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DataBytes: An NCDS Lunchtime Webinar Series

DataBytes is an NCDS-sponsored lunchtime webinar series that gives our members and the larger data community the chance to discuss the most pressing and interesting issues in data science. Webinars are generally held on the first Wednesday of every month, excluding July. All webinars are easily accessible from the NCDS homepage and from this page. Talks generally last 30 to 45 minutes, followed by Q and A, and conclude no later than 1 p.m. Questions will be taken via chat. Audience members are encouraged to call in using their computer rather than using the call-in number.
If asked for a password, please use databytes. 

If you are interested in presenting during a DataBytes webinar, please email subers@renci.org.

Next Webinar: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 at noon EST

Title: Action-Centered Information Retrieval

Speaker: Marcello Balduccini, assistant research professor at Drexel University

About the Talk: 

Information Retrieval (IR) is arguably a staple of everyday life, and is at the core of a number of commercial activities. Every day, people consult Wikipedia, search private databases for patient information, and search public databases for scientific publications or news about partners and competitors. It is not a stretch to say that IR is a fundamental driver of several important areas, including healthcare, scientific discoveries, and competitive advantages for industry.

Although great progress has been made in IR over the years, state-of-the-art techniques still lag behind user needs. IR techniques are still largely based on identifying syntactical matches of words between available sources and a user’s query. On the other hand, successfully matching documents and queries related to events and corresponding states of the world requires more sophisticated matching strategies, which go beyond the syntactical structure.

In this talk, I will give an overview of our recent research aimed at bridging this gap by developing a new, more powerful kind of IR, which we call action-centered IR. Action-centered IR is aimed at subsuming and generalizing traditional IR techniques by introducing semantic-level matching techniques that make it possible to accurately match queries and documents related to events and to the state of the world before, during, and after them.

About the Speaker:

Marcello Balduccini, PhD, is an Assistant Research Professor at Drexel University. His main research interests are knowledge representation and reasoning, constraint satisfaction, question answering, and cybersecurity. Balduccini’s recent projects include algorithms for reasoning in environment with non-linear dynamics, techniques for information retrieval, as well as modeling, detection, and mitigation of threats. Prior to joining Drexel University, he worked as a Principal Research Scientist at Kodak Research Laboratories, where he led projects focused on planning, scheduling, and workflow automation. Balduccini is affiliated with the Drexel University Cybersecurity Institute and Drexel University’s Institute for Energy and the Environment, and has over 80 refereed technical publications.

Archived Webinars

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Privacy Analytics of Homegrown IoT Data

The growing network of interconnected devices known as the Internet of Things (IoT) promises to make humans more productive, efficient, and healthy using sensors that monitor everything from ...

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 at noon EST

NCDS DataBytes Lunchtime Webinar Series: Visualization for Data Science

Data science skills are increasingly important for research and industry projects.  With complex data science projects, however, come complex needs for understanding and communicating analysis ...

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at noon EST

Clinical Decision Support Systems with Integrated Genetic Testing

The age of clinical genomics is upon us and integrating legacy clinical systems with newer genetic testing workflows is a big data challenge. Genetic testing platforms are abundant, so ...

Thursday, April 6th, 2017 at noon EST

Anti-Social Computing: Bots, Lies, and the New Information Environment

Social media, online news, blogs, etc. – in conjunction with widespread access to the internet from multiple devices including cell phones – is creating a new information environment. In this ...

Thursday, March 9th, 2017 at noon EST

Tactics to grow analytic thinking that every health organization can use

Finding and retaining health analytics professionals is more difficult than ever.  As other industries are embracing a data-driven mindset, healthcare is just now ...

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at noon EST

NCDS DataBytes Lunchtime Webinar Series: Continual Learning Systems for a Data-Intensive World

Real-World data is often generated continuously and is non-stationary. Therefore, as we develop and implement new technology to collect new data, new information can be incompatible ...

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 at noon EST

NCDS DataBytes Lunchtime Webinar Series: “SurThrival” Guide to the Perfect Digital Storm

In this session, Mac Devine explains how just surviving the explosion of data and devices via Cloud Services is not enough. You need to thrive by riding the tidal ...

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 at noon EST

NCDS DataBytes Lunchtime Webinar Series: DDoS Threat Report

The last three years have seen a dramatic surge in the effective use of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) as a weapon of cyber attack. No longer only the domain of elite attackers, today’s ...

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 at noon EST

NCDS DataBytes Lunchtime Webinar Series: Humans, Machines, and the Future of Citizen Science

Gravity Spy is combining humans and machines to support the work of a new kind of citizen science. The program is being developed to support the

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 at noon EST

NCDS DataBytes Lunchtime Webinar Series: Policy-based Data Management for Distributed Data Collections

Data science has two traditional foci:  Data Analytics and Data Management.  Data Analytics investigates analysis methods.  Data Management investigates the organization of data for a specific ...

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 at 11:00 AM EST

NCDS DataBytes Lunchtime Webinar Series: Toward a Third Age of Computing

This talk starts with a look at the origins of ‘computational thinking’ and the rise of computer science. It begins by paying homage to the early pioneering work on ...

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 at noon EST

NCDS DataBytes Lunchtime Webinar Series: Accelerating Adverse Outcome Pathway (AOP) development via computationally predicted AOP networks

The Adverse Outcome Pathway (AOP) framework is increasingly being adopted as a tool for organizing and summarizing the mechanistic information connecting molecular perturbations by ...

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 at noon EST

NCDS DataBytes Lunchtime Webinar Series: The NOAA Big Data Project

NOAA generates vast amounts of data every day from satellites, radars, in situ sensors, numerical models, and other sources. These constitute “Big Data” in terms of volume, ...

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 at noon EST

NCDS DataBytes Lunchtime Webinar Series: Brian Blanton on Simulating Storm Surge for Coastal Hazards and Risk Assessment

Advanced coastal storm surge models are used by researchers at RENCI, the Institute of Marine Science, the UNC Coastal Resilience Center and others to assess hazards and risks associated with ...

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 at noon EST

NCDS DataBytes Lunchtime Webinar Series: Andy Crapo on Semantics – Revolutionary Breakthrough or Same Old Thing?

In the June 2015 NCDS DataBytes Webinar AI & the Industrial Internet, Steve Gustafson made the case for capturing and leveraging domain knowledge to help understand and integrate ...

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 at noon EST

NCDS DataBytes Lunchtime Webinar: Erjia Yan on Assessing the Impact of Software on Science

In this talk, Yan will focus on his research as an NCDS Data Fellow. In the age of data, the critical components of scientific and industrial research increasingly are digital outputs such as ...

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 at noon EST

NCDS DataBytes Lunchtime Webinar Series: Toward Machine Oblivious Graph Analysis

In this talk, Saule focused on his research as an NCDS Data Fellow:
Graphs are a popular tool used to model a wide range of phenomena and to show the relationships among various ...

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 at noon EST

NCDS DataBytes Lunchtime Webinar Series: David Gotz on effective visual analytics for large-scale temporal event data

In this talk, Gotz will focus on his research as an NCDS Data Fellow:

Large-scale temporal event data, with vast numbers of long and complex sequences of time-stamped events, are found ...

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 at noon EST

NCDS DataBytes Lunchtime Webinar Series: James Guszcza on Data and Behavioral Insights for Better Decisions

Two of today’s major business and intellectual trends can be viewed as complementary. Terms like “business analytics,” “big data,” and “data science” are now taglines that describe the ...

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 at noon EST

NCDS DataBytes Lunchtime Webinar Series: Steve Gustafson on AI & the Industrial Internet

In the Industrial Internet, sensing is combined with advanced analytics and computing to create applications and outcomes. Industrial data, however, is little more than noise ...

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 at noon EST

NCDS @ Expanding the Face of Metadata Webinar

Expanding the Face of Metadata in Next Generation Sequencing – A Roundtable Discussion Dan Bedard, iRODS Consortium interim executive director, will be one of the speakers at this virtual ...

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 at 2:00 PM EST

NCDS DataBytes Lunchtime Webinar Series: Russ Gyurek on the Internet of Everything

The Internet of Everything is defined as the intelligent connectivity of physical devices to drive massive gains in efficiency, business growth, and quality of life, and it promises to ...

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 at noon EST

NCDS @ Databridge webinar

RENCI’s Arcot Rajasekar, PhD, will lead this webinar on the Databridge project. DataBridge is an NSF-funded Big Data project exploring socio-metric network algorithms (SNA) to develop ...

Thursday, April 9th, 2015 at 1:00 PM EST

NCDS DataBytes Lunchtime Webinar Series: Bill Wheaton on Synthetic Populations

In this talk, Wheaton describes the methods used to generate RTI International’s nationwide synthetic population of the United States and highlights some of the key model and spatial analytics ...

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 at noon EST

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