News

Duke Receives $9.75 Million for ‘Big Data’ Initiative

Monday, April 27 2015

The gifts will endow iiD professorships, graduate fellowships in engineering, and educational programs on data-driven problem-solving, both in the classroom and in the field. It also will provide flexible funding for iiD to explore new teaching and research avenues. 


Conitzer Awarded $50,000 Guggenheim Fellowship

Monday, April 20 2015

Vincent Conitzer has been named a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow for his work in computational social choice, and he will receive a $50,000 grant to support his research.


Graduate Fellows: Chris Tralie

Thursday, April 16 2015

Through iiD, graduate students mentor undergraduates in labs during the semester and into the summer, bringing them in on intensive, highly creative projects. This hooks undergraduates on the excitement of working with real data early in their Duke education. 


Protecting Privacy and Confidentiality

Thursday, April 16 2015

Large-scale databases from the social, behavioral, and economic sciences offer enormous potential benefits to society. When made widely accessible, these databases facilitate advances in research and policy-making, enable students to develop skills at data analysis, and help ordinary citizens learn about their communities. However, as most stewards of social science data are acutely aware, wide-scale dissemination of such data can result in unintended disclosures of data subjects’ identities and sensitive attributes, thereby violating promises—and in some instances laws—to protect data subjects’ privacy and confidentiality. iiD faculty, social science faculty, and Duke OIT staff are developing new methods and infrastructure for providing access to large-scale confidential social science data. These methods have the potential to revolutionize how researchers, students, and the general public access data, helping facilitate more and deeper analyses about our society. 


Energy: Improving Efficiency

Thursday, April 16 2015

Today, an unprecedented amount of data is available regarding how the world uses energy. This avalanche of data presents both challenges and opportunities for engaging in energy data analytics, understanding how individuals and companies make energy decisions, and improving efficiency. 


The Arts: Transforming Liberal Arts Education

Thursday, April 16 2015

The Information Initiative at Duke is merging mathematical sciences and the arts—with beautiful results. Within the realm of visual arts, faculty and students are working with museums, artists, and historians to illuminate authenticity—and forgery—and to preserve history. In the process, we are transforming what is meant by liberal arts education. 


Medicine: Using Data to Improve Health Care

Thursday, April 16 2015

Together, iiD and Duke Medicine are accelerating society’s progress toward personalized health care. This fusion has the potential to dramatically improve patient outcomes, the cost-effectiveness of treatment, and the overall health and well-being of individuals and communities. 


Child Mental Health: Helping Children Develop to Their Full Potential

Thursday, April 16 2015

Duke is leading a revolution in child mental health. With autism, anxiety, and other disorders on the rise, it is imperative that children be diagnosed and treated as early as possible. iiD researchers are working on making diagnosis easier, cheaper, and more accurate. Their aim is to make diagnostic tools accessible to the general population, empowering children and caregivers.


Name That Space! Gross Hall Contest

Thursday, March 19 2015

The new innovative "maker space" in Gross Hall opens this fall, and the Duke community is invited to suggest its new name – entries due April 6.


Daubechies Named National Academy of Engineering Member

Sunday, February 15 2015

Ingrid Daubechies has been named members of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)—one of the highest professional distinctions for engineers.


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