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10/2/15: Special Lecture in Data Science (Speaker: Dr. Budhendra Bhaduri)

Special Lecture:
Presented by The Data Science Institute
and The Office of the Vice President for Research

Bhaduri copyDr. Budhendra Bhaduri
Director, Urban Dynamics Institute
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Big Data for Future Energy and Urban Infrastructures: Challenges and Opportunities

Friday, October 2, 2015
Minor Hall 125


In this rapidly urbanizing world, unprecedented rate of population growth is not only mirrored by increasing demand for energy, food, water, and other natural resources, but has detrimental impacts on environmental and human security. Much of our scientific and technological focus has been to ensure a sustainable future with healthy people living on a healthy planet where energy, environment, and mobility interests are simultaneously optimized. Ability to observe and measure through direct instrumentation of our environment and infrastructures from buildings to planet scale, coupled with explosion of data from citizen sensors brings much promise for capturing the social/behavioral dimension and provides a unique opportunity to manage and increase efficiencies of existing built environments as well as design a more sustainable future. This presentation will explore the intriguing developments in the world of Big Data, geospatial computing, and plausible ways citizens can all become part of the open data economy for advancing science and society.

For more information visit:

Flyer: Lecture-Flyer-Bhaduri

This Week: Upcoming Talk & Workshop by Cornell’s David Mimno

Sponsored by UVa Center for the Study of Data and Knowledge, IATH, the Scholars’ Lab, and SHANTI:

A Talk & Workshop* by

Professor David Mimno
Assistant Professor
Computer Science Department, Cornell University
& Chief Maintainer for MALLET


“Hunting for Topics: How We Search and What We Find”
Thurs., April 16, 3:30-5:00pm, 421 Alderman Library

Workshop (Currently Full):

A Topic Modeling Workshop
Fri., April 17, 10:00-11:30am, 317 Alderman Library

While both events are free and open to the public.
*The workshop is currently full.

To see flyer, click here.

Upcoming Confluence 5.6.4 Upgrade: “What’s New?”

On Mon., March 9, 2015, UVa’s instance of Confluence will be upgraded to version 5.6.4. The look and feel of the pages in the new version will be quite different from the previous version (version 3.3). These changes are highlighted in the rearrangement and addition of several tools and functions, which also include the options to easily configure your site’s sidebar, create a blog and restrict posts, quickly and easily share a page or blog post, and even add your own site logo.

To read more about it, click here.

Mark Your Calendars: Dr. Robert Nelson Speaking on Topic Modeling for Humanities Research

Speaker: Dr. Robert Nelson, Director, Digital Scholarship Lab, University of Richmond
Presentation: The Potential and Pitfall of Topic Modeling for Humanities Research
When: Wed., Feb. 25, 2015 at 10:00am
Where: Alderman Library, Room 421

This talk will introduce the text-mining technique called topic modeling, briefly explaining what it is and how it’s done. It will then turn to more substantial questions: what does this technique offer humanities researchers and what are its methodological limitations and problems? Both the potential and the pitfalls of topic modeling will be illustrated through research that uses topic models of newspapers to explore Civil War nationalism. Sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, the Department of Media Studies, the Data Science Institute, the Scholars’ Lab, and the Center for the Study of Data and Knowledge. Dr. Nelson will also be available for one-on-one consultation. Those interested in scheduling a time should contact

Biography: Robert K. Nelson is the Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab and affiliated faculty in the American Studies program at the University of Richmond. He has directed a number of digital humanities project including the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, “Mining the Dispatch,” “Redlining Richmond,” and the History Engine. He holds a PhD in American Studies from the College of William & Mary. An essay of his on Spiritualism and abolitionism recently appeared in Apocalypse and the Millennium in the American Civil War Era, and earlier work on nineteenth-century cultural and literary history has appeared in the Journal of Social History and American Literature.

March 20-21: Moving People, Linking Lives Symposium

Moving People, Linking Lives: An Interdisciplinary Symposium will take place March 20-21, 2015 UVA: Friday’s events in the Kaleidoscope Room, Newcomb Hall, and Saturday’s in Alderman Library 421. There will be considerable refreshments available both days. Organized and hosted by Alison Booth, Jenny Strauss Clay, and Amy Odgen with funding by the Page Barbour Committee and the generous support of the departments of Classics, English, French, Art, the Institute for Humanities and Global Cultures, the Scholars’ Lab and the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, and other entities at UVa, the symposium’s events are free and open to the public. Presentations and workshops will open dialogue across different humanities, periods (from ancient to contemporary), and methods. Invited participants include specialists in narrative theory and life writing, prosopography or comparative studies of life narratives in groups, and digital humanities. The latter field can be defined as computer-assisted research on cultural materials, from ancient texts to Colonial archives, from printed books to social media, but it includes constructive, analytic, creative, and interpretative work of many kinds.

The event has a blog site,, which provides more details.

Come join the symposium for fruitful interchange in March! Please spread the word.