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CyberScience Seminars

ICS 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

About: This seminar will cover Dr. Kumara’s approach of using machine learning to identify drug-to-drug interactions (DDIs) for a potential alert system that healthcare providers may be able to use to reduce adverse drug events and improve patient safety. Learn more.

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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)

About: Dr. Nishiguchi will discuss modeling techniques for multi-material designs for use in the automotive industry. He has developed a computationally practical solution given the complexities of modeling the geometry of designs using multiple materials. Learn more.

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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

About: This workshop aims to provide a synoptic overview and venue to discuss aspects of research software development such as citation, software publishing, reproducibility, documentation, and code reuse. Advance registration required.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
10:30 a.m.–Noon
233A HUB-Robeson Center
Panel discussion on social good of AI, featuring:


Tuesday, March 3, 2020
10:30 a.m.–Noon
233A HUB-Robeson Center
Presenter: Dana Choi, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering


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 ICS. 

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 ICS.