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30
Sep
2015

This month's announcement of a $3.1 million National Science Foundation for Array of Things inspired a wave of enthusiastic coverage about the urban sensing project. The plan to install 500 sensor nodes, collecting data on Chicago's environment, infrastructure, and activity, was touted as an important step towards creating a "smart city," boosting data-driven public policy and community engagement. 

17
Sep
2015

A new computational model developed by Computation Institute scientists could help improve the allocation of U.S. biomedical research resources. The tool, called the Research Opportunity Index (ROI), measures disparities between resources dedicated to a disease and its relative burden on society. 

14
Sep
2015

The University of Chicago announced today that the National Science Foundation has awarded a $3.1 million grant to support the development of Array of Things, an urban sensing instrument that will serve as a fitness tracker for the city. Starting next year, 500 Array of Things (AoT) nodes will measure data on Chicago’s environment, infrastructure and activity to scientifically investigate solutions to urban challenges ranging from air quality to urban flooding.

09
Sep
2015

Today, a scientist's most desired citation may be from a publication not often thought of as prestigious: Wikipedia. While the open, user-curated encyclopedia may have occasional credibility issues, it remains the first source many people -- even scientists themselves -- consult when faced with an unfamiliar topic. As such, a Wikipedia reference may expose more people to a particular research finding than any citation from a scientific journal.

08
Sep
2015

Our planet’s fields and forests, oceans and aquifers, and animals of the land, sea, and sky don’t exist in a vacuum. But too often, environmental and agricultural models treat them as if they do. To truly understand the role climate (and climate change) plays on them, an integrated approach is called for. That’s where the work of Joshua Elliott, research scientist and fellow at the University of Chicago Computation Institute, comes in.