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The Urban Center for Computation and Data unites scientists from the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory with educators, architects and government officials to capitalize upon the

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Around the world, cities are showing signs of old age. For urban areas, one of the first signs of advancing years comes in its circulatory system — the water infrastructure — as pipes laid underground over a century ago start to break down. Beyond the direct cost of repairing water main breaks and replacing the broken components, these incidents cause major headaches for nearby residences, businesses, and traffic. Last summer, Data Science for Social Good partnered with the City of Syracuse to help address this problem proactively by predicting where future water main breaks would occur. 

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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.

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From Kenya and Mexico to Syracuse and Tulsa, data in the hands of people with skills, expertise, and compassion can produce genuine benefits.

Using data to better understand and improve cities is no longer a revolutionary new idea.

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For several years, “smart cities” has been a popular buzzword for applications of data, computation, and technology in an urban setting.

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A new partnership between Array of Things (AoT) and Product Development Technologies (PDT) will drive the public launch of the urban sensing project in 2016. PDT, based in Lake Zurich, IL, will spearhead the design and manufacturing of a custom enclosure system for AoT nodes, protecting the technology from weather conditions while enabling accurate measurements.

The "Ask Argonne" series gives kids (and enthusiastic adults) the chance to meet and ask questions over YouTube of a particular Argonne scientist.

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The hot buzzword in the tech world right now is “disruption,” the concept that one clever idea can completely shake up a stale industry, leading to new practices and big profits. Companies such as Amazon, Skype, and iTunes have dramatically changed how book stores, phone companies, and music sales work, with sometimes controversial results. But for many reasons, health care has largely resisted major tech-driven revolutions so far, its massive bulk and entrenched interests providing disruption-proof armor few other industries can boast. But at the Big Data & Health conference, co-organized by the Computation Institute and the UChicago Center for Health and the Social Sciences (CHeSS), many speakers signaled that data-based change was on the way for health care and research.

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Data is raw material that can be sculpted into many useful forms: for scientific discoveries, for business decisions, or for recommendations on entertainment and relationships. But in their presentations for the inaugural Eric & Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship Data Slam, fellows presented twelve examples of data used for its most noble purpose: to make the world a better place.

In its first summer, the fellowship brought 40 undergraduate and graduate students from around the U.S. as well as Italy, Mexico and Israel to Chicago to work on data-based projects with nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Organized by Rayid Ghani of the Computation Institute and the Harris School of Public Policy and funded through a personal gift from Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, the program struck a nerve in both tech and academic circles, attracting over 550 applications in just two weeks.