Unseminar/DataFest: Brainstorming for Interdisciplinary Collaborations

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm PDTiCal
10th floor multipurpose room - East Side (Rm 1014)
Various speakers
Video Recording:

***This invite is ONLY for ISI Computer Scientists and PhD students***

Please RSVP on the doodle link at the bottom by 12NOON on Monday, March 25 if you wish to attend so we may order enough food. 

Date: Wed, March 27
Time: 11:00am - 1:00 pm PDT
Location: 10th floor multipurpose room - East Side (Rm 1014)
BLUEJEANS Recording: https://bluejeans.com/s/rtirR/ you will be asked to login with you USC Net ID (not for general public view)

Unseminar/DataFest: Brainstorming for Interdisciplinary Collaborations 

Want to explore new interdisciplinary research topics? Hear about cool datasets and research problems? Meet more faculty outside of the department? Come to the Unseminar, where we'll hear short pitches on research problems urban development, health and environment, and video game social networks. Afterward we'll split into small groups for lunch and brainstorm research ideas.

The goal of the Unseminar is to break from the traditional seminar model to allow more interactive, small-group interactions while engaging with faculty members from other departments who are excited about forming new collaborations. In this edition, we will have short lightning talks from two or three USC faculty members from different areas. They'll describe open research questions and their wishlists for the computational tools needed to pursue these research questions. Then we'll break into small groups with these faculty members or their students and brainstorm ideas and research approaches for working together. 

  Separately, we are running a DataFest event as part of the new Center for Knowledge-Powered Interdisciplinary Data Science (CKIDS) headed by Yolanda. As part of DataFest, we have recruited several graduate students who are excited about interdisciplinary data science. In April, we'll have 3-4 hackathons where these students will start working on the data science solutions for these research projects, ideally with some guidance from this session.

  For this month's Unseminar, our confirmed guests are Gabriel Kahn, Professor of Practice in Journalism, Jill Sohm, Assistant Teaching Professor in Environmental Studies, and Dmitri Williams, Associate Professor of Communication. Gabriel will talk about turning LA's quality-of-life data into journalistic stories and infographics. Jill will be describing her efforts to create in-class exercises to analyze huge databases of world disease incidence rates and metrics for measuring the success of the Millennium/Sustainable Development Goals. Dmitri will be describing a series of projects to analyze the social networks that form in massively multiplayer online gaming platforms. 

RSVP HERE BY 12Noon on MON, MARCH 25: https://doodle.com/poll/xvkhv6f77z9nxqh2

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