Midwest Big Data Summer School 2018

Midwest Big Data Summer School reveals how big data can advance research efforts By Paula Van Brocklin, Office of the Vice President for Research, Iowa State University The Midwest Big Data Summer School, held May 14-17 at Iowa State University, helped nearly 140 academic and industry researchers, graduate students and post-docs from nine states broaden […]

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Big Data Hubs partner with NSF and JHU on new nationwide data storage network

The Midwest Big Data Hub and the three other regional Big Data Innovation Hubs are partnering with the National Science Foundation and Johns Hopkins University on development of a new nationwide research data network called the Open Storage Network. Partners include Alex Szalay, lead PI (Johns Hopkins), Ian Foster (University of Chicago), the National Data […]

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Innovating in the Big Data Ecosystem: Public-Private Partnerships for a Data-enabled World

Solving complex data challenges require innovative cross-border, multi-sector partnerships (This article first appeared in the Spring/Summmer 2018 issue of Current magazine, published by MBDH partner Council of the Great Lakes Region. There is a PDF version here. View the full issue here.) by Melissa Cragin, Ph.D Executive Director, Midwest Big Data Hub Complex data challenges facing the Great […]

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MBDH attends the Smart Cities Connect conference

Part of the Hub’s engagement on connected communities Melissa Cragin, Executive Director of the Midwest Big Data Hub, and Alice Delage, Program Manager and Community Liaison, were invited by Hub partner US Ignite to attend the Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo and co-located US Ignite Application Summit in Kansas City on March 26-29.

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New Strategic Partnership with the Council of the Great Lakes Region

The Midwest Big Data Hub is pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with the bi-national Council of the Great Lakes Region. Hub affiliates will also be participating in the Council’s Great Lakes Economic Forum in May 2018. The details of the partnership are below (PDF version here).

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MBDH partners on US Ignite Reverse Pitch challenge

part of Hub’s focus on Smart, Connected, and Resilient Communities UIUC collaborators and mentors meet with HackIllinois teams on US Ignite Challenge The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) was awarded a $20,000 grant from US Ignite to host a Smart Gigabit Communities Reverse Pitch Challenge. The MBDH, along with other local partners (see below), […]

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MBDH meeting on Smart & Resilient Communities

Co-located with the annual Midwest Big Data Hub All-Hands meeting in Omaha in 2017, 15 experts from several disciplines gathered on October 3rd to discuss community-oriented research topics, data and methods, and community engagement. They shared ideas and suggestions to launch a program focused on Smart & Resilient Communities.

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New Report on “Keeping Data Science Broad”

A new report on the “Keeping Data Science Broad: Negotiating the Digital and Data Divide Among Higher Education Institutions” initiative was released by the South Big Data Hub and collaborators, including the Midwest Hub. This initiative brought together the BD Hubs community and other stakeholders to explore pathways for keeping data science education broadly inclusive. 

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Transportation Data Challenge Hackathon

by Keith Hollenkamp On Sunday, October 1st, just before the MBDH All-Hands Meeting, the MBDH and the Bridging Big Data Project team hosted the Transportation Data Challenge Hackathon. Photo credit: Chungwook Sim

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MBDH 2017 All-Hands Meeting Recap

by Keith Hollenkamp On October 1-2, we hosted the Midwest Big Data Hub All-Hands Meeting at the beautiful Kiewit University in Omaha, Nebraska. Over the course of the two day event, researchers, academics, students, and more, connected over similar interests and attended panels all centered around this year’s theme: Data-Enabled Midwest Resilience. Melissa Cragin, Executive […]

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UASPSE – BDSpokes Project Website Online

The website for the MBDH BDSpokes project – “Digital Agriculture: Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Plant Sciences, and Education (UASPSE)” is now online. Login with your LinkedIn account to join the UASPSE community.

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Advancing Science Through a MBDH – Microsoft Research Partnership

by Keith Hollenkamp In June of 2016, the Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs and Microsoft Research partnered to use the power of cloud computing to advance NSF-supported Big Data Spokes and Planning projects. This partnership involved Microsoft providing $3 million in Microsoft Azure cloud computing credits.

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An Introduction to Dr. William Gropp, MBDH PI

Dear MBDH Community, I wanted to officially introduce myself as the new PI of the Midwest Big Data Hub. In a previous MBDH newsletter, it was announced that I would be taking over the role after the former PI, Dr. Ed Seidel, accepted the job of Vice President for Economic Development and Innovation for the […]

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Machine Learning: Farm-to-Table Workshop

by Keith Hollenkamp – In April, the MBDH teamed up with the International Food Security at Illinois (IFSI) to host the Machine Learning: Farm-to-Table Workshop. The workshop brought together domain scientists to stimulate new data-driven R+D activity at the intersections of the Agriculture, Bioinformatics, Food-Energy-Water, and Food Security communities.

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A Note From Ed Seidel

Dear Friends and Colleagues of the Midwest Big Data Hub: I’d like to let you all know that I have recently accepted the position of VP for Economic Development and Innovation for the University of Illinois System, and will no longer be the Director of NCSA. As a result, after consulting with MBDH leadership, NSF, […]

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Iowa State University Summer Seminar Series: Plant Phenomics Phridays

Sponsored by the Midwest Big Data Hub Digital Agriculture Spoke Award and the Iowa State University Plant Sciences Institute, Plant Phenomics Phridays is a brand new Summer seminar series hosted by Iowa State University.

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NSF Big Data Spoke Solicitation

The National Science Foundation released the Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes) solicitation.  The solicitation requires that PIs obtain Letters of Collaboration from the Big Data Innovation Hub associated with the PIs location.  Please visit our Spoke Solicitation Guidance page for information.      

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National Transportation Data Challenge

National Transportation Data Challenge Kicks Off on May 2-3! The Big Data Regional Innovations Hubs have announced the Transportation Data Challenge, a series of community problem solving-sessions, data faires, hackathons, and demonstrations, held in collaboration with the U.S Department of Transportation, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Data Science Inc., and others.

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The Machine Learning: Farm-To-Table Workshop

The Midwest Big Data Hub (MBDH) is partnering with the International Food Security at Illinois (IFSI) group at UIUC to bring together domain scientists from the Agriculture, Bioinformatics, Food-Energy-Water, and Food Security communities, along with computational experts. The objective of this workshop is to stimulate new data-driven R+D activity at the intersections of these communities. The meeting will be […]

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4th Annual Big Data & Business Analytics Symposium at Wayne State University

You can register now for the 4th Annual Big Data & Business Analytics Symposium at Wayne State University. More information can be found here.

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MBDH Spoke Awardee Guides Open Source Computational Research Infrastructure for Science

The newly released open source Computational Research Infrastructure for Science (CRIS) was developed with contributions from a Midwest Big Data Hub (MBDH) Planning Grant, “Cyberinfrastructure to Enhance Data Quality and Support Reproducible Results in Sensors.” CRIS provides an easy to use, scalable, and collaborative scientific data management and workflow cyberinfrastructure. CRIS was developed at Purdue […]

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Video from the inaugural Iowa State University Big Data Seminar Webcast

Video from the first Iowa State University Big Data Seminar webcast series is now live. In this inaugural webcast, Dr. Eric Rozier, ISU Department of Computer Science, discusses “Engineering Next-Generation Data Systems for Secure, Smart, Connected Health Analytics”. Learn more about this seminar series here.  

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Midwest Big Data Hackathon, University of Iowa

October 8–9, 2016 Iowa City, Iowa The Midwest Big Data Hackathon is a 2-day, non-stop hackathon with 150 participants, and it will be held at University of Iowa—in the heart of downtown Iowa City, USA. The event is open to all university students that have a passion for creating things with technology! Students will form […]

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NSF awards connect Midwest Big Data Hub and scientists to solve regional challenges

Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced $10 million in “Big Data Spokes” awards to initiate research in specific areas identified, supported, and organized by the Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs). $2.4 million in Big Data Spoke, Early­ Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) and planning awards will connect the Midwest Big Data […]

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Data Quality in a Big Data Era

September 28-29, 2016 Cyberinfrastructure Building, Wrubel Lobby, Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana What is data quality and what does it mean in the age of big data? Throughout the history of modern scholarship, the exchange of scholarly data was undertaken through personal interactions among scholars or through highly curated data archives, such as ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium […]

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Food and Data Workshop: Interoperability through the Food Pipeline

September 12-13, 2016 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The increasing ability to capture data at the level of individual agricultural fields, individual culinary recipes, and individual food waste digesters is allowing analytics-based optimization within the distinct industries responsible for producing, transporting, trading, storing, processing, packaging, wholesaling, retailing, consuming, and disposing of food. Yet addressing the […]

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Midwest Workshop on Neuroscience Big Data

September 20-21, 2016 Ann Arbor, Michigan Students, trainees, fellows, junior investigators, and outside researchers in Midwest academic institutions and industry partners are invited to attend and actively participate in the Midwest Workshop on Neuroscience Big Data. Expected workshop outcomes include (1) building an active Midwest Neuroscience Network Community, (2) open-sharing of data-intense challenges, datasets, research […]

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Missouri S&T Research and Technology Development Conference

September 12-13, 2016 Havener Center Rolla, Missouri Midwest Big Data Hub is hosting an Early Career lightning talk session on the topic of data in a research project setting at the Missouri S&T Research and Technology Development Conference. Travel reimbursement for presenters is available for up to $250/presenter. Pre-tenured faculty, post-docs, graduate students, and undergraduates […]

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Symposium on Frontiers in Big Data

Friday, September 23, 2016 and Saturday, September 24, 2016 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign You are cordially invited to attend the Grainger Foundation-sponsored “Symposium on Frontiers in Big Data” on September 23-24 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. It is a great opportunity to: Listen to invited talks, interview dialogs, panels, and debates […]

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Big Data for Health and Medicine Workshop — August 11, 2016

Join us on August 11, 2016 for a workshop to discuss challenges in using big data for driving health and medicine at the University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Information Science & Technology! Our goal is to encourage discussion on challenges currently facing health-related industries with regards to data collection, gathering, storage, and analysis. […]

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Midwest Big Data Summer School, June 20-24, 2016, Ames, IA

The Midwest Big Data Summer School for Early Career Researchers will be held from June 20-24, 2016 in Ames, Iowa. This summer school is designed as a one week, intensive curriculum aimed at early career researchers to get them started in data-driven research. The school will include full day lectures on topics ranging from: data […]

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Videos of All-Hands Meetings now available

Watch presentations from 2016 All-Hands Meetings All-Hands Meeting, March 2016 Digital Agriculture Spoke All-Hands Meeting, May 2016

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Digital Agriculture Spoke All-Hands Meeting – May 16-17, 2016

Videos of the presentations are now available! The 2016 Digital Agriculture Spoke All-Hands Meeting to be held on May 16-17 at the Scheman Building, Iowa State Center, Ames, Iowa. The Digital Agriculture Spoke of the Midwest Big Data Hub is devoted to building partnerships and resources that will address emerging Big Data issues in the […]

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UND Early Career Big Data Summit – April 6-8

The University of North Dakota (UND) will host an Early Career Big Data Summit (ECBDS) April 6-8, 2016. This Big Data event seeks to provide a venue for early career Big Data researchers (graduate students, post docs, and pre-tenure faculty) to connect with Industry, third-sector volunteer groups, and established researchers. Events will include multiple industry […]

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Webinar Slides Available

Slides are available from a November 24 webinar: Adobe PDF | Microsoft PPT

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National Meeting Webinar Recording

Thank you to everyone who was able to tune in for the webinar on the Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs. If you missed the webinar or would like to review any of the information that was presented, you may view the recording of the event. We thank you again for your interest! To see the […]

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Now seeking proposals!

The National Science Foundation is soliciting proposals to extend the Big Data Hub network. More information is available in the Proposals section of this website.

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Interim Director Named

NCSA’s Danny Powell will act as the interim Director for the Midwest Big Data Hub.

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Midwest Big Data Hub @ SC15

The Midwest Big Data Hub will be at the 2015 Supercomputing Conference (SC15) Nov. 16-19 in Austin, Texas. Come see the MBDH demos in the NCSA booth, #1733, and talk to representatives from the Midwest Big Data Hub. Tuesday, Nov. 17 — 10:15am Wednesday, Nov. 18 — 3:00pm Get a sneak peek of the demos! […]

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