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CyberScience Seminars

ICDS hosts a series of seminars that are open to the entire Penn State community each academic year. These seminars discuss topics of interest in computational and data-enabled research.

The goal is to explore the frontiers of cyberscience, an intrinsically interdisciplinary research area, and to bring the diverse community of Penn State researchers together to learn, collaborate, and share about new and emergent themes.

2019–20 Seminars

The 2019–20 series will focus on applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning across a spectrum of disciplines.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019
10:30 a.m.–Noon
233A HUB-Robeson Center and Streamed Live on Zoom
“Interdisciplinary and Multimethod Approaches to Investigating Sleep Health and Digital Biomarkers”
Presenter: Orfeu Buxton, professor of biobehavioral health


Tuesday, November 5, 2019
10:30 a.m.–Noon
233A HUB-Robeson Center and Streamed Live on Zoom
“Semi-Supervised Learning Algorithm for Identifying High Priority Drug-Drug Interactions through Adverse Event Reports”
Presenter: Soundar Kumara, Allen E. Pearce and Allen M. Pearce Professor of Industrial Engineering

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
2:00–3:30 p.m.
233B HUB-Robeson Center
Title: “Scalable fixed-mesh method for massively parallel simulations of solid and fluid problems”
Presenter: Koji Nishiguchi, RIKEN Center for Computational Science (Japan)

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
11:00 a.m.–Noon
W203 Millennium Science Complex
Title: “A Research Software Developer’s Toolkit”
Presenter: Seth Erickson, Software Curation Librarian, Penn State University Libraries


Tuesday, February 18, 2020
10:30 a.m.–Noon
233A HUB-Robeson Center and Streamed Live on Zoom
Title: “The Challenges of Machine Learning in Adversarial Settings” Presenter: Patrick McDaniel, William L. Weiss Professor of Information and Communications Technology


Tuesday, March 3, 2020
10:30 a.m.–Noon
233A HUB-Robeson Center and Streamed Live on Zoom
Presenter: Dana Choi, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering
Title: Precision Farming: How Intelligent Systems Are Shaping Future Agriculture
About this Seminar: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that food demand will require a substantial increase of global food production of 70 percent by 2050. How can we produce more and better quality of food sustainably? Precision farming, or precision agriculture, is an emerging area that involves using data and automation technologies to optimize farm management practices and increase productivity. Data-based agricultural practices use real-time and historical data along with machine learning to make specific decisions for site-specific applications in the field. In our smart agriculture laboratory, we use field cameras, sensors, and micro-climate data to monitor and provide crop information in real time. Deep learning and computer vision analyze geo-referenced data and report when something important is happening in the field. This helps farmers in a number of ways, such as producing accurate diagnostics of individual areas or even individual plants, preventing crop damages from weather event, and controlling yield potential while reducing costs and environmental footprint.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020
10:30 a.m.–Noon
233A HUB-Robeson Center
Presenter: Ismaila Dabo, associate professor of materials science and engineering

Past Speakers

September 2018: Ping Li, professor of psychology, linguistics, and information sciences and technology

October 2018: Panel discussion on cybersecurity and data ethics and legalities in research, moderated by Anne Toomey McKenna, distinguished scholar of cyber law and policy and professor in practice, Penn State’s Dickinson Law and ICDS. 

October 2018: Alessandro Fanfarillo, National Center for Atmospheric Research

January 2019: Chris Parker, assistant professor of supply chain management

February 2019: Clio Andris, assistant professor of geography

March 2019: C. Lee Giles, David Reese Professor of Information Sciences and Technology

April 2019: Panel discussion on AI in healthcare featuring Todd Price, lecturer in information sciences and technology at Penn State Altoona; Keith Cheng, distinguished professor of pathology, Penn State College of Medicine; and Vasant Honavar, professor and Edward Frymoyer Chair of Information Sciences and Technology

Visit our Events page for more information on upcoming lectures and events offered by ICDS.