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UC San Diego seeks way to help baseball pitchers avoid arm injuries

UC San Diego is giving one of its freshmen $2,500 to try to develop an algorithm that can forecast when baseball pitchers are at risk of suffering an elbow injury — a problem that has shortened or ended the career of some of the sport’s best players. Learn more.


Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute Awards Research Fellowships

Working on laser-guided flying vehicles. Developing a deeper analysis of cancer cells. Deploying data-science algorithms to save endangered mangroves. Today the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute at UC San Diego launched a new program to fund these and other exciting undergraduate research projects for 34 students from some 15 different academic disciplines – ranging from computer science to philosophy. That impressive diversity in major study areas highlights the breadth of subject areas that can benefit from data science applications, noted Brad Voytek, associate professor in the Department of Cognitive Science and the Halıcıoğlu Institute. Learn more.


New BlockLAB Research Laboratory Opens

BlockLAB, a new blockchain research laboratory at UC San Diego founded with industry partners, was announced today by the Center for Large Scale Data Systems at San Diego Supercomputer Center. The Lab officially launched this week with an inaugural sponsors’ board and research workshop September 25-26. Learn more.


The NSF 2026 Idea Machine!

The NSF 2026 Idea Machine is a competition to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering. Participants can earn prizes and receive public recognition by suggesting the pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade, the next set of “Big Ideas” for future investment by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Learn more.


KDDSan Diego Selected for Major Data Science and Machine Learning Conference in 2020

The Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (SIGKDD) today announced that the City of San Diego has been selected as the venue for its KDD 2020 conference. For over 20 years, KDD has served as one of the premier global meetings on artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science.

The annual conference, which brings together several thousand leading researchers and practitioners from academia and industry, is expected to be held in August 2020 in downtown San Diego.

Rajesh Gupta, director of the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute at UC San Diego, and Yan Liu, director of the USC Machine Learning Center, will serve as general co-chairs for the meeting.

"As a volunteer organization, ACM SIGKDD has done extraordinary well in creating a strong technical forum that meaningfully engages the industry and academic professionals driving the ongoing data revolution,” said Gupta, a professor of computer science and engineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering. “We look forward to showcasing the emerging ecosystem of data science companies and professionals to this community in America's Finest City.”

San Diego hosted the KDD conference in 2011 and 1999.  “As artificial intelligence and machine learning fuel innovation across almost all industries and smarter, data-driven decisions become core elements of enterprise applications, we are excited for KDD to return to San Diego in 2020“ said Michael Zeller, Executive Committee member of SIGKDD and SVP AI Strategy & Innovation for Software AG. “KDD’s unique blend of academic research and applied data science perfectly complements San Diego’s excellence in advanced analytics.”

Kevin Carroll, Executive Director at Tech San Diego, added: “With a combination of world class universities and a vibrant data science cluster, San Diego is an ideal choice to host the annual KDD 2020 conference. The region looks forward to welcoming data scientists from across the globe.” Tech San Diego represents the region’s technology community, fostering growth and business acceleration through collaborations between industry, education, and government.

This year’s KDD 2018 Conference will take place in London in late August. Further information on San Diego’s KDD 2020 Conference will be made available later this year.


Passing of Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science Jeffrey L. Elman

It is with great and wrenching sadness that we announce the passing of Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science Jeffrey L. Elman, who died suddenly on Thursday, June 28. Learn more.


ThisWeek@UC San Diego: New Majors to Help Students Tackle Big Issues

Undergraduates offered hands-on training in data science, business psychology, sustainable development, the ocean and atmosphere. Learn more.


San Diego Union-Tribune: Why deciphering data is essential to modern living

Everything we do today, from credit card use to a visit to a doctor’s office, makes and uses data. Digital data has emerged as central to our daily lives, business and culture. Understanding data, who can use these data and how data are used is essential to modern living. Learn more.


Bill Nye Comes to Campus as ‘The Data Science Guy’

Bill Nye came to campus to honor Taner Halıcıoğlu, whose $75 million gift made possible the campus’ new Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute. Learn more.


A Campus Hub for Data Science

Building on UC San Diego’s strengths of multidisciplinary collaboration and data science, the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute will allow researchers across campus to incorporate data science into their respective disciplines. Learn more.

Past News

Past Featured News Items

KPBS: UC San Diego Announces Data Science Institute

Co-Director Rajesh Gupta talks about the institute and the importance of data science in our society.


Graduate Diversity Fellowships in Computational and Data Science

Do you know of students who are studying data science or computing applications, and who are either women or members of an underrepresented group? Please forward this information to them or to their academic advisors – it could be worth $15,000 per year.


UC San Diego’s WIFIRE Tool Predicting Wildfire’s Path

During recent wildfires, UC San Diego data scientists helped the public and first responders with a new online tool ...


Gene Editing Technique Helps Find Cancer’s Weak Spots

Scientists here have developed a method to search for synthetic-lethal gene combinations ...


This AI Learns Your Fashion Sense and Invents Your Next Outfit

UC San Diego researchers and Adobe have outlined a way for AI to not only learn a person’s style but create computer-generated images of items that match that style ...


The Microbial Anatomy of an Organ

Campus researchers have developed the first 3D spatial visualization tool for mapping “omics” data onto whole organs ...