Ruiwei Jiang, assistant professor in Industrial and Operations Engineering and an MICDE-affiliated faculty member, has won an NSF CAREER award for work evaluating the potential benefits of incorporating decision-dependent uncertainty into decision-making problems in service industries and investigate new optimization approaches to maneuvering such uncertainty to improve decision-making.
Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) has launched a year-round mentoring program, providing a framework for women to provide or receive mentorship in high performance computing. Read more about the program at https://womeninhpc.org/2019/03/mentoring-programme-2019/
WHPC was created with the vision to encourage women to participate in the HPC community by providing fellowship, education, and support to women and the organizations that employ them. Through collaboration and networking, WHPC strives to bring together women in HPC and technical computing while encouraging women to engage in outreach activities and improve the visibility of inspirational role models.
Prof. Laura Balzano received an NSF CAREER award to support research that aims to improve the use of machine learning in big data problems involving elaborate physical, biological, and social phenomena. The project, called “Robust, Interpretable, and Efficient Unsupervised Learning with K-set Clustering,” is expected to have broad applicability in data science.
Modern machine learning techniques aim to design models and algorithms that allow computers to learn efficiently from vast amounts of previously unexplored data, says Balzano. Typically the data is broken down in one of two ways. Dimensionality-reduction uses an algorithm to break down high-dimensional data into low-dimensional structure that is most relevant to the problem being solved. Clustering, on the other hand, attempts to group pieces of data into meaningful clusters of information.
However, explains Balzano, “as increasingly higher-dimensional data are collected about progressively more elaborate physical, biological, and social phenomena, algorithms that aim at both dimensionality reduction and clustering are often highly applicable, yet hard to find.”
Balzano plans to develop techniques that combine the two key approaches used in machine learning to decipher data, while being applicable to data that is considered “messy.” Messy data is data that has missing elements, may be somewhat corrupted, or is filled heterogeneous information – in other words, it describes most data sets in today’s world.
Balzano is an affiliated faculty member of both the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) and the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering (MICDE). She is part of a MIDAS-supported research team working on single-cell genomic data analysis.
Jesse Capecelatro, assistant professor of Mechanical engineering and MICDE affiliated faculty member, has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for his project “Toward Understanding and Modeling Turbulent Reacting Particle-Laden Flows.
Dr. Sharon Broude Geva, Director of Advanced Research Computing at U-M, was one of four women profiled in HPCWire’s “Celebrating Women in Science” article.
Read the piece at https://www.hpcwire.com/2019/02/11/women-science-leading-the-way-in-hpc/
U-M is offering a new, campus-wide license for MATLAB, Simulink, and companion products. All faculty, researchers, and students are eligible to download and install these products, including toolboxes such as:
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H.V. Jagadish has been appointed director of the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS), effective February 15, 2019.
Jagadish, the Bernard A. Galler Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, was one of the initiators of an earlier concept of a data science initiative on campus. With support from all academic units and the Institute for Social Research, the Office of the Provost and Office of the Vice President for Research, MIDAS was established in 2015 as part of the university-wide Data Science Initiative to promote interdisciplinary collaboration in data science and education.
“I have a longstanding passion for data science, and I understand its importance in addressing a variety of important societal issues,” Jagadish said. “As the focal point for data science research at Michigan, I am thrilled to help lead MIDAS into its next stage and further expand our data science efforts across disciplines.”
Jagadish replaces MIDAS co-directors Brian Athey and Alfred Hero, who completed their leadership appointments in December 2018.
“Professor Jagadish is a leader in the field of data science, and over the past two decades, he has exhibited national and international leadership in this area,” said S. Jack Hu, U-M vice president for research. “His leadership will help continue the advancement of data science methodologies and the application of data science in research in all disciplines.”
MIDAS has built a cohort of 26 active core faculty members and more than 200 affiliated faculty members who span all three U-M campuses. Institute funding has catalyzed several multidisciplinary research projects in health, transportation, learning analytics, social sciences and the arts, many of which have generated significant external funding. MIDAS also plays a key role in establishing new educational opportunities, such as the graduate certificate in data science, and provides additional support for student groups, including one team that used data science to help address the Flint water crisis.
As director, Jagadish aims to expand the institute’s research focus and strengthen its partnerships with industry.
“The number of academic fields taking advantage of data science techniques and tools has been growing dramatically,” Jagadish said. “Over the next several years, MIDAS will continue to leverage the university’s strengths in data science methodologies to advance research in a wide array of fields, including the humanities and social sciences.”
Jagadish joined U-M in 1999. He previously led the Database Research Department at AT&T Labs.
His research, which focuses on information management, has resulted in more than 200 journal articles and 37 patents. Jagadish is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and he served nine years on the Computing Research Association board.
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KLA-Tencor is ramping a R&D center in Ann Arbor and is looking for brilliant Computational & Data scientists and Machine Learning experts to join the company. Please see the table below for the job lists and links to job descriptions, where you may apply for the job directly. If you have questions regarding these positions, please email Tina Revels at Tina.Revels@kla-tencor.com
Prof. Grosch’s Group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering is currently seeking a post-doctoral scholar to work on our NIH-funded cochlear mechanics project. The position involves high-performance, time-domain computations in order to model the fluid-structure interaction in the cochlea including electro-mechanical coupling via the biologically piezoelectric outer hair cells. The candidate should have a PhD in Engineering or a related field (e.g., Biophysics, Mathematics, or Computer Science) with experience Scientific Computing and an interest high performance for nonlinear dynamics simulations. Prior experience in cochlear mechanics is not required.
If you are interested in this position, please send Karl Grosh (firstname.lastname@example.org) your curriculum vitae and at least two references.
Beginning in January of 2019, most of CSCAR’s workshops will be offered free of charge to UM students, faculty, and staff.
CSCAR is able to do this thanks to funding from UM’s Data Science Initiative. Registration for CSCAR workshops is still required, and seats are limited.
CSCAR requests that participants please cancel their registration if they decide not to attend a workshop for which they have previously registered.
Note that a small number of workshops hosted by CSCAR but taught by non-CSCAR personnel will continue to have a fee, and fees will continue to apply for people who are not UM students, faculty or staff.