on workshop teaches basic concepts, skills and tools for working more effectively with geospatial 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 May 30th @ 5pm.

Campus Opportunities and Groups

Postdoc Position in the Theory of ML+Systems
Dr. Dimitris Papailiopoulos is currently looking for a postdoc to work on projects related to distributed learning, robust inference/training, and data augmentation. Theory background is highly preferred, and PHD home can be anything across ECE/CS/Stats/Math/ISyE. If you are interested please contact Dr. Papailiopoulos, or  if you know suitable candidates, please forward.

Annual Signal Transduction Research Training Symposium 
Registration and abstract submission now open for the 15th Annual Signal Transduction Research Training Symposium hosted by the Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology (MCP) Training Program!  This event will be held on September 16, 2018 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
in the Atrium and 1325 of the HSLC with Dr. Don Cleveland, University of California, San Diego as the keynote speaker.
In addition to Dr. Cleveland’s talk entitled: “Designer DNA drugs for neurodegenerative disease,”  the symposium will also feature a career panel, poster session, selected talks, light breakfast, lunch and refreshments for all registered attendees. Register by June 14. For questions about the event, please contact Kristin Cooper, MCP Program Coordinator.

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. Over the summer ComPS will hold monthly meetings at 4:30pm at the Union Terrace on the first Wednesday of the month.

Research Systems Administrators Group (RSAG)
RSAG 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.edufor updates and future meetings.

External Opportunities

CCDL RNA-Seq Workshop
This workshop will introduce childhood cancer researchers to reproducible analysis of bulk and single-cell transcriptomic data.  Attendees are not expected to have programmatic experience, but are expected to bring a biological question that relates to transcriptomic data. Attendees will learn to perform reproducible analyses in Docker containers and record their analyses in RMarkdown notebook. The workshop will last from 9:00am-5:00pm, June 24-26 at Northwestern Mutual offices located at 1 N Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60606. Interested researchers must apply by May 31. Applicants will be notified of their application status on a rolling basis. Availability is limited and seats will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis to researchers studying childhood cancers.

Performance Management Internship in City of Madison Finance Department
The City of Madison Finance Department is seeking qualified applicants for a performance management internship to begin in June. The position is available up to 40 hours per week in the summer and pays up to $18.65/hour based on experience. There is an opportunity to continue the work into 2020. Applications are due by May 24.

Workflow Management Software Developer for CMS Experiment at the LHC (CERN)
There is an opening for a software developer to contribute to CMS workflow management software development, including the evolution of the software in preparation for the HL LHC era.  Additional details about the qualifications expected of a successful candidate can be found here.  This position will be part of the Notre Dame Center for Research Computing scientific workflows and dynamic distributed applications team. This team collaborates with faculty and researchers within the Notre Dame community on challenges involving leveraging distributed computing resources to accelerate scientific discovery. The group focuses on topics like managing complex scientific workflows involving large amounts of data across one or more distributed systems, porting scientific workflows to new computational environments, such as some of the world’s largest HPC facilities or commercial cloud resources, and developing tools to enable the creation of dynamic scientific applications that scale from laptop to cluster to cloud.

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. 

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.