Now in its second year, the IMA Data Science Lab serves as a center for mathematical knowledge and expertise in data science and a hub for collaboration between industry and academic researchers. In May, the IMA hosted the lab’s first annual review in which Lab Director Gilad Lerman described research activities and directions of the lab to 30 industrial scientists, with short talks given by each of the lab members. More than 20 companies from a wide variety of industry sectors were represented, ranging from medical devices and food production to automotive and manufacturing.
The review served as an opportunity to not only share what the lab has been working on and see if the work is of interest to industry, but also for the scientists and lab members to get to know each other. According to Lerman, he received good feedback and a demonstrable interest in the research, as well as questions that would make the problems even more valuable to industry.
The data science seminar series resumes in September on Tuesdays in Lind Hall 305 (be sure to check the IMA website for additional information). The seminar series features leading researchers in data science and provides a forum for academic and industrial scientists to discuss and learn about recent developments. A goal of the lab is to connect academic research with real world problems encountered in industry.
Additionally, the IMA will host a hot topics workshop September 14-16, 2016 on the Transdisciplinary Foundations of Data Science. The workshop will bring together researchers from multiple disciplines to survey the different perspectives and investigate a transdisciplinary approach that integrates these discipline-specific views. The goal is to explore the creation of a research community that will continue discussions on this topic. Online applications are now being accepted.