UI3's Omar Chowdhury Wins DARPA Young Faculty Award

Omar Chowdhury, asst. professor in the Department of Computer Science, won a Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an advanced-technology division of the U.S. Department of Defense. Chowdhury's research identifies security and privacy weaknesses of existing and emerging cellular network systems.


Iowa IGPI Magic; The Secret's in the Interdisciplinary Sauce

An early iteration of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics (aka IGPI) began at the University of Iowa 19 years ago, but the number of student participants increased 70 percent since 2015 under Iowa Informatics Initiative (UI3) administration. In the past academic year, 40 master’s and PhD IGPI students were enrolled, compared to 28 in 2015.

IDAS: "Automagic" HPC With Training Wheels

Iowa's new Interactive Data Analytics Service (IDAS) especially appeals to those who may not have used HPC in the past, but whose data-intensive research would benefit from advanced computational capabilities. Such disciplines are often referred to as, “the long tail of science,” and many have begun to engage with AI methodologies which make their work more computationally-intensive than ever.
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UI3's Ibrahim Demir & team map 100,000 Iowa wells to determine rural water quality

“Our system connects 100,000 wells and analyzes all the combinations in the well in the area you selected, and that will give you an estimate of the geology of the aquifer levels and depth of the aquifer,” said Ibrahim Demir, a UI assistant professor of civil/environmental engineering and a researcher at the environmental-contamination center.
Ibrahim Demir and Hydro Lab team

UI3's Jun Wang promotes agricultural water conservation with smart sensors

Professor Jun Wang at the University of Iowa’s College of BioChemical Engineering knows weather changes can make it or break it for farmers. His background in Atmospheric studies and understanding of farming practices led him to develop a way for farmers to adopt a concept called precision farming.
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Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics (IGPI) Graduates

UI-IIHR Grad Student Robyn Williams Investigates Water Quality

When University of Iowa officials notified the campus that the water system had exceeded the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Standard of 80 parts per billion total trihalomethanes, UI graduate student Robyn Williams began work on a data-intensive project to initiate change in Iowa’s water quality.
Robyn Williams

Perez Selected for Trusted CI Open Science Cybersecurity Fellows Program

University of Iowa (UI) Research Technology Compliance Specialist Gabriella Perez (Information Technology Services; Research Services) was one of six delegates selected from a nationally-competitive pool to participate in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Trusted CI Open Science Cybersecurity Fellows Program.
Photo of Gabby Perez with John Saxton (UI Research Services)

Jun Wang & Team Awarded $1.6 million USDA Precision Ag Grant

"The project is led by Jun Wang, chemical and biochemical engineering professor and assistant director for the Center for Computer-Aided Design in the UI’s College of Engineering. As part of the UI3, Wang worked with UI Information Technology Services and Protostudios in Iowa City to develop the proposal."
aerial photo of irrigated "crop circles" in Nebraska by Jan Buchholtz; used with the permission of the photographer

Schnieders' Need for Speed

Michael J. Schnieders’ team uses computational accelerators to discover solutions to health problems associated with an aging population. “It once took a year on 20 compute nodes to optimize all of the protein structures in the Deafness Variation Database for analysis of specific phenome-genome combinations that led to hereditary hearing loss; now it's accomplished in one week using 10 Graphics Processing Units, or GPUs,” he said.
Michael J. Schnieders

The Future of Autonomous Transportation

“Ethics, legal and safety considerations will govern the progress of autonomous transportation,” said UI's Daniel McGehee who predicts that full automation is decades away from ubiquity. “By 2040, ~ 90 percent of cars on the road will have today’s production advanced driver assistance system technology. It is hard to predict when fully autonomous cars will be able to operate in all conditions,” he added.
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Applications for AI in Geosciences

“When your grandmother can command complex data on affordable, intelligent systems that help her decide when to take shelter or flee to avoid a destructive storm, we begin to realize how smart devices improve personal safety and quality of life for the most vulnerable members of society,” said UI3 Cluster Faculty Member Ibrahim Demir (Civil & Environmental Engineering; Electrical & Computer Engineering).
Hydrodynamics pattern classification

AI for Smarter Organ Transplants

UI Health Informatics PhD Student Eric Pahl is driven to develop smarter tech to improve access, affordability and quality of organ replacement therapies. With Dalton Shaull, he co-founded OmniLife, Inc.; they developed an app that halves the time necessary to arrange transplants.

OmniLife Team--group photo

UI3 AI Symposium Keynote Michael Abràmoff (CCOM)

Michael Abràmoff (CCOM) developed the first fully-autonomous diagnostic AI system to be cleared by the FDA; clinical trials were approved in 2018 for IDx-DR, a fully-autonomous AI system for the early detection of diabetic retinopathy.

Solving College Football's Mystery

Our Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics student, Kristina Bigsby, has had her work featured on The Washington Post for predicting where high school students will go to play college football. The article has been published in the INFORMS Data Analytics journal.

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October 25, 2019

UI3 Cluster Faculty Member and Assistant Professor Omar Chowdhury Wins DARPA Award


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Hacky Hour is an informal gathering of people to share knowledge and ask questions about their data and how to code analyses for their data.
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