Graduate programs in computational and data science — informational sessions Sept. 19 & 21

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Students interested in computational and data science are invited to learn about graduate programs that will prepare them for success in computationally intensive fields. Pizza and pop will be provided.

Two sessions are scheduled:

Monday, Sept. 19, 5 – 6 p.m.
Johnson Rooms, Lurie Engineering Center (North Campus)

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 5 – 6 p.m.
2001 LSA Building (Central Campus)

The sessions will address:

  • The Ph.D. in Scientific Computing, which is open to all Ph.D. students who will make extensive use of large-scale computation, computational methods, or algorithms for advanced computer architectures in their studies. It is a joint degree program, with students earning a Ph.D. from their current departments, “… and Scientific Computing” — for example, “Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering and Scientific Computing.”
  • The Graduate Certificate in Computational Discovery and Engineering, which trains graduate students in computationally intensive research so they can excel in interdisciplinary HPC-focused research and product development environments. The certificate is open to all students currently pursuing Master’s or Ph.D. degrees at the University of Michigan. This year we will offer a new practicum option through the Multidisciplinary Design Program.
  • The Graduate Certificate in Data Science, which is focused on developing core proficiencies in data analytics:
    1) Modeling — Understanding of core data science principles, assumptions and applications;
    2) Technology — Knowledge of basic protocols for data management, processing, computation, information extraction, and visualization;
    3) Practice — Hands-on experience with real data, modeling tools, and technology resources.

MICDE Fall 2016 Seminar Series speakers announced

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The Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering (MICDE) is proud to announce its fall lineup of seminar speakers. In cooperation with academic departments across campus, the seminar series brings nationally recognized speakers to campus.

This fall’s speakers are:

Sept. 13: Nathan Kutz, Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of Washington

Sept. 22: Rob Gardner, Senior Scientist at the Computation Institute, University of Chicago

Sept. 29: Jeremy Lichstein, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Florida

Oct. 6: Jonathan Freund, Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering and of Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Oct. 14: Anthony Wachs, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of British Columbia

Oct. 26: Andrea Lodi, Professor of Mathematical and Industrial Engineering, Polytechnique Montreal

Nov. 11: David Higdon, Professor of the Biocomplexity Institute, Virginia Tech

Dec. 9: Ann Almgren, Staff Scientist at the Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories

For more information, including links to bios and abstracts as available, please visit

Students in the Graduate Certificate in Computational Discovery and Engineering program are required to attend at least half of the seminars.

Registration open for on-campus telecast of XSEDE workshop on MPI — Sept. 7-8

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U-M is hosting a telecast of a workshop on MPI (message passing interface) presented by XSEDE and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center.

This workshop is intended to give C and Fortran programmers a hands-on introduction to MPI programming. Attendees will leave with a working knowledge of how to write scalable codes using MPI – the standard programming tool of scalable parallel computing.

Time/Date: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern, Wednesday, Sept. 7 and Thursday, Sept. 8

Location: Room B003E, North Campus Research Complex (NCRC), Building 16, 2800 Plymouth Rd.

Registration: Registration is required through the XSEDE website (you must create an XSEDE user account to register). Space is limited.

More information: Class website.

Contact: Simon Adorf (

Software Carpentry workshop at U-M — May 2-3

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A Software Carpentry workshop will be held at the U-M Medical School May 2 and 3. These workshops are free and open to anyone on campus; the sessions are suitable for researchers in the humanities and social sciences. Register here.

This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students, postdocs, and other researchers across the University of Michigan. You don’t need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Where: Furstenberg 2710 (2nd floor of Med Sci II).

Registration open for MICDE Symposium — April 7

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The Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering (MICDE) Annual Symposium will take place April 7 in the Rackham Building on U-M’s Central Campus. Space is limited. Please register using this form.

The symposium will feature an outstanding group of speakers:

  • Irene Qualters, Director, NSF Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure
  • Linda Petzold, 2016 SIAM awardee, Professor of Computational Science and Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Mark Taylor, DOE Secretary’s Honor Award winner 2014, Chief Computational Scientist, Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy, Sandia National Laboratory
  • James Sethian, AMS/SIAM Norbert Wiener Prize winner, Department of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley
  • Zoltan Cendes, Co-Founder (retired) of Ansoft Corp. (now part of ANSYS)
  • Talks featuring some of the most compelling new research by U-M faculty: Ann Jeffers, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Shravan Veerapaneni, Mathematics; and Alberto Figueroa, Biomedical Engineering and Vascular Surgery.

The symposium will also include a poster session highlighting outstanding computational work from U-M researchers and students. To participate in the poster session, please fill out this form.

Visit the symposium website for a complete agenda.

CSCAR Data Science Skills Series on Python offers sessions on advanced regression analysis, Sklearn, and Statsmodels

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CSCAR will offer a series of workshops on data science skills using Python. The workshops will be held in the Earl Lewis room in the Rackham building. All workshops will take place on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-5.

The workshops are free and no registration is necessary.

We assume that participants are already familiar with basic Python. People with no experience using Python but who are comfortable using languages such as R or Matlab should also be able to follow the presentations.

Feel free to bring a laptop, but it is not required.

See the skills series website for more information and workshop materials.

Dept. of Statistics sponsoring data mining competition for undergraduates

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The Department of Statistics is sponsoring a data mining competition that will be open to all U-M undergraduates.  Cash prizes will be awarded: $500/1st place, $300/2nd place, $200/3rd place.
Teams and individuals are welcome to participate A dataset will be made available on Monday, March 21st and submissions must be made by 9 a.m. on Monday, April 11th.
Each team will produce a written analysis of the provided dataset, focusing on a specific question that will be announced when the dataset is released.  A variety of tools and techniques will be suitable for this task — students from various academic backgrounds focusing on data analytics and computing will be well equipped for the competition.  See for more information to be posted on March 21st.


U-M Library offering workshops on GIS; exhibit on video game art

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Read below for more information about some upcoming GIS workshops and upcoming events, including a couple about the art of video games and a lecture about Flint’s infrastructure.


GIS Workshops

LSA and the Clark Library are offering a number of workshops on mapping, spatial analysis, and GIS over the coming weeks (Monday, March 14th thru Friday, April 1st.) Topics include an introduction to GIS, Story Maps, collecting data in the field, imagery, LiDAR, photogrammetry, crisis mapping, free and open source GIS tools, themed explorations of spatial analysis, OpenStreetMap, enterprise GIS, ArcGIS Pro, field surveys and questionnaires, and more. Registration is required.

Questions? Email


New Media, New Meanings

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

7:00 – 8:00 pm

Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery (Room 100)

A presentation by Jeremy Gibson, to celebrate the opening of Winteractive: The Art of Video Games.

Interactive media like games are not new; people have played games for thousands of years. However, the past three decades have seen a drastic change in the character, expansiveness, and expressiveness of interactive experiences, and as a result, artists are now able to express themselves in new ways that are exclusively enabled by this evolving medium. As players interact with games, the choices they make shape their experiences in the game, and unlike any other medium, games require players to participate in the creation of the meaning. This complicity and contribution to the outcome of the game enables meaning to be expressed in systems rather than linear narrative and allows for participants to experience understanding in a new way.

Jeremy Gibson is a Lecturer in the University of Michigan Computer Science & Engineering department, where he teaches classes on game design, and the founder of ExNinja Interactive, LLC. He is the author of the book Introduction to Game Design, Prototyping, and Development, published by Pearson in 2014. He was the 2013 Chair of Education and Advancement for IndieCade.

Light refreshments will be provided.


Exhibit: Winteractive: The Art of Video Games

March 17th through April 15th

Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery (Room 100)

What does it mean for a game to be art? Many independent game developers stretch the definition of what a game can be and create games that blur the boundaries between art and traditional entertainment.

The games in this exhibition—all created by individual or small groups of developers—will lead you into realms of sound and beauty, or provoke reflection on the human condition, or entertain you with innovative takes on established game genres—or perhaps all of the above at once!

This is a hands-on exhibition. We invite you to play and explore the games, and offer your thoughts.

Sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library and the University of Michigan Library Computer & Video Game Archive.


Emergent Research Event: The Environmental Hazards of Aging Infrastructure in Flint, Michigan

Monday, March 28, 2016 

9:30 – 11:00 am

Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery (Room 100)

Dr. Martin Kaufman, David M. French Professor of Earth Science at the University of Michigan-Flint, talks about the challenges facing communities with older water infrastructure.

Kaufman presents the results of recent efforts to map the lead-based water infrastructure in Flint, Michigan, using a Geographic Information System (GIS) and the use of these maps to generate additional research inquiry. Linkages between hazard identification and hazard response during an environmental crisis are also explored.

Emergent Research events are aimed at better understanding the various types of research undertaken across campus, particularly as they relate to library services and support, opportunities for collaboration, data management and preservation, and beyond.

Midwest Big Data Hub offers early career seed funding to improve data access — April 1, May 1 deadlines

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The Midwest Big Data Hub, an NSF-funded group including U-M’s Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS), is seeking proposals from early career researchers to enhance collaborations with data-producing organizations to improve access to data. Senior researchers are also welcome to apply for funding for activities that bring together data producers and researchers with significant participation from early career researchers.

The goal of the funding, provided by the Computing Community Consortium, is to improve partnerships and collaboration between data producing organizations in industry, government, and academia and researchers. Activities can include workshops, internships, hackathons at universities, data-related competitions, travel grants and lecture series. Awards will range from between $10,000 and $40,000.

Deadlines for applications are April 1 and May 1.

For more information, including how to apply, read the proposal description on the MIDAS website.

MIDAS hosting Data Science Summer Camp for high school students

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The Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) is hosting a data science summer camp for juniors and seniors in high school, from July 18 – 22, 2016.

Students in the camp, titled “From Simple Building Blocks to Complex Shapes: A Visual Tour of Fourier Series” will create art, diagnose disease, and play detective using the Fourier Series. Students will learn the basic mathematics behind Fourier series and use them to tackle data science problems by starting with simple building blocks and scaling up the complexity. Click to watch our preview video.

Any high school student can apply, with a special focus on Juniors and Seniors. Interest in mathematics and art is strongly encouraged; experience with trigonometry recommended. The camp will be full day, and attendance is expected all five days. Contact the organizers at  or visit the camp’s website for more information.