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Data Science and Big Data Analytics: From Sensors to Sense
Prof. Kirk Borne (George Mason University; http://kirkborne.net/ )
I will present highlights from several research projects that students are pursuing in the George Mason University program in data science and informatics. These projects cover astronomy, medical research, finance, big data, climate science, text analytics, and more. I will demonstrate the strong trans-disciplinary nature of the research problems, the research objectives, the data science methodologies being explored, and some early results from the projects. In all cases, scientific exploration, discovery, and computational modeling concepts are applied to large data sets – this is the common thread that unites such diverse data-driven research programs, with the goal of transforming scientific measurements (from sensors) into scientific knowledge and insights (sense). I will give specific attention to astronomy’s upcoming massive data-producing project: the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST).
The colloquium of Friday, 7 Nov, at 16:00 in Corocoran 101 was a series of brief presentations by our International Research Experience for Students (IRES) scholars about their Summer research at the Mainz Microtron MAMI in Germany, followed by a reception in Corcoran 104.
Prof. Griesshammer was interviewed by the Washington Post about the announcement by Lockheed-Martin for a design of a new fusion reactor. It is supposed to be much smaller and less costly than any present design – and ready in 10 years. His take: “I would love it to happen in the next 10 years, but I am highly sceptical.” The full article is at http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-business/wp/2014/10/16/can-lockheed-martins-nuclear-fusion-reactor-work-some-scientists-doubt-it/ .