Recent and past news related to Data Science and the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute.

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Taking Data Science Mainstream

Rajesh_kusi.pngHDSI Director Rajesh Gupta appeared on Good Morning San Diego-KUSI this week, explaining the impact of UC San Diego in taking the lead nationally in building its far-reaching data science education and research program.

“What UC San Diego has done it has taken data science and it lifted it all the way as a campus-wide initiative, so that the students and faculty are drawn from all these departments, and trained by scientists in all these departments,“ Gupta explained to news anchor Lauren Phinney. Full interview:

Data Science Major Makes Headlines

Data science studies in affiliation with HDSI, and UC San Diego programs drawing students from across the globe.

New Postdoctoral Openings Announced

HDSI has just announced several postdoctoral positions. The institute is seeking postdocs working on a field related to Data Science. They will be 100% supported by HDSI. The Institute postdocs will be assigned an HDSI-affiliated mentor, and will be free to collaborate with any researchers at UC San Diego. Learn more: Review of applications begins Feb. 15, 2019.

Recent News

HDSI Headline: Institute leadership sought for cybersecurity expertise

EdTech LogoHDSI makes headlines in EdTech, contributing cybersecurity expertise to the national magazine circulating to both K-12 and higher education audiences. The Dec. 18, 2018, posting, “Colleges Turn to AI for Cybersecurity Defense,” quotes HDSI Faculty Advisory Council member Yoav Freund on educating students about the tools they need to verify fact from fake.

Data Science freshman makes his first cloud

A word cloud of the data science facebook page prepared by Yuan GaoElevating computer code to the level of art was something University of California San Diego freshman Yuan Gao did just for fun.

In his elective Workshop in Data Science (DSC 96), Gao went above and beyond instructor expectations by designing a word cloud. A word cloud is a graphic visualization of a slice of time and place on the Internet, resembling the visual arts technique of montage but achieving the graphic design feature based on computer coding. Learn more.

HDSI Director Rajesh Gupta HeadshotHDSI Director Rajesh Gupta named AAAS Fellow

Director Rajesh Gupta has been honored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as Fellow for 2018, for "distinguished contributions in design of embedded systems and hardware-software co-design, and leadership in research administration." Learn more. 


Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is offering data science graduate students and advanced undergraduate students the opportunity to join the Data Science Summer Institute (DSSI)

The Data Science Summer Institute (DSSI) is a flexible internship program that runs for 12 weeks during the summer. During these 12 weeks, students will be paired with mentors working in the Data Science fields. Students will also be supported by DSSI to enhance their skills by attending short courses and seminars on topics relevant to data science, and gain hands-on experience through collaborative work on other data science problems relating to national importance. DSSI is open to both advanced undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a degree in a field related to the Data Sciences (machine learning, statistics, applied mathematics, computer science, etc). 

The two Summer 2019 sessions will be held from May 20, 2019 - Aug. 9, 2019 and June 17, 2019 -  Sept. 6, 2019.

HDSI Appoints Bradley Voytek to Faculty Fellowship

B. Voytek ArticleThe Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute (HDSI) at UC San Diego has announced the appointment of Bradley Voytek, a Cognitive Science associate professor at UC San Diego with a strong following in science-related social media, as a Faculty Fellow of the pioneering institute.
Voytek works with students in Cognitive Science, Neuroscience and Data Science, and is a leader of the neuroscience graduate program as well as the HDSI undergraduate fellowship program. He assumes the HDSI post Nov. 1, 2018, to serve with Ilkay Altintas, Chief Data Science Officer at San Diego Supercomputer Center. Learn more.

Chief Data Science Officer Ilkay Altintas Named a HDSI Fellow

Ilkay Article San Diego Supercomputer Center’s Chief Data Science Officer Ilkay Altintas has been named a Fellow of the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute (HDSI) at the University of California San Diego for her role in the stewardship of HDSI cyberinfrastructure (CI) resources and services, effective with the fall 2018 term.

Altintas will be working with UC San Diego faculty, industry partners, and students at all levels in her leadership role at HDSI. Learn more.

Keeping It Simple Wins Hacking Prize for Undergraduate Pair

Data Science student Hannah Peterson and hacking partner Luyanda Mdanda took top prize with their new healthcare mobile app, TimER.They were after the prize, and maybe a little bit of glory. But mostly, UC San Diego junior Luyanda Mdanda thought of his native Africa, and classmate Hannah Peterson pictured her grandfather back home in Oregon. Those were the lives they wanted to help, when they entered and then won against some formidable teams in the annual UC Health Hack.

And so Peterson, a Data Science major, and Mdanda, a Cognitive Science major enrolled in many data science classes, took their big idea on how to help people get access to healthcare faster and more economically. They won the annual healthcare hackathon contest with their elegantly simple phone app designed to work with any mobile phone or device. Learn more.

HDSI Distinguished Lecture by Scott Chacon, GitHub cofounder

Scott Chacon Presenting

The keys to success, advises entrepreneur Scott Chacon, are passion and failure. Chacon spoke to hundreds of data science students and the campus community on Oct. 11 as part of the Institute’s Distinguished Lecturer Series. Learn more.

Conference highlights leading-edge advances in databases

SoCal DB Participants ImageHow to build and manage better computer databases was the subject of a gathering of more than 100 industry leaders, students and researchers in the field, sponsored by Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute and six major technology companies.

The day-long SoCal DB Day 18 symposium was held Oct. 19 at San Diego Supercomputer Center, featuring representatives from sponsoring companies: Amazon, Couchbase, Google, Microsoft, Oracle and Teradata. In addition to UC San Diego, five universities also participated: UC Irvine, UCLA, UC-Riverside, UC Santa Barbara and University of Southern California. Nearly half the crowd was composed of students, and the majority of them presented project posters during the event. Learn more.

UC San Diego Health’s Lucila Ohno-Machado Elected to National Academy of Medicine

Dr. Lucila HDSI founding faculty member Dr. Lucila Ohno-Machado has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. 

Dr. Ohno-Machado is chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at UC San Diego Health, and professor of medicine and associate dean for informatics and technology at the School of Medicine. Learn more.

From Health to Fish to Clean Water – Public Events Spotlighting Data Science

HDSI LogoA new series of public events has been organized by the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute bringing leading-edge research into classrooms, research labs, industry and the community. Topics will range from improving human health to fish, and how applying more effective data techniques aids ocean ecology. The cross-discipline topics demonstrate the wide diversity of subjects benefitting from data science technology advances. Learn more.

First Visiting Scholar to Halıcıoğlu Institute Brings Expertise in Sensors and Data Privacy

Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute brings a leading expert in embedded and mobile sensing, cyber-physical systems (CPS) like self-driving vehicles, and the Internet of Things (IoT) as its first Visiting Scholar to UC San Diego. Learn more.

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.


Past Featured News Items

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. 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.

San 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. Learn more.

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.

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 ...