Our Sponsors

Introducing Our Sponsors

We thank our sponsors for their support of the Data Science Research Bazaar. Learn about their commitment to advancing data science knowledge in the Madison community.

Health Innovation Program (HIP)

What does your group do and how does it use or relate to data science?

The Health Innovation Program (HIP) conducts health systems research that partners University of Wisconsin faculty with healthcare and community organizations to improve health across the state and nation. HIP’s mission is to transform healthcare delivery and population health across the state and nation through health systems research that partners University of Wisconsin faculty with healthcare and community organizations.

HIP sponsors a wide variety of national, regional, and local health care datasets to support health systems research. HIP has special expertise in working with large datasets of healthcare claims and/or electronic health records data. Datasets are available for use by individuals who are undertaking work aligned with HIP’s mission and who have the required regulatory approvals (IRB, HIPAA, data re-use agreements) and funding to cover development and programming costs.

What are you looking forward to doing at the Data Science Research Bazaar?

We’re most looking forward to the Day 1 Lightning Talks. This will be an exciting opportunity to connect and collaborate with attendees to share resources and expertise.

What is something data science-related that has excited you recently?

The release of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) 2019 Wisconsin Health Disparities Report. WCHQ collaborated with UW HIP to develop and disseminate the 2019 Wisconsin Health Disparities Report to identify where disparities in health outcomes and care exist in Wisconsin and to help inform and accelerate programs that are working to eliminate disparities. Learn more about the report here.

Why is sponsoring the Data Science Research Bazaar important to you?

We are excited about creating opportunities for people across campus to share their work, collaborate, and discuss their data science interests.

DoIT

What does your group do and how does it use or relate to data science?

We are partnering with units on campus, including the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, the Libraries, and the Data Science Institute to expand the research Cyberinfrastructure enabling all researchers at UW-Madison. Within the office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO), we are helping establish new services that will give researchers more options for storing, sharing, collecting, documenting, and managing their data over its lifecycle. Researchers in data science need diverse computing resources they can customize, scale, and quickly deploy and we are playing an active role in planning and developing computing environments on campus and in the cloud that will help meet the growing needs of researchers.

What are you looking forward to doing at the Data Science Research Bazaar?

We’re looking forward to seeing the depth and breadth of data science research happening on campus. We’re also excited to spread the word about the new Office of Research Cyberinfrastructure and the services they provide, such as the new ResearchDrive data storage service and the Electronic Lab Notebook service. We’re also taking this opportunity to receive feedback from data science researchers about what their pain points are and how we can design new services to make their research lives easier.

What is something data science-related that has excited you recently?

One of the most exciting things is how challenging it is to answer the question because data science is happening all over campus. Data science cuts across institutional and cultural boundaries fostering increased collaboration between researchers in different disciplines, Schools/Colleges/Research Centers, and information technology (IT). Similar advances are taking place in research and IT, and the lines are increasingly blurred. As an example, the reproducibility problem encouraging data scientists to embrace data management plans and software development—version control, software-based pipelines, interdisciplinary or institutional collaboration, and regulatory compliance requirements has much in common with IT’s embrace of site reliability engineering or DevSecOps practices—continuous integration and continuous delivery, infrastructure as code, leveraging edge and cloud computing resources. Data science is a big disruptive change happening fast and the most exciting thing is that it is bringing people together to collaborate and work together in ways that would not be possible without it.

Why is sponsoring the Data Science Research Bazaar important to you?

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is embracing data science on multiple fronts: through our new Data Science Institute, through our new Data Science degree program, through research in the College of Engineering, through research in the School of Medicine and Public Health, and countless other engagements. The office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) wishes to be a partner to all of these groups and organizations. We strive to provide technology infrastructure, process, solutions, and governance to enable the success of each endeavor. Through the Bazaar, we hope to engage and learn the needs of our campus constituents.