Beginning Spring Semester 2017 IDIES will hold a bi-monthly (every 2 months) seminar series. Typically we will hold two such seminars every academic semester. The talks will take place in the Mason Hall Auditorium (but occasionally in other rooms as available), typically on Thursdays 4pm-5pm, followed by a small informal reception.

For the Fall 2017 semester, if you have a suggestion for a distinguished speaker to visit and make a presentation on the broad topics of interest to IDIES, please contact Charles Meneveau at your earliest convenience.

Past Seminars

The Importance of Broad and Deep Domain Knowledge in Data Intensive Engineering and Science

  • Where: Gilman 50, Homewood Campus, JHU
  • When: November 28, 2018, 16:30
  • Kevin Schlaufman
  • An IDIES Bi-Monthly Seminar

Abstract: Advances in computer hardware, software, and technical instrumentation have revolutionized science and engineering. These advances have made old skills obsolete and elevated new skills to paramount importance. Despite these changes, a broad and deep disciplinary knowledge is still critical for discovery in science and engineering. Using examples from my own experience and research in … Continued

Leveraging Polygenic Architecture of Complex Traits to Inform Biology, Causality and Prediction

  • Where: 305 Olin Hall
  • When: October 10, 2018, 16:30
  • Nilanjan Chatterjee, PhD, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Biostatistics, Bloomberg School of Public Health, JHU
  • An IDIES Bi-Monthly Seminar

Abstract: Using results from modern genome-wide association studies (GWAS), we and others have now unequivocally demonstrated that complex traits are extremely polygenic, with each individual trait potentially involving thousands to tens of thousands of genetic variants. While each individual variant may have a small effect on a given trait, in combination, they can explain substantial … Continued

Genetic Instrumental Variable (GIV) regression: Explaining socioeconomic and health outcomes in non-experimental data

  • Where: Arellano Theater, Levering Hall
  • When: March 28, 2018, 16:00
  • Thomas A. DiPrete, Columbia University
  • An IDIES Bi-Monthly Seminar

Biography: Thomas A. DiPrete is Giddings Professor of Sociology, co-director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP), co-director of the Center for the Study of Wealth and Inequality at Columbia University, and a faculty member of the Columbia Population Research Center. DiPrete holds a B.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of … Continued

“From Baltimore to the Stars with Data” by Tamas Budavari

  • Where: Arellano Theater, Levering Hall
  • When: March 07, 2018, 16:00
  • Tamas Budavari
  • An IDIES Bi-Monthly Seminar

Biography: Tamás Budavári’s primary interest is in cosmology, large-scale structure, and galaxy evolution. He has been focusing on various statistical and computational challenges in astronomy as modern detector technology is rapidly changing the way science is done. Large projects he has worked on, including the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, pioneered much of the new methodology. … Continued

Real Time in the Room: Frequency, Amplitude, and Time Analysis with the “Precision Measuring Matrix” by Paul Reed Smith

  • Where: Arellano Theater, Levering Hall
  • When: February 14, 2018, 16:00
  • Paul Reed Smith
  • An IDIES Bi-Monthly Seminar

Click here to view a recording of the event. Abstract: I will review the history of the Precision Measuring Matrix including my father’s involvement, real time demonstrations, discussion of FFT measurement anomalies, the discovered language of EEG harmonic brainwaves, watching the harmonics of an acoustic guitar in real time and newly discovered domains made possible … Continued

Heavy Hitters on Data Streams and Recent Variants

  • Where: Hodson Hall, Rm 210
  • When: October 04, 2017, 16:00
  • S. Muthukrishnan, PhD, Rutgers University
  • An IDIES Bi-Monthly Seminar

Please join us at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017 for “Heavy Hitters on Data Streams and Recent Variants” by Dr. S Muthukrishnan, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and ACM Fellow at Rutgers University. The talk will take place on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017, from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm in Hodson Hall, Room … Continued

The Nexus of Data Science, Convergence, and Graduate Education

  • Where: Arellano Theater, Levering Hall
  • When: April 13, 2017, 16:30
  • Dr. Dean Evasius
  • An IDIES Bi-Monthly Seminar

Abstract: Data science has emerged as a distinct discipline that has also become a power enabler of science and engineering. In its deep interactions with other disciplines it is an example of the scientific convergence, which is one of the Ten Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments. The rapid growth of data science raises deep … Continued

Geometric Methods for the Approximation of High-dimensional Dynamical Systems

  • Where: Mason Hall Auditorium
  • When: February 23, 2017 to February 23, 2017, 16:00
  • Mauro Maggioni
  • An IDIES Bi-Monthly Seminar

Abstract: We discuss a geometry-based statistical learning framework for performing model reduction and modeling of stochastic high-dimensional dynamical systems. We consider two complementary settings. In the first one, we are given long trajectories of a system, e.g. from molecular dynamics, and we discuss new techniques for estimating, in a robust fashion, an effective number of … Continued