Alex Szalay is Awarded the 2020 Viktor Ambartsumian International Science Prize

IDIES Director, Prof. Alexander Szalay was nominated by Prof. Adam Riess, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Thomas J. Barber Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and Nobel Prize Winner, “for his pioneering work on demonstrating that the Dark Matter in the Universe might be a neutral, weakly interacting particle and for his contributions to data-driven, statistical cosmology”.  Viktor Ambartsumian International Science … Continued

IDIES Faculty Member, Brice Ménard and team published “Sequencing Seismograms…” Report in the Science Journal

Scattering of seismic waves can reveal subsurface structures but usually in a piecemeal way focused on specific target areas. We used a manifold learning algorithm called “the Sequencer” to simultaneously analyze thousands of seismograms of waves diffracting along the core-mantle boundary and obtain a panoptic view of scattering across the Pacific region. In nearly half … Continued

IDIES Student Worker Felicia Koerner graduates JHU, MSE in Computer Science

IDIES would like to congratulate our student worker Felicia Koerner on graduating with her MSE in Computer Science. Felica has been a great addition to the IDIES team over the last year working on the forthcoming redesign of the SkyServer astronomy data access website. Felicia noted that, “IDIES has taught her much more about Javascript … Continued

IDIES member, Johns Hopkins biologist and computer scientist James Taylor dies at 40

The IDIES community is saddened by the loss of such a young trailblazer in computational biology and genomics research. He will be remembered for his ‘transformational’ and ‘immeasurable’ contributions to our community. James Taylor, a professor of biology and computer science at Johns Hopkins University, died Thursday, April 2. He was 40. A trailblazer in … Continued

René Vidal elected to the AIMBE College of Fellows

The IDIES department is pleased to share with you the news that René Vidal, the Herschel L. Seder Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s College of Fellows. AIMBE Fellows are considered the most distinguished and accomplished leaders in the fields of medical and … Continued

IDIES and Convergence Institute – Elizabeth Jaffee and Alex Szalay speak to CBS about their research collaboration in Cancer and Big Data

On November 26, CBS aired an interview with IDIES member, Dr. Elizabeth Jaffee, and Director, Dr. Alex Szalay that discussed their research collaboration on pancreatic cancer and patients who had a dramatic response to chemotherapy, “extraordinary responders”. In the interview, Dr. Jaffee explains that her research of pancreatic cancer and “extraordinary responders” brought her to … Continued

IDIES 2020 Funding Opportunities Now Open!

For a seventh year, IDIES will offer it’s Seed Funding Initiative. IDIES Seed funding offers faculty and researchers a one year, $25,000 pilot award for data-intensive computing projects. IDIES typically awards four projects, and starting in 2018 the School of Medicine (SOM) has generously offered to sponsor an additional two awards. We’d like to thank … Continued

Charles Meneveau reports wind energy industry’s future requires an interdisciplinary approach

IDIES Associate Director, Charles Meneveau, was a member of an international 29-person team that recently published a paper in Science outlining three scientific “grand” challenges to be addressed to harness wind power’s full potential: A need for improved understanding of atmospheric and wind power plant flow physics The complicated aerodynamics, structural dynamics, and offshore wind … Continued

Rajat Mittal and Jung-Hee Seo Explain the Aerodynamics and Acoustics of the Mosquito Mating Ritual Through Computer Modeling

Using funding from his Human Frontier Science Program Research Grant, IDIES member Dr. Rajat Mittal, along with Dr. Jung-Hee Seo, have developed a computational model of the sound generated from the flapping of mosquito wings. In a research paper, published in Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, they explain, “The analysis shows that the high wing aspect-ratio, high … Continued

Congratulations to Rajat Mittal on receiving a Human Frontier Science Program Research Grant!

IDIES member, Rajat Mittal received a Human Frontier Science Program Research Grant for his work studying the communicative properties of mosquito movements. Founded by a collective of scientists from around the world, the selective Human Frontier Science Program awards grants to international teams in an effort to “combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions … Continued