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Fri., Nov. 10 — UVa Datapalooza 2017

Join the University of Virginia Data Science Institute for DATAPALOOZA 2017, in coordination with UVA’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Office of the Vice President for Information Technology. Featuring innovative and exciting data science research across disciplines and industries, this year’s event will feature panels in healthcare, business, and social media analytics, research across Grounds, and presentations from leaders in the field.

Datapalooza 2017 will feature keynote speakers John Elder (Founder & Chair of Elder Research), Chris Wiggins (New York Times Chief Data Scientist) and Mary Jo Madda (Creative Strategy Manager for Code Next at Google). Virginia’s Secretary of Health and Human Services Bill Hazel will introduce research highlights from across Grounds, and a variety of researchers, government agency officials and industry experts will participate in panels on Healthcare, Business, and Social Media Analytics and Data Visualization.

Click here for a full agenda for Datapalooza 2017.

The day of data science will begin at 8am on Friday, Nov. 10 with registration and breakfast, and will end at 6pm with a reception. All events will take place in Newcomb Hall (3rd Floor) on Grounds.

If you have questions or feedback, or for more information, email

Click here to register.

IATH Speaker: Raf Alvarado

How to Read a Topic Model

Rafael Alvarado, Data Science Institute
Friday, November 3, 2017
Alderman 317

Since the invention of LDA in 2002 (Blei, Ng, and Jordan), topic models have become a mainstay of digital humanities and text analytic research. However, the use of topic models remains narrowly conceived, and the method continues to raise epistemological concerns. In this presentation, Prof. Alvarado will demonstrate an interactive topic model browser designed to address one of these concerns, the problem of topic reference. Do topics refer to anything in the world, such as collective representations, or do they merely provide a convenient means of dimensionality reduction for users of large text databases? Drawing from various corpora, including online newspapers of various nationalist movements, he will present some conclusions on how to make sense of topics and how we might integrate these models into scholarly arguments.

Sponsored by IATH

For more, click here.

2017 Teaching with Technology Summit

Designed for faculty, instructors, and researchers at the University of Virginia, the Teaching with Technology Summit is a free annual event featuring success stories of faculty integrating teaching and technology.

Gain strategies for maximizing technology in your teaching and research, learn about available resources for your courses, and exchange best practices with fellow instructors at workshops and demos!

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To see the schedule, click here.

Contact with any questions.

Registration Open: ARCS Fall Education Series

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To register, click here.

HMI Speaker Series: William B. Levy

New Informal Seminar Series by the
Human and Machine Intelligence Group

Human and Machine Intelligence Group (HMI) is sponsoring
a presentation by

William B. Levy (Neurological Surgery)

Using Information Theory and Theory of Natural
Selection to Understand Computation by Neurons

Wed., Sept. 27, 2017
Wilson Hall, Room 117.

Lunch will be provided for the first 20 attendees.

For further information contact the co-directors of HMI:

Paul Humphreys ( (Philosophy)
Vicente Ordóñez Román ( (Computer Science)