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.
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 University of Illinois System. It is with great enthusiasm that I join the MBDH community, and I’m eager to contribute to all the ways the Hub is expanding and enhancing the Midwest Big Data ecosystem.
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.
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, and U of IL officials, we have decided that it is the best interests of the hub that we pass the PI role to Prof. Bill Gropp.
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.
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.
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.
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 structured to enable new cross-community interactions and initiate grant proposals or publications.
You can register now for the 4th Annual Big Data & Business Analytics Symposium at Wayne State University. More information can be found here.
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 University under the technical leadership of Peter Baker and the scientific supervision of Professor Elisa Bertino. Dr. Bertino is the PI of the MBDH Planning grant, which contributed by assessing the quality tools and versioning techniques provided by CRIS. Within the grant, the developers are currently working on provenance models and techniques, and provenance interoperability for the CRIS provenance model.
More information can be found here.