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  • A group photo of the 2017 Geohackweek participants

2017 Geohackweek a collaborative success

By Anthony Arendt, data scientist and Geohackweek organizer
The University of Washington’s eScience Institute hosted the second annual Geohackweek Sept. 11 – 15, 2017. Inspired by AstroHackWeek and Neurohackweek, the conference combined tutorials with group work (“hacks”) on computational projects in geospatial sciences.

With the help of over 20 instructors, the event offered tutorials in open-source vector and raster […]

October 18th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |
  • David Beck presents at the Fall Welcome Event. Photo by Robin Brooks

Fall Welcome Event

By Robin Brooks

The eScience Institute held its annual Fall Welcome Event Oct. 2, 2017, in the WRF Data Science Studio. Dozens of students, faculty and staff members enjoyed a warm welcome from Magdalena Balazinska, director of the Institute, with additional presentations by David Beck, director of research, and a keynote speech by Sasha Aravkin, data science […]

October 12th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |
  • Neurohackweek 2017 participants. Photo by Robin Brooks

Neurohackweek: an international collaboration

By Ariel Rokem, data scientist and Neurohackweek organizer

Forty graduate students, postdocs, research staff and faculty took part in Neurohackweek 2017, including international attendees from Turkey, Russia, Canada, the United Kingdom and Denmark.

The neuroscience conference, which ran Sept. 4 – 8, kicked off with a talk by Russ Poldrack (Stanford University) posing the problems of reproducibility in […]

October 6th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Data Science for Social Good in the news

By Robin Brooks

The Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) final project presentations happened on Aug. 17, 2017, on the Seattle campus. The fellows presented on the results of their projects over a two-hour period to a crowd of more than 100 people, including UW affiliates, community members and members of the press.

King 5 News featured […]

August 31st, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |
  • Ben Marwick explaining to visitors. 2012 season. Picture by Dominic O’Brien. Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation 2015

Interview with archaeologist Ben Marwick

By Robin Brooks

The pioneering archaeology work of Ben Marwick, data science fellow and member of the eScience Institute Steering Committee, has resulted in several high-profile publications and garnered lots of media attention. His paper “Human occupation of northern Australia by 65,000 years ago” was published in Nature, and “sets a new minimum age for the arrival […]

  • A graphic of a compass pointing at the word leadership.

Leadership changes at the eScience Institute

The eScience Institute is pleased to announce recent changes in leadership and institutional structure. We are extremely grateful to Ed Lazowska and Bill Howe for their inspiring leadership and look forward to their continued contributions to the eScience community.

Ed Lazowska, founding director of the eScience Institute, is stepping down from his directorial role at the […]

July 28th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |
  • A map of High Mountain Asia

NASA High Mountain Asia Project

By Robin Brooks
Over one billion people live downstream of the region referred to as High Mountain Asia, an area ranging from the Hindu Kush and Tien Shan in the west to the Eastern Himalaya, and home to “the world’s largest reservoir of perennial glaciers and snow outside of the Earth’s polar ice sheets”. The High […]

  • The logo for AngelHack, reading AngelHack with a halo made into a crown

Social good fellows win Seattle Angelhack

2017 Data Science for Social Good fellows Brett Bejcek, Mayuree Binjolkar, and Orysya Stus, with UW electrical engineering PhD student Yana Sosnovskaya, competed in and won the ‘Best use of HERE Technologies’ challenge at Seattle’s AngelHack, July 15 -16.

The team developed an SMS-based (text messaging) application called Basic Needs, which utilizes Amazon Lambda and Amazon Lex […]

  • DSSG fellows Orysya Stus, Michael Vlah, Brett Bejcek, Mayuree Binjolkar. Photo: Robin Brooks, eScience Institute

Data Science for Social Good fellows take AI prize

Four of the 2017 eScience Institute’s Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) fellows took first place in the Seattle Global AI Hackathon, “the world’s first ever AI hackathon series”. Brett Bejcek, Mayuree Binjolkar, Orysya Stus, and Michael Vlah met during the DSSG program and designed a fake news detector called Breaking News based on a Naive Bayes […]

  • Nick Bolton, left, with DSSG team members Kaicheng Tan, Jess Hamilton, Meg Drouhard, Thomas Disley, Anat Caspi, Vaughn Iverson, and Bryna Hazelton

Data science team wins Husky Seed Fund Award

A team of data scientists, including Anat Caspi, data science fellow and director of the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology, Nick Bolton, former Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) project lead, ethnographer Anissa Tanweer, and former DSSG Student Fellows Jess Hamilton and Kaicheng Tan, along with collaborators from the eScience Institute, Urban@UW and Sound Transit, have won a Husky […]