Upcoming Events 

Data across disciplines: 7th International Symposium on Data Assimilation (ISDA 2019)

Jan. 21–24, 2019: This event in Kobe, Japan, will focus on the cross-cutting issues shared in broad applications of data assimilation in disciplines from geoscience to physical and biological sciences.

ISDAThe symposium aims to enhance discussions among researchers from cross- disciplinary backgrounds. Examples under discussion include: non-Gaussian and nonlinear data assimilation problems; Big Data Assimilation (BDA); high-performance computation (HPC); Uncertainty Quantification (UQ); advanced intelligence (AI) and machine learning; multi- scale and multi-component treatments; observational issues; and mathematical problems.

Application deadline is slated for October 2018, with speaker confirmation and program availability in November. Registration deadline will be in December 2018. See the ISDA website for updates and more information.

Data science in theory and action: Information Theory and Applications Workshop

ISDA WorkshopFeb. 10-15, 2019: This week-long workshop is billed as a relaxed gathering of researchers applying theory to diverse areas in science and engineering.

It is being held at the Catamaran Resort in Pacific Beach, near the UC San Diego campus.

Deadlines will be in January 2019 for papers, abstracts and posters. See the Information Theory event website for more details and registration.

2020 Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Conference

August 2020-Save the date: The City of San Diego has been selected as the venue for the Association of Computing Machinery’s 2020 Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Conference (KDD), one of the premier global meetings on artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science.

SIGKDD BannerRajesh Gupta, director of the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute at UC San Diego, will serve as general co-chair for the meeting along with Yan Liu, director of the University of Southern California Machine Learning Center.

The annual KDD conference gathers thousands of leading researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry. The nonprofit organization’s mission is “to provide the premier forum for advancement, education, and adoption of the ‘science’ of knowledge discovery and data mining from all types of data stored in computers and networks of computers.” San Diego last hosted the international event in 2011.

Check the Institute site for updates on the upcoming San Diego hosting of KDD 2020.

Past Events

Past Events List

Data Science and the Shopping Season

Geoff Hueter HeadshotThursday Dec. 6, 6:30- 8:15 p.m.: Physicist Geoff Hueter will be speaking on “Using Data Science to Increase Shopper Productivity.” Heuter, a UC San Diego alumnus, is CTO and co-founder of Certona Corp., a San Diego-based technology firm specializing in artificial intelligence. The event is free to members of IEEE and UCSD personnel, $5 cash for the public, with sponsorship from: IEEE Computer Society San Diego Chapter; IEEE Big Data Science & Engineering SIG,; Computational Intelligence Society; the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society; and Women in Engineering. Location: Atkinson Hall, 9500 Gilman Drive #0436. Learn more and register.

Free student access to Data West forum and recruiters

Wednesday Dec. 5, 2018: Students are invited for free entry into a leading data-science-focused research and business forum -- Data West -- drawing practitioners working in the leading edge of knowledge discovery through data. Many participating companies will be recruiting interns. The annual Data West event, which includes leaders from Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute, covers a wide range of knowledge topics and industrial applications in different meeting formats, from new ventures in data analytics, AI and machine learning, to smart manufacturing and new technologies including blockchain and cyber-physical systems, to large-scale system architectures and HPC performance. Among the companies attending and recruiting for student interns are: AEEC, Booz Allen Hamilton, Chatham Hill, Collibra, Decision Sciences, and Dell Technologies. Registration.

Meet the Boss: Startups

Meet the Boss Information BannerNov. 28, 2018: The secret to startup success will be the topic Nov. 28 at the Meet the Boss: Startups event from 6-8 p.m. at The Loft. Alumni panelists: Taner Halıcıoğlu, a UC San Diego instructor and the force behind the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute; Julie Wartell, who teaches GIS in Urban Studies and works as an independent advisor on public safety issues; and Ping Yeh, who has led teams from startups to Fortune 100 corporations to produce products merging core intellectual property. Hosted by Student Alumni Associates. Free food and refreshments. Tickets limited.

Ocean ecosystems: Symposium on Next Generation Emperical Dynamic Tools for Understanding and Predicting Fisheries and Ecosystems

Nov. 13-16, 2018: This three-day workshop will focus on managing data to build more accurate models for predicting impacts on fisheries and ocean ecology. It is aimed to provide next generation tools to marine fisheries science, and is open to anyone interested in seeing how this data- management system can be used in fisheries for better understanding mechanism, for prediction, and for decision support.

OceanThe San Diego-based workshop will be held at NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 8901 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, in the Santa Cruz Laboratory. It is sponsored by Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-Southwest Fisheries.

Workshop leaders are Stephan Munch of Southwest Fisheries and George Sugihara of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Nonlinear forecasting, causal inference and control arise in diverse scientific disciplines ranging from physics to medicine to neurobiology. Recent application to fisheries and environmental data indicate that these methods can identify hidden causal drivers and produce models that outperform more traditional deductive modeling approaches in terms of prediction skill. These empirical dynamic methods (EDM) are seen as next-generation tools for inductive model building and scientific inquiry and involve out-of-sample prediction for rigorous model validation.

To encourage additional applications of EDM to U.S. fisheries and to foster the development of management tools using attractor-based approaches, we are offering this workshop on nonlinear time series forecasting, causal inference and control.

Why this workshop matters to ocean ecology and fisheries management: Current models used to manage U.S. fish stocks are based on classical population growth equations that are applied deductively but are poorly predictive in real world fishery settings. EDM will be offered to NMFS scientists as an alternative inductive (data-driven) approach that that can pass the validation test of predictive skill.

Day one will feature invited presentations describing successful applications of the methods to fisheries data. Day two is set to focus on approaches to constructing management advice from nonlinear forecasts using steady-state optima; scenario exploration; and control theory.

The final day will focus on the mathematical and statistical background for nonlinear forecasting; there will be tutorials on time-delay embedding using the R package for EDM (rEDM). The third day of the workshop is specifically geared toward people interested in implementing the methods on data that they are familiar with.

For more information, see the related commentary in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences).

Biocom's 3rd Annual Big Data Summit: Advancements in Innovation Through AI + Deep Learning

Nov. 6, 2018: BioCom BannerBiocom and The CO Network invite you to our 3rd Annual Big Data Summit. This one-day event is an annual convergence of industry executives, bio-technologists and data scientists dedicated to deploying emerging technologies within the life science industry. Through a blend of illuminating keynotes, dynamic panel discussions, and interactive use-case studies from life science organizations, this year’s summit will focus specifically on the disruptive and transformative role of AI and Deep Learning. This conference is aimed at giving attendees the knowledge, tools and solutions critical to Big Data success within our industry.

This years gathering will focus on bringing together thought-leaders at the forefront of innovations in artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, computational drug discovery, genomics and robotics. Join us on November 6th, in San Diego to experience the future with the people responsible for creating it. Learn more and register.

Google Statistician to Give Talk on Data Analysis

Tim Hesterberg PhotoNov. 7, 2018, 1-2 p.m: A data science expert from Google will be at UC San Diego to give a talk entitled, Surveys and Big Data for Estimating Brand Lift. The seminar featuring Tim Hesterberg, senior statistician from Google, is sponsored by The Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health. The event will be held at the School of Medicine campus, in the MET (Medical Education and Telemedicine Building), Lower Auditorium.

Before his career at Google, Hesterberg worked in academia and the software and utilities industries. He earned his Ph.D. in statistics from Stanford University, and wrote Mathematical Statistics with Resampling and R; as well as co-authoring the ASA Guidelines for Undergraduate Statistics Programs. Now, as he likes to say, he can tell people how to analyze data!

Google Brand Lift Surveys estimates the effect of display advertising using surveys. Challenges include imperfect A/B experiments, response and solicitation bias, discrepancy between intended and actual treatment, comparing treatment group users who took an action with control users who might have acted, and estimation for different slices of the population. We approach these issues using a combination of individual-study analysis and meta-analysis across thousands of studies. This work involves a combination of small and large data survey responses and logs data, respectively. Learn more.

Distinguished Lecturer Series: Danielle Bassett 

D BassettNov. 1, 2018, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m: Dani Bassett is a physicist and systems neuroscientist and was awarded a MacArthur fellowship in 2014. Bassett's group studies biological, physical, and social systems by using and developing tools from network science and complex systems theory. A current focus lies in network neuroscience – developing analytic tools to probe the hard-wired pathways and transient communication patterns inside of the brain in an effort to identify organizational principles, to develop novel diagnostics of disease, and to design personalized therapeutics for rehabilitation and treatment of brain injury, neurological disease, and psychiatric disorders.

She will be speaking 12:30-2 p.m at the San Diego Supercomputer Center auditorium. 

Science and Politics: A GPS Science Policy Fellows Roundtable Event

Science and Politics: A GPS Science Policy Fellows Roundtable Event BannerOct. 30, 2018: Should scientists try and influence policy? Should policymakers and elected officials be required to share their science platform during their campaigns? How can science really make the most impact on policy outcomes? Join us as we bring together scientists and policymakers to discuss these questions and more. Learn more and register.

Technology Forum Breakfast: High Performance Data Center Network for Deep Learning and HPC Workloads with GigaIO

Oct. 25, 2018: Join us for breakfast 8:30-10:30 a.m. as Alan Benjamin, President and CEO of GigaIO Networks, discusses: High Performance Data Center Network for Deep Learning and HPC Workloads.

SDSCBenjamin is set to talk from his experience in industry about the massive increase in the amount of data that is being collected, analyzed and stored. This new reality is driving a splintering of computing into CPUs, GPUs, application-specific FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Array semiconductor devices), and other specific compute nodes as general-purpose CPUs can no longer handle the load. This splintering is creating new cluster architectures that must enable greater flexibility, utilization and scale. Today’s networks were never designed to handle this amount of information or resource types at the latency and bandwidth necessary to achieve the desired outcomes.

The Carlsbad-based GigaIO has developed a hyper-performance network for software- defined infrastructure that enables data centers to scale their systems, creating a flexible infrastructure that accelerates system performance.

With assistance from the San Diego Supercomputer Industrial Partner Program, users are testing GigaIO’s composable network. The program helps them add GPUs and storage to the environment, and determine the best ratio of CPU/GPU/storage for their application. Learn more about the Technology Forum Breakfast.

Kaggle Data Hackathon

Kaggle Hackathon BannerOct. 20, 2018: Inspired by the success of our last event, we are kicking off a weekly Kaggle working group. The focus of these events is to break into groups and work on Kaggle contests to increase our data analysis skills through doing. Therefore, bring your laptops and come prepared to work :-) We welcome people of different experience levels and will break into groups accordingly.

For upcoming sessions, we will focus on the Two Sigma Challenge--using news to predict stock movements:

Learn more about the Kaggle Data Hackathon.

Deep into data management: SoCalDB Daylong Workshop

Oct. 19, 2018: SoCalDB Day is a one-day workshop-style event for data management researchers and practitioners from academia and industry in Southern California to meet and discuss their latest research and experiences.

SoCal DBThe event is set for 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the San Diego Supercomputer Center Auditorium, UC San Diego.

Modeled after similar events in other regions, this is the first-ever edition of SoCalDB Day. It will bring together attendees from UC San Diego, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, University of Southern California, and leading industry experts including from Amazon, Oracle and Teradata.

Among the topics: Autonomous “self driving” databases; sensor networks; bridging the gap from academic research to successful startups; and utilizing machine learning to improve database performance.

Learn more about SoCalDB Day 2018.

Clean Water Matters: CA Water Data Challenge Summit

Oct. 18, 2018: Data science played the central role in Gov. Brown’s efforts to improve access to enough clean water for Californians. This daylong event will be a culmination of the work of scores of people, business and organizations for a vital common cause. The Summit and Awards Ceremony will be held both online through live streaming, as well as in person in Los Angeles.

Cal Water Data ChallengeAnnually, up to 1 million Californians lack access to clean, safe drinking water. The Challenge teams and individuals worked to develop resources and tools to improve that access. Many of the partners launched this Data Challenge to demonstrate the power of open data to address one of California’s most pressing issues.

The live-cast will run from 10 am-noon and 1:30-3 p.m. on Oct. 18 to celebrate the participants and solutions from the California Safe Drinking Water Data Challenge. The event will be held at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens, 570 W Ave 26 #100, Los Angeles, 90065.

Events and community-led activities included engagements like hackathons, online tutorials, fireside chats and even a National Day of Civic Hacking. This summit and award ceremony will showcase contributions from innovators from multiple sectors. The winning participants will share in $12,000 in prizes. Learn more and register for the streaming or in-person event.

Human Health at Stake: Sensitive Data Access Workshop

Oct. 16-17, 2018: The Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute is sponsoring a two-day workshop to build an effective means of providing health researchers access to vital research data, while also protecting sensitive and legally restricted medical information.

HDSI logoThe workshop will gather experts from leading research institutions on the UC San Diego campus, by invitation only.

Stakeholders from leading research institutions include: UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, University of Virginia and Yale University. The objective is to create a workable pilot project for protected human research data access across the institutions. The goal is to use the sophisticated precision of data science to find ways to gather data that leads to discovery of ways to advance human health. The workshop structure and resulting pilot are intended to be scalable, and based on principles of open data sharing and global collaboration.

The event is set for Oct 16 from 1-5 p.m. and Oct. 17 from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on the university’s School of Medicine campus, Health Sciences Biomedical Research Facility II.

HDSI Distinguished Lecturer Series: Scott Chacon

 Scott_Chacon_HeadshotOct 11, 2018 (2:00 – 3:30 p.m.)
Location: San Diego Supercomputer Center Auditorium, UC San Diego

Scott Chacon is the former cofounder of GitHub; now cofounder and CEO of Chatterbug, an online language learning school based in San Francisco and Berlin. Scott helped grow GitHub from 4 cofounders to 450 employees over 8 years, eventually being acquired by Microsoft for $7.5 billion. Scott is also the author of Pro Git, published by Apress and found online at In unrelated news, he holds a WSET Level 3 certification in Wines and Spirits and hosts wine education nights for charity.

UC Health Hackathon 2018

Oct. 6-7, 2018
Location: UC San Diego Medical Education Telemedicine (MET) Building

Join us for the 2nd Annual UC Health Hack this Fall from October 6–7, 2018 where participants can try their skills (and learn new ones) at solving issues in integrative medicine and global health through the use of technologies like Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet-of-Things (IoT), Sensors and Wearables, and more! The UC Health Hack will give participants the opportunity to meet and greet industry leaders and partners in the emerging fields of health informatics and data science in multiple domains such as patient care to population health. Special guests and subject matter experts from Apple will be attending in-person and virtually for office hours to demo Apple’s HealthKit and CareKit. Additional subject matter experts from Amazon Web Services will be in attendance to provide technical mentorship for AWS SageMaker, IoT, Big Data, and other AWS services. Tableau for Data Visualizations will be showcased and technical experts will be in attendance for mentorship on Tableau.

We’re excited to present even more experts and special guest attendees to share their knowledge and help participants explore and learn through interactive workshops and presentations! Expertise is not required, and we encourage all students, especially those with engineering, medical, and entrepreneurial backgrounds to participate! Are you an expert? Register to participate as a mentor to other learners! Participants can compete in teams of up to 5, and registering is free! There will also be food and beverages! And lastly, we have cash prizes for winning teams! Register today as a participant, mentor, or sponsor at:

Digital India: Opportunities and Challenges

Oct. 3, 2018 (5:00-6:30 p.m.)
Location: UC San Diego Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club Atkinson Pavilion

India is digitizing rapidly and profoundly spurred largely by the Modi Government’s ambitious "Digital India" agenda while being facilitated by the growing spread of telecoms and internet access, social media platforms and digitization of the financial sector. Predictably, this has opened up a world of opportunities, new livelihoods and services, and new forms of social and political interaction for millions; empowering them substantively in the process. However, it has also thrown up profound public policy challenges and dilemmas, many of them unique and unprecedented.

Secretary of the Indian Department of Telecommunications and Pacific Leadership Fellow Aruna Sundararajan will discuss these aspects of India’s ongoing technological transformation and the public policy lessons that emerge from this engagement. As secretary, Sundararajan is leading the vast expansion of telecommunications services in India including BharatNet, the world’s largest rural broadband connectivity program.

PLF Sundararajan will present a public talk during her stay titled, “Digital India: Opportunities and Challenges”. The talk will take place on Wednesday, October 3rd at 5 p.m. in the dining room at the UC San Diego Faculty Club. For more information and to RSVP visit here:

Adventures in an NLP Kaggle Contest

Sept. 27, 2018 (6:00 - 8:00 p.m.)
Location: ScaleMatrix Launch Center, 5795 Kearny Villa Road, San Diego, CA, 92123

Ryan Chesler will present his work on the Kaggle Toxic Comment Classification competition, where he placed 3rd out of 4551 (abstract below). This will be followed by a discussion and networking session.

Abstraction: Identifying toxic comments online is a key capability for facilitating productive discourse. Kaggle recently hosted a Toxic Comment Classification Challenge competition with the objective of identifying types of toxic comments, such as threats, obscenity, insults, and identity-based hate. In this presentation, Ryan Chesler will give an overview of his work on this project, where he ultimately placed 3rd out of 4551. Ryan will start by covering some basics of how words are embedded as numbers, including Word2Vec using Gensim and the sklearn packages CountVectorizer and TfidfVectorizer. Thereafter, he'll move to more advanced topics and discuss the models he used for the Toxic Comment challenge--what worked and what didn’t work. This talk will have content for both beginners and more advanced people, and code snippets and visualization will be available for download. To learn more and register, visit

West Big Data Hub All Hands Meeting 

Sept. 20, 2018 (all day)
Location: Boise State, Boise, Idaho

Calling all HDSI partners and data enthusiasts! Join colleagues from industry, academia, nonprofits, and government on September 20 for West Big Data Innovation Hub's 2018 Open Annual All Hands Meeting in scenic Boise, Idaho!

Your leadership and participation will strengthen our community as we embark on the next phase of #BDHubs. Besides the updates on our flagship initiatives, community-led sessions on Data Science Education, Data Ethics, Smart & Connected Communities, Health Data, Infrastructure and other topics, this year we will feature hands-on facilitated 'collaboration sprints' for road-mapping current and future projects. There will be a talented graphic facilitator to help us visualize a shared, collaborative trajectory and create a tangible take-home #WestData18 souvenir. 

Also new this year: 'Pay It Forward' Registration options to support Early Career community members who might not otherwise be able to join. To learn more and register, visit


Big Data, Big Dilemmas: Data Science and Ethics

Sept. 12, 2018 (6:30-9:00 p.m.)
Location: 515 15th Street NW, F St., Washington, DC 20004

Whether you live in Washington, D.C. or Washington State, issues of data integrity, privacy, automation, and regulation are now a part of everyday life. Join UC San Diego to look deeper into today’s data science studies, research, and real world projects that are informing tomorrow’s practices and innovations.

Our conversation partners will give you a look beneath the surface of perplexing questions, ethical conundrums, and potential outcomes to help you be more informed about data science and the issues relevant to you.

You’ll also learn how UC San Diego’s new Halicioğlu Data Science Institute and the undergraduate Data Science Major are educating the next generation of data scientists in critical and practical skills and ethics. Learn More.

Invited Presentation at SDSC/UCSD

Deep Learning Acceleration of Progress toward Delivery of Fusion Energy

Aug. 29, 2018 (2 p.m.)
Location: San Diego Supercomputer Center Room 408

Speaker: Professor William Tang
Princeton University
Dept. of Astrophysical Sciences, Plasma Physics Section,
Executive Committee, Princeton Institute for Computational Science & Engineering (PICSciE), and
Principal Research Physicist, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Accelerated progress in producing accurate predictions in science and industry have been accomplished by engaging modern big-data-driven statistical methods featuring machine/deep learning/artificial intelligence (ML/DL/AI). Associated techniques being formulated and adapted have enabled new avenues of data-driven discovery in key scientific applications areas such as the quest to deliver Fusion Energy – identified by the 2015 CNN “Moonshots for the 21st Century” series as one of 5 prominent grand challenges. An especially time-urgent and very challenging problem facing the development of a fusion energy reactor is the need to reliably predict and avoid large-scale major disruptions in magnetically-confined tokamak systems such as the EUROFUSION Joint European Torus (JET) today and the burning plasma ITER device in the near future. Significantly improved methods of prediction with better than 95% predictive accuracy are required to provide sufficient advanced warning for disruption avoidance or mitigation strategies to be effectively applied before critical damage can be done to ITER -- a ground-breaking $25B international burning plasma experiment with the potential capability to exceed “breakeven” fusion power by a factor of 10 or more. This truly formidable task demands accuracy beyond the near-term reach of hypothesis-driven /”first-principles” extreme-scale computing (HPC) simulations that dominate current research and development in the field.

Recent HPC-relevant advances in the deployment of deep learning recurrent and convolutional neural networks in Princeton’s new Deep Learning Code -- "FRNN (Fusion Recurrent Neural Nets) Code on modern GPU systems. This is clearly a “big-data” project in that it has direct access to the huge JET disruption data-base of over a half-petabyte to drive these studies. FRNN implements a distributed data parallel synchronous stochastic gradient approach with Tensorflow libraries at the backend and MPI for communication. This deep learning software has demonstrated excellent scaling up to 6000 GPU's on “Titan” at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory – an achievement that has helped establish the practical feasibility of using leadership class supercomputers to greatly enhance training of neural nets to enable transformational impact on key discovery science application domains such as Fusion Energy Science. Powerful systems on which FRNN is currently deployed include: (1) Japan’s TSUBAME 3 – where over 1000 Pascal P100 GPU's have already enabled impressive hyper-parameter tuning production runs; and (2) ORNL’s SUMMIT featuring the new VOLTA GPU’s on which FRNN’s new “half-precision” algorithmic capability has produced attractive scaling results. Summarily, statistical Deep Learning software trained on very large data sets hold exciting promise for delivering much-needed predictive tools capable of accelerating scientific knowledge discovery in HPC. The associated creative methods being developed also has significant potential for cross-cutting benefit to a number of important application areas in science and industry.

SeedMe Workshop

Collaborative Data Sharing Infrastructure for Researchers

Aug. 24, 2018 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Location: San Diego Supercomputer Center

SeedMe workshop will provide a hands on experience to create and use data sharing infrastructure for research purpose. The workshop will introduce the SeedMe platform that provides powerful data organization and data sharing tools. The platform supports extensive customization and rapid collaboration by providing an ability to collocate data, its description and its discussion in one spot. The workshop attendees will take away a fully functioning data sharing website for exploring its use in their projects. See more information on the workshop page.

Workshop Information

Open ML Hackathon

Deep Learning Competition: Image Classification

July 25, 2018 (5-9 p.m.)
Location: 5575 Morehouse Drive, San Diego, California

HDSI is proud to endorse Qualcomm's Machine Learning Competition taking place on July 25th! 

During the event, you'll learn how to build and deploy an image classifier in the real world. This is a great opportunity to strengthen your machine learning skills, where you will learn about ways to solve problems such as data generalization and augmentation. You'll also be able to team up with other students to build the best model and possibly win prizes.

Prerequisites: Participants should be familiar enough with Python to install libraries and run code. Participants should also have taken an online ML course or trained a model before.

More Information and Registration

Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute Reception

Join Us In Welcoming HDSI into San Diego's Tech Community

June 14, 2018 (5:30 - 7:00 p.m.)
CBRE | 4301 La Jolla Village Dr #3000, San Diego, CA 92122

Join your fellow tech executives in welcoming the institute and professors that will be integral in training and educating the data science professionals of San Diego’s future.

Wine, Beer, & hors-d'oeuvres will be provided.

Host Committee - Tech San Diego Senior Data Science Advisory Committee

  • Annika Jimenez, Dexcom
  • Eliot Weitz, ViaSat
  • Greg Schibler, Neustar
  • Michael Zeller, Software AG
  • Patrick Deglon, Teradata
  • Sameer Chopra, ID Analytics
  • Scott Zoldi, FICO

HDSI Distinguished Lecturer Series: Amanda Cox

May 31, 2018 (2:00 – 3:00 p.m.)
San Diego Supercomputer Center Auditorium

Amanda Cox, Editor of New York Times’ The Upshot – Data-driven reporting focused on politics, policy and economic analysis. Download the flyer for more information.

San Diego Clinical Research Network (SDCRN)

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Drug Discovery: Beyond the Hype

May 30, 2018 (5:30-8:30 p.m.)
Knobbe Martens, 12790 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA, 92130

Innovators and entrepreneurs from some of the hottest companies in the field will present real-world case studies based on cutting-edge science demonstrating how to harness artificial intelligence and machine learning to transform aspects of the life sciences industry, from R&D through personalized medicine. This is followed by an interactive panel discussion around the current state of the field, regulatory and other development hurdles, and what the future of AI and ML in drug discovery holds.

Now open for registration.

Contact: Teresa Gallagher, San Diego Clinical Research Network 858-692-1835

Data Science and Engineering

Master's Degree for Working Engineering Professionals Information Session

May 23, 2018

For more information or to register, please see the JSOE Master of Advanced Study Degree Program.

Workshop: Methods and Message

May 3, 2018 (4-5:30 p.m.)

Virginia Eubanks
Associate Professor
Political Science
University at Albany, SUNY

Location: MCC Building, Room 250

When we intervene in public debates on issues of inequality, how do we make our choices around methods, storytelling, and political engagement matter? Stories about science and technology are particularly challenging as they often implicitly reproduce dominant narratives of inequality. Join Virginia Eubanks, author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor for a conversation about academic research, long-form journalism, and how we chose to frame our messages. We welcome participation of people in any stage of writing, reporting, community, or academic work.

Design@Large Speaker Series

May 2, 2018 (4-6 p.m.)

Virginia Eubanks
Associate Professor
Political Science
University at Albany, SUNY

Title: Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor
Location: CSE Building, Room 1202
RSVP: Eventbrite

Abstract: Today, automated systems control which neighborhoods get policed, which families attain needed resources, and who is investigated for fraud. While we all live under this new regime of data analytics, the most invasive and punitive systems are aimed at the poor.

Virginia Eubanks will discuss her new book, Automating Inequality, which systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America. The book is full of heart-wrenching and eye-opening stories, from a woman in Indiana whose benefits are literally cut off as she lays dying to a family in Pennsylvania in daily fear of losing their daughter because they fit a certain statistical profile.

Her visit is co-sponsored by the Design Lab and the Institute for Practical Ethics.

Design@Large Speaker Series talks are free and open to the public.

HDSI Distinguished Lecture Series

April 27, 2018 (4-6 p.m.)

David Danks
L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy & Psychology
Head, Department of Philosophy
Carnegie Mellon University

Title: Handling Complexity
Location: Humanities & Social Sciences 7077
UC San Diego

Abstract: It is utterly banal to observe that the world is a complex place. The more challenging question is what to do in the face of that complexity. In this talk, I will address this question along two different lines. First, I will consider how we humans cognitively handle the world’s complexity. I will argue, on both theoretical and empirical grounds, that one way we succeed (when we do) is through rapid, dynamic, goal-driven attention allocation. I then explore the numerous philosophical implications of this aspect of our cognition, particularly in the philosophy of science. Second, I will consider our use of technology—particularly, computational technologies—to handle the world’s complexity on our behalf. As an example, I will briefly describe some of the causal discovery algorithms that we have developed for complex types of data. I will then turn more generally to AI, robotic, and other technologies with autonomous capabilities. Our use of these systems requires that we have appropriate trust in them, and I will present a series of challenges for the development of such trust (at least, in the near-future). This relative lack of appropriate trust raises a number of ethical and policy concerns, and I will conclude my talk by considering ways to ethically develop and deploy AI and other autonomous technologies, in light of the world’s complexity.

Computational Neuroscience Seminar

April 16, 2018 (4-5 p.m.)

Henry D. I. Abarbanel

Physics and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego

Fung Auditorium, Powell-Focht Bioengineering Building
UC San Diego

Organized by the Institute for Neural Computation.

Sponsored by Brain Corp.

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Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute Symposium and Faculty Open House

March 2, 2018
Qualcomm Institute/Atkinson Hall

Student Poster and Presentations:

12:30 pm Dr. Elizabeth Simmons, Executive Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs
12:40 pm Dr. Rajesh Gupta, Co-Director Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute
12:45 pm Dr. Terry Sejnowski, Co-Director, Institute for Neural Computation
12:53 pm Dr. Molly Roberts, Political Science
1:01 pm Dr. Gordon Hanson, Global Policy and Strategy
1:09 pm Dr. Amaro, Chemistry/BioChemistry
1:17 pm Dr. Anders Dale, Neuroscience
1:25 pm Dr. George Sugihara, Climate Atmospheric Science/Physical Oceanography
1:33 pm Dr. Yoav Freund, Computer Science and Engineering
1:41 pm Dr. Brad Voytek, Cognitive Science
1:49 pm Dr. Terry Jernigan, Cognitive Science
2:00 pm Q&A
2:15 pm Student posters (Lobby)
3:00 pm Student presentations and judging (Auditorium)
4:00 pm Student posters (Lobby)
5:00 pm Closing

Faculty and Student Open House

March 2, 2018 
Qualcomm Institute (formerly CalIT2)

Join Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute Co-Directors Rajesh Gupta and Jeffrey Elman, along with Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Elizabeth Simmons, to celebrate the official launch of the institute and learn more about its programs.

12:30 – 2:00 Formal Program (Open to Faculty by Invitation Only)
2:00 – 5:00 Student Presentations and Posters