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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.

We want your input on what you’d like the cyberscience seminars to focus on. You can:

  • Volunteer to give a seminar
  • Propose a topic for a seminar
  • Review some topics we’re considering and let us know which ones interest you

Please use this form to volunteer or propose a topic.

2017-2018 Speakers

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 1:30 – 3 P.M., 233A HUB

Rick Gilmore (Psychology): Gilmore will describe the roots of the “reproducibility crisis” in research relating to human behavior and some practical ways that scientists are tackling it head on. Download the presentation.

Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 1:30 – 3 P.M., 233A HUB

Drew Wham (Education Technology Services): Wham will discuss using machine learning to forecast student outcomes and identify “at risk” students. Download the presentation.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 1:30 – 3 P.M., 233A HUB

Eric Sedlar (Vice President and Technical Director, Oracle Labs): Sedlar will discuss GraalVM, a compiler that Oracle is developing that can execute multiple programming languages efficiently. Download the presentation.

Thursday, November 2, 2017 at T 1:30 – 3 P.M., 233A HUB

Shyam Sundar (Communications) and Dongwon Lee (IST): Sundar and Lee will discuss big data and fake news. Download the presentation.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 1:30 – 3 P.M., 233A HUB

Ping Li (Psychology): Li will discuss learning analytics and individual differences in brain and behavior, in the context of how the brain responds to language-learning experiences.

Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 1:30 – 3 P.M., 233A HUB

Tim Brick (Human Development and Family Studies): Brick will discuss privacy-preserving analysis and the MID/DLE project. Download the presentation.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 1:30 – 3 P.M., 233A HUB (RSVP Now!)

Zita Oravecz (Human Development and Family Studies): Oravecz will discuss using Bayesian statistics to build process models that describe the underlying pathways of human functioning. This meeting will be live-streamed on Zoom at:

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