ICS@PSU: Institute for CyberScience

Research Spotlights

In-depth stories of ICS research

ICS co-hires, associates, and affiliates are expert computational scientists, innovators, and problem-solvers. They perform research and harness our cyberinfrastructure to contribute to their fields and society at large. Here are some of their stories.

Computation Combats Concussion Damage

Reuben Kraft

Reuben Kraft, ICS Co-hire

As football season rolls on, fans across the country look forward every weekend to touchdowns, tackles, and tailgating. But recent news about football-induced brain injuries is casting a pall on the sport.

One researcher in Penn State’s Institute for CyberScience (ICS) is working to reduce the risk of these injuries—and to reverse the damage they cause—through the power of high-performance computing.

Read more about Reuben’s project.

Cultivating Kindness through Computation

Zita Oravecz

Zita Oravecz, ICS Co-hire

Most smartphone owners use apps to perform mundane tasks such as checking Facebook or staying on top of emails. As useful as these apps can be, they’re hardly life-changing.

What if an app could learn to predict your emotional state, help you avoid stress, and even make you a kinder and more mindful person?

Penn State’s Zita Oravecz, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and a co-hire of the Institute for CyberScience (ICS), works to make this vision a reality. Oravecz and her colleagues are developing an app that can predict your psychological state using data from smartphones and wearable health monitors.

Read more about Zita’s project.

Watch a video about Zita’s work.

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  • Oct 17, 2017 - Oct 18, 201710:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Materials Day 2017: Hot Topics in Materials

    This October, Materials Day 2017 will dig deep into a number…

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  • Oct 4, 2017 - Oct 6, 201712:00 pm

    COMPASS Science Communication Seminars

    COMPASS and the Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IE…

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  • Oct 27, 20173:00 pm - 4:30 pm

    ICS-ACI Training Series – Intro to HPC

    Do you need high-performance computing for your research pro…

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  • Oct 20, 20173:00 pm - 4:30 pm

    ICS-ACI Training Series – Intro to HPC

    Do you need high-performance computing for your research pro…

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  • Oct 5, 20171:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    CyberScience Seminar: Using Machine Learning to Forecast Student Outcomes

    For a variety of reasons, some college students are likely …

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  • Oct 4, 20174:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    COMPASS Science Communication Plenary

    COMPASS and the Institutes of Energy and the Environment (I…

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  • Oct 3, 2017 - Oct 4, 201711:00 am - 4:30 pm

    XSEDE HPC Workshop: MPI

    This workshop is intended to give C and Fortran programmers …

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  • Oct 12, 201712:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Social Data Analytics Workshop Series: Data Structures and Subsetting in R

    In this workshop, we will finally move beyond the basic func…

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  • Oct 13, 20174:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Stochastic Computations Working Group: “Parameter estimation using linear response statistics: Theory and numerical scheme”

    Join ICS Associate John Harlim and Xiantao Li for their bi-w…

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  • Oct 26, 201712:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Introduction to Data Science with R Workshop: Functions

    In this workshop, we will start to think about writing R cod…

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