2017 Events

Date Time Event Details
12/6/17 11:30 am - 5:00 pm Opportunities & Challenges of Citizen Science for Earth Observation

The South Hub and Secure World Foundation will co-host a workshop on the opportunities, research challenges, and best practices of citizen science for big data and Earth Observation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. Learn more here. This is the second workshop in a series; please see the first workshop video and materials here.

12/07/2017-12/08/2017   Data Corps Workshop

This workshop aims to bring together a wide range of stakeholders to discuss the vision and implementation of a Data Corps program. Approximately 50 stakeholder representatives from academia, local/state/federal government agencies, foundations, private-sector, international organizations, and nonprofits, will attend the 1.5-day workshop. Visit their website for more information.

12/13/2017-12/14/2017   MetroLab Summit

MetroLab Network will be hosting their Annual Summit Dec. 13-14 (rescheduled from Sept. 13-15). The Summit will bring together leaders from local government, universities, industry, and non-profit to share, discuss, and present on the impact of data, analytics, and technology on local government.

11/9/17   All Hub Transportation Data Challenge Finale

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Our summit will showcase team projects from across the country, new data/tools/platforms, and exciting commitments and updates. Join leaders from the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, National Science Foundation, each Regional Big Data Innovation Hub, and partners from industry, academia, nonprofits, and government. View the FAQ about participating as a Competitive Team and join the conversation on social media with #BDHubs.
Have a project or update to share? Contact your Hub to be included in the agenda unveil! ​

11/20/17   Trans-Atlantic Workshop on Public Private Partnerships for Big Data

The NSF Big Data Innovation Hubs will hold an invitation-only workshop in conjunction with the European Big Data Value Forum 2017, and in collaboration with the EU Big Data Value Association (BDVA), PICASSO Project, and INRIA.​

The workshop will bring together academic and industry actors from the US and the EU to share ongoing big data research and innovation efforts, to discuss effective models for bridging data science workforce needs with the academic discipline of data science, and to determine how to best support academia-industry collaborative research programs. For more information on the event, contact Lea Shanley.

11/7/17   Webinar Series on Undergraduate Data Science Education - 
Diversity, Inclusion, and Increasing Participation

Join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for a webinar series on undergraduate data science education. Two-Year Colleges and Institutional Partnerships

11/14/17   Webinar Series on Undergraduate Data Science Education -Two-Year Colleges and Institutional Partnerships

Join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for a webinar series on undergraduate data science education. Two-Year Colleges and Institutional Partnerships

11/1/17   Congressional App Challenge

High school age or younger students can register to create an original app for a mobile device, tablet, or computer. Visit the website for more information.

10/6/17 3:00-4:00 pm Data Sharing & Cyberinfrastructure Working Group

We are relaunching our Data Sharing and Cyberinfrastructure Working Group as an All Hub working group, a collaboration across all four Big Data Hubs. Please join us for the kick off meeting! And welcome our new Chair: Niall Gaffney, TACC, South Hub, and Co-chairs: Christine Kirkpatrick, NDS, West Hub, and John Goodhue, NE Hub! 

Lightning talks: Impacts of Data Cyberinfrastructures During Recent Disasters
Did you help support response efforts to the recent hurricanes, flooding, or earthquake? 
If you would like to give a 5-min lighting talk, please email Karl Gustafson your three slides by Thursday, October 5 COB.

WebEx Connectivity:
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Meeting number: 643 780 581 | Password: cyber

10/18/17 Noon-1:15 pm South Hub Data Science Roundtable: Smarter Health & Our Future

Science is changing rapidly and new transdisciplinary approaches are resulting in transformative change across domains. Health and medicine have begun to embrace convergent approaches that involve expertise from non-traditional biomedical disciplines, such as computing and engineering. Informatics and analytics are especially poised to contribute to these changes by bringing sophisticated techniques to partnerships in the biomedical realm. This talk will cover some current advances and a vision for a future of smart health.

Speaker: 
Wendy Nilsen | Program Director, Smart & Connected Health Program, NSF

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In-person attendance: 
100 Europa Drive | Chapel Hill, NC 27517
RSVP to subers@renci.org
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10/24/17   The Role of Citizen Science Observatories & Crowdsourcing Community in GEOSS

Co-hosted by the South Big Data Hub, Secure World Foundation, CREAF, and The Wilson Center, this workshop will explore the standards and best practices in managing crowd-sourced data, the linkages of citizen data to the Group on Earth Observations’ (GEO) Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) and its common infrastructure (GCI), and methods and tools to integrate citizens-generated data with scientific and big data. Visit the GEO Plenary Website for more info here and here, schedule and registration.

10/3/17   Webinar Series on Undergraduate Data Science Education - 
Communication Skills and Teamwork

Join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for a webinar series on undergraduate data science education. Visit their website for more information.

10/10/17   Webinar Series on Undergraduate Data Science Education - Inter-Departmental Collaboration and Institutional Organization

Join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for a webinar series on undergraduate data science education. Visit their website for more information.

10/17/17   Webinar Series on Undergraduate Data Science Education - Ethics

Join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for a webinar series on undergraduate data science education. Visit their website for more information.

10/24/17   Webinar Series on Undergraduate Data Science Education - Assessment and Evaluation for Data Science Programs

Join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for a webinar series on undergraduate data science education. Visit their website for more information.

10/14/17   Congressional App Challenge

High school age or younger students can register to create an original app for a mobile device, tablet, or computer. Visit the website for more information.

10/23/2017-10/24/2017   Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Computing Research Symposium: Addressing National Priorities and Societal Needs 2017

The CCC Computing Research Symposium aims to illuminate current and future trends in computing and the potential for computing to address national challenges. The four themes will be Intelligent Infrastructure for our Cities and Communities, Security and Privacy for Democracy, AI and Amplifying Human Abilities, and Data Algorithms and Fairness. Visit their website for more information or view the livestream during the event.

9/28/17   Microsoft Azure Training

Co-sponsored by Microsoft, the South Big Data Innovation Hub, and RENCI​, this Azure workshop will familiarize researchers and data scientists with big data storage, machine learning and advanced analytics, cognitive intelligence, and container and batch services. Instruction is hands-on; participants will spend most of the day working on proctored labs. Visit the website to register.

10/2/17 1:30-4:30 pm Amazon AWS Training

Co-hosted by Amazon and the South Big Data Hub, Accelerating Research in the Cloud with AWS: Use Cases and Trends, offers South Hub members the chance to discover AWS through a step-by-step deep dive into core services such as Compute, Storage, Database, and Networking. Seating is limited; register at the event website.

9/8/17 Noon-1:00 pm All Hub Transportation Data Challenge Community Call

The first All Hub community call for the Autonomous or Connected Vehicles topic of the National Transportation Data Challenge will discuss "How might we leverage autonomous or enhanced vehicles to improve our constituents’ safety? How might we navigate technological, policy, and social considerations involved?" More information here.

Speakers:
* Bruno Fernandez-Ruiz, Chief Technical Officer, Nexar Inc., and
* Mike Branch, Vice President Business Intelligence, GEOTAB

Join the call here.
Optional dial in number: 401-283- 2722, PIN: 92241

9/13/17 3:00-4:00 pm National Transportation Challenge at MetroLab Summit

MetroLab Network will be hosting their Annual Summit September 13-15. The Summit will bring together leaders from local government, universities, industry, and non-profit to share, discuss, and present on the impact of data, analytics, and technology on local government. 

South Hub co-Executive Director Renata Rawlings-Goss will speak about the Big Data Hubs National Transportation Challenge at the Summit. Please join us at lunch on Sept. 13 to mingle with representatives from different Big Data Innovation Hubs.

9/22/17   Keeping Data Science Broad Webinar 2

The webinar, Alternative Avenues for Development of Data Science Capacity, will highlight efforts that build data science education capacity outside of the context of traditional curricular program development. More details about the webinar will be posted soon on the webinar series webpage.

9/27/17 Noon-1:15 ET South Hub Data Science Roundtable: Role of Data Science in the Economy

Media reports showcase that we are in the midst of a Big Data revolution that will impact all of our lives. To date, much of the research around this revolution has focused specifically on Data Science; however, this roundtable will focus on the Data Economy. Read more here. Speakers:
John Hardin | North Carolina Office of Science, Technology, & Innovation
Shannon McKeen | National Consortium for Data Science
Brooks Raiford | North Carolina Technology Association 

Moderator:
Lea Shanley | South Big Data Hub

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In-person attendance:
100 Europa Drive | Chapel Hill, NC 27517
RSVP to subers@renci.org
Directions to RENCI

9/16/17   Spark Saturday DC

This free event is hosted by a community of Spark enthusiasts to foster Big Data innovation in the DC area and support the fastest growing Big Data project, Apache Spark. Hear from industry experts who are actively contributing to and shaping the development of Apache Spark and successfully implementing Spark into production. Read more or sign up at their website.

9/23/17   StatFest 2017

StatFest is a one-day conference aimed at encouraging undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups to consider careers and graduate studies in the statistical sciences. It includes presentations from established professionals, academic leaders, and current graduate students that will help attendees understand the opportunities and routes for success in the field. More information can be found at their website.

10/02/2017-10/03/2017   HPCC Systems Summit Community Day

The 4th annual HPCC Systems Summit Community Day will be open to the public for the first time. The Oct. 2 pre-event workshop is ideal for those wanting to understand the powerful ECL programming language and open source system built for big data analytics. The Oct. 3 Community Day will showcase community-driven projects, with academic and industry members presenting their use cases and research projects. Visit their website for more information.

31/2017   Keeping Data Science Broad Webinar 1

The webinar, Data Science Education Programs in Traditional Contexts, will highlight data science undergraduate programs that have been implemented at teaching institutions, community colleges, universities, minority-serving institutions, and more. The goal is to provide case studies about data science programs being developed by primarily undergraduate serving institutions. Such institutions are crucial connectors in the establishment of a robust data science pipeline and workforce but they can have different constraints than large research-focused institutions when developing data science education programming. More details about the webinar will be posted soon on the webinar series webpage.

8/4/17   Proposal Writing Course

Midwest Big Data Hub Steering Committee Members Greg Monaco (GPN) and Jennifer Clarke (UN-L) will present a short proposal writing course covering how to respond effectively to the NSF Big Data Hub Project Solicitation. The course consists of three classes. Registration is free, but required, and each class may be signed up for individually or all together. Each session will be recorded. 

Courses and Registration Links: 

August 4, ENCITE: Class 2:
Project Description: Project Plan, Timeline, Metrics for success
August 18, ENCITE: Class 3: Budget & Budget Justification

8/18/17   Proposal Writing Course

Midwest Big Data Hub Steering Committee Members Greg Monaco (GPN) and Jennifer Clarke (UN-L) will present a short proposal writing course covering how to respond effectively to the NSF Big Data Hub Project Solicitation. The course consists of three classes. Registration is free, but required, and each class may be signed up for individually or all together. Each session will be recorded. 

Courses and Registration Links: 

August 4, ENCITE: Class 2:
Project Description: Project Plan, Timeline, Metrics for success
August 18, ENCITE: Class 3: Budget & Budget Justification

08/7/2017-08/11/2017   Data Matters Short Course Series

Data Matters offers short courses on a wide range of data science topics of interest to working professionals, students, and faculty members. Anyone working to manage, share, analyze, and archive large or complicated data sets will find a course of interest to them. To learn about the courses or how to register, visit datamatters.org.

09/01/2017-09/03/2017   Spark Bootcamp

Vendor agnostic Apache Spark course. Labs will run on Databricks Community Edition and will focus on Apache Spark functionality. To learn more about the classes, instructor, and how to register, visit their website.

7/14/17 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Data-Driven Storytelling: A Deep Dive into Visualization Techniques

The American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Big Data Affinity Group, in collaboration with the South Big Data Hub and West Big Data Hub, are making their data visualization and storytelling event available for virtual attendees. To learn more about the event, visit the website. 

Join the Webcast: http://bit.ly/datavizwebex 
Call-in number: 1-415-655-0003
Event Number: 641 886 660 | Event password: dataviz

7/13/17   Applied Data Analytics Course Webinar

A team of researchers –Julia Lane (NYU), Frauke Kreuter (UMD) and Rayid Ghani (UChicago) - has built an innovative and successful training program on Applied Data Analytics using confidential administrative records. That program is designed for working professionals and PhD-level graduate students who are seeking a stronger foundation in data analytics with a particular focus on public sector challenges (dataanalytics.umd.edu). They are offering a third class that uses data on high need populations, starting in October. This webinar will provide more information.

07/27/2017-07/28/2017   Visualization in Transportation Symposium

TRB's International Visualization in Transportation Symposium will be held later this month with a theme of "Visualization in Action." The symposium will explore opportunities and challenges of visualization entering mainstream use in the transportation field. Learn more or register at their website.

6/8/17 3:00-4:00 pm Spoke Solicitation Webinar

The National Science Foundation has released a new solicitation designed to foster multi-sector collaborations among academia, industry, and government to address regional priorities. To learn more about the solicitation and to register for the webinar before midnight on Wednesday, June 7, visit their website.

6/9/17 8:00 am - 6:30 pm South Hub All-Hands Meeting

The South Big Data Innovation Hub is hosting its annual All-Hands Meeting at the Microsoft Chevy Chase Pavilion. The event will feature presentations by NSF and current Spoke projects, a fireside chat on collaborations in data science, and breakout sessions focused on new Spoke proposal team building. Space is limited, so register now.

Can't make the All-Hands? You can watch the morning panels, scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via WebEx.
Event Number: 647 177 383 | Event password: southhub
Click here to join | Call-in number: +1-415-655-0003

6/8/19 9:00 am - 1:00 pm AI Catalyst for Government Transformation

This symposium on Artificial Intelligence details advances in AI, key agency missions that are being impacted, and AI research that matters to the public sector. The symposium will be held at Intel and is co-hosted by the South Hub. Visit the website for more information or to register.

6/8/17 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Microsoft Azure Training

The Azure workshop will familiarize researchers and data scientists with big data storage, machine learning and advanced analytics, cognitive intelligence, and container and batch services. Instruction is hands-on; participants will spend most of the day working on proctored labs. Each attendee will receive an Azure Pass with a $500 Azure credit that can be used up to one month after the workshop. This training is free if you register through the South Hub invitation.

6/6/17   Triangle Smart Cities Summit

The first Triangle Smart Cities Summit will bring together local city, industry, and academic leaders for engaged discussion and to share ideas to help make the Triangle region a smarter and more connected community. Mayors, industry and academic executives, and national leaders in the smart cities movement will discuss the biggest challenges they face and their current efforts and vision for making the Triangle a smart region. The event is accepting posters showcasing smart cities research. Those interested in displaying posters should complete this form no later than June 2. To learn more about the event, visit their website.

06/13/2017-06/15/2017   iRODS User Group Meeting

The integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS) is an open source data management software used by research organizations and government agencies worldwide. The ninth annual iRODS UGM will host 25+ presentations from the user community and the core development team, including use case presentations, live demos, and open discussions about requested iRODS features. To learn more about iRODS or register for the UGM, visit their website.

06/19/2017-06/20/2017   Trans-Atlantic Symposium on Technology & Policy for a Smart Society

The Symposium will cover the spectrum from research assessments via commercialization opportunities to policy issues in information and communication technologies such as 5G networks, Big Data, and the Internet of Things (IoT)/cyber-physical systems. Comprising a combination of plenary and parallel sessions, the symposium will set focus on impacts for a smart society and related industry sectors. Presenters will include NSF Senior Data Science Adviser Dr. Chaitan Baru and the Big Data Hub Executive Directors. To learn more or register to attend, visit their website.

06/28/2017-06/29/2017   Fraud Analytics for Government 2017

Whether dealing with improper payments that have already been awarded or trying to find potential fraud as it happens, data holds the answers for many questions. Join the conversation and hear from leading government thought leaders, forensic investigators, and examiners as they share real-world examples of fraud analytics in action. To learn more or register, visit their website.

05/02/2017-05/03/2017   National Transportation Data Challenge

The four Big Data Innovation Hubs are excited to launch the National Transportation Data Challenge with a diverse and dynamic group of participants - including cloud computing leaders, nonprofit organizations, former Governor Christine Gregoire, and Daniel Morgan, the Chief Data Officer of the U.S. Department of Transportation. RSVP on Eventbrite for the sessions you plan to attend. Not able to get to Seattle? Choose the "Livestream Only" ticket in Eventbrite.

5/2/17 1:00-3:00 pm Amazon Open Data in the Cloud: Lunch and Learn

As part of the National Transportation Data Challenge, Amazon is holding a Lunch and Learn session. Attendees will learn how the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission uses Amazon S3 to make over 1 billion trip records publicly available and how Amazon Athena can be used to query those records in seconds. Amazon will also share how Amazon Athena can now be used to query OpenStreetMap. The demos will be followed by an open discussion about sharing large datasets in the cloud and guidance on how participants can receive promotional credits to experiment with AWS on their own. 

JOIN THE WEBCAST | Event number/access code: 648 123 667 
Password: AMAZON | Call-in: 1-415-655-0003

5/24/17 Noon-1:15 pm South Hub Data Science Roundtable: Data Science at the Nexus of Environment and Health

Panelists will discuss some of the pragmatic challenges associated with data science at the intersection of health, the environment, and mobile health (mHealth). For example, panelists will cover some of the emerging opportunities to use data science to improve ontologies, to establish pervasive and persistent connections to biomedical data sources including Electronic Health Records and mobile health data, and to model systems that link genotypes, phenotypes, and disease hypotheses. 

Speakers:
David Balshaw | Division of Extramural Research and Training | National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Rebecca Boyles | ECHO Data Analysis Center | NC Health Collaborative Steering Committee 
Chirag Patel | Department of Biomedical Informatics | Harvard Medical School
Moderator:
Stan Ahalt | RENCI | UNC Computer Science | NCTraCS

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6/2/17   Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs and Spokes Workshop

Held in conjunction with the 31st IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, the NSF Big Data Hubs will hold a full-day event to allow interested parties to learn more about the BD Hubs and Spokes, especially how to become involved in their activities. To learn more about this workshop and how to attend, visit their website.

5/3/17 Noon-1:00 pm NCDS DataBytes Webcast: Visualization for Data Science

An analyst's data science toolbox is incomplete without visualization skills. This talk will explore the landscape of visualization for data science - using visualization for data exploration and communication, reproducible approaches to visualization, and how to develop better instincts for visualization choice and graphic design.
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5/4/17   Grand Challenges for Environmental Engineering & Science in the 21st Century | First Public Meeting

To help guide the next generation of environmental engineers and scientists, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has appointed a committee of experts to conduct a study on Grand Challenges and Opportunities for Environmental Engineering and Science for the 21st Century. The first public meeting around the study will be held in Washington, DC and also on the web on Thursday, May 4. Register to the attend the event, sign up for email updates on the study website, and discuss the study on Twitter using #GrandChallenges.

5/23/17 8:00-11:30 am Digital Transformation for Life Sciences - Adopting Hybrid IT Workshop

This workshop will be held at the 2017 Bio-IT World Conference and Expo. Speakers will discuss how groundbreaking innovations in adoption and deployment are having a transformational impact in life sciences. Topics will range from adopting mobile clinical data acquisition platforms to ensuring that the latest hybrid compute platforms meet compliance and performance expectations. Visit their website for more information and to register.

04/07/2017-04/08/2017   Southern Data Science Conference and Deep Learning Training

The Southern Data Science Conference will be held in Atlanta this week on Friday, April 7. The conference is a sold out one-day event where data science pioneers nationwide will share their most recent research and development in the data science field. In addition to the conference day, a Deep Learning Training will occur on Saturday, April 8. Registration is separate from that of the conference. Career Builder, Macy's, the Georgia Tech Institute of Data Engineering and Science, Lexis Nexis, Datacamp, and Datadigital.io are co-sponsors of this event. The South Hub is a proud partner and member of the Southern Data Science Advisory Board.

4/13/17 Noon-1:15 pm South Hub Data Science Roundtable: Data Science Challenges for Cancer Immunotherapy

New cancer immunotherapies are providing fresh hope to patients who previously had few treatment option. However, immuno-oncology exists at the intersection of oncology, immunology, and molecular biology, each of which bring significant data science challenges. This panel will discuss how we can navigate questions of data management, sharing, privacy, and more in order to best take advantage of the opportunities offered by this promising field. Speakers:
Joel Parker | Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center | UNC-Chapel Hill
Benjamin Vincent | Division of Hematology/Oncology | UNC-Chapel Hill 
Victor Weigman | Translational Genomics | Q2 Solutions (Quintiles Quest Joint Venture)
Moderator:
Kimberly Robasky | Principal Investigator | RENCI

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4/18/17   Smart Grid Workshop

Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, a South Hub Spoke grant recipient, is holding a hands-on workshop on the theme of Smart Grids Big Data: The Next Steps. If you would like to attend the workshop, please register here. To help plan the working groups, including the Global Network for Synchrophasor Solutions consortium effort, please contact Dr. Mladen Kezunovic.

04/26/2017-04/27/2017   The Internet of Things for Smart & Connected Cities & Campuses Workshop

The South Hub will be hosting a workshop at Georgia Tech on Challenges in Data Analytics and Decision-making from Distributed Sensors in order to collect practitioner input into the problems surrounding the use of data coming from distributed sensors in the context of smart cities and smart campuses. For more information and free registration, visit our website.

4/28/17 3:00-4:30 pm Data Sharing and Infrastructure Working Group

Join WebEx here | Meeting number: 310 282 152 | Password: mcYte242
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Demos provided by: 

Vas Vasiliadis | Globus | Globus provides secure, reliable, high-performance file transfer, the ability to share files with collaborators, and flexible workflows for identifying, describing, curating, and publishing data sets. In this talk, Vasiliadis will provide an introductory overview and demonstration of Globus and describe recent enhancements that bring additional capabilities to both researchers and research computing administrators. 

Vani Mandava and Jeff Prosise | Azure for Research | In addition to providing access to traditional storage and compute resources on Linux as well as Windows, Microsoft Azure includes extensive infrastructure option and dozens of services to aid researchers in building intelligent services and applications from large analytical workloads. Learn what Azure is, how it is being used in the research community, and how to apply for Azure credits to bolster your research.

04/19/2017-04/22/2017   IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE)

The annual IEEE ICDE Conference addresses research issues in designing, building, managing, and evaluating advanced data-intensive systems and applications. It is a leading forum for researchers, practitioners, developers, and users to explore cutting-edge ideas and to exchange techniques, tools, and experiences. The 33rd ICDE will be held in San Diego, CA. Register here.

5/1/17   Roundtable on Data Science Post-Secondary Education

The third meeting and webcast of the Roundtable on Data Science Post-Secondary Education - which will focus on "Data Science Education in the Workplace" - will take place at the Pew Research Center. For more information, including recordings of previous meetings and registration information for this event, visit their website.

5/4/17   Grand Challenges for Environmental Engineering & Science in the 21st Century | First Public Meeting

To help guide the next generation of environmental engineers and scientists, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has appointed a committee of experts to conduct a study on Grand Challenges and Opportunities for Environmental Engineering and Science for the 21st Century. The first public meeting around the study will be held in Washington, DC and also on the web on Thursday, May 4. Register to the attend the event, sign up for email updates on the study website, and discuss the study on Twitter using #GrandChallenges.

3/9/17 Noon-1:15 pm South Hub Data Science Roundtable: Anti-Social Computing - Bots, Lies, & the New Information Environment

Social media, online news, blogs, etc. - combined with widespread access to the Internet from multiple devices - are creating a new information environment. In this environment, the norms of social interaction, conversation, public discourse, and news reporting are being rewritten. Trolls and bots can shape conversation, shift discourse, and build bridges among groups who might not otherwise connect. The panel will explore how fake news can spread and discuss the role of different types of actors in creating, spreading, countering, and monitoring such news. Speakers:
Nitin Argawal | Information Science | University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Kathleen M. Carley | School of Computer Science | Carnegie Mellon University
Huan Li | Computer Science and Engineering | Arizona State University
Rand Waltzman | RAND Corporation

Moderator:
Lea Shanley | Co-Executive Director | South Big Data Hub

In-person attendance:
Wean Hall, 5th floor, room 5324, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
RSVP to smwatkins@andrew.cmu.edu.

Join the Webcast.

3/11/17   Analytics Forward

Analytics Forward is an unconference by and for analytics professionals which is co-sponsored by the South Hub. Spend a Saturday at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina campus learning about the latest techniques, trends, and tools in analytics. Learn more and register on their website.

3/31/17 3:00-4:30 pm Data Sharing and Infrastructure Working Group

Join WebEx here | Meeting number: 310 282 152 | Password: mcYte242
Audio connection: +1-415-655-0003 US TOLL | Hackpad Notes

Demos provided by: 

Florence Hudson & John Moore: Internet2 Community Support for the Regional BD Hubs | The community provides information and entertaining discussion on infrastructure, researcher engagement, the data sharing spoke workshop, and how the Internet2 member-based collaborative innovation community is participating in distributed big data and analytics opportunities and innovations. 

Claris Castillo & Alex Feltus: SciDAS | SciDAS is designed to improve flexibility and accessibility to national resources, helping researchers more effectively use a broader array of these resources. SciDAS is developed using large-scale systems biology and hydrology datasets, but is extensible to many other domains.

2/3/17 3:00-4:30 pm Data Sharing and Infrastructure Working Group

This working group is hosting a series of demos of key components for a federated system, and through a testbed, will demonstrate integration of iRODS, NDS Labs, XSEDE, and other services and resources.

Join WebEx here | Meeting number: 310 282 152 | Password: mcYte242
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Demos provided by: 

Hao Xu: QueryArrow | QueryArrow is a generic software that provides a semantically unified query and update interface to multiple types of data stores. 

Justin James: Globus GridFTP with iRODS | A collaborator has created an iRODS plugin for the GridFTP server. This plugin is loaded with the GridFTP server, and once configured, allows users to use GridFTP clients to transfer files to and from iRODS. 

Chun-Kun "Amos" Wang: Syndicate | Syndicate is a scalable software-defined storage system. It gives users the ability to manage data consistency guarantees, dataflow processing logic, and administrative and trust boundaries in an end-to-end fashion, across a dynamic set of existing services

2/10/17 Noon-1:30 pm Health Community Call

Speaker:
Dr. Kyle Foreman | Director of Data Science at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation | The Global Burden of Disease

Join WebEx here | Meeting number: 647 990 483 | Password: health
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2/15/17 Noon-1:30 pm South Hub Data Science Roundtable: Applying Intelligence Augmentation to the
Diagnosis of Rare Diseases

The ability to combine quantitative and qualitative analytical methodologies to diverse patient information provides the opportunity to identify and classify patients suffering from a rare disease based on their medical history and response to treatment. 

Speakers:
Dr. Bruce Cairns | School of Medicine | UNC Chapel Hill
Dr. Michael Kowolenko | Institute of Next Generation Computing | NC State University
Sandra Talbird | RTI International Health Solutions
Tara Britt | NC Rare Disease Advisory Council | NC Rare Disease Innovations Institute

In-person attendance:
Biltmore room of RENCI, 5th floor, 100 Europa Drive, Chapel Hill, NC
RSVP to subers@renci.org.

2/16/17 1:00-2:00 VITAL Series: Learning Data Analysis

Join the last open panel discussion in the VITAL data series if you are a researcher or company working on machine learning in any sector. We will be discussing machine learning, deep learning, spatial temporal data, time-series data, and more. Join the conversation at our Community Hackpad.

2/17/17 3:00-4:30 Data Sharing and Infrastructure Working Group

Join WebEx here | Meeting number: 310 282 152 | Password: mcYte242
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Demos provided by: 

Jennifer Hammock: The Biodiversity Open Data Landscape: a Beautiful Mess | The biodiversity sciences community has made rapid strides in mobilizing and sharing data in the last decade. While certain barriers are still inherent, cultural and policy barriers to sharing have largely been overcome, and a great deal of geolocated occurrence data, organism trait data, historic documents, and media are now available for reuse. 

Matt Spitzer: Open Science Framework for Connecting Institutional Research | Matt will present on current tools and services that are freely available and built using the modular underlying toolkit on which the Open Science Framework is based. He will also highlight pilot projects currently being pursued by partner institutions to connect local and regional services for increasing discoverability, preservation, and reuse of research outputs.

1/11/17 Noon-1:30 pm South Hub Roundtable

The roundtable will explore translational data analytics for environmental health related to sensors, cloud computing, and patients.

Speakers:
Dr. Ayaz Hyder | College of Public Health | The Ohio State University
Dr. Andy May | Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering | The Ohio State University
Dr. David Peden | School of Medicine | UNC Chapel Hill

In-person attendance:
Biltmore room of RENCI, 5th floor, 100 Europa Drive, Chapel Hill, NC
RSVP to subers@renci.org.

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1/13/17 Noon-1:30 pm Smart and Connected Cities Community Call

Speakers:
Dr. Cor Rademaker: UNC Chapel Hill | Towards a North Carolina Smart & Connected Communities Initiative
Dr. Iris Tien: Georgia Institute of Technology | Integrating data across sources to detect disasters and critical infrastructure failure events

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1/19/17 1:00-2:00 pm VITAL Series: Audio Data Analysis

Join this open panel discussion if you are a researcher or company working on audio data in any sector. We will be discussing topics like 3D audio, speech recognition, and more. This is a two-way discussion, so tell us about yourself.

1/19/17   Washington DC Area Apache Spark Interactive

Sponsored by Intel, WeWork, and the South Hub, this meetup event will feature A State of the Union Panel Discussion on Apache Spark and Big Data Innovation in the U.S. To learn more about the event or register, visit their website.

1/20/17 3:00-4:30 Data Sharing and Infrastructure Working Group

This working group is hosting a series of demos of key components for a federated system, and through a testbed, will demonstrate integration of iRODS, NDS Labs, XSEDE, and other services and resources.

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Demos provided by: 

Kenton McHenry: National Data Service | The National Data Service (NDS) is an emerging vision for how scientists and researchers across all disciplines can find, reuse, and publish data. 

Mike Conway: Discovery Environment | The Discovery Environment (DE), a key product of the CyVerse cyberinfrastructure, provides a modern web interface for powerful computing, data, and analysis app resources for your scientific analyses.

Russ Clark: Southern Crossroads | Southern Crossroads (SoX) provides high-speed, global connectivity and other commodity services. SoX also serves as the Southeast connector to National Lambda Rail (NLR), Internet2 and other major U.S as well as International research networks.

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