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