Data Science Roundtables

The South Big Data Hub Roundtable Series provides an open discussion forum focusing on emerging research challenges in data science and analytics, applications in verticals such as health, smart and connected cities, environment, natural hazards, energy, materials and advanced manufacturing, and cross-cutting areas such as cyberinfrastructure, privacy, and security. 

The roundtables will feature a moderator and 1-4 panelists who will provide short presentations, followed by audience questions and roundtable discussion. To view previous roundtables, visit our YouTube channel or go here for an archival listing of roundtables.

Our next event in the series will be held on
Wednesday, October 18 from Noon – 1:15 P.M.

Smarter Health and Our Future

To participate live via WebEx:
Join the day of the event

To attend in person:
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI)
100 Europa Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
5th floor in the Biltmore Room

Please RSVP to if you plan to attend in person.
Directions to RENCI

About the Event:

Science is changing rapidly and new transdisciplinary approaches are resulting in transformative change across domains. Health and medicine have begun to embrace convergent approaches that involve expertise from non-traditional biomedical disciplines, such as computing and engineering. Informatics and analytics are especially poised to contribute to these changes by bringing sophisticated techniques to partnerships in the biomedical realm. This talk will cover some current advances and a vision for a future of smart health.

About the Speaker:

Wendy NelsonWendy Nilsen, Ph.D. is a Program Director for the Smart and Connected Health program at the National Science Foundation. Her work focuses on the intersection of technology and health. This includes a wide range of methods for data collection, data analytics and turning data to knowledge.

More specifically, her efforts in technology and health research include: serving as the lead for the NSF/NIH Smart and Connected Health announcement, co-leading the National Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Health Information Research and Development Working group; serving on numerous federal technology initiatives; and leading the federal mPower mHealth working group.

About the Moderator:

bdhub-photo-lshanleyLea Shanley, PhD, is the co-Executive Director of the South Big Data Hub at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously, she served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at NASA and worked with the White House on open innovation policy. From 2011-2014, she was the founding director of the Washington-based Wilson Center’s Commons Lab, guiding strategic research in social media, social computing, and big data for disaster response and humanitarian assistance.