DAC is home to high-profile research, garnering recognition within and beyond the data analytics community.
Our talented team has been recognized with many competitive research awards and featured in major news and media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, the Boston Globe and the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Left to Right (top), Mark Embree, Tanushree Mitra; (bottom) Srijan Sengupta, Jia-Bin Huang
The Discovery Analytics Center welcomes four new faculty this fall who will help lead Virginia Tech’s big data research and education efforts on campus.
“Data analytics is inherently interdisciplinary and our new faculty bring expertise that will bolster our strengths in matrix computations, statistical methodology for network data, computer vision, and information credibility as we strive to find data solutions to modern problems,” said Naren Ramakrishnan, the Thomas L. Phillips Professor of Engineering in the Department of Computer Science and director of the Discovery Analytics Center.
DAC Ph.D. student, Zhiqian Chen, presenting his paper at ICDM 2017.
The Discovery Analytics Center was strongly represented at the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM) in New Orleans, Nov. 18-21, with a number of accepted research papers by DAC faculty and students and DAC faculty serving on committees and panels.
Brian Goode focused on data-driven and process-driven approaches to create predictive models for six outcomes of 4,242 participants. He presented his work at the Fragile Families Challenge Scientific Workshop at Princeton University last week. Click here to read more about Brian’s award.
People walk through the Oculus at the World Trade Center in New York, June 16, 2017.
A Center for American Progress report on using open data standards to enhance the quality and availability of online job postings has highlighted the Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s Commonwealth Consortium for Advanced Research and Statistics (CCARS) and its work with the Discovery Analytics Center at Virginia Tech to develop the Open Data, Open Jobs Initiative. The goal of the pilot was to capture and publish a real-time structured data feed of all online job postings in Virginia that would serve as a proof of concept.
Brian Goode (left), from the Discovery Analytics Center, and Chris Kuhlman, from the Biocomplexity Institute at Virginia Tech, collaborate on developing models for large-scale social behavior.
DAC and the Biocomplexity Institute are leading a $3 million grant awarded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as part of the Next Generation Social Science (NGS2) program. DAC and BI will conduct research that will streamline modeling processes, experimental design, and methodology in the social sciences. A major objective of the project is to make social science experiments rigorous, reproducible, and scalable to large populations.
Left to right: Hesham Rakha and Huthaifa Ashqar work on a simulation of speed harmonization algorithm on I-66 using INTEGRATION; Scotland Leman and Matt Slifko discuss spatial relationships in the housing market.
New interdisciplinary certificate in urban computing, part of National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Traineeship UrbComp Program, is now available to all Virginia Tech graduate students. Administered through the Discovery Analytics Center, the 12-credit certificate program weaves interdisciplinary applications through new courses and a novel “tapestry” curriculum.
These courses are designed to train students to become competent problem solvers by developing computational models of urban populations from disparate data sources and posing and answering what-if questions via machine learning and visualization methodologies. Students are also trained in the ethical and professional implications of working with massive datasets. Click here to read more about the certificate.
Naren Ramakrishnan, DAC director and professor of computer science.
DAC director, Naren Ramakrishnan, takes part in a VT Engineering team leading a three-year, $1.4 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop a new planning framework for smart, connected, and sustainable communities. The team wants smart cities to features zero energy, zero outage, and zero congestion. They are utilizing big data and interdisciplinary technology as tools to meet that goal. Click here to read more about the project.
The summation chain around pulleys on Tide Predicting Machine No. 2.
Great coverage of DAC Ph.D. student Yaser Keneshloo’s research in collaboration with the Washington Post on applying data science to predict the popularity of news articles. Keneshloo and the Post are working on a popularity prediction experiment, they are doing clickstream analysis and producing a pipeline for processing tens of millions of daily clicks, for thousands of articles. Click here to read more about Keneshloo’s project.