07
Dec
2016

The newly launched National Center for Opportunity Engineering & Analysis (NCOEA) at the Computation Institute will use the latest computation and data science tools to help close the skills gap, reduce economic inequality, and provide new ways to search for training connected to employment and career opportunities.

01
Dec
2016

A new modeling approach developed at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory more accurately describes storm behavior, forecasting future rainstorm features that will help clarify flood risk and other climate impacts.

30
Nov
2016

On November 17th, the second Campus as a Lab hackathon brought together 50 people for a night of education, exploration, and collaboration at Saieh Hall. Working with real, building-level data on UChicago campus energy usage, participants conducted preliminary analyses meant to better understand and eventually improve sustainability at the university. Workshops led by representatives from EPIC, the Computation Institute, and UChicago Facilities Services provided information on building automation, energy prices, industry analytics, and technical tools such as visualization, databases, and project scoping.

15
Nov
2016

As the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE's) Exascale Computing Project (ECP) works towards its goal of creating computing systems at least 50 times faster than the nation’s most powerful supercomputers in use today, it needs research on how hardware and software will work together at these unprecedented speeds. As part of a 4-year $48 million funding award to tackle this challenge, the ECP recently selected four "co-design" centers, including one led at Argonne National Laboratory by CI Director Ian Foster.

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31
Oct
2016

Agent-based modeling can be used to simulate any number of complex scenarios, from the evacuation of a city after a natural disaster to the actions of the immune system after a gunshot wound. The Complex Adaptive Systems group at Argonne National Laboratory, led by CI Senior Fellow Chick Macal, is a leader in developing these models, including creating a simulation of the entire city of Chicago to test the spread of MRSA, ebola, and other diseases.

13
Oct
2016

The Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship's 2016 Data Fest presented projects addressing problems in education, public health, policy, conservation, international development, social services, policing, and a broad range of other societal issues, proving the potential of data-driven methods for creating positive change.

26
Sep
2016

The new Center for Spatial Data Science joins the Computation Institute and the Social Services Division, bringing advanced spatial analytics methods to fields ranging from economics and urban sociology to medicine and public health. Learn about the center's research collaborations and initiatives in software, training, and developing new methods.

23
Sep
2016

With a worldwide population projected to top nine billion in the next 30 years, the amount of food produced globally will need to double. A new study from researchers at the University of Birmingham and the Center for Robust Decision-Making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP) shows that much of the land currently used to grow wheat, maize and rice is vulnerable to the effects of climate change. This could lead to a major drop in productivity of these areas by 2050, along with a corresponding increase in potential productivity of many previously-unused areas, pointing to a major shift in the map of global food production.

20
Sep
2016

Economics is a field where theories are easy to create, and very difficult to test. It’s impractical, if not impossible, to run a controlled experiment on a scale large enough to measure the true effect of policy on economies. Looking at historical data has problems as well, as economic statistics are often too coarse or unreliable to model or investigate macroeconomic theories.

08
Sep
2016

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Exascale Computing Project (ECP) announced its first round of funding, including projects from CI Senior Fellows on astronomy, cancer, and urban science.