The eScience Community Seminar serves as an informal environment for presentations and discussions on research that is relevant to the eScience Institute and the Data Science Environment.  Topics will span science, methods, and technology across the mission of the eScience Institute.

Winter 2017 Schedule

Thursdays, 4:30 p.m., Architecture Hall, room 147

Date Title Speaker Notes
1/5/17  Cancelled
1/12/17  Career Fair Prep
1/19/17  Life at Google Tim Hesterberg
1/26/17  Intro to data science Jevin West  Optional for grad students
2/2/17  TBA Emilio Zagheni
2/9/17  Data, responsibly: The next decade of data science Bill Howe  Data science and society
2/16/17  Promise and perils of data science in the wild Anissa Tanweer  Data science and society
2/23/17  Designing AI systems that obey our laws and values Oren Etzioni  Data science and society; read this paper to prepare
3/2/17  Privacy and security for medical records Bing Brunton  Data science and society
3/9/17  TBA Cecilia Aragon  Data science and society

Fall 2016 Schedule

Tuesdays, 4:30 PM – WRF Data Science Studio, Physics/Astronomy Tower (PAT), C607

Date Title Speaker Notes
10/4/2016 Welcome & Making a research compendium: The necessary accompaniment to any journal article Various & Ben Marwick
10/11/2016 Robust Formulations for Learning Problems Sasha Aravkin
10/18/2016 pomegranate: fast and flexible probabilistic modelling in python Jacob Schreiber
10/25/2016 Cancelled Cancelled Data Science Summit
11/1/2016 Computational Social Science: agent computing and BigData Robert Axtell
11/8/2016 Multi-group Covariance Estimation for High-Dimensional Data Alex Franks
11/15/2016 Phylogenetics for modern data sets, from the ground up Erick Matsen Note special room: PAA A110
11/22/2016 Listen To The Whisper From Earth Xiaofeng Meng
11/29/2016 Restoring vision to the blind Michael Beyeler
12/6/2016 Tumor Heterogeneity Analysis via An Extensible Modeling System Jie Liu

Spring 2016 Schedule

Tuesdays, 4:30 PM – WRF Data Science Studio, Physics/Astronomy Tower (PAT), C607

Date Title Speaker Notes
3/29/2016 Untangling genomes from metagenomes Vaughn Iverson
4/5/2016 Software Licensing Laura Dorsey
4/12/2016 Beam, Dataflow, Big science, and managed clouds Dan Halperin Former eScience Data Scientist
4/19/2016 Partition-Aware Parallel Cloud Analytics for Streaming Real Time Predictive Business Intelligence Jacob Schreiber
4/26/2016 Tracking neurons in Hydra Vulgaris Amnon Horowitz  Cancelled
5/3/2016 5&10: brief talks and chats on things we like  eScience Post-docs
5/10/2016 Tensorflow tutorial Sven Dorkenwald Bring your laptop!
5/17/2016 Reproducible Collaboration for Big Data Samuel Payne
5/24/2016 DesignSage-CI: A Cloud-Based Environment for Research In Natural Hazards Engineering Clint Dawson NOTE location change: Physics/Astronomy C520
5/26/2016 Introducing the Concept of Uber-Customers vs. Customers in Healthcare and Life
Sciences. (Leveraging lessons from Amazon, Uber and Watson.)
Eugene Kolker Note special day!
5/31/2016 Big Social Data Day

The IGERT students will periodically give talks about their research in addition to the post-docs and other data science enabled researchers on campus.  Several times during the quarter, the seminar will be replaced by the UW Data Science Seminar which highlights external speakers from other research institutions and industry. Finally, we will also engage in at least on discussion session per quarter focused on ethical issues around Big Data & Data Science.

The seminar is open to all, but is required for the Advanced Data Science PhD transcriptable option, the Big Data IGERT students and the Data Science Environment (eScience Institute) post-docs are expected to attend.


Previous speakers & topics:

Note: In Winter of 2016, the seminar included a five week special session on Data Science and Society which examined the societal impacts of data science through speakers and case study discussions.

Date Title Speaker Notes
1/5/2016  Collecting the software products of seminar participants  Discussion and teamwork Bring your laptops!
1/12/2016 Alex Tank
1/19/2016 Analysis of Nanopore Data using Large Scale Hidden Markov Models Jacob Schreiber
1/26/2016 Myria hands on demo! Magdalena Balazinska Preparation instructions
2/2/2016 Systematic Effects in High-Dimensional Galaxy Datasets Grace Telford
2/9/2016 Getting Started with Amazon Web Services Parmita Mehta Bring your laptops and AWS login!
2/16/2016 Investigating the Computer Security Practices and Needs of Journalists Franziska Roesner Data Science and Society
2/23/2016 Data Privacy Basics Dan Suciu Data Science and Society
3/1/2016 Reusable holdouts and adaptive data analysis James Lee Data Science and Society
3/8/2016 Case study in Data Science ethics Open discussion Data Science and Society


Quarter Title Speaker
Fall ’15 Analyzing political networks in congress Jose Manuel Magallanes
Fall ’15 Applications of Ideas From Machine Learning in Human MRI Ariel Rokem
Fall ’15 Cecilia Noecker
Fall ’15 Lab in the Wild demo Katharina Reinecke
Fall ’15 Sophie Clayton
Fall ’15 Using the Cloud for Data Science Darwin Schweitzer