SDSS featured in Microsoft #DataDriven Keynote

“SELECT * FROM universe” IDIES Director Alex Szalay begins the Keynote in the #DataDriven Microsoft Event. The SkyServer provides public access to Sloan Digital Sky Survey data served from a SQL Server database. Alex’s presentation begins at 3 minutes, 24 seconds.

Ben Langmead voted winner of the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Award in Life Sciences

Ben Langmead Picture

Members of have chosen Benjamin Langmead of Johns Hopkins University as the laureate of the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Award in the Life Sciences. The Benjamin Franklin Award for Open Access in the Life Sciences is a humanitarian/bioethics award presented annually by this organization to an individual who has, in his or her practice, promoted … Continued

Very Large Database of Lipids Project Receives Grant from the Trone Family Foundation

The Very Large Database of Lipids (VLDL) has received a sizable charitable gift of $300,000 from the Trone Family Foundation to support the VLDL big data project. The VLDL Project, led by IDIES Affiliate Steven Jones is an ongoing project to leverage industry-derived data from a leading clinical laboratory for independent use by academic investigators.

Interested in Machine Learning? Sign up for the JHU Machine Learning mailing list

If you’re a JHU student who is interested in machine learning, you should probably join the campus ML mailing list here: This will also automatically subscribe you to relevant talk announcements, like the ones logged at JHU usually has a couple of invited ML talks per week while classes are in session. The … Continued

Alex Szalay Receives IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award

IDIES Director and Professor of Cosmology and Computer Science Alex Szalay has been selected to receive the 2015 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award. The award recognizes Professor Szalay: “For his outstanding contributions to the development of data-intensive computing systems and on the application of such systems in many … Continued

IDIES Annual Review 2015

The IDIES Annual Review 2015 is now available for you to download, print, and share. Each year IDIES produces the Annual Review as a print publication to highlights the groundbreaking work done at Johns Hopkins by IDIES Affiliates. Please feel free to download and share the Annual Review with your colleagues. Download Now

Cosmologists and Computer Scientists Collaborate on Scalable Algorithms for Big Data

IDIES Affiliates Find Clustering Algorithms for Data Streams and Related Applications Cosmological simulations are among the largest computer experiments currently run in science, the largest of them currently using over a trillion particles to represent the matter content in synthetic universes that model significant subsets of the observable universe. The traditional way of analyzing their … Continued

Request for Seed Funding 2016 Proposals Now Open

The goal of the Seed Funding Initiative is to provide seed funding for data-intensive computing projects that (a) will involve areas relevant to IDIES and JHU institutional research priorities; (b) are multidisciplinary; and (c) build ideas and teams with good prospects for successful proposals to attract external research support by leveraging IDIES intellectual and physical … Continued

Seeking Data Professional to join Advisory Committee for NSF Grant

The Carnegie Institution for Science in Baltimore is searching for a data professional to sit on the advisory committee for the NSF funded science outreach program BioEYES ( BioEYES is a joint effort Project partners for the NSF grant include BioEYES at the Carnegie Institution for Science and the University of Pennsylvania, the Johns Hopkins … Continued

Professor Steve Kent explains how Individuals Outside the Official Investigation were able to use Public Data to Model the Flight Path of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

During an IDIES Special Seminar, Steve Kent of Fermilab and the University of Chicago, spoke about his interest in and experience with modeling flight data from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. The enigmatic flight disappeared from RADAR on March 8, 2014 and is presumed to have crashed. To this day the crash site remains undiscovered. Professor … Continued