March 17, 2017

How Can We Use Data to Make Self-Driving Cars Safer?

As the data surrounding Automated Vehicles grows, safety improves but privacy concerns also arise. The majority of human-operated vehicle accidents occur due to human errors like drunk driving or road rage. Presumably, AVs will lead to a safer driving environment by reducing, and one day, removing, the human factor from the road. Big data is […]

March 16, 2017

Future State: How Can We Use Big Data To Develop Better Governance?

While we know that data science is rapidly becoming a vital strategy in several academic fields, what role does it play in running our government? Last Wednesday, the CDS Lunch Research Seminar heard from Dr. Jaime Anne Earnest, a program analyst and data scientist from the US Department of Defense. Surprisingly, until former President Barack […]

March 10, 2017

Math& Data Seminar: Optimal Approximation with Sparse Deep Neural Networks

A group of professors and researchers at the Technical University of Berlin, the University of Vienna, and ETH Zurich have recently been working on understanding deep neural networks (computer systems that are modelled after the human brain) in “a mathematically sound way”, as Dr. Phillip Petersen refers to it. Although the official paper for this […]

March 3, 2017

Using Robots To Make Decisions

Are robots taking over? Vasant Dhar, a data scientist and professor at CDS, focuses his research on the balance between automation and humans and has recently published his work in Harvard Business Review. Given the growing number of industries where computers are able to make decisions, a need has risen for a systematic way to […]

March 2, 2017

Saving Climate Change Data

Last month, New York University hosted a #DataRescue event as part of the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative’s (EDGI) effort to preserve environmental evidence. EDGI, which formed directly following the 2016 presidential election, began with a team of 40 researchers and social scientists. In only a few months, the network has grown to include computer […]