15
Mar
2017

The most vulnerable individuals in society often struggle with long-lasting, multi-faceted challenges such as mental illness, substance abuse, chronic health conditions, and homelessness. Individuals experiencing these difficulties tend to interact with public services and departments frequently, yet many communities struggle to identify them and meet their needs in meaningful and cost-effective ways. Read how Data Science for Social Good and the Center for Data Science and Public Policy are working with a Kansas county on data-driven strategies to intervene earlier with those in need of comprehensive assistance.

09
Mar
2017

As more researchers turn to whole genome sequencing, the data challenges increase.  A new $1.58 million award from the National Institutes of Health equips Globus Genomics to develop new tools and services that help geneticists overcome these obstacles and unlock new discoveries.

07
Mar
2017

Personal computers and smartphones have democratized computing around the world, giving regular people access to technology capable of conducting billions of calculations per second. But a significant computing gap remains between consumer technology and the high-performance computers used in national laboratories and universities, and not just because of the state-of-the-art supercomputers that only these institutions can afford to run.

Chicago Magazine
01
Mar
2017

Most people don't want to imagine an earthquake or deadly disease outbreak hitting their city, but for a team at Argonne National Laboratory, envisioning the worst is their job. Chicago Magazine recently profiled Argonne's Global Security Sciences division, including the Social and Behavioral Systems group led by CI Senior Fellow Chick Macal, which uses agent-based modeling techniques to simulate various types of disaster scenarios.

13
Feb
2017

What does the field of science look like? Is there a metaphor that can accurately describe millions of scientists in hundreds of countries, simultaneously collaborating, competing, and crawling towards new discoveries? In his talk at the Computation Institute on February 3rd, UCLA’s Jacob Foster proposed one humble comparison -- the complex communities of ants.

07
Feb
2017

Since the 2016 election, there has been much discussion of "fake news" -- false stories propagated over social media, usually with a political slant. But climate researchers have been all too familiar with this phenomenon for much longer, pushing back against media reports that push unscientific claims and distorted portrayals of the climate change "debate." So it's no surprise that this same scientific community is leading the charge against unreliable science articles, with a new initiative that drafts researchers into volunteer fact-checking.

31
Jan
2017

The Exascale generation of supercomputers will help researchers tackle increasingly complex problems through modeling large-scale systems, such as nuclear reactors or global climate, and simulating complex phenomena, such as the chemistry of molecular interactions. Researchers at the Computation Institute and Argonne National Laboratory are part of four co-design centers helping pave the way for these powerful machines.

30
Jan
2017

Around the world, cities are showing signs of old age. For urban areas, one of the first signs of advancing years comes in its circulatory system — the water infrastructure — as pipes laid underground over a century ago start to break down. Beyond the direct cost of repairing water main breaks and replacing the broken components, these incidents cause major headaches for nearby residences, businesses, and traffic. Last summer, Data Science for Social Good partnered with the City of Syracuse to help address this problem proactively by predicting where future water main breaks would occur. 

25
Jan
2017

The Computation Institute hosts a summer internship program for advanced high school and college students to gain exposure to research. Students are given a chance to participate in various research projects that share a common theme of applying computational and data science techniques to different scientific problems.

19
Jan
2017

Some of the most important crops risk substantial damage from rising temperatures. To better assess how climate change caused by human greenhouse gas emissions will likely impact wheat, maize and soybean, an international team of scientists has run an unprecedentedly comprehensive set of computer simulations of US crop yields.