01
May
2015

When writing the abstracts for journal articles, most scientists receive similar advice: keep it short, dry, and simple. But a new analysis by University of Chicago researchers of over one million abstracts finds that many of these tips backfire, producing abstracts cited less than their long, flowery, and jargon-filled peers.
 

28
Apr
2015

For decades, computer scientists have coasted on the momentum of Moore's law, confident that the steadily increasing number of transistors on a microchip would eventually solve all challenges. But as more and more experts predict the encroaching end of Moore's, much of the inherited computing wisdom of the past may soon expire as well.

23
Apr
2015

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin, Indiana University, and the Computation Institute today announced that Wrangler, a groundbreaking data analysis and management system, is now in early operations for the open science community. The design and implementation of Wrangler responds to developments in technology and research practice that are collectively referred to as Big Data or the Data Deluge, encompassing a variety of needs related to research data storage, analysis, and access in the sciences and engineering.

22
Apr
2015

One hundred petabytes is a lot of data. To put the number in perspective, consider that all of the written works of humanity to date add up to only an estimated 50 petabytes. Yet sometime in the next few months, CI research center Globus will surpass 100 PB of scientific data transferred. 

20
Apr
2015

Data can make a difference in the world. With the right people, tools, and partnerships, non-profits and governments can use data to save lives, educate more children, reduce poverty and protect the Earth. But to realize this great potential means building a community that fuses a broad range of research disciplines, backgrounds, and talents to attack some of the world’s most pressing issues with data.

03
Apr
2015

Since opening last year, the Chicago Innovation Exchange has established several points of contact with the Computation Institute, supporting new businesses such as Maryellen Giger's Quantitative Insights and Mike Wilde's Parallel.works. With yesterday's announcement of the finalists for the spring round of the UChicago Innovation Fund, more CI/CIE partnerships may be on the horizon, as four of the six teams include at least one CI affiliate. 

02
Apr
2015

As science becomes a more global enterprise, the tethers that connect collaborations grow longer and more complex. At March's Accelerating International Collaboration and Science Through Connective Computation workshop, held at the University of Chicago Center in Delhi, CI scientists met with 20 scientists from across India to discuss computational solutions that could enable and accelerate international research partnerships.

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.