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Published on: Feb 8, 2018

In today’s society, data is being collected everywhere, all the time—from your phone, from your car, in hospitals, in the workplace. Data has the potential to solve major social problems. But to make sense of such massive quantities of data, researchers must find innovative methods to gather and process it.

To explore cutting-edge data science methods and applications, the Penn State Institute for CyberScience will host the “ICS Symposium 2018: Harnessing the Power of Data,” a one-day conference on computational and data science.

The ICS Symposium will be held March 30 at the Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom. This interdisciplinary event is an opportunity for Penn State faculty and graduate students to network with industry representatives, connect with funding agencies, and find collaborators for innovative research projects.

“Penn State believes strongly in the power of computational research to drive digital innovation that engenders positive social impacts,” said Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones. “This symposium will showcase our researchers’ commitment to excellence and the global relevance of their work in this area.”

The event will feature a keynote addresses from Jim Kurose, Assistant Director of NSF’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate.

Panel sessions during the event will address the topics “Smart and Connected Communities” and “Precision Health,” exploring the role of data in improving the safety and livability of our communities and in delivering the most effective healthcare.

Penn State researchers, faculty, and graduate students from all disciplines are invited to present their computational research in a moderated poster session.

 “The ICS Symposium provides a forum for those conducting computational research to share their overall research scope and explore interdisciplinary connections that address some of the key societal challenges highlighted in Penn State's strategic plan,” said ICS Director Jenni Evans. “I’m excited by the new collaborations and partnerships that will result from this event.”

The conference is free for Penn State faculty and students. To learn more or register, visit the event website. The deadline for registration is Friday, March 16.

Researchers who wish to present at the poster session must declare their intent when registering. Posters must be submitted by Friday, March 2. Prizes will be awarded for the best posters.

The Institute for CyberScience is one of the five interdisciplinary research institutes under the Office of the Vice President for Research, dedicated to supporting cyber-enabled research across the disciplines. ICS builds an active community of researchers using computational methods in a wide range of fields through co-hiring of tenure-track faculty, providing seed funding for ambitious computational research projects, and offering access to high-performance computing resources through its Advanced CyberInfrastructure (ICS-ACI). With the support of ICS, Penn State researchers harness the power of big data, big simulation, and big computing to solve the world’s problems. For more information, visit https://ics.psu.edu or email ics@psu.edu.