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.

Chicago Magazine

The Doomsday Squad


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.


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.


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Knowledge does not arise from the simple accumulation of facts. Rather, it is a complex, dynamic system, and its emergent outcomes - including scientific consensus - are unpredictable. The complexity of knowledge creation has exploded with the growing number of participating scientists and citizens. If human knowledge is to grow efficiently, we need a deeper understanding of the processes by which knowledge is conceived, validated, shared and reinforced. We need to understand the limits of knowledge in relation to these processes. In short, we need knowledge about knowledge.

Urban Center for Computation and Data

The Urban Center for Computation and Data unites scientists from the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory with educators, architects and government officials to capitalize upon the growing availability of city datasets and the emergence of urban sensor networks. The interdisciplinary collaboration will analyze and integrate those data sources and build complex computer models that can anticipate the impact of policy decisions, investments, urban development or other interventions on a city and its residents.

The Hack Arts Lab (HAL) provides an open-access laboratory for creative digital fabrication and visualization.  Thismakerspace-styled workshop is designed to support a breadth of activity ranging from undergraduate projects to faculty-led exploration.  

HAL resources include 3D printers, laser cutter, advanced graphics, and microcontroller workbenches, all offered at minimal cost.

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