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5 Questions with COVID Researchers: Amy Pickering, Tufts University

The role of contaminated surfaces (fomites) in community transmission of SARS-CoV-2 has been debated. Our team is sampling high-touch public surfaces during the ongoing pandemic to improve understanding of the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection when the public accesses essential businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations.


Announcing the Northeast Big Data Hub Seed Fund Program

The Northeast Big Data Hub is delighted to announce our Seed Fund program this month. Designed to promote collaboration in data science, the Seed Fund will encourage the cross-pollination of ideas, data and tools across disciplines and sectors including academia, industry, government, and communities. Funding provided through this program is intended […]

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Data-driven workshops help teachers understand and engage with students

Guest post by Ivon Arroyo, Associate Professor in the College of Education and the College of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Big Data for Education Spoke’s professional development workshops have empowered teachers to leverage data to identify and answer a variety of pedagogical questions about their […]


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Massive online open course teaches machine learning and data mining for education research

Guest post by Ryan Baker, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. The Northeast Big Data for Education Spoke has conducted considerable outreach on methods for data science for educational data sets. Workshops have been conducted in New York City, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and […]


ASSISTments Longitudinal Data Competition challenges participants to determine correlation between early mathematics education and STEM careers

Guest post by Ryan Baker, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. The ASSISTments Longitudinal Data Competition invited data scientists around the world to participate in a competition around the analysis of student data. Data from middle school student use of a popular online […]

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Welcome to the new nebigdatahub.org!

Following the announcement of our new strategic plan on June 1st, our leadership team and collaborators have been hard at work turning strategy into practice. As operations manager and head of communications at the Northeast Hub, I always want to ensure their ingenuity is fully reflected and celebrated on our […]


Introducing our new Executive Director, Florence Hudson

The Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub is excited to announce Florence Hudson as our new Executive Director. Florence has been engaged with the Northeast Hub since its founding – as a Steering Committee member, special advisor for Next Generation Internet, and a member of the Northeast and All Hubs Strategic Working Groups. As an aerospace and […]

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Data Science for All: NE Hub workshop explores teaching data science to high schoolers

Data science is expanding rapidly in undergraduate education, but at the K-12 level, few schools have integrated this critical subject into their curricula. Many questions must be answered first: how should data science be taught to high schoolers? As a standalone course, or integrated throughout other courses? What level of […]

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Funding Awarded for First Round of NEBDIH-Sponsored Big Data Workshops

As part of our mission to address high-priority challenges with data-driven solutions, the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub put out a call for workshop proposals this spring. We sought to support community-driven workshops that are designed to plan and develop Big Data projects, and are delighted to announce our first […]


UMass Amherst, WPI, Penn announce winners of Northeast big data competition

Winning Schemes for Predicting Student Interest in Science  UMass Amherst, WPI, Penn announce winners of Northeast big data competition AMHERST, Mass. – After a year-long, global data-mining competition, organizers today awarded the top three winning teams from Hong Kong, Japan and Michigan at the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Northeast Big […]

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$6M from Microsoft to NSF-funded Big Data Hubs and BIGDATA

Over on the Microsoft Azure Blog, Vani Mandava (Director, Data Science Research, Microsoft Research) highlights Microsoft’s partnership with NSF-funded big data initiatives including the Big Data Hubs. Microsoft has committed $6 million in cloud credits to support data science innovation across these programs, including the Northeast Big Data Hub’s Health Spoke […]


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Announcing CRUX: The Collaborative Resource and Understanding Exchange Program

The Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub (NEBDIH) is excited to announce our CRUX program: a Collaborative Resource and Understanding Exchange. CRUX will launch the development of NEBDIH’s forthcoming Big Data Map and Assets Platform, with an ultimate aim of connecting the dots to create data-driven solutions to real-world problems. What […]


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First Steps toward Big Data Literacy Framework at Spring Workshop

Guest post by Catherine Cramer, NYSCI Increasingly, the prosperity, innovation and security of individuals
 and communities depend on a big data-literate society, which calls for a concerted effort 
to define what it means to be a big data literate citizen, information worker, researcher, or policymaker. As a step toward that […]


Meeting of the Big Data in Education Spoke

Our Big Data in Education Spoke harnesses data-driven approaches to improve student outcomes and transform existing educational practices. Activities have recently kicked off with the first of three educational data competitions now open to worldwide participation. You can learn more and get involved at our upcoming Spoke meeting this summer! […]

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“Enabling Seamless Data Sharing in Industry and Academia” Workshop Report Released

Click here to access the report Data sharing challenges are extensive in cases involving industry and academia, and highlight the need for sharable, adaptable solutions. To that end, a report summarizing the proceedings and outputs of 2016’s Northeast Hub workshop on Data Sharing has recently been published. The workshop convened data science practitioners to […]

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Telling a Story with Data: Young Innovator Kenneth Graves

This post highlights one of the up-and-coming data science graduate students who participated in the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub’s “Young Innovators” program this year. This program and others like it contribute to the Northeast Hub’s mission to build public-private partnerships to address high-priority societal challenges with data-driven solutions. The […]


Symposium on Data Science for Healthcare (DaSH)

“Leveraging Big Data for Healthcare Revolution” Guest post from Professor Yi Chen, Henry J. Leir Chair in Healthcare, Associate Professor in the Martin Tuchman School of Management (MT-SoM) at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). On October 5th and 6th, a symposium on Data Science for Healthcare (DaSH), sponsored by the Leir […]

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From Our Community: Differential Privacy Symposium, November 12

A symposium on differential privacy will be held at Princeton University’s Institute for Advanced Study, next month. The event will bring together speakers including Helen Nissenbaum (Cornell Tech and NYU), Aaron Roth (University of Pennsylvania), Guy Rothblum (Weizmann Institute), Kunal Talwar (Google Brain), and Jonathan Ullman (Northeastern University). To learn more and register, please visit […]


NEBDIH Data Sharing Workshop a Success: “I wish I could have gone to this workshop two years ago!”

On September 29th and 30th, stakeholders from across the Northeast and beyond joined the Hub at Drexel University in Philadelphia for “Enabling Seamless Data Sharing in Industry and Academia,” a cross-sector workshop put on by our community to tackle the challenges of sharing data head-on. In short “TED talk”-style presentations and […]

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Researchers to Study the Big Data Hubs as an Emerging Data Ecosystem

We don’t just facilitate innovative research at the #BDHubs – we go under the lens ourselves! A new study will examine the Hubs’ ongoing partnership-building activities, to better understand the rise and institutionalization of data sciences from the Hubs’ unique juncture of the academic, industry, government and non-profit sectors. A full announcement […]


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Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub Awarded $3.3 million to Create Solutions to Pressing Challenges in Health, Education and Data Sharing

Click here for a PDF version of this release. Click here for the press release from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced $3.3 million in grants to researchers affiliated with the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub. A common theme underlying the projects below is […]


White House Releases Big Data Strategic Plan

On May 23rd, the Obama Administration released the Federal Big Data Research and Development Strategic Plan, part of the Big Data Research and Development Initiative launched in 2012. As data science capabilities and opportunities continue to grow, the Plan provides a comprehensive overview and establishes guidance for developing and expanding […]

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