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Data Science Symposium


Due to COVID-19, we unfortunately had to cancel our 2020 symposium. We look forward to welcoming you back to our next event in 2021.


If you attended our 2019 symposium, thanks! If you were unable to make it, we are sorry to have missed you. Below are the recordings to all of the sessions.

Program Agenda

8:30am – 9:45am: Registration

8:30am: Graduate Student Poster Session & Breakfast

9:45am: Welcome & Opening Remarks
Video Recording

10:00am: Short Talks
Video Recording

11:00am: Faculty Lightning Talks
Video Recording

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
12:15pm – 12:20pm:
Graduate Student Poster Award
Video Recording

12:20pm – 1:00pm: Panel Discussion
Video Recording

1:00pm: Key Note Talk

“Terra Cognita: The Silicon Age of Earth Exploration”
Dr. Ian Howat, Ph.D.
Professor, The Ohio State University
Video Recording

2:00pm: Coffee Break

2:30pm: Short Talks
Video Recording

3:30pm: Live Deep Learning Demo
Video Recording


8:00-9:45am – Student Poster Session & Breakfast  (lobby outside Flynn auditorium)

  • 9:45-10:00am – Welcome Remarks – Andreas Berlind, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy – Video Recording
  • 10:00-11:00am – Short Talks – (chair: Douglas Schmidt) – Video Recording
    • Analyzing Thousands of Genomes to Map Human Evolution and Disease
      Tony Capra, Assistant Professor of Biological Science
    • Data Analytics and Decision Support for Public Safety
      Yevgeniy Vorobeychik, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
    • Using Big Data for Population Health Services and Policy Research
      Stacie Dusetzina, Associate Professor of Health Policy
    • Affluence and Congruence: Unequal Representation Around the World
      Noam Lupu, Associate Professor of Political Science
    • Power of Simulation (Even if You Have ‘Big’ Data)
      Leena Choi, Associate Professor of Biostatistics & Sara van Driest, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • 11:00-12:00am – Lighting Talk Session – (chair: Yu Shyr)
    • Research IT Working Group Progress Report
      Douglas Schmidt, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering – Video Recording
    • 15 2-minute talksVideo Recording
  • 12:00-1:00pm – Panel Discussion & LunchVideo Recording
    • Panel Discussion: Ethics of Data
      Moderator: Jonathan Gilligan, Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Science
      Panelists: Sarah Igo, Associate Professor of History, Chris Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law, Eugene Vorobeychik, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
  • 1:00-2:00pm – Short Talks (chair: Kelly Holley-Bockelmann) – Video Recording
    • AI for Law and Law for AI – A Typology of Themes
      J. B. Ruhl, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law
    • Statistical Thinking for Data Science
      Chris Fonnesbeck, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics
    • Genetic Discovery at Scale through Phenome Phishing
      Nancy Cox, Mary Phillips Edmonds Gray Professor of Genetics
    • Using Spatial Analysis to Understand Access to Higher Education
      William Doyle, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education
    • Data Science at HCA
      Jesse Spencer-Smith, Director of Data Science at HCA Healthcare
  • 2:00-2:30pm – Coffee Break
  • 2:30-3:30pm – Keynote Talk: Digital Echoes: Understanding Patterns of Mass Violence with Data and Statistics
    Patrick Ball, Director of Research, Human Rights Data Analysis Group – Video Recording
  • 3:30-4:00pm – Student Poster AwardsVideo Recording
    • Winner: Andrew Summers
    • Runners-up: Victor Calderon, Linda Zhang