29
Jan
2015

In movies, huge battle scenes no longer rely upon the expensive recruitment and coordination of thousands of extras. Instead, the epic clashes of armies in films such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy use a computational technique called agent-based modeling, or ABM. In ABM, thousands or even millions of individual "agents" are programmed to follow a set of simple rules, which creates complex, realistic behavior at large scales.

23
Jan
2015

With the ebola scare of last year subsiding, scientists are now looking for ways to prevent or slow the next outbreak of the deadly virus. While medical researchers seek an effective, safe, and affordable treatment for the disease and public health experts look to improve reporting and quarantine procedures, another group of scientists seeks to find technological approaches to containing and eradicating ebola. 

23
Jan
2015

Our new Discovery Engines: Under The Hood workshop series offers practical, hands-on instruction with new and popular computational and data tools. Watch video from the first workshop, Statistical Learning with Python and pandas, to learn about how to use the programming language and library for simplifying data structure and analysis.

13
Jan
2015

A summer job can be a lot of things: a resume builder in a new industry, a chance to learn and acquire new skills, an opportunity to explore a new city and meet new friends, a chance to volunteer and do some good for a community. There aren't too many programs that can fulfill all of these goals simultaneously, but the Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship (DSSG) is a rare exception, providing students from around the world with a chance to combine technical development with meaningful, rewarding work, in a vibrant, social setting.

09
Jan
2015

For December's Inside the Discovery Cloud event, Juan de Pablo, Liew Family Professor in Molecular Engineering at the IME, discussed how his laboratory uses computational approaches to study DNA mapping and self-assembly. Then, Michael Wilde, CI Senior Fellow, and software architect at Argonne National Laboratory discussed methods developed and applied at UChicago and Argonne that help researchers conquer the complexity of high performance computer modeling and better integrate it into the scientific knowledge discovery process.

05
Jan
2015

Since last fall, CI faculty and fellow Jason Salavon has occupied a unique position: artist-in-residence at Microsoft Research. As a computational artist, Salavon explores new ways of creating art with software and data, such as aggregating hundreds of Playboy centerfolds or Renaissance portraits into a single image, turning census data into a massive, dynamic visualization, or creating information-dense collages of search engine image results. An article at The Stranger by Jen Graves dives deep into Salavon's background and his current work at Microsoft Research, where he is exploring the intersection of art, technology, and surveillance by, in part, spying on the Microsoft Research office itself.