ICS@PSU: Institute for CyberScience

Educational Opportunities

2017 EcoInformatics Summer Institute

Please note: Application deadline is February 1st, 2017!

The Eco-Informatics Summer Institute (EISI) (http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/eisi) will be held at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest (http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/) in the beautiful Oregon Cascade Mountains.

WHO: Continuing undergraduate students from all over the US who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions
WHAT: Summer institute experience, stipend, and housing provided.
WHEN: June 12th – August 18th, 2017 or June 19th – August 25th, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1st, 2017.
WHERE: HJ Andrews Experimental Forest on the McKenzie River and at OSU in Corvallis, OR.
WEBSITE: http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/eisi

Eco-Informatics, an emerging discipline, integrates mathematics, computer science, statistics, and engineering with the study and management of ecosystems. Through a ten-week undergraduate/early graduate research experience, the EISI will provide interdisciplinary training for young scientists to help manage ecosystems in our technologically sophisticated, globalized world.

Through the integration of research and education, effective mentoring, and hands-on experiences at the HJ Andrews, participants will gain:

  1. Valuable research experience in Eco-Informatics and in their own disciplines.
    2. The foundation and opportunities to develop and seek support for their own graduate program, including a peer-reviewed research proposal.
    3. The training to become outstanding interdisciplinary scientists and effective contributors to the science and management of ecosystems.

Participants will receive:
1. A total stipend of $5,000.
2. Free lodging at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest and on the OSU campus
3. The opportunity for down time and group activities.

For more details and the application, please go to http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/eisi

The application deadline is February 1st, 2017.

If you have any questions, please e-mail at cara.walter@oregonstate.edu

Accelerating Science: A Grand Challenge for AI

A symposium on Accelerating Science: A Grand Challenge for AI (co-sponsored by the Computing Community Consortium and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence) is part of the AAAI fall Symposia to be held in the Washington, DC area during November 17-19. http://www.aaai.org/Symposia/Fall/fss16symposia.php.

The symposium will discuss how AI can help to advance computational science in an age of big data. Some of the challenges AI can address include the development of algorithmic or information processing abstractions of various aspects of the scientific methods and processes; the development of cognitive tools that complement and extend human intellect, in the form of computational artifacts (representations, processes, protocols, workflows, software) to partner with humans on all aspects of science (for example, mapping the state of knowledge in a discipline and identifying gaps, formulating and prioritizing questions; designing, prioritizing and executing experiments; drawing inferences and constructing explanations and hypotheses from the literature, databases, knowledge bases, expressing and reasoning with scientific arguments of variable certainty and provenance; synthesizing findings from disparate observational and experimental studies; formulating new questions, in a closed-loop fashion); Integration of the resulting cognitive tools into collaborative human-machine systems and infrastructure to advance science, including tools for documentation, replication and communication of scientific studies, collaboration, team formation (incentivizing participants, decomposing tasks, combining results, engaging participants with different levels of expertise and abilities), communication (across disciplinary boundaries and across levels of abstraction), tracking scientific progress and impact.

Interested participants are invited to contribute 2-5 page extended abstracts or position papers that summarize research challenges and opportunities or recent progress in the relevant areas of AI, computer science, or their applications in accelerating science. Authors may be invited to publish substantially revised and extended versions of their abstracts in a special issue of a journal or an edited collection. Deadline for submission of extended abstracts or position papers is July 22. Additional details of the symposium will be available at:


Penn State Institute for CyberScience

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