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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  • Nov 7, 201711:00 am - 5:00 pm

    XSEDE HPC Workshop: GPU Programming Using OpenACC

    OpenACC is the accepted standard using compiler directives t…

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  • Nov 6, 201710:00 am - 3:00 pm

    NIIMBL Teaming Event with Celgene

    Celgene, a biotechnology company, invites researchers to a m…

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  • Nov 8, 20178:30 am - 4:30 pm

    Amazon Web Services Research Immersion Day

    Come and learn how to do science on the cloud! From scaling …

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  • Nov 9, 20171:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    SIRO Proposal Development Workshop: Perspectives on Graduate Education

    Dean Evasius, Director, NSF Division of Graduate Education, …

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  • Nov 2, 201712:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Introduction to Data Science with R Workshop 8: Managing Multiple Datasets

    In this workshop, we will begin to synthesize what we have l…

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  • Nov 10, 20172:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    SIRO Proposal Development Workshop: NSF Research Traineeship Program-Limited Submission Opportunity

    The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program (NSF 18-507) is d…

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  • Nov 14, 20179:00 am - 5:00 pm

    GIS Day 2017

    Penn State GIS Day strives to bring together those who are w…

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  • Nov 9, 201712:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Introduction to Data Science with R: Working with Text Data in R

    In this workshop, we will cover the basics of manipulating a…

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  • Nov 14, 20175:00 pm

    Paul Hawken, “Drawdown, the Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming”

    Environmentalist and entrepreneur Paul Hawken will be the ke…

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  • Nov 16, 20172:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Ari Fertig of “The Conversation”

    Penn State will host editor Ari Fertig from the academic med…

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  • Nov 17, 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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  • Nov 30, 20174:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Geodynamics Seminar with Tim Masterlark – Impulse Response Experiments for Magmatic Systems

    Join the Department of Geosciences for a Geodynamics Seminar…

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