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.

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.