New working group focused on interoperability of agricultural data
By Sasha Zvenigorodsky In the face of increasingly challenging climate issues and an ever-growing population, digitization has played a large role in agriculture improvement throughout the years. Innovative technologies such…
Unmanned Aerial Systems, Plant Sciences and Education (UASPSE) Project Featured in Special Section of Agronomy Journal
The Digital Agriculture community of the Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub (MBDH) achieved a major milestone this week with a series of open-access publications on ag data. The Unmanned Aerial…
Meet the MBDH 2022–2023 science communications and outreach interns
For Fall 2022, the Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub (MBDH) has four new interns joining the team to work on a variety of projects. One intern, Shruti Ravichandran, is focused…
National Workshop on Data Science Education Featured Multiple Hub Talks
Kim Bruch, West Big Data Innovation Hub Science Writer Organized by UC Berkeley’s Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society, with support from Microsoft and the West Big Data Innovation…
In Memoriam: Val Pentchev
The Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub team is saddened to announce the passing of our longtime colleague Valentin (Val) Pentchev on December 31, 2021. Val was most recently the PI…
National Science Foundation (NSF) Awards $2 Million for COVID Information Commons Extension for Pandemic Recovery (CIC-E)
New York, NY – October 5, 2021 The COVID Information Commons (CIC) project, a program led by the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub in the Data Science Institute at Columbia University, in collaboration with…
Meet the MBDH Fall 2021 science writing and coordination interns
For Fall 2021, the Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub has four new interns joining the team to work on a variety of projects. One intern, Sushma Mahadevaswamy, will be working…
Introducing the COVID Information Commons
The Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub collaborated with the other three regional Big Data Innovation Hubs and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to launch the COVID Information Commons (CIC). Funded by NSF COVID Rapid…
Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub announces leadership changes
As its second year of new funding begins, there is new leadership at the Midwest Big Data Hub (MBDH), with a swap in principal investigators and the appointment of a…
Midwest Big Data Hub successfully transitions to second phase with new NSF award
The National Science Foundation (NSF) this month announced the second phase of funding for the regional Big Data Innovation Hub (BD Hubs) program. Under the planned four year, $4 million…
Midwest Big Data Hub co-leads local events for 4th Annual Global Women in Data Science Conference
The Midwest Big Data Hub co-led local participation in the 4th annual Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference, with sponsorship from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and…
BD Hubs profiled in SIGNAL magazine
The NSF-funded Big Data Innovation Hubs were highlighted in a recent article in SIGNAL magazine, a publication of the AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association). The Executive Directors of…
Welcome to the new MBDH Community Blog
Greetings! Today we are launching a new MBDH Community Blog, which is intended to extend information sharing around events and projects, as well as expand our channels for Community conversation….
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…
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…
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).
MBDH partners on US Ignite Reverse Pitch challenge
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), contributed towards matching the grant, bringing to $40,000 the total resources available to support the development of smart gigabit applications for the benefit of the local community.
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.
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.
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
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 Director of the MBDH, welcomes attendees to the All-Hands Meeting
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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 structured to enable new cross-community interactions and initiate grant proposals or publications.
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.
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…
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…
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…
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 Hub (MBDH) and midwestern data scientists, to support digital agriculture; community-driven and sustainable neuroscience data infrastructure; improved sensor technologies; citizen scientists and real-time air quality monitoring; and new data-to-decision systems in hazards management by partnering data scientists with emergency personnel.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
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…
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…
Webinar Slides Available
Slides are available from a November 24 webinar: Adobe PDF | Microsoft PPT
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…
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.
Interim Director Named
NCSA’s Danny Powell will act as the interim Director for the Midwest Big Data Hub.
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…