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HDSI Headline: Institute leadership sought for cybersecurity expertise

EdTech LogoHDSI makes headlines in EdTech, contributing cybersecurity expertise to the national magazine circulating to both K-12 and higher education audiences. The Dec. 18, 2018, posting, “Colleges Turn to AI for Cybersecurity Defense,” quotes HDSI Faculty Advisory Council member Yoav Freund on educating students about the tools they need to verify fact from fake.

Data Science freshman makes his first cloud

A word cloud of the data science facebook page prepared by Yuan GaoElevating computer code to the level of art was something University of California San Diego freshman Yuan Gao did just for fun.

In his elective Workshop in Data Science (DSC 96), Gao went above and beyond instructor expectations by designing a word cloud. A word cloud is a graphic visualization of a slice of time and place on the Internet, resembling the visual arts technique of montage but achieving the graphic design feature based on computer coding. Learn more.

HDSI Director Rajesh Gupta HeadshotHDSI Director Rajesh Gupta named AAAS Fellow

Director Rajesh Gupta has been honored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as Fellow for 2018, for "distinguished contributions in design of embedded systems and hardware-software co-design, and leadership in research administration." Learn more. 


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Data across disciplines: 7th International Symposium on Data Assimilation (ISDA 2019)

Jan. 21–24, 2019: This event in Kobe, Japan, will focus on the cross-cutting issues shared in broad applications of data assimilation in disciplines from geoscience to physical and biological sciences.

ISDAThe symposium aims to enhance discussions among researchers from cross- disciplinary backgrounds. Examples under discussion include: non-Gaussian and nonlinear data assimilation problems; Big Data Assimilation (BDA); high-performance computation (HPC); Uncertainty Quantification (UQ); advanced intelligence (AI) and machine learning; multi- scale and multi-component treatments; observational issues; and mathematical problems.

Application deadline is slated for October 2018, with speaker confirmation and program availability in November. Registration deadline will be in December 2018. See the ISDA website for updates and more information. 

Secrets of Learning: The Intersection of Neuroscience, Cognitive Science and AI

judy fanJan. 29, 2019, 11 am - 12:30 pm: How does the human mind transform a cascade of sensory information into meaningful knowledge? Judy Fan, forthcoming assistant professor in UC San Diego Department of Psychology, will discuss Cognitive Tools for Learning and Communication. She launches the first talk in the Colloquium Series from Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute. She will highlight recent progress towards understanding the contribution of perceptual, action, and social reasoning systems to effective visual learning and communication. Fan's research addresses questions at the intersection of computational neuroscience, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence. Her background includes studies in neurobiology and statistics at Harvard University, earning her Ph.D. in psychology from Princeton University, and served as a post-doctoral student at Stanford University. Where: From 11 am - 12:30 pm. San Diego Supercomputer Center, Synthesis Center (floor B1).

Double Feature: An Afternoon of Applied Mathetmatics

Murray and Adylin Rosenblatt Endowed Lectures

Feb. 7, 2019 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.: All are welcome to the lecture series featuring two leading scholars, and offering a refreshment break between the lectures.

DaubechiesAt 3 p.m.: Mathematicians Helping Art Conservators and Art Historians, presented by Professor Ingrid Daubechies, Departments of Mathematics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University. Dr. Daubechies will deliver a Rosenblatt lecture as part of the Distinguished Diversity Colloquium, co-sponsored by the Mathematics Department Diversity Committee. Dr Daubechies will discuss how mathematics can help art historians and conservators in studying and understanding artworks, their manufacture process and their state of conservation. Her presentation will review examples of collaborations that have led -- and are still leading -- to interesting new challenges in signal and image analysis. In other applications, it’s possible to virtually rejuvenate artworks, bringing a different understanding and experience of the art to museum visitors as well as to experts. 

TavareAt 5 p.m.: Some Statistical Problems in Cancer Genomics, by Professor Simon Tavare, a mathematician/statistician who is Director of the Irving Institute of Cancer Dynamics at Columbia University. The starting point for Dr. Tavare’s talk comes from population genetics: how to best estimate evolutionarily relevant parameters from DNA sequence data taken from samples of individuals? His talk includes examples concerning inference of the number of distinct DNA sequences in a sample, given only information about the frequency of point mutations in the samples. The example provides an introduction to inference from typical cancer sequencing data; he offers an overview on cancer evolution, the sort of statistical and computational problems it poses. He plans to discuss novel experimental methods being developed to understand the 3D structure of tumors, paving the way for some challenging inferential problems that will require engagement from data scientists and others.

Where: Natural Sciences Building (NSB Auditorium) on the UC San Diego campus. To register:

Data science in theory and action: Information Theory and Applications Workshop

ISDA WorkshopFeb. 10-15, 2019: This week-long workshop is billed as a relaxed gathering of researchers applying theory to diverse areas in science and engineering.

It is being held at the Catamaran Resort in Pacific Beach, near the UC San Diego campus.

Deadlines will be in January 2019 for papers, abstracts and posters. See the Information Theory event website for more details and registration.