This past week, data and research scientists, postdocs, faculty, and staff gathered from the University of Washington, Berkeley, New York University, and both the Moore and Sloan foundations for the annual Data Science Environment Summit. Hosted this year by UW’s eScience Institute, the gathering took place October 4th through 7th at Suncadia Resort, nestled in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains. 

Following breakfast each morning were plenary and lightning talks from one of the three universities, with additional breakout parallel sessions preceding lunch. Early afternoons were given to enjoying some of the many recreational activities Suncadia had on offer before another round of parallel sessions. Each day wound down with a final set of lightning talks, dinner, and social time for participants to meet, mingle, and get to know one another better. 

Some of the many topics presented or discussed ranged from eScience’s Data Science for Social Good Summer Program, Lessons Learned from the Hacker Within, Tools and Methods for Music Information Retrieval, Data Science Methods for Urban Data Science, Towards a Synthetic Psychology of Deep Neural Networks, Challenges to Reproducibility Adoption, and Losing Sleep in a Data-Driven Dream.

It was a great opportunity to share and be inspired by the work and research happening across UW, Berkeley, and NYU, and celebrate the diversity of disciplines among the over 100 participants on-hand, unified behind a common goal of advancing the data science environment.

You can view more photos from the DSE Summit on our Facebook page.

The eScience Institute is pleased to announce Data Science Office Hours in the WRF Data Science Studio.

The office hours program brings together expertise from the eScience Data Scientists, UW libraries, UW-IT, and the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS) to help triage your challenges in data-intensive science and steer you towards appropriate solutions. We may offer immediate help, schedule a longer meeting with our team to understand the problem more deeply, or refer you to faculty on campus with relevant expertise. 

Besides triage and direct help, we see office hours as an opportunity to brainstorm about data-intensive research questions and approaches. 

Location: WRF Data Science Studio, 6th floor Physics/Astronomy Tower (map)

Google Calendar: Click here to view the WRF Data Science Studio participant hours calendar.

Brainhack is a unique conference that convenes researchers from across the globe and from a myriad of disciplines to work together on innovative projects related to neuroscience.

Brainhack Americas will unite several regional Brainhack events throughout North, Central, and South America during October 23, 24 & 25, 2015. Local events will be connected by videoconference to expand collaborative opportunities so that smaller sites can plug into the content and energy generated at larger sites.

The Seattle site of Brainhack Americas will be hosted by the UW eScience institute on October 24th and 25th. The event will take place at the WRF Data Science Studio, on the 6th floor of the Physics/Astronomy tower. A tentative schedule for the event is posted here:


To sign up, please fill out the form here: http://tinyurl.com/brainhack-americas-seattle

UW Today is reporting that, as part of a new White House Smart Cities Initiative called The MetroLab Network, the University of Washington has partnered with the City of Seattle in joining "a new national network of university-city partnerships that will work on 'smart city' solutions."

"Great universities can't succeed without great cities," said UW Interim President Ana Mari Cauce about the collaboration she and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray have signed onto. "Together we will help our city become more just and inclusive, so that it can serve as a model for other communities around the nation."

Writes UW Today: "The partnership aims to marry expertise and knowledge from UW researchers — from engineers inventing new sensors to sociologists studying determinants of poverty to data scientists parsing problems in new ways — and the experience and learned wisdom of employees tackling day-to-day challenges of running a city. [...] The Seattle/UW partnership will place an emphasis on innovations that create a more equitable and inclusive city — one that is affordable, safe, secure and that fosters the health and well-being of all its residents."

The UW/Seattle collaboration is one of twenty-one initial university/city MetroLab Network partnerships. The Network hopes to tackle challenges in three "thrust areas": infrastructure, city services, and civic engagement. UW's involvement will be coordinated through the university's Urban@UW initiative and a kickoff event is scheduled for October 29th, with Interim President Cauce and Mayor Murray in attendance to discuss the initiative and other related projects.

You can read the full UW Today article here.

And you can read the White House's detailed press release announcing the "Smart Cities" initiative, which includes a list of all city/university partnerships, here.


The University of Washington eScience Institute announces a competition for the 2016 Moore/Sloan Data Science and Washington Research Foundation Innovation in Data Science Postdoctoral Fellowships. We seek outstanding interdisciplinary researchers with expertise in the methods of data science and in a physical, life, or social science.

The program recognizes that rapid advances in our ability to acquire and generate data are transforming all fields of discovery from "data-poor" to "data-rich." A significant bottleneck to discovery is our ability to perform inference over heterogeneous, noisy, and often massive datasets.

There are two funding pathways for Data Science postdoctoral fellowships:

  1. Most of our postdoctoral fellows are funded jointly by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Washington Research Foundation.

  2. There is also the possibility of co-funding between two WRF-funded institutes. Candidates interested in joint WRF appointments should complete the full application process for both institutes. In addition, the applicant should include a paragraph that clearly indicates the rationale and fit of a joint appointment.