091819 Update

In the September 18, 2019 update:

  • The Data Science Research Bazaar
  • Upcoming Campus Events
  • Upcoming Training and Workshop
  • Campus Opportunities and Groups
  • External Opportunities
  • Featured Course Offerings for Fall 2019

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 (Th 3:00-5:00 PM). Sarah will also be at Open Coding Lab in Steenbock Library (T 2:30-4:30 PM). Check our calendar for latest details and updates.


The Data Science Research Bazaar

UW-Madison’s Data Science Research Bazaar is a two-day conference, where researchers and data scientists from various disciplines and industries will have opportunities to share their work, collaborate, and discuss their data science interests. With a focus not just on research and training in data science, but on fostering a collaborative data science community, the Data Science Research Bazaar is an event unlike any academic conference you have ever attended. The Data Science Research Bazaar is modeled off of the internationally occurring Research Bazaar, a worldwide festival promoting the digital literacy emerging at the center of modern research. The aim of these events is to equip researchers from all career stages with the digital skills and tools required to do their research better, faster and smarter. Throughout 2020, events will be held at a number of universities around the globe, and UW-Madison will host its Data Science Research Bazaar on January 24-25, 2020.

Please be sure to mark your calendars!


Upcoming Campus Events (Calendar View)

Statistics Seminar: 4:00pm – 5:00pm, 140 Bardeen
Sept 18, Quantitative Ethnography: Epistemological and Methodological Opportunities and Challenges of Big Data in the Social Sciences, Daviv Williamson Shaffer
Sept 25, TBA, Jing Lei
Oct 2, TBA, Jyotirmoy Dey

Systems, Information, Learning, and Optimization (SILO) Seminar, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Orchard View Room, Discovery Building
Sept 18, Iterative Collaborative Filtering for Sparse Noisy Tensor, Christina Yu
Sept 25, TBA, Kevin Jamieson
Oct 2, TBA, Leonardo Andres Zepeda Nunez
Oct 9, TBA, Chinmay Hedge

Applied and Computational Mathematics Seminar (ACMS): 2:25pm, 901 Van Vleck Hall
Sept 20, Arctic Sea Ice Predictability in a Changing Crysphere, Mitch Bushuk
Oct 4, TBA, Joel Nishimura
Oct 11, TBA, Alex Townsend

Biostatistics & Medical Informatics Seminars: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Biotechnology Center Auditorium
Sept 20, TBA, Jason Roy (Rutgers)
Sept 27, TBA, Archana Venkataraman (John Hopkins)

Computational Biology, Ecology, and Evolution Group Seminars: 3:00pm, MSB 6201
Oct 18, The Genetic Causes and Consequences of Mutation in Yeast, Nathaniel Sharp

Machine Learning for Medical Imaging Seminars: 4:00pm HSLC (room TBA)
Oct 18, Convolutional Neural Networks for Predicting and Hiding Personal Traits from Face Imaging, Sebastian Raschka


Upcoming Training and Workshops

R workshops for Researchers
UW-Madison libraries are offering R programming Workshops on R programming for researchers. The content will cover useful skills for anyone working with tabular data. Later sessions go beyond the Data Carpentry Lessons to cover how to use git version control within R Studio and writing reproducible reports using RMarkdown. Registration is by workshop, not for the entire series.  A full list of workshops and registration information can be found here.

Library Carpentry Workshop
Registration is now open for Library Carpentry, happening on October 14-15! This workshop is built for people working in library- and information-related roles, and will introduce you to the fundamentals of computing and provides you with a platform for further self-directed learning. Library Carpentry will help you automate repetitive, boring, and error-prone tasks; create, maintain, and analyze sustainable and reusable data; work effectively with IT and systems colleagues; better understand the use of software in research, and more.

Next Gen. Microbiome Analysis Series
In cooperation with Microbial Science, the Microbiome Hub, the Bioinformatics Resource Center (BRC) – UW Biotechnology Center (UWBC) – is announcing the microbiota series hands-on workshops for FALL 2019: with mothur and R and with QIIME2.

Workshop Dates Registration link Fee
Survival bash for microbiome workshops * 9/27/19 https://go.wisc.edu/m9iig3 $35
Microbiota Processing in mothur(Part I) 10/07/19 https://go.wisc.edu/w2q5a4 $175
Microbiota Analysis within R (Part II) 10/14/19 https://go.wisc.edu/wq2e5l $195
Microbiome Analysis using QIIME2 10/21/19 https://go.wisc.edu/3pgqmn $175

Location: UW-Biotech Center / room 1360, all-day workshops.
* Location: UW-Biotech Center / room 5406. ~2h workshop.

UW Extended Campus Coding Bootcamp
The digital revolution has transformed virtually every area of human activity—and you can become part of it as a web development professional. UW Extended Campus Coding Boot Camp is a live, online Full Stack Flex course with a part-time schedule that gives you the knowledge and skills to build dynamic end-to-end web applications and become a full stack web developer in 24 weeks. Designed to fit into the lives of busy adults and working professionals, the program features convenient online classes in real-time, with evening and weekend sessions. We pair live classes with in-depth, curated resources to reinforce knowledge and supplement those days you can’t make the live session. You can learn more here.

Towards AI- Enabled Geospatial Research With Big Data
New spatiotemporal analysis methods and insights from the advancement of natural language processing and computer visions will be introduced to address those challenging issues. On Sept 26, 4:00pm-5:00pm in 1240 Computer Sciences and Statistics, Dr. Song Gao will discuss the latest research trends, challenges, and opportunities in the field of geospatial artificial intelligence (GeoAI) for transforming cartography and geographic information science.

BadgerConnect Research Services Fair
Researchers across the UW-Madison campus are invited to attend our second BadgerConnect Research Services Fair at the Health Sciences Learning Center on Wednesday, October 9th, from 12:00—5:30 pm, including lunch and a light dinner reception with beer/wine.  Free registration is open now!  Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their research projects with more than 30 UW life science research services, learn about cutting-edge technologies and latest products provided by the services and their vendor partners and find out how other UW researchers’ projects have been supported by the services. Please see our webpage for more details.


Campus Opportunities and Groups

Joint Annual Retreat of the CIBM and BDS Training Programs:
We invite you to the Annual Retreat of the Computation and Informatics in Biology and Medicine (CIBM) Training Program and the Bio-Data Science (BDS) Program, to be held in the Discovery Building  on Friday, October 4th from 9:00am to 5:00pm. If you plan to attend and or present a poster please contact Louise Pape.

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. Monthly meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at noon in 1153/54 Discovery.

Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions Opportunities In Bioinformatics and Biosynthesis
The Kwan Lab in the Drug Discovery Core of the Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are seeking two Postdoctoral Research Associates to work on a 5-year project funded by NIH/NIGMS. Evolved small molecules made by living organisms (natural products) have been a prolific source of drug leads, but often they possess complex structures not amenable to industrial organic synthesis, with limited supply from natural sources. Click here to apply now.

The Wisconsin Association for Computing Machinery – Women in Computing (WACM-W)
WACM is the UW-Madison’s student chapter of ACM-W, ACM’s Women in Computing. We provide social, educational and outreach activities for women in the Computer Sciences department, in the university, and in the surrounding community. Meets every month on the first Tuesday of each month. To get in touch with us about events, please email Katie Zutter (President) or Swati Anand (Vice President).


External Opportunities

Maps at the Capitol
Please join us on Wednesday, October 2nd at 9:00am at the State Capitol in room 412 East for ‘Maps at the Capitol’ presented by the Wisconsin State Agency Geospatial Information Committee (SAGIC). Along with six presentations, SAGIC members will exhibit additional work that state agencies have undertaken using geospatial technologies.

Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Diary Nutritional Transcriptomics
A research opportunity is currently available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center (USDFRC) located in Madison, Wisconsin. The project is to conduct research to further understand nutritional and microbial mechanisms associated with increased feed efficiency in dairy cows during lactation. Specifically, research will focus on the impact of protein and carbohydrate nutrition and gut microbiome on nutrient use efficiency in dairy cows and the impact of diet on host transcriptome changes in dairy cows.

Job Opening at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
A research opportunity is available in the Office of New Drugs (OND), Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) located in Silver Spring, Maryland. This project in the office of OND focuses on safety analyses and research related to the conduct of safety data analyses to support regulatory review. The qualified candidate should be currently pursuing or have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date. Familiarity with Python and R is preferred. For more details, please visit this link.

Machine Learning Researcher
Exxon Mobil is seeking a talented and creative individual to conduct fundamental research in machine learning and pattern recognition. The researcher will seek solutions for a multitude of challenges involving large-scale physics, chemistry, geophysics and engineering data sets and models. Research will include developing deep neural networks for pattern recognition and gaining insights from data, reinforcement learning for optimization application, Bayesian machine learning, etc. Please visit this link to learn more.

Mathematical Optimization Researcher: 
Exxon Mobil is seeking a talented and creative individual to conduct fundamental research in mathematical optimization and decision science. As member of our team, the successful candidate will undertake research towards crafting novel solutions for large scale optimization challenges arising from a multitude of real problems involving physics, chemistry, geology, manufacturing, supply-chain, and market economics. Please visit this link to learn more.

Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics
Today, the agriculture industry works to maximize the amount of food gained from crops by breeding plants with the strongest, highest-yielding genetics. Plant breeding is complex, and data analytics can help scientists at research and development organizations like Syngenta make advances in seed product development. Developing models that can predict the performance of potential corn products can help scientists more accurately select seeds that increase the productivity of the crops farmers plant – and will help address the growing global food demand. The challenge gives students the opportunity to test their analytical skills by using real-world data to develop a model that applies analytics in new, creative ways to help feed our growing population. Check out their website to learn more.

National Science Policy Network (NSPN) Symposium 
Catalysts for Science Policy is hosting the NSPN’s annual symposium here in Madison, WI on November 1-3, 2019. This year’s theme is “Leveraging Science and Technology to Benefit Marginalized Populations.” The symposium features speakers, workshops, and 300+ attendees. Information about the symposium can be found here. Early bird registration ends August 30 and individuals who qualify to become NSPN members can receive a 50% discount.

Deep Learning: Mathematical Foundations and Applications to Information Science
The IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Information Theory (JSAIT) seeks high quality technical papers on all aspects of Information Theory and its applications. JSAIT is a multi-disciplinary journal of special issues focusing on the intersections of information theory with fields such as machine learning, statistics, genomics, neuroscience, theoretical computer science, and physics. This special issue will focus on the mathematical foundations of deep learning as well as applications across information science. Prospective authors are invited to submit original manuscripts on topics within this broad scope including, but not limited to: Information theoretic methods for deep learning, robustness for training and inference, understanding generalization in over-parametrized models, efficient and compressed model representations, deep generative models and inverse problems, large-scale efficient training of large models, non-convex optimization in deep learning, and deep learning for source and channel coding. For details and templates, please refer to the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Information Theory Author Information webpage. All papers should be submitted through Scholar One by October 1, 2019.

The Terraton Challenge
Indigo Ag, is a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet. Indigo recently announced the launch of the Terraton Initiative, a global effort to remove 1 trillion metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and use it to enrich our agricultural soils. As part of launching the Terraton Initiative, we have also launched the Terraton Challenge, an open call to innovators to develop solutions to better accelerate, quantify, and reward soil carbon sequestration. There are no minimum requirements to submit an application, and all Round One applicants will be eligible for $3.5K in prizes, just for submitting an idea.


Featured Course Offerings for Fall 2019

Computational Network Biology Course – This course surveys the current literature on computational, graph-theoretic approaches that use network algorithms for biological modeling, analysis, interpretation and discovery. The material covered in this class will come from published literature, review articles, and selected book chapters. Students will participate in discussions of papers and gain hands-on experience in network biology by implementing class projects. This class should be of interest to students from multiple disciplines including computer science, engineering, math, statistics, microbiology, biochemistry and genetics. Learn more here.

Forensic Science and Law Course – Taught by Professors Jo Handelsman (Plant Pathology) and Kieth Findley (Law), this is the first course at the University of Wisconsin—and among the first in the nation—to bring together law students and graduate students in STEM to examine law and forensic science together. The course will focus on the legal system and processes, the fundamentals of science and the challenges confronting the forensic disciplines, and close scrutiny of many of the dominant forensic techniques used today. Find PL PATH 875-005 (66958) in the UW course guide. The class meets 4:10-5:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Discovery Building.

Delta Course – Game-based learning is a hot topic, offering students an immersive experience where they can playfully experiment with complex content. This course will help you to develop essential pedagogical skills and add this unique and powerful active learning approach to your teaching toolkit. This 2-credit course will be taught by Robert Mathieu, Mike Beall, and David Gagnon. Learn more here.

If you have a course you would like us to feature, please send us an email at newsletter@datascience.wisc.edu


Check our 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.