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Register Now for the Big Data Conference & Workshop on December 4-5

Big data, advanced computing, and algorithms are rapidly and profoundly changing every sphere of human activity. To address the challenges and opportunities these changes spawn, the Center for Computational Science invites you to the second annual Big Data Conference & Workshop on Monday, December 4 and Tuesday, December 5 at the Newman Alumni Center.

During the first day, which begins at 2 p.m., participants will hear keynote speaker Daniel Cohen, senior vice president for emerging payments for MasterCard Latin America and the Caribbean, and panel discussions on big data, AI, and analytics. They’ll also have the opportunity to network with South Florida private- and public-sector employees, health care providers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, educators, and researchers

Day 1 is free, but please register  to attend.

On, Day 2 the Business Applications of Data Science Workshop, which begins at 9 a.m., dives deeper into the topics explored in Day 1, specifically on building data science competence at your organization. This will be an interactive workshop, with participants having the opportunity to bring in their own problem as a test case, and apply the concepts discussed by designing a pipeline for analysis. The cost is $200 per person and participation is limited, so please register early.




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Big Data Conference + Workshop Rescheduled for December 4-5

Owing to Hurricane Irma, the University of Miami’s Center for Computational Science (CCS) has rescheduled the 2nd Annual BIG DATA Conference and Business Applications of Data Science Workshop for Monday, December 4 and Tuesday December 5. Originally scheduled to take place this week, the two-day event will still feature speaker Daniel Cohen, MasterCard’s senior vice president for  emerging payments for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Cohen is responsible for leading the development and commercialization of innovative payment solutions that can be used at the check-out counter, via the web, mobile phone, tablet, and beyond.

Big data, advanced computing, and algorithms are rapidly and profoundly changing every sphere of human activity. Today, over 3.6 billion people worldwide are deeply engaged with smartphone devices, wearables, and internet-of-things technologies. Artificial intelligence also promises to create a wave of new products.  Advanced computing gives us the ability to reliably and cost effectively store petabytes of data, and machine learning algorithms can crunch through massive datasets in real time to extract business intelligence and socially relevant information, giving firms new marketing tools, like mobile geo-social targeting. These tools have also empowered customers, making them more savvy in their interactions with business. The businesses, nonprofits, health care providers, government agencies, entrepreneurs, and educational institutions that harness these trends have an historic opportunity to gain an advantage over their competitors.

DAY ONE: To address the challenges and opportunities these changes spawn, CCS invites you to network with South Florida private- and public-sector healthcare providers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, educators, and researchers, and participate in a free panel discussion, from 2 to 5 p.m., followed by a networking reception, from 5 to 7 p.m.

DAY TWO is a paid workshop ($200 per person). Visit the conference website for full conference details at http://ccs.miami.edu/big-data-2017/.

Both events will take place in the UM Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146.


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Apply Now for the CCS Fellow Program

The application deadline for the Center for Computational Science’s CCS Fellows Program, which aims to  inspire a new generation of computational science leaders to cross the traditional boundaries between disciplines, is Friday September 22.  The program, which is designed to equip students with new cross-disciplinary skills and experience, provides mentorship outside their area of expertise or interest.

“CCS Fellow” is a prestigious designation awarded to two undergraduate students and two graduate students per year. Students from any of UM’s schools and colleges may apply.

CCS Fellows develop their computational skills and expand their research experience under the guidance of two faculty mentors. CCS Fellows have the opportunity to use the University’s Advanced Computing facilities for their research, and work closely with CCS faculty and staff. No stipend is offered, but there is a cash prize at the end.

Competitive applicants have some experience in a computational setting, and are able to outline a cross-disciplinary project that they would like to pursue. The project details do not need to be clearly defined at the time of application; however, the disciplines that would come together in the project should be clearly stated.

The application form and instructions are available at  http://ccs.miami.edu/engagement/ccs-fellows-program/ For more information, please email: ccsengagement@miami.edu.


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Register Early for Digital Humanities + Data Journalism Symposium September 14-16

DHDJ SymposiumDigital humanists and data journalists face common challenges, opportunities, and goals, such as how to communicate effectively with the public. They use similar software tools, programming languages, and techniques, and they can learn from each other. Attend the Digital Humanities + Data Journalism Symposium September 14-16 for a series of lectures and tutorials on shared data types, visualization methods, and data communication—including text visualization, network diagrams, maps, databases, and data wrangling. In addition to the scheduled content, opportunities for casual conversation and networking will be available.

Open to the public, the symposium will be held all day Thursday and Friday, September 14-15, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and a half day on Saturday, September 16, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Drive, on the Coral Gables campus. The symposium is sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Google News Lab, Microsoft, the University of Miami School of Communication, UM Libraries, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Center for Computational Science.

The symposium fee is $99. To register, click here. For more information, including a list of scheduled speakers, visit the event website.


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Smart Cities Conference Plans for New Future

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Smart Cities Conference Plans for New Future

Special to UM News


The inaugural conference was held in the Miami Design District’s Moore Building.

MIAMI, Fla. (February 24, 2017)—The inaugural Smart Cities Miami Conference, hosted last week by the School of Architecture and Center for Computational Science, brought industry visionaries, technology experts, government planners, and the public together to focus on the “disruptive power” that the mobilization of new technology will have in our cities and on our lives.

“We are at the threshold of significant transformations in the urban environment provoked by new services and practices that mobilize emerging technology,’’ Rodolphe el-Khoury, dean of the School of Architecture said in kicking off the conference held February 23 and 24 in the Miami Design District’s Moore Building. “These disruptive powers, along with more radical disruptions are sure to change the ways we imagine, shape, inhabit, use, enjoy, manage, and govern the urban realm.”

Added Nick Tsinoremas, director of the Center for Computational Science (CCS), “We live in unprecedented times where technology transforms the way we live and interact with the city. This conference is our first attempt to bring together all the stakeholders—government, industry, academic institutions, and the public—to engage in discussions to understand and shape these transformational forces.”

The forum for cutting-edge research and interdisciplinary perspectives was designed to connect UM and the larger community of entrepreneurs and innovators who are rapidly reinventing Miami as an incubator for tech start-ups with the development and planning agencies in the public and private sectors who are guiding the evolution of one of the fastest-growing cities in North America.

The keynote speaker, Antoine Picon, the director of research at Harvard Graduate School of Design and an expert on the Smart City phenomenon, talked extensively about the changes brought to cities and architecture by digital tools and digital culture as well as the need for technology to embrace sociocultural issues. He emphasized that the city of the future will combine human with artificial intelligence and that from this, a new awareness will arise.

In an interdisciplinary collaboration, Joel Zysman, CCS’s director of Advanced Computing, and Jean-Pierre Bardet, dean of the College of Engineering, led discussions about transformation through datafication, environmentally sustainable technologies, innovation, artificial intelligence, and the best uses of technology solutions.

The School of Architecture’s RAD-UM Lab and several technology companies also shared their demos and start-up innovations, showcasing mixed-use building blocks for a smart city environment.

During the second day of the conference, a Zenciti Workshop, a multidisciplinary team led by Dean el-Khoury examined and discussed a project for a smart city, designed from the ground up on a site in Mexico’s Yucatan, just outside Merida. Zenciti will illustrate a customized city on a unified platform, serving as a prototype of the future.

As Picon suggested, every city, even if not yet identified as a “smart city,” needs a plan.

The conference was made possible with the support of contributing sponsors Zenciti, Intel, DDN Storage, and the Miami Design District.


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