List of Announcements (details below):

  * Seminar:CS Dept.:Mar 19, 2pm
  * Funding Opportunity: Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education in
    Engineering (NSF)
  * Daniel Fleck and Angelos Stavrou Receive Funding from Invincea Labs
    & DARPA
  * Sushil Jajodia Receives Funding from Army Research Office

*CS Seminar:CS Dept.:Mar 19, 2pm*

/Title:/The Building Blocks of Data Science
/Speaker:/Sanjay Chawla, Professor, School of Information Technologies, 
University of Sydney

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
2:00 PM
ENGR 4201


In this talk I will make an attempt to flesh out the core components of 
what is being called Data Science. The umbrella term ``Data Science'' 
incorporates elements of Computer Science, Information theory and 
Statistics expressed in the language of optimization theory. The 
identification of these core elements will help towards arriving at a 
declarative framework for Data Science and decouple its use from 
implementation. This in turn may lead to overcome the "Data Science 
Crunch" -- where organizations own and have access to large quantities 
of data and appreciate its potential value, but lack human talent and a 
support framework to exploit it to its fullest.


Prof Sanjay Chawla, University of Sydney Sanjay Chawla is a Professor in 
the School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney, Australia. 
His main area of research is data mining and machine learning. More 
specifically he has been working on three problems of contemporary 
interest: outlier detection, imbalanced classification and adversarial 
learning. His research has been published in leading conferences and 
journals and has been recognized by several best-paper awards. He serves 
on the editorial board of IEEE TKDE and Data Mining and Knowledge 
Discovery. Sanjay served as the Head of School from 2008-2011 and was an 
academic visitor at Yahoo! Labs, Bangalore in 2012. He received his PhD 
in 1995 from the University of Tennessee, USA.

*Funding Opportunity: Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education in 
Engineering (NSF)*

Department/Agency:National Science Foundation
Deadline:May 27, 2014

Summary:This solicitation aims at introducing nanoscale science, 
engineering, and technology through a variety of interdisciplinary 
approaches into undergraduate engineering education. The focus of the FY 
2014 competition is on nanoscale engineering education with relevance to 
devices and systems and/or on the societal, ethical, economic and/or 
environmental issues relevant to nanotechnology. A well-prepared, 
innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) 
workforce is crucial to the Nation's health and economy. Indeed, recent 
policy actions and reports have drawn attention to the opportunities and 
challenges inherent in increasing the number of highly qualified STEM 
graduates, including STEM teachers. Priorities include educating 
students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing 
STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate populace; 
both of these priorities depend on the nature and quality of the 
undergraduate education experience. In addressing these STEM challenges 
and priorities, the National Science Foundation invests in 
research-based and research-generating approaches to understanding STEM 
learning; to designing, testing, and studying curricular change; to wide 
dissemination and implementation of best practices; and to broadening 
participation of individuals and institutions in STEM fields. The goals 
of these investments include: increasing student retention in STEM, to 
prepare students well to participate in science for tomorrow, and to 
improve students' STEM learning outcomes. Recognizing disciplinary 
differences and priorities, NSF's investment in research and development 
in undergraduate STEM education encompasses a range of approaches. These 
approaches include: experiential learning, assessment/metrics of 
learning and practice, scholarships, foundational education research, 
professional development/institutional change, formal and informal 
learning environments, and undergraduate disciplinary research. Both 
individually and integrated in a range of combinations, these approaches 
can lead to outcomes including: developing the STEM and STEM-related 
workforce, advancing science, broadening participation in STEM, 
educating a STEM-literate populace, improving K-12 STEM education, 
encouraging life-long learning, and building capacity in higher 
education. Related funding opportunities are posted on the web site for 
the National Nanotechnology Initiative, In 
addition, research and education projects in nanoscale science and 
engineering will continue to be supported in the relevant NSF programs 
and divisions.

Estimated Number of Awards:10
Estimated Total Program Funding:$1,900,000
Award Ceiling:$200,000
Award Floor:$100,000

*Daniel Fleck and Angelos Stavrou Receive Funding from Invincea Labs & 

Daniel Fleck and Angelos Stavrou of the Computer Science Department 
received $744K from Invincea Labs, LLC, and the Defense Advanced 
Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for their project, "TAPIO: Targeted 
Attack Premonition using Integrated Operational data sources."

*Sushil Jajodia Receives Funding from Army Research Office*

Sushil Jajodia of the Center for Secure Information Systems received 
$24K from the Army Research Office for his project, "Cyber Warfare: 
Building the Scientific Future."


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Volgenau School of Engineering
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