Archive for the ‘big science’ category


Discovery Informatics: Science Challenges for Intelligent Systems

September 21st, 2012
Workshop on Discovery Informatics [image courtesy Yolanda Gil and Haym Hirsh,].

This past February in Arlington, VA, Yolanda Gil (University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute) and Haym Hirsh (Rutgers University) co-organized a workshop on discovery informatics, assembling over 50 participants from academia, industry, and government "to investigate the opportunities that scientific discoveries present to information sciences and intelligent systems as a new area of research ...

The 25 “Coolest” Computer Networking Research Projects

September 20th, 2012
Princeton University project Serval teammates Erik Nordstrom (left) and Michael Freedman [image courtesy Frank Wojciechowski via Network World].

Network World is out with a list of the 25 "coolest" computer networking research projects: University labs, fueled with millions of dollars in funding and some of the biggest brains around, are bursting with new research into computer and networking technologies. Wireless networks, computer security and a general focus on shrinking things and making them faster are among the ...

New Secure and Trustworthy Computing Solicitation Issued

September 20th, 2012
U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).

The National Science Foundation (NSF) last week issued a new solicitation for its Secure and Trustworthy Computing (SaTC) program: Cyberspace -- a global "virtual" village enabled by hyper-connected digital infrastructures - has transformed the daily lives of people for the better. Families and friends regardless of distance and location can see and talk with one another as if in the ...

“Big Data Gets Its Own Photo Album”

September 19th, 2012
John Guttag, left, and Collin Stultz developed software that sifts discarded data from heart-monitoring machines looking for signs that patients are at high risk for a second heart attack [image courtesy Jason Grow/The Human Face of Big Data via The New York Times].

From The New York Times's Bits Blog: Rick Smolan, the photographer and impresario of media projects, has tackled all sorts of big subjects over the years, from countries ("A Day in the Life of Australia" in 1981) to drinking water ("Blue Planet Run" in 2007). He typically recruits about 100 photographers for each, and their work is ...

From GPS and Virtual Globes to Spatial Computing-2020

September 17th, 2012

The following is a special contribution to this blog from the organizing committee of the Computing Community Consortium's (CCC) visioning workshop on spatial computing -- From GPS and Virtual Globes to Spatial Computing-2020 -- held last Monday and Tuesday in Washington, DC. The committee summarizes some of the highlights of the workshop. Spatial computing (SC) is a set of ideas and ...

“Big Data’s Management Revolution”

September 15th, 2012
Big Data

Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee of MIT have posted an interesting entry to the Harvard Business Review Blog about big data and corporate management: Big data has the potential to revolutionize management. Simply put, because of big data, managers can measure, and hence know, radically more about their businesses, and directly translate that knowledge into improved decision making ...