01
Apr
2015

With today's faster internet speeds and file-sharing services, many of us take data transfer for granted. But when files and datasets are measured in terabytes and petabytes instead of megabytes, many of the struggles of the past return: long waiting times, mid-transfer failures, and clunky interfaces.

23
Mar
2015

The microbiome is currently one of the most exciting areas of research, as scientists uncover new knowledge about the invisible microbial communities living in our bodies, on our skin, and in our environment. Improved understanding of these intricate ecosystems of bacteria and other microorganisms may dramatically change how we understand ecology, microbiology, and medicine.

20
Mar
2015

You may not realize it, but network analysis is a daily part of your life. Beyond the popular social networks of Twitter or Facebook, many companies use network data to provide some of the useful services we now take for granted: accurate web searches, book and movie recommendations, fraud detection. The art of transforming data on connections between people or entities into practical insights and predictions has made billions of dollars for companies such as Google or Amazon, creating high demand for network analysis skills.

16
Mar
2015

Data visualization sits within the triangle of science, art, and communication. That’s part of what makes it an exciting field, particularly in today’s information-heavy age. But these split loyalties also create a delicate balance that must be struck to produce a successfully communicative visualization. Fall too far on the science side, and the graphic may be too technical or dry for a general audience. Too far on the art side, and the nuances and details of the underlying information are lost beneath the design.

11
Mar
2015

Originally developed to monitor supercomputer temperature, the Waggle research project at Argonne National Laboratory now lays the groundwork for exciting new sensor research in cities, microbiology, and climate. 

05
Mar
2015

Ian Foster, Argonne Distinguished Fellow and director of the Argonne/University of Chicago Computation Institute, has been named this year’s winner of the IEEE Award for Excellence in Scalable Computing. The award is presented for significant and sustained contributions to the scalable computing community through the IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing (TCSC). It acknowledges the recipient’s outstanding record of high-quality and high-impact research.

04
Mar
2015

Cyberspace, like any neighborhood, has its share of disreputable regions. According to University of Chicago graduate student and Knowledge Lab researcher Cody Braun, though, once you get into the “bad internet,” it’s hard to get out.

27
Feb
2015

Climate change is a global process that affects everyone on Earth. However, until recently, the tools used for climate change research and the data driving and produced by those studies was accessible to only a small portion of the population. Last week, as part of RDCEP’s Discovery Engines: Under the Hood workshop series, David Kelly and Michael Glotter taught an audience of researchers and students how they can use new available climate data and tools. 

26
Feb
2015

An article from Benjamin Recchie of the University of Chicago Research Computing Center looks at how CI Senior Fellow John Goldsmith and graduate student Jackson Lee use high-performance computing to better understand how computers -- and by extension, humans -- learn the rules of language.

24
Feb
2015

Since its announcement last summer, the Array of Things (AoT) urban sensing project has been gradually refining its technology and strategy for its expected pilot launch this spring.