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ICDS Co-funds

ICDS sponsors four co-funded faculty positions in AI and data science

Posted on September 20, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS), in partnership with four academic colleges — the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Information Sciences and Technology, the College of Engineering and the Eberly College of Science — will sponsor four co-funded faculty positions focused on the development of novel methods or advanced applications in data science. […] Read more


Trustees shown strategies to strengthen Penn State’s research enterprise

Posted on September 17, 2021

Originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State’s multi-dimensional approach to research has allowed the University to experience steady growth and to remain aligned with national priorities in a variety of research areas. Lora Weiss, senior vice president for Research, presented “Strategies for Strengthening the Research Enterprise at Penn State” to the […] Read more


Featured Researcher: Jordan Rozum

Posted on September 15, 2021

Cracking the code of whole genome-scale models could lead to cutting-edge medical treatments for diseases like cancer and gain new insights into biology and health. However, researchers face computational problems probing the whole genome models because of their incredible complexity. Jordan is hoping to find ways to reduce this vast sea of possibilities to help […] Read more


Fake News Video

Video fake news believed more, shared more than text and audio versions

Posted on September 9, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — People are more likely to believe fake news in a video format compared to text and audio forms of the same story, according to a team of researchers. They added that people are also more willing to share these videos with people in their network. In a study, about 58% of […] Read more



Engineer to measure the power of comfortable, useful lighting

Posted on September 8, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Does a light shine if no one sees it? Yes, and it wastes a lot of power, according to Dorukalp Durmus, assistant professor in the Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering, who was recently awarded a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) grant. With […] Read more


Dual grants totaling $2.25 million help students take a byte out of data science

Posted on September 3, 2021

Originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — All of the data produced or used in 2020 was estimated to be about 59 zettabytes, each of which equals a billion terabytes. If each terabyte represents a mile, 59 zettabytes would allow for almost 10 full round trips from Earth to Pluto. Understanding and managing […] Read more


Putting a new theory of many-particle quantum systems to the test

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Originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — New experiments using trapped one-dimensional gases — atoms cooled to the coldest temperatures in the universe and confined so that they can only move in a line — fit with the predictions of the recently developed theory of “generalized hydrodynamics.” Quantum mechanics is necessary to […] Read more


Graphene made with lasers for wearable health devices

Posted on September 2, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Graphene, hexagonally arranged carbon atoms in a single layer with superior pliability and high conductivity, could advance flexible electronics according to a Penn State-led international research team. Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor in Penn State’s Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM), heads the collaboration, which recently published […] Read more


Margaret Hu

Penn State Law in University Park faculty spotlight introduces ICDS Co-Hire Margaret Hu

Posted on September 1, 2021

Penn State Law in University Park introduced Professor Margaret Hu in this video faculty spotlight. Hu is a constitutional law scholar in the era of artificial intelligene and Big Data. Her expertise is at the intersection of immigration policy, national security, cybersurveillance and civil rights. She offers insights on her research, the motivation behind her […] Read more


Anthem AI

Penn State Berks takes first place in the Anthem AI hackathon

Posted on August 19, 2021

WYOMISSING, Pa. — The Penn State Berks Data Lions team recently took first place in the Anthem AI ‘Substance Use Disorder and Whole Health of the Person’ Hackathon, a competition to identify risk factors related to substance use, and conditions indicative of underlying substance abuse. The team, one of 19 that entered the competition, took the […] Read more


Study of structural variants in cacao genomes yields clues about plant diversity

Posted on August 18, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — An exhaustive and painstaking comparison of the genomes of multiple strains of the cacao tree by a team of researchers has provided insights into the role genomic structural variants play in the regulation of gene expression and chromosome evolution, giving rise to the differences within populations of the plant. The research, […] Read more


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$3.4 million NSF grant aims to make LIGO multimessenger discoveries commonplace

Posted on August 13, 2021

Multi-messenger astronomy requires the coordination of observations from diverse sources — such as neutrinos and gravity waves — to study the universe UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A $3.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will help develop software and services to discover gravitational waves from black holes and neutron stars in real-time in […] Read more


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Block by block: Researchers use Minecraft to advance artificial intelligence

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by Mariah Chuprinski; originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Steve may be able to saw wood, make tools, explore caves or dig for precious stones, but the Minecraft avatar cannot understand that each of these steps build to the ultimate goal of obtaining diamonds. Alan Wagner, assistant professor of aerospace engineering […] Read more


Computers and People

Gender, personality influence use of interactive tools online

Posted on August 10, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — People’s personality — such as how extroverted or introverted they are — and their gender can be linked to how they interact online, and whether they prefer interacting with a system rather than with other people. In a study, a team of researchers found that people considered websites more interactive if […] Read more


New multi-institution hub to explore nuclear physics and cosmic mergers

Posted on August 9, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A $3.25 million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation will support a multi-institution collaboration, which includes Penn State, that will take an interdisciplinary approach to studying the properties of hot, dense nuclear matter like that found in neutron stars. The Nuclear Physics from Multi-Messenger Mergers (NP3M) Focus Research Hub will […] Read more


World-renowned data science experts to discuss the future of digital fairness

Posted on August 4, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The ever-growing power of data requires an ever-deepening responsibility on the part of data scientists to use that power fairly and equitably. Recognizing this, Penn State’s Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) will host a symposium this fall aimed at fostering digital fairness. The two-day ICDS Fall Symposium will be […] Read more


Stream research

Algorithm helps probe connections between stream chemistry and environment

Posted on August 3, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Machine learning techniques may help scientists better understand the intricate chemistry of streams and monitor broader environmental conditions, according to a team of researchers. In a study, the researchers report on the novel application of a machine learning algorithm to analyze how the chemical makeup of streams changes over time, particularly […] Read more


Featured Researcher: Joe Molnar

Posted on July 27, 2021

Diagnostics are an important part in research into understanding propulsion and energy generation, however monitoring performance and gathering diagnostic information can be challenging because data is often minimal and collected in noisy environments. The research mission of Joe Molnar, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering, is to develop tools and diagnostics equipment that can help […] Read more


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The ethics of remote sensing in archaeology

Posted on July 26, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Remote sensing — beginning with aerial photography — has been used for decades in one form or another in archaeology, but, the discussion on the ethical use of the information gathered through these methods is a newer topic, according to a team of researchers. Dylan Davis, doctoral student in archaeology at […] Read more


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Monash University honors ICDS director Evans with fellowship

Posted on July 23, 2021

This story originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Jenni L. Evans, director of Penn State’s Institute for Computational and Data Sciences, professor of meteorology and atmospheric science, and faculty associate of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, has been recognized as a university fellow by Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Evans […] Read more


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Celebrating IceCube Neutrino Observatory’s first decade of discovery

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Story originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — For the last 10 years, the unconventional IceCube Neutrino Observatory has been watching the cosmos, looking for signals of passing astrophysical neutrinos. These mysterious, tiny, extremely lightweight particles are created by some of the most energetic and distant phenomena in the cosmos. By identifying […] Read more


Professor of Geosciences Jennifer Macalady named Ecology Institute director

Posted on July 21, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Jennifer Macalady, professor of geosciences, has been appointed director of Penn State’s Ecology Institute, effective July 1. She holds an appointment in the Department of Geosciences in Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. “Dr. Macalady’s research experience, collaborative approach, and creative energy will make her an excellent leader of the Ecology […] Read more


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From genes to memes: Algorithm may help scientists demystify complex networks

Posted on July 16, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — From biochemical reactions that produce cancers, to the latest memes virally spreading across social media, simple actions can generate complex behaviors. For researchers trying to understand these emergent behaviors, however, the complexity can tax current computational methods. Now, a team of researchers have developed a new algorithm that can serve as […] Read more


Health Website

Interactive media reduce negative reactions to health messages, boost compliance

Posted on July 14, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — People often react negatively to health messages because they tend to dictate what we can and cannot do, but new research reveals that interactive media can soften negative reactions — or reactance — to health messages that are distributed online. In a study, Penn State and Stony Brook University researchers found […] Read more


Black Hairstyles

Black hairstyles will inspire innovative building materials in new research

Posted on July 12, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Natural Black hair texture and styling practices – such a braiding, locking and crocheting – will help inspire and generate novel building materials and architecture structures using computational design processes in new research funded by the prestigious Graham Foundation. The team of researchers includes Felecia Davis, associate professor of architecture and […] Read more


Student creates software solutions to help users be more efficient

Posted on July 6, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — While growing up in State College, Jason Nucciarone always felt a part of Penn State. Much of that had to do with his dad, a Penn State alumnus and former cybersecurity engineer for the Applied Research Lab who currently works as a research and development engineer with the University. Although Nucciarone […] Read more


Elusive mergers of black holes with neutron stars confirmed for first time

Posted on June 30, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — For the first time, researchers have confirmed the detection of a collision between a black hole and a neutron star. In fact, the research team, which includes scientists from Penn State, detected not one but two such events occurring just 10 days apart in January 2020. The extreme events made splashes […] Read more


Featured Researcher: Ben Beck

Posted on June 29, 2021

Meet our new Featured Researcher, Ben Beck, a graduate student at the Smeal College of Business. With 10 years in the industry behind him, Ben recognized that businesses were missing an opportunity to use the power of supercomputers to improve their long-term marketing efforts. Ben is leveraging Penn State’s Roar supercomputer to through the large […] Read more


$1.2 million NSF grant to create search engine for online privacy research

Posted on June 24, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A team of Penn State-led researchers recently received a $1.2 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to build a search engine and other resources that can make the web safer for users by helping scientists scour billions of online documents to more efficiently collect and classify privacy documentation. The search engine […] Read more


Clickbait headlines might not lure readers as much, may confuse AI

Posted on June 21, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Clickbait headlines might not be as enticing to readers as once thought, according to a team of researchers. They added that artificial intelligence — AI — may also come up short when it comes to correctly determining whether a headline is clickbait. In a series of studies, the researchers found that […] Read more


Hydrogen Solar Power

Computers help researchers find materials to turn solar power into hydrogen

Posted on June 16, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Using solar energy to inexpensively harvest hydrogen from water could help replace carbon-based fuel sources and shrink the world’s carbon footprint. However, finding materials that could boost hydrogen production so that it could compete economically with carbon-based fuels has been, as yet, an insurmountable challenge. In a study, a Penn State-led […] Read more



Essential workers’ tweets show surprising positivity during pandemic

Posted on June 10, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people turned to social media platforms to share their feelings about the changes happening in the world around them. Essential workers — such as medical providers, retail and food service employees, and public transportation workers — tweeted less often than general users about COVID-19 but more […] Read more


Featured Researcher: Nick Tusay

Posted on June 2, 2021

Get to know, Nick Tusay, our new Featured Researcher. Nick is a graduate student at the astronomy and astrophysics department at Penn State and his research is out of this world. Nick’s current research area is focused in SETI, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, and he uses Roar to scan the universe for signs of life […] Read more



Coupled brain activity, cerebrospinal fluid flow could indicate Alzheimer’s risk

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State researchers may have discovered a potential marker to clinically evaluate patients’ risk for Alzheimer’s disease through non-invasive imaging tests, according to a study published today (June 1) in PLOS Biology. The finding may have implications for diagnosis and treatment of the disease that results in significant cognitive decline, the researchers […] Read more


ICDS Seed Grants

Institute awards 14 computational and data sciences seed grants

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Institute for Computational and Data Sciences seed grants help scientists use AI and cutting-edge technology to power interdisciplinary research innovations UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — From making our roads safer to paving the way to exoplanet discovery, the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) seed grants have funded 14 projects backed by researchers from across […] Read more


ICDS computational scientists help enable, scale agricultural research

Posted on May 24, 2021

Researchers’ positive experience with ICDS team led to creation of new seed-grant program UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — In her 20 years of bee research, Christina Grozinger had not faced a data management problem quite like the one she encountered in 2020. Grozinger, Publius Vergilius Maro Professor of Entomology at Penn State, studies ways to counteract declining bee […] Read more


Artificial intelligence predicts river water quality with weather data

Posted on May 20, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The difficulty and expense of collecting river water samples in remote areas has led to significant — and in some cases, decades-long — gaps in available water chemistry data, according to a Penn State-led team of researchers. The team is using artificial intelligence (AI) to predict water quality and fill the […] Read more


Two statistics professors named Institute of Mathematical Statistics Fellows

Posted on May 19, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Two faculty members from the Penn State Department of Statistics have been named Fellows of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Nicole Lazar, professor of statistics, and Aleksandra “Seša” Slavković, professor of statistics and associate dean for graduate education for the Eberly College of Science, have been recognized for their distinction in […] Read more


How AIs ask for personal information is important for gaining user trust

Posted on May 13, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — People may be reluctant to give their personal information to artificial intelligence (AI) systems even though it is needed by the systems for providing more accurate and personalized services, but a new study reveals that the manner in which the systems ask for information from users can make a difference. In […] Read more


How are solar systems born? Spinning disks and oddball stars and planets help astronomers test theories about the formation of planetary systems

Posted on May 12, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Many of us remember those school-room models of our Solar System, with tiny wooden planets rotating at the ends of their wires around a bright-orange painted sun. But how accurate is the model? Do the planets really align in a plane, or do their orbits crisscross around the sun at different […] Read more


AI Doctor

Patients may not take advice from AI doctors who know their names

Posted on May 11, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in health applications grows, health providers are looking for ways to improve patients’ experience with their machine doctors. Researchers from Penn State and University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) found that people may be less likely to take health advice from an AI doctor […] Read more


Using data science to boost diversity, using diversity to boost data science

Posted on May 6, 2021

Institute for Computational and Data Sciences-led symposium explores challenges, opportunities to improve data science equity UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Data science can only be data science for good when it can be data science for all. That was the message of “Harnessing the Data Revolution to Enhance Diversity,” a symposium that explored the issues of […] Read more


Workshop to offer R computer language intro, foundational lessons in programming

Posted on May 5, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The R computer language is a powerful tool that scientists and research teams rely on to investigate complex phenomena across fields and disciplines. The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences will hold a hands-on workshop to teach R, as well as offer key programming concepts, according to Carrie Brown, advanced cyberinfrastructure […] Read more


Featured Researcher: Weiming Hu

Posted on April 30, 2021

With an interest in geography, machine learning, and data-intensive research, Weiming Hu considers himself lucky to have been admitted into Penn State’s Geography Ph.D. program, where he works on ensemble weather forecast models with his advisor, Guido Cervone. Weiming hopes his research can impact renewable energy forecasts, and he hopes to one day collaborate with […] Read more


AI Hub to help enhance Penn State’s global leadership in artificial intelligence

Posted on April 23, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State has launched an expanded initiative in artificial intelligence (AI), termed the AI Hub. It will bring together the University’s considerable resources and talent in AI to further advance its position as a global leader developing fundamental innovations in AI, in using AI and machine learning (ML) to solve the […] Read more


Penn State center to advance AI tools to accelerate scientific progress

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A recently approved research center will unite Penn State researchers to explore the use of artificial intelligence as a tool to dramatically accelerate the scientific process, an initiative that the center’s organizers say could rapidly accelerate scientific progress. The Center for Artificial Intelligence Foundations and Scientific Applications (CENSAI) will be housed […] Read more


Penn State launches new artificial intelligence center for engineered systems

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by Sarah Small; originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A newly founded, interdisciplinary research center established to further foundational and applied artificial intelligence (AI) in engineered systems will bring together expertise from 75 researchers representing 24 academic units across Penn State. The center, funded and supported by the University and housed […] Read more


Penn State among top US, international institutions in 2021 THE Impact Rankings

Posted on April 22, 2021

Times Higher Education’s rankings — based on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals — place Penn State in the top 3% of universities worldwide UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State ranked fourth in the U.S. and 32nd in the world out of 1115 international institutions that participated in the Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings, released today […] Read more


Justin Silverman

Dual degrees shape research interests for IST assistant professor

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By Jessica Hallman UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — “I firmly believe that good research comes when you’re having fun.” Those are the words of Justin Silverman on what motivates him in his work. And, judging from his research output, he’s been having quite a bit of fun. Silverman, who joined the College of Information Sciences and […] Read more


Consumers make decisions based on how and why products are recommended online

Posted on April 21, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As more people go online for shopping, understanding how they rely on e-commerce recommendation systems to make purchases is increasingly important. Penn State researchers now suggest that it’s not just what is recommended, but how and why it’s recommended, that helps to shape consumers’ opinions. In a study, the researchers investigated […] Read more


The muon’s magnetic moment fits just fine

Posted on April 15, 2021

A new estimate of the strength of the sub-atomic particle’s magnetic field aligns with the standard model of particle physics By Sam Sholtis UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — An extensive new calculation of the strength of the magnetic field around the muon — a sub-atomic particle similar to, but heavier than, an electron — closes the […] Read more


RISE Seed Grant

Four projects receive research computing support through institute’s seed grants

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ICDS program funds projects ranging from aiding in the search for exoplanets to improving neuroimaging UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) has awarded the first round of RISE seed grants, made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation. RISE — Research Innovations with Scientists and Engineers — is […] Read more


GIS technology helps map out how America’s mafia networks were ‘connected’

Posted on April 13, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — At its height in the mid-20th century, American organized crime groups, often called the mafia, grossed approximately $40 billion each year, typically raising that money through illegal or untaxed activities, such as extortion and gambling. A team of researchers used geographic information systems — a collection of tools for geographic mapping […] Read more



Perceptions of barriers may keep budding entrepreneurs from building businesses

Posted on April 7, 2021

WYOMISSING, Pa. — Teaching people to become entrepreneurs requires more than just passing on entrepreneurial skills, according to a team of Penn State Berks-led researchers. Would-be entrepreneurs also need to understand — and negotiate — the barriers that they might face. In a study, researchers built a multidimensional model to measure the effectiveness of entrepreneurship education. […] Read more


Nearly 40,000 kids who lost a parent to COVID-19 need immediate support

Posted on April 5, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Approximately 40,000 children in the United States may have lost a parent to COVID-19 since February 2020, according to a statistical model created by a team of researchers. The researchers anticipate that without immediate interventions, the trauma from losing a parent could cast a shadow of mental health and economic problems […] Read more


Smart materials could pose solution for big-data bottleneck in future cities

Posted on March 26, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — In smart cities of the future, sensors distributed throughout buildings and bridges could monitor infrastructure health. Cloud-based computing could decrease traffic with real-time analysis available to commuters. Windows could tint themselves darker on sunny days or lighten to brighten a room on cloudy ones. None of these innovations, however, can materialize […] Read more



Diversity Symposium Recordings Available

Posted on March 19, 2021

The recording for the ICDS Symposium, “Harnessing the Data Revolution to Enhance Diversity,” is now available. You can access them on the ICDS YouTube channel or view the recordings below. Read more


Health ads in users’ customized online sites may evoke negative reactions

Posted on March 16, 2021

Tweaking the look of a social media profile may subtly alter a person’s reaction to the health messages that appear on that site, according to researchers. They add that these reactions could influence whether the users heed the advice of those messages. Read more


Featured Researcher: Shahrad Shakerian

Posted on March 12, 2021

Meet our new featured researcher, Shahrad Shakerian. Shahrad is doctoral student in architectural engineering who aims to predict failures in facility maintenance before they happen. His research focuses on reducing expenses of material and human resources by using predictive maintenance with the help of data science. What is your academic background? I’ve got a bachelor’s […] Read more


The 3Rs of the genome: Reading, writing and regulating

Posted on March 10, 2021

The study reveals two distinct gene regulatory architectures, expanding the traditional model of gene regulation. So-called constitutive genes, those that perform basic "housekeeping" functions and are nearly always active at low levels, require only a basic set of regulatory controls; whereas those that that are activated by environmental signals, known as inducible genes, have a more specialized architecture. Read more


Deaths in the family can shape kids’ educational attainment in unexpected ways

Posted on March 9, 2021

A team of researchers found that deaths in the family can affect the educational attainment of children. That impact most often is negative, but, in certain cases, a family death can improve the chances that children will further their education. Read more


Figurelle appointed chair of Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation

Posted on March 1, 2021

University Park, PA — Wayne Figurelle, assistant director of Penn State’s Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS), has been elected executive committee chair of the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC). Figurelle’s two-year appointment began on January 1, 2021. Founded in 1989, CASC is a network of more than 90 U.S. institutions that provide […] Read more


Penn State tied for first nationally in NSF rankings reflecting research breadth

Posted on February 26, 2021

Penn State’s research enterprise ranks first nationally, tied with Johns Hopkins University, in the breadth and depth of its expertise, according to the latest National Science Foundation rankings of Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) research expenditures by key fields and subfields in science and engineering, released in January 2021 Read more


ICDS Associates, Affiliates Named Distinguished Professors for 2021

Posted on February 18, 2021

Penn State's Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs has named 13 distinguished professors for 2021, among them are seven Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) faculty affiliates and associates. Read more



Symposium aimed at leveraging the power of data science for promoting diversity

Posted on February 17, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Data science can be a useful tool and powerful ally in enhancing diversity. A group of data scientists are holding “Harnessing the Data Revolution to Enhance Diversity,” a symposium aimed at discussing the issues, identifying opportunities and initiating the next steps toward improving equity and diversity in academia at the undergraduate […] Read more


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Deep learning may help doctors choose better lung cancer treatments

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ICDS's Roar supercomputer helped Penn State Great Valley researchers develop a deep learning model that, in certain conditions, was more than 71% accurate in predicting survival expectancy of lung cancer patients, significantly better than traditional machine learning models that the team tested. Read more


Featured Researcher: Aria Khademi

Posted on February 12, 2021

Get to know Aria Khademi. Aria is a doctoral candidate in informatics and is pursuing a graduate minor in statistics and a master’s degree in information sciences and technology. Advised by Vasant Honavar (IST/ICDS) and Aleksandra Slavkovic (Statistics), Aria researches ways to use artificial intelligence to make the world more equitable and fair.  How did you get into this […] Read more


Data Science Community announces spring 2021 talks

Posted on February 11, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Data Science Community will host a slate of speakers during the spring 2021 semester. Each topic will focus on the use of data science techniques to investigate a particular subject. Topics for the spring include social media use, additive manufacturing, the exploration of genetics and the role of […] Read more


Machine learning algorithm may be the key to timely, inexpensive cyber-defense

Posted on February 4, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Attacks on vulnerable computer networks and cyber-infrastructure — often called zero-day attacks — can quickly overwhelm traditional defenses, resulting in billions of dollars of damage and requiring weeks of manual patching work to shore up the systems after the intrusion. A Penn State-led team of researchers used a machine learning approach, based on a technique known as reinforcement learning, to create an adaptive cyber defense against these attacks. Read more


$500,000 grant funds creation of institute to advance AI for materials science

Posted on January 27, 2021

A National Science Foundation (NSF) grant will help lay the foundation for an interdisciplinary institute that encourages the use of artificial intelligence-enabled materials discovery, design and synthesis, according to a team of researchers. Read more


Scientists identify flank instability at a volcano with history of collapse

Posted on January 26, 2021

Landslides caused by the collapse of unstable volcanoes are one of the major dangers of volcanic eruptions. A method to detect long-term movements of these mountains using satellite images could help identify previously overlooked instability at some volcanoes, according to Penn State scientists. Read more


For older adults, specific Facebook activities more important than overall use

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In a study conducted by a team that included researchers from Penn State, older adults experienced different levels of competence, relatedness and autonomy on Facebook based on the types of their activities on the site. Read more


Seed Grants intended to plant success for interdisciplinary research projects

Posted on January 19, 2021

Penn State’s Institute for Computational and Data Sciences is accepting proposals for its seed grant program to offer researchers an initial boost of funding to help them explore the world’s most pressing social and scientific challenges. The program is designed to nurture research ideas into full-blown research programs and, eventually, lead to real-world solutions to pressing challenges. Read more


$541K Office of Naval Research grant could enhance aircraft performance

Posted on January 15, 2021

Researchers in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering received $541,167 to accelerate the designs of higher performing, more efficient and safer aircraft for the United States Navy. Read more


Study suggests smart assistant design improvements for deaf users

Posted on January 14, 2021

by Jessica Hallman; originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Despite the inherent challenges that voice-interaction may create, researchers at the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology recently found that deaf and hard-of-hearing users regularly use smart assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri in homes, workplaces and mobile devices. The work […] Read more


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Cervone elected to lead AGU natural hazards section

Posted on January 8, 2021

Guido Cervone, associate director of the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences, professor of geography, meteorology and atmospheric science and Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) associate, was elected as president-elect of the Natural Hazards Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and begins a two-year term as president-elect on Jan. 1, 2021, and a two-year term as president on January 1, 2023. Read more


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Emotional dependency on smoking-vaping combo differs from just smoking

Posted on January 7, 2021

Researchers have known that emotions play a critical, but complex role in shaping dependency on smoking and vaping. Now, a team of researchers report that emotions that trigger dependency for people who both smoke and vape may be different from people who just smoke, a finding that may one day help scientists create more personalized programs to help people quit tobacco smoking and vaping. Read more


Putting on the pressure improves glass for fiber optics

Posted on January 5, 2021

by A’ndrea Messer; originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Rapid, accurate communication worldwide is possible via fiber optic cables, but as good as they are, they are not perfect. Now, researchers from Penn State and AGC Inc. in Japan suggest that the silica glass used for these cables would have less […] Read more


Wearable device may help shine light on health benefits of outdoor lighting

Posted on December 15, 2020

Taking an interdisciplinary approach — and mixing in a little do-it-yourself initiative — a team of Penn State Berks researchers developed a wearable device that can tell the difference between indoor and outdoor lighting. The team adds that the device could help scientists better understand the health benefits of outdoor lighting and, in the future, lead to wearables that could nudge users to get more outdoor time. Read more


Researchers encouraged to apply for ICDS’s 2021-2022 Seed Grant Program

Posted on December 14, 2020

The ICDS 2021-22 seed grant program is aimed at funding projects that can leverage artificial intelligence -- AI -- to advance transformative research, as well as use the technology to enhance the process of scientific discovery itself. Read more


Researchers receive Hall of Fame award for seminal paper on smartphone security

Posted on December 11, 2020

by Sarah Small; originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A multi-institution team of researchers recently received a Hall of Fame Award from the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Operating Systems (SIGOPS) for their 2010 paper that was the first to expose the ways in which smartphone applications use […] Read more


$1.2 million grant to develop high-temperature alloys for gas turbines

Posted on December 8, 2020

An integrated computational and experimental framework for the design and manufacturing of ultrahigh-temperature refractory alloys may become possible thanks to a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) awarded to a team of Penn State materials scientists. Read more


Symposium builds collaborations across disciplines and industries

Posted on December 2, 2020

The Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences’ 2020 virtual symposium brought together researchers, computational experts, government officials and industry specialists who are working to build interdisciplinary communities that can transform this deluge of data into a stream of solutions for the world’s most pressing scientific and societal challenges. Read more


Astronomers develop model for the distribution of inner planetary systems

Posted on November 30, 2020

Data from the Kepler space telescope, launched more than a decade ago, is still helping astronomers who study planets outside of our own solar system — exoplanets — and unravel the mysteries of planetary systems. Initially, astronomers were surprised that Kepler found so many exoplanets, including hundreds of planetary systems with multiple planets orbiting close to their host star. As astronomers developed models to explain the abundance of inner exoplanets, they encountered a new mystery: “Why did Kepler detect just one planet around so many stars, instead of planetary systems with multiple planets?" Read more


Air quality data during COVID-19 may help improve models, guide interventions

Posted on November 12, 2020

The scientists examined the pandemic’s effects on two key pollutants – nitrogen dioxide and fine particulate matter -– and human mobility. They found that as individuals limited their travel, nitrogen dioxide levels fell significantly while levels of fine particulate matter rose in certain parts of the country. Read more


‘Smart Wrap’ implant may help people better control their bladders

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In a study, an implant, which combines sensors and a polymer wrap, is an integrated device that can detect when the bladder needs to be completely emptied and then send a signal to a polymer web with an electronic thread that expands or contracts with the bladder. After the bladder is emptied, the band returns to its initial formation. Read more



Implantable sensor could measure bodily functions — and then safely biodegrade

Posted on November 9, 2020

In a study, the researchers reported they designed a flexible and implantable sensor that can monitor various forms of nitric oxide (NO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) gas in the body. Read more


AI model could help patients predict disease risk with electronic health records

Posted on November 6, 2020

Electronic health records contain critical information for both medical providers and patients. But these records also contain information that could interfere with an artificial intelligence algorithm’s ability to predict patients’ risk for future disease. Read more


University center advances energy, environmental knowledge via virtual reality

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — For many, seeing is believing. That is what Alex Klippel and his team have been investing in since the creation of the Penn State’s Center for Immersive Experiences. It is also what some energy and environment researchers have been exploring to better communicate their science. “Immersive technologies extend opportunities to not only […] Read more


Researchers develop sensors that detect human biomarkers and toxic gas

Posted on November 5, 2020

A new understanding of nanomaterials, sensor design and fabrication approaches could help advance stretchable, wearable gas sensors that monitor gaseous biomarkers in humans and toxic gas in an exposed environment, according to Penn State researchers. Read more


Model for acid-tolerant yeast helps guide industrial organic acid production

Posted on November 4, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Microbes and other microscopic organisms could serve as sustainable “factories” to create many types of industrial materials because they naturally convert nutrients such as sugars into byproducts. However, creating industrial amounts of organic acids from renewable resources poses a challenge, because not many organisms can grow in highly acidic environments. With […] Read more


Seed grants for computational, data science expertise open to all faculty

Posted on October 27, 2020

Faculty from all Penn State campuses encouraged to apply by Nov. 20 for team member support with cyberinfrastructure, data science, and computational science needs UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — When conducting research with a computational or data science component, it can be challenging to find team members with the right skills and disciplinary background. Penn State’s Institute […] Read more


Volcano watching, wearable health monitoring research earn best poster awards

Posted on October 23, 2020

The winning posters included research on better ways to monitor volcanoes and how wearables could be used to make sure construction workers are safe from heat stress. Read more


Researchers use NSF Convergence Accelerator to shorten drug discovery timeline

Posted on October 22, 2020

A $960,000, nine-month National Science Foundation (NSF) Convergence Accelerator grant has been awarded to Penn State researchers to explore faster and more cost-efficient methods of discovering pharmaceuticals using quantum artificial intelligence. Read more


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Healthy skepticism: People may be wary of health articles on crowdsourced sites

Posted on October 15, 2020

People may be skeptical about medical and health articles they encounter on crowdsourced websites, such as Wikipedia and Wikihealth, according to researchers. While that may be good news for health officials who are worried that these sites allow non-experts to easily add and edit health information, the researchers added that having medical professionals curate content on those sites may not reduce the skepticism. Read more


Deep learning artificial intelligence keeps an eye on volcano movements

Posted on October 14, 2020

Penn State researchers have used artificial intelligence (AI) to clear up that noise, drastically facilitating and improving near real-time observation of volcanic movements and the detection of volcanic activity and unrest. Read more


Faculty Fellows

Penn State ICDS welcomes 2020 co-hires

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The 2020 cohort Penn State’s Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) Faculty Fellows — formerly known as faculty co-hires — includes an interdisciplinary group of researchers who will use the University’s computational resources to probe the world’s biggest societal and social challenges. Their expertise ranges from investigating the inner workings of quantum mechanics to understanding the creation of galaxies. Read more


Engineers print wearable sensors directly on skin without heat

Posted on October 9, 2020

Wearable sensors are evolving from watches and electrodes to bendable devices that provide far more precise biometric measurements and comfort for users. Now, an international team of researchers has taken the evolution one step further by printing sensors directly on human skin without the use of heat. Read more


‘Enabling Remote Research’ series announced for fall 2020

Posted on October 7, 2020

The Penn State University Libraries Department of Research Informatics and Publishing, in collaboration with the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) and the Office of the Associate CIO for Research, will present a series of free virtual seminars to assist researchers with shifting their research from onsite to offsite. Read more


Grant to help researchers augment their teams with computational experts

Posted on October 6, 2020

A $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation, awarded to Chad Hanna, associate professor of physics and astronomy & astrophysics, Edward O’Brien, associate professor of chemistry and Jenni Evans, professor of meteorology and atmospheric science and director of the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences, will extend the reach of Penn State’s Institute for Computational and Data Sciences’ expertise across the University. Read more


Scientists take a step toward understanding ‘jumping genes’ effect on the genome

Posted on October 1, 2020

A team of researchers said they may have taken a leap closer to understanding a class of jumping genes, sequences that move to different locations in the human genome, which is the body’s complete set of DNA. They added that the work could lead to insights into the evolution of the human genome, as well as have implications for several diseases, including cancer. Read more


Protocols to make data on kids secure, shareable eventually may help families

Posted on September 30, 2020

Researchers in developmental psychology face a perplexing challenge: They know that collecting and sharing data about children can lead to real benefits for kids and their families, but they also recognize that some kinds of data like video or audio recordings risk violating the privacy of these vulnerable populations if not carefully protected. Read more


Mechanical engineering assistant professor eyes enhanced diagnostics

Posted on September 29, 2020

With the goal of tackling complex measurement problems to improve technology, Samuel Grauer will join the Penn State College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) as an assistant professor in January 2021. Read more


Penn State community teams up for supercomputer name announcement

Posted on September 23, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A team of Penn State students, staff, faculty, administrators — and a few of the University’s furriest high-performance computing enthusiasts — are helping to celebrate Roar, the new name for Penn State’s supercomputer. Check out the video celebration for the Roar supercomputer. It includes a few familiar faces — and a […] Read more


Grassroots data science initiative seeks to create connections, collaborations

Posted on September 22, 2020

by Liam Jackson; originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Dave Hunter knows how valuable a serendipitous connection can be. Throughout his career, Hunter, professor of statistics at Penn State, said that “being at the right place at the right time” helped him find new partnerships and projects to advance his science and […] Read more


Penn State’s research expenditures top $1 billion mark

Posted on September 21, 2020

Penn State’s research expenditures exceeded the $1 billion mark in fiscal year 2019-20. The total figure, $1.01 billion, places Penn State among a select group of research universities nationally, and reflects the interdisciplinary strength built over three decades. It represents a $40 million increase over last year’s number, and includes a record $633 million in federal funding, as well as $375 million from a combination of private funders, the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and University sources.  Read more


Wastewater sampling may give advanced warning of potential COVID-19 outbreaks

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Wastewater sampling for coronavirus on campus and in the surrounding community could alert University decision makers to a potential outbreak several days before individuals exhibit symptoms of an infection. The initiative — part of Penn State’s multilayered approach to test, monitor and mitigate for COVID-19 — could enable leaders to take swift actions to minimize the virus’s spread with the goal of helping to protect the health and safety of the community. Read more


Self-powered biosensors may open up new paths to medical tracking, treatments

Posted on September 10, 2020

Wearable and implantable devices are currently used for a variety of functions, including health tracking and monitoring. However, supplying energy usually requires cumbersome batteries and downtime due to recharging. Now, an international team of researchers suggests that advances in materials and electronic design may be able to convert biomechanical energy into electric energy, paving the way for devices that can be worn and implanted but do not require constant recharging, Read more


NSF funding to bolster research communication strategies project

Posted on September 9, 2020

Penn State’s Research-to-Policy Collaboration (RPC) is expanding a project to better respond to legislators’ needs for social and behavioral research related to the coronavirus pandemic with new funding from the National Science Foundation. Read more


Virtual symposium experts offer insights on big data issues, opportunities

Posted on September 2, 2020

Registration is now open for Penn State’s Institute of Computational and Data Sciences’ (ICDS) 2020 Symposium. The two-day symposium will be held virtually Oct. 21-22 and will feature an interdisciplinary group of speakers and experts who will focus on both the challenges — and opportunities — of big data and data science. Read more


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Algorithm aims to alert consumers before they use illicit online pharmacies

Posted on August 27, 2020

In a study, a team of Penn State researchers report that an algorithm they developed may be able to spot illicit online pharmacies that could be providing customers with substandard medications without their knowledge, among other potential problems. Read more


ICDS associate, architectural engineering researcher to study COVID-19 aerosol transmission

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by Mariah Chuprinski; originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, does not seem to be disappearing anytime soon. But now research on mechanical systems in buildings may help to better understand how the disease spreads indoors.  Donghyun Rim, associate professor of architectural engineering and ICDS associate, […] Read more


New tool for identifying endangered corals could aid conservation efforts

Posted on August 26, 2020

ICDS RISE team member Greg Von Kuster is the second author on the Scientific Reports paper mentioned in this story. Congratulations, Greg! by Sam Sholtis; originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Coral conservation efforts could get a boost from a newly developed genotyping “chip” — the first of its kind for […] Read more


Grant to enable creation of AI tools to improve adolescents’ diets and nutrition

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by Sara LaJeunnesse; originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — With a $1.2 million grant from Fondation Botnar, an international team of researchers will assess the feasibility of creating and launching a global-scale artificial-intelligence (AI) app for mobile devices that diagnoses diet-related problems and offers nutritional advice to adolescent girls living in […] Read more


Wauthier awarded NSF CAREER award to investigate volcanic flank instability

Posted on August 25, 2020

Christelle Wauthier, associate professor of geosciences in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, received a Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation to develop numerical models to characterize volcanic flank instability processes. Read more


Mining Twitter data may help National Parks staff gather feedback faster

Posted on August 21, 2020

The National Park system has been referred to as one of America’s national treasures. A team of Penn State researchers in the department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management and the Social Science Research Institute, report that mining tweets about the park may open up a rich vein of information that could lead to better service for park visitors while still protecting these national treasures and their wildlife. Read more


Molecular stress indicator not observed in survivors of child sexual abuse

Posted on August 18, 2020

Researchers and medical experts have long known that child sexual abuse has profoundly negative effects on the health of survivors; however, an international team of researchers was not able to find a link between the abuse and telomere length, considered an indicator of cellular aging and health. Read more


Multi-university NSF grant to boost research computing expertise

Posted on August 6, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As researchers become more reliant on the use of big data and sophisticated computing techniques such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, the demand for experts who can wield these tools effectively has grown considerably. A National Science Foundation grant for approximately $1.4 million is convening seven universities, including Penn State, around […] Read more


Application of machine learning can optimize hurricane track forecast

Posted on August 4, 2020

When a hurricane approaches, providing a few extra hours’ notice can be the difference between life and death. Now, Penn State researchers report that applying a machine learning technique to a group of possible storm paths could help meteorologists provide more accurate medium-term forecasts and issue timely warnings to communities in the path of these potentially deadly storms. Read more


Climate Change

Climate change-influenced refugee crisis may lead to long-term settlement issues

Posted on July 28, 2020

Computer models may show that climate change prompts a more nuanced circular migration pattern UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — While many models suggest that climate change will prompt a substantial number of people to leave their homes, not all research so clearly finds this is the case. Investigating cases where computer models seemed to indicate only […] Read more


University programs catalyze, advance research at Commonwealth Campuses

Posted on July 27, 2020

Originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — In an effort to catalyze and advance research at Penn State campuses throughout Pennsylvania, the University has developed two programs for faculty members at Commonwealth Campuses. The programs, the Commonwealth Campuses Research Collaboration Development Program (CCRCDP) and the Commonwealth Campus Center Nodes (C3N) Program, offer faculty members at […] Read more


Brain thickness and connectivity, not just location, correlates with behavior

Posted on July 22, 2020

In a study, the researchers, using data gathered by the latest neural imaging technology, found that both a specific spatial pattern of cortical thickness and functional connectivity was significantly correlated with certain behaviors. Read more


COVID-19 Grief

About nine family members to suffer grief from every COVID-19 fatality

Posted on July 15, 2020

Deaths from COVID-19 will have a ripple effect causing impacts on the mental health and health of surviving family members. But the extent of that impact has been hard to assess until now. Every death from COVID-19 will impact approximately nine surviving family members, according to a study. Read more


Custom nanoparticle regresses tumors when exposed to light

Posted on July 8, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A unique nanoparticle to deliver a localized cancer treatment inhibits tumor growth in mice, according to a team of Penn State researchers. The nanoparticles, developed by Daniel Hayes, associate professor of biomedical engineering, have a specific chemistry that allows a microRNA (miRNA) to attach to it. A miRNA is a molecule […] Read more


Engineering professor and ICDS Co-Hire named to DARPA ISAT study group

Posted on July 3, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Gang Tan, professor of computer science and engineering in the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), has been selected as a member of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Information Science and Technology (ISAT) study group.  Gang Tan, professor of computer science and engineering in the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and […] Read more


Center for Security Research and Education announces seed grant awardees

Posted on July 2, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) has selected 13 interdisciplinary projects through its spring 2020 seed grant program. CSRE is providing a total of $300,000 in funding for the projects, with an additional $300,000 in matching and supplemental funding from other colleges, departments, and institutes. “Today’s challenges to global, […] Read more


Penn State-IBM partnership accelerates search for elusive neutrinos

Posted on June 29, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — In the “Princess and the Pea” fairy tale, a young woman must prove her status as royalty by detecting whether a pea was placed under dozens of mattresses during her sleep. What if she used deep learning to detect that pea? That’s the approach taken by Doug Cowen, professor of physics […] Read more



Black hole or neutron star? LIGO-Virgo scientists find mystery object in ‘mass gap’

Posted on June 24, 2020

Now, in a new study from the National Science Foundation's Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the European Virgo detector, scientists have announced the discovery of an object of 2.6 solar masses, placing it firmly in the mass gap. Read more


Design method may boost semiconductor performance by better handling heat

Posted on June 22, 2020

Finding ways to manage the flow of heat in silicon could boost the performance of semiconductors, but, so far, discovering the right design has remained elusive. Now, a team of Penn State researchers report that a fabrication technique may offer a path toward mastering the often chaotic flow of heat carriers at the nanoscale in silicon and other semiconductors. Read more


Assistantship helps grad student land supercomputing job with U.S. national lab

Posted on June 18, 2020

John Leicht has always been driven by a desire to help others solve problems. Leicht, who graduated with a master’s degree in applied statistics in spring 2020, is now applying his skills to support computational scientists conducting work through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, located in Golden, Colorado. Leicht said he gained the right experience for […] Read more



Researchers aim to help cities prioritize interventions for public transit

Posted on June 10, 2020

Researchers at Penn State aim to help minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread by identifying specific subway stations in which intervention resources — such as setting up testing sites, allocating additional personnel to disinfect frequently touched surfaces in subway stations, and distributing masks and hand sanitizer — could be of greatest benefit. Read more


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Political ‘oil spill’: Polarization is growing stronger — and getting stickier

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Experts have documented that political polarization is intensifying in the United States. However, a Penn State sociologist now suggests that this separation isn’t just more intense, but it is also growing broader, coagulating into an ideological slick of opinions. Read more



Interdisciplinary team wins Department of Energy Optimization Challenge

Posted on June 9, 2020

A team of Penn State researchers is part of the first round of winners for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Grid Optimization (GO) Competition. Presented by the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA‑E), the selective competition presents challenges for the development of optimization algorithms for a crucial set of operational problems faced by the United States’ power grid. Read more


Computer models may add sizzle to plans to make cultivated meat alternatives

Posted on May 21, 2020

Penn State chemical engineers suggest that using computers to analyze the metabolic needs of livestock animal growing cells — or genome-scale metabolic modeling — could help food scientists design processes and growth media that produce meat at scales suitable for commercialization. Read more


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Penn State’s supercomputer takes on COVID-19 — and its aftermath

Posted on May 20, 2020

Penn State researchers will need the power of supercomputers not just to investigate possible treatments and therapies for the novel coronavirus, but also to explore ways to help the world recover socially, economically and psychologically. Read more


Graphene-reinforced carbon fiber may lead to affordable, stronger car materials

Posted on May 18, 2020

by Liam Jackson; Originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A new way of creating carbon fibers — which are typically expensive to make — could one day lead to using these lightweight, high-strength materials to improve safety and reduce the cost of producing cars, according to a team of researchers. Using a mix of […] Read more


Institute awards 32 computational and data sciences seed grants

Posted on May 15, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Understanding polarized political opinions, predicting Arctic Sea ice levels, and accelerating quantum computing with machine learning — these are just a few focuses of the dozens of new Penn State research projects that have been funded by Institute for Computational and Data Sciences seed grants, in conjunction with supplemental funding from […] Read more


Civil engineering faculty receives CAREER Award to enhance fracture simulation

Posted on May 14, 2020

by Tim Schley; originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Michael Hillman, L. Robert and Mary L. Kimball Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State, will develop new computational methods to simulate how materials and structures fracture, thanks to a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program […] Read more


Do privacy controls lead to more trust in Alexa? Not necessarily, research finds

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Giving users of smart assistants the option to adjust settings for privacy or content delivery, or both, doesn’t necessarily increase their trust in the platform, according to a team of Penn State researchers. In fact, for some users, it could have an unfavorable effect. Read more


Web of psychological cues may tempt people to reveal more online

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In a study published in the latest Proceedings of Computer-Human Interaction (CHI 2020), a team of Penn State researchers identified a dozen subtle — but powerful — reasons that may shed light on why people talk a good game about privacy, but fail to follow up in real life. Read more


Anxious about public speaking? Your smart speaker could help

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Individuals who fear talking in front of a crowd could soon have a new tool to ease public speaking anxiety: their smart speaker. A team of researchers at Penn State has developed a public-speaking tutor on the Amazon Alexa platform. The tutor enables users to engage in cognitive restructuring exercise – […] Read more


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Privacy worries prevent use of social media account for signing up for apps

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In a study, the researchers said participants were willing to use their Facebook ID to access relationship apps, such as class reunion and matchmaking apps, but balked at using the same feature for an app that arranges extramarital affairs. Read more


Coronavirus Updates

Posted on May 7, 2020

To keep up with the latest from Penn State about the global coronavirus outbreak, visit All members of the Penn State community are encouraged to take CDC-recommended health and safety precautions, available at; contact their healthcare provider by phone if they have questions or feel ill; and review additional information from state and national health authorities at  Read more


Human and AI annotations aim to improve scholarly results in COVID-19 searches

Posted on April 22, 2020

To help scholars more quickly and accurately access scientific literature related to the novel coronavirus, two teams of researchers in Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology are exploring how artificial-intelligence-based tools can help to provide instantaneous and up-to-date information about the rapidly evolving nature of the global pandemic. Read more


Penn State engineer receives DARPA grant to strengthen cybersecurity

Posted on April 16, 2020

A multi-institute group of researchers that includes Gang Tan, James F. Will Career Development Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Penn State and ICDS co-hire, has received an $8 million grant that allots $1 million for Penn State’s part of the research to increase computer security by developing more secure parsers. Read more


Seed grants jump-start 47 interdisciplinary teams to conduct COVID-19 research

Posted on April 15, 2020

With speed and ingenuity, more than 100 researchers across Penn State are shifting their research programs to address the COVID-19 crisis, thanks to funding from a seed grant initiative led by the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. In total, the initiative awarded $2.25 million to 47 teams of researchers from three campuses, eight colleges and more than 25 departments. Read more


Twitter data may offer policy makers a glimpse into demand for renewable energy

Posted on April 14, 2020

Tweets could one day help policy makers and energy companies better communicate in near real-time to help customers make better sustainable energy choices, according to a team of researchers. Read more


Grief from COVID-19 impact may trigger secondary health and mental health crisis

Posted on April 13, 2020

The loss of life caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic may just be the first tragic wave to hit the country, according to researchers. Grief from the deaths of close relatives and a sudden loss of support could create serious health, mental health and economic issues for grieving family members, they said. Read more


AI advice as influential as humans’, but positive crowd opinion still overpowers

Posted on April 10, 2020

Advice from artificial intelligence (AI) experts may be just as influential as from human experts, according to a team of Penn State researchers. However, both human and robotic bearers of bad news may find that they lose influence when their negative opinions run contrary to a positive crowd. Read more


New Remote Research seminar series to begin April 14

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The University Libraries, in collaboration with Penn State Information Technology, the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) and the Office of the Associate CIO for Research, is presenting a series of free webinars to assist researchers with shifting their research from onsite to offsite. The “Enabling Remote Research” Seminar Series highlights various University services […] Read more


Teams’ technology tools may give researchers a boost in quest to stop COVID-19

Posted on April 9, 2020

Teams of Penn State data scientists and students, including ones led by the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL), recently developed tools that they hope will help researchers better understand — and potentially stop — the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Read more


Followers may tune out when municipalities tweet too much

Posted on April 3, 2020

Researchers suggest ‘focused, credible and direct’ messaging strategy, especially about health issues by Matt Swayne. Originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Municipalities don’t need to unleash a tweet storm to keep their citizens informed on the social network Twitter. In fact, according to Penn State researchers, municipalities that tweeted less-frequent, but […] Read more


Explore Grants to help researchers search for COVID-19 solutions

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Penn State researchers interested in using computational resources to address the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to apply for support through the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences’ (ICDS) Explore Grant program. Read more


Using cues and actions to help people get along with artificial intelligence

Posted on March 31, 2020

Learning how people interact with artificial intelligence-enabled machines — and using that knowledge to improve people’s trust in AI — may help us live in harmony with the ever-increasing number of robots, chatbots and other smart machines in our midst, according to a Penn State researcher. Read more


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Researchers mobilize to study COVID-19 from multiple angles

Posted on March 27, 2020

As COVID-19 spreads throughout the world, researchers across Penn State are searching for solutions that may save lives, thanks to a multi-institute seed-grant fund. Read more


Wearable biosensors may pave the way for personalized health and wellness

Posted on March 20, 2020

Bulky, buzzing and beeping hospital rooms demonstrate that monitoring a patient’s health status is an invasive and uncomfortable process, at best, and a dangerous process, at worst. Penn State researchers want to change that and make biosensors that could make health monitoring less bulky, more accurate — and much safer. Read more


Penn State stands out as ‘exception’ for team research collaboration

Posted on March 5, 2020

Originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The faculty at Penn State may view their extensive interdisciplinary research collaborations as normal, but it turns out that Penn State’s successful culture of innovation through interdisciplinary collaborations is anything but normal. It is an exception. In December 2019, a research team led by Steve […] Read more


Audience size and comments may affect enjoyment of social television

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The presence of a large audience boosts enjoyment, but it takes just a few haters to ruin a TV show or movie, according to a study of social television, the practice of simultaneously watching television programs while seeing the social media “tweets” of other viewers displayed on the same screen. Read more


Designing plastic to break down in the ocean is possible, but is it practical?

Posted on March 3, 2020

In a study, the researchers used a machine learning algorithm to classify more than 110 types of plastics, including commercial and lab-made varieties, to better understand how they might degrade in the ocean, said Robert Mathers, professor of chemistry. Read more


Voting begins for ‘Name Penn State’s Supercomputer’ contest

Posted on February 25, 2020

The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) will move to the second phase of its competition to re-name its supercomputer, which is currently called the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences Advanced Infrastructure, or ICDS-ACI. Read more


Penn State tops NSF rankings for breadth of research expertise

Posted on February 24, 2020

The breadth of Penn State’s research expertise surpasses that of any university in the country, according to the latest National Science Foundation rankings of Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) research expenditures by key fields and subfields, released in November 2019. Read more


Computers scour satellite imagery to unveil Madagascar’s mysteries

Posted on February 19, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Scientists may be a step closer to solving some of anthropology’s biggest mysteries thanks to a machine learning algorithm that can scour through remote sensing data, such as satellite imagery, looking for signs of human settlements, according to an international team of researchers. In a study of satellite imagery taken of […] Read more


Penn State industrial engineering to host national simulation workshop

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The Penn State Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME), in collaboration with the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems (SCIS) in the Smeal College of Business, will host the 2020 INFORMS Simulation Society Workshop (I-SIM) from June 21 to 24 on the University Park campus. The Institute for Computational and Data […] Read more


AI and Big Data

New research center will focus on socially responsible artificial intelligence

Posted on February 17, 2020

Penn State will be well positioned to recognize and interpret the social implications of artificial intelligence (AI), thanks to a new, multi-unit research center launched this spring. Read more


Students, researchers and staff invited to attend AI Immersion with Microsoft

Posted on February 14, 2020

Microsoft will headline the next AI Immersion Series presented by the Nittany AI Alliance, Penn State IT and the Institute for Computational Data Sciences at Penn State on Feb. 25–26 in room 233A/B HUB-Robeson Center. The series offers seminars and workshops featuring artificial intelligence, machine learning and its application for the research community in higher […] Read more


Better Water

Citizen scientists may be an untapped resource for water quality improvement

Posted on February 11, 2020

Raising awareness and offering technological tools to the thousands of citizens groups in the U.S. that monitor water quality might help community leaders tap these volunteers as a way to improve access to plentiful, clean water and possibly avoid water-related crises, according to a team of researchers. Read more


Researcher to discuss threats to machine learning and AI applications

Posted on February 7, 2020

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are powering some of the latest advances in self-driving cars, smart speakers and highly personalized, recommendation engines. But these technologies are also vulnerable to potentially dangerous hacks and manipulations, according to Patrick McDaniel, the William L. Weiss Professor of Information and Communications Technology in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Read more


Researchers spotlight

Featured Researchers: Maria Molina and Thai Le

Posted on February 4, 2020

et to know Maria Molina, doctoral candidate in mass communications and Thai Le, a doctoral student in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State, are part of an interdisciplinary team that working on a system that can automatically detect fake news. The project could have a huge impact on an issue that is harming democracy and discourse. Read more


ICDS 2020 Symposium

2020 ICDS Symposium to focus on managing — and mastering — the data deluge

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To help researchers contend with the challenges -- and the opportunities -- of this data deluge, Penn State’s Institute of Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) is organizing a two-day symposium focused on big data. The symposium, featuring an interdisciplinary team of speakers and experts, will be held March 16 and 17 at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State's University Park campus. Read more


Symposium at U.S. Capitol seeks solutions to election security

Posted on January 30, 2020

A thriving democracy requires fair elections, but U.S. elections face real threats from multiple sources, including state election infrastructure attacks and social engineering on social media platforms. As the 2020 election approaches, lawmakers, election officials, Congressional staffers, researchers, members of the intelligence communities, academics, candidates and media will come together in the U.S. capital for the first-ever “Hacking the U.S. Election: How Can We Make U.S. Elections More Secure?” symposium to work to secure U.S. elections. Read more


Penn State severe weather expert reflects on advances in the field

Posted on January 28, 2020

Ppresident of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), Penn State severe weather expert Jenni Evans addressed more than 5,500 of the society’s members, reflecting on 100 years of advances in the field. Read more


Supercomputer needs a super name: Join the supercomputer naming contest

Posted on January 27, 2020

The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) is holding a competition to re-christen its supercomputer, which is currently called the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences Advanced Infrastructure, or ICDS-ACI. Read more


LIGO-Virgo network catches another neutron star collision

Posted on January 21, 2020

Gravitational waves detected on April 25, 2019, by the LIGO Livingston Observatory were likely produced by a collision of two neutron stars, according to a new study by an international team including Penn State researchers. Read more


Researchers encouraged to apply for ICDS’s 2020-2021 Seed Grant Program

Posted on January 17, 2020

The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) is accepting applications for its 2020-21 seed grant program that will help fund projects that leverage Penn State expertise to help advance computation- and data-enabled research. Read more


NSF grant funds research to study nature-based solutions for river restoration

Posted on January 16, 2020

River restoration projects utilizing nature-based solutions, like the Big Spring Creek restoration project in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, revitalize their ecosystems by reintroducing natural materials like wood and debris into their design. These materials over time often amass into complex, porous structures that offer many ecological benefits but are not well understood, according to Xiaofeng Liu, associate professor of civil engineering and co-hire of the Institute of Computational and Data Sciences at Penn State.Thanks to a $297,791 grant from the National Science Foundation, Liu will examine the nature-based solution of engineered log jams to quantitatively describe the flow and sediment dynamics around these systems. Read more


ICDS Director named AAAS Fellow for cyclone research, leadership roles

Posted on December 18, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A Penn State meteorologist who specializes in the study of extreme weather events was recently named an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. Jenni Evans, professor of meteorology and atmospheric science in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and director of Penn State’s Institute for Computational and Data […] Read more


ICDS Now Accepting Seed Grant Proposals

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The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences is now accepting proposals for its 2020 Seed Grant program. Proposals must be submitted by Monday, February 3, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. for consideration. ICDS anticipates that awards will be announced at the ICDS Symposium on March 16 and 17. Please view the Seed Grant RFP on InfoReady for full […] Read more


Researchers optimize additive manufacturing on a molecular level

Posted on December 17, 2019

by Erin Cassidy Hendrick, via Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As the complexity and applications of additive manufacturing increase, Penn State researchers are digging down to the smallest scales to optimize the technology on a molecular level.  “There are still a lot of unknowns about how 3D printing actually works,” said Adri van […] Read more


Center for Security Research and Education announces spring 2020 grant program

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.  — The Penn State Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) has announced its spring 2020 grant program to support security-related scholarship and educational programs at Penn State. University faculty and researchers are eligible to apply by Feb. 14, 2020. For the first time, CSRE will offer a $50,000 Impact Grant, a $50,000 Homeland […] Read more


Government regimes may be learning new Twitter tactics to quash dissent

Posted on December 13, 2019

In a study of Twitter interactions during Venezuela’s 2014 protests, in which citizens voiced opposition to government leaders and called for improvements to their standard of living, the tweets of the protesters focused mainly on the protest itself, while the tweets issued by the ruling regime covered more diverse topics. Read more


Politically extreme counties may act as magnets, migration patterns suggest

Posted on December 2, 2019

In a study of county-to-county migration patterns in the U.S., the researchers found that when people migrate, they tend to move to other counties that reflect their political preferences. They added that the pattern also suggests that people moving from moderate partisan counties are just as likely to move to extreme partisan counties as they are to move to other moderate counties. However, people who live in a politically extreme county are significantly likely to move to a similarly extreme county. Read more


Fourteen Penn State faculty recognized with lifetime honor

Posted on November 26, 2019

Fourteen Penn State faculty members in areas ranging from physics and engineering to entomology and plant science have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. Read more


Nuclear engineering awarded grant to support early career faculty

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The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) awarded Penn State’s Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering a faculty development grant. The award was established to encourage careers and research in nuclear, mechanical and electrical engineering, health physics and related fields to prepare for future workforce needs in society. Read more


All the feels: Feeling loved in everyday life linked with improved well-being

Posted on November 25, 2019

In two studies, the researchers found that people who experienced higher “felt love” — brief experiences of love and connection in everyday life — also had significantly higher levels of psychological well-being, which includes feelings of purpose and optimism, compared to those who had lower felt love scores. They also found that people with higher felt love tended to have higher extraversion personality scores, while people with lower felt love scores were more likely to show signs of neuroticism. Read more


Former IST doctoral student oversees software development and research at Adobe

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Thanks in part to the innovative research opportunities she had at Penn State, and the ability to focus on an area that no one else was researching, Lu now serves as an engineering manager at Adobe in San Jose, California. In her role, she oversees a team of engineers and researchers that covers every corner of product development and research. Read more


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Tracking inheritance of human mitochondrial DNA

Posted on November 19, 2019

New insight into how genetic information stored in human mitochondria is passed from one generation to the next could have important implications for genetic counseling of women planning pregnancies. The findings are especially relevant to women carrying disease-causing mutations within their mitochondrial DNA and those suffering from mitochondrial diseases. Read more


Conference explores role of institutions of higher education in extreme weather

Posted on November 18, 2019

The “RISE CONFERENCE 2019: Transforming University Engagement In Pre- and Post-Disaster Environments: Lessons from Puerto Rico," to be held at the State University of New York-Albany Nov. 18-20, will bring together researchers and educators from across the nation, including several from Penn State, to explore how higher education can strengthen preparedness, response, and recovery in the face of growing threats posed by climate change and extreme weather. Read more


IBM Watson featured during recent AI Immersion Series Workshop

Posted on November 15, 2019

The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences, Penn State IT and the Nittany AI Alliance continued the AI Immersion Series for students, faculty and researchers during a two-day workshop featuring IBM. The workshop, held Nov. 13-14, was the second in a series designed to offer the Penn State community unique opportunities to learn the latest in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) tools. Read more


Researchers identify seven types of fake news, aiding better detection

Posted on November 14, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — To help people spot fake news, or create technology that can automatically detect misleading content, scholars first need to know exactly what fake news is, according to a team of Penn State researchers. However, they add, that’s not as simple as it sounds. “There is a real crisis in our cultural […] Read more


Individual climate models may not provide the complete picture

Posted on November 13, 2019

Equilibrium climate sensitivity — how sensitive the Earth's climate is to changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide — may be underestimated in individual climate models, according to a team of climate scientists. Read more


Penn State ICS now the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

Posted on November 6, 2019

Reflecting the rapid growth and ever-expanding mission of the organization, Penn State’s Institute for CyberScience (ICS) is now the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS). Read more


Multi-institutional team to use AI to evaluate social, behavioral science claims

Posted on October 29, 2019

A computer program that could quickly and accurately evaluate the validity of published research claims in social and behavioral sciences literatures will be the focus of a team of researchers from Penn State, Texas A&M, Old Dominion and Microsoft Research — led by C. Lee Giles, the David Reese Professor of Information Sciences and Technology. The team received $1.1 million in competitive funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop this program, and if successful the project is projected to receive $2,930,995 over its 27-month execution. Read more


NSF invests in cyberinfrastructure institute to harness cosmic data

Posted on October 25, 2019

To help realize the ambitions of this new field, the NSF has awarded $2.8 million to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and eight collaborating organizations, including Penn State, to further develop their concept for a Scalable Cyberinfrastructure Institute for Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (SCIMMA). Read more


Center for Immersive Experiences set to debut, serving researchers and students

Posted on October 23, 2019

Penn State will be equipped to meet the needs of students, faculty, and a society at large that is progressively more reliant on immersive technology with the opening of the Center for Immersive Experiences (CIE) on the University Park campus. Read more


Distant Suns, Distant Worlds

Posted on October 22, 2019

Eric Ford, a member of the Kepler science team, studies how planets form and evolve, both in our solar system and in others. Many of the systems found by Kepler are very different from ours, raising new questions about how planetary systems develop and why they occur in such diverse forms. Read more


CyberScience Seminar: Researcher to discuss how AI can help people avoid adverse drug interactions

Posted on October 16, 2019

Because machine learning can accurately monitor massive amounts of data, experts in artificial intelligence are investigating how the technology can help improve the safety of medical care and interventions. Read more


AI could offer warnings about serious side effects of drug-drug interactions

Posted on October 15, 2019

Researchers at Penn State have developed a machine learning system that may be able to warn doctors and patients about possible negative side effects that might occur when drugs are mixed. Read more


Featured Researcher: Melissa Gervais

Posted on October 14, 2019

Get to know Dr. Melissa Gervais, an ICS co-hire with the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Dr. Gervais uses statistical and machine learning approaches to understanding various aspects of climate science. Some of her research has focused on the North Atlantic Warming Hole, a region of […] Read more


Taking RTKI drugs during radiotherapy may not aid survival, worsens side effects

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Taking certain cancer-fighting drugs while undergoing radiation therapy may not increase survival for patients, but may, instead, increase side effects, according to a team of researchers. The drugs, however, may be beneficial for patients who are not undergoing radiation therapy. Read more


Cost-effective cloud research computing options now available for researchers

Posted on October 11, 2019

Penn State Institute for CyberScience (ICS) announced that a new cloud computing environment has been added to its suite of high-performance computing offerings. This expanded capability provides Penn State researchers with more versatile, and potentially more cost-effective, computing resource options. Read more


Costs of natural disasters are increasing at the high end

Posted on October 9, 2019

The costs of major disasters like hurricanes Katrina, Maria and Dorian or the massive tornado swarms in the Midwest have increased to a disproportionately larger extent than those of lesser events, and these major disasters have become far more expensive, according to an international team of researchers. Read more


Penn State research expenditures again reach record high, topping $968 million

Posted on October 8, 2019

By David Pacchioli. Story originally published on Penn State News  Penn State’s research expenditures reached a record high for the third year in a row in fiscal year 2018-19, according to incoming Senior Vice President for Research Lora Weiss. The total figure of $968 million represents a $47 million increase over last year’s figure, and […] Read more


Model helps choose wind farm locations, predicts output

Posted on September 25, 2019

a team of Penn State researchers have a model that can locate the best place for the wind farm and even help with 24-hour predictions of energy output. Read more


Virus may jump species through ‘rock-and-roll’ motion with receptors

Posted on September 24, 2019

Like a janitor thumbing through a keychain to find just the right key to open a lock, the "rock-and-roll" motion of the canine parvovirus during the binding process may help explain how the virus can find the spot on a receptor to infect not just dogs, but multiple species, according to an international team of researchers. The model also could lead to a better understanding of how viruses enter a human body. Read more


Researchers seek to revolutionize catalyst design with machine learning

Posted on September 18, 2019

Researchers from Penn State and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have received a $1.2 million grant from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) to use machine learning — a form of artificial intelligence — and data science to design more effective catalysts for chemical processing. Read more


Featured Researcher: Hyungsuk Tak

Posted on September 13, 2019

Get to know Dr. Hyungsuk Tak, an ICS co-hire with the Eberly College of Science who joined Penn State in fall 2019 in the departments of Statistics and Astronomy and Astrophysics. Dr. Tak is an astro-statistician—he uses complex data analytics methods to understand the Hubble constant, which measures the expansion rate of the universe. How […] Read more


Resilient Resumes team places third in Nittany AI Challenge

Posted on September 12, 2019

The Resilient Resumes team took third place in the Nittany AI Challenge, held at Penn State University Park campus on Sept. 10. The team received $5,000 for their web application designed to walk the user through the resume creation process. Read more


‘AI in Action’: Machine learning may help scientists explore deep sleep

Posted on September 11, 2019

Orfeu Buxton, a professor of biobehavioral health and Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) co-funded faculty member at Penn State, will discuss interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the role of sleep health in overall health and well-being and the use of research methods that leverage digital and other biomarkers with an orientation towards developing scalable interventions. The seminar will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon in room 233A, the HUB-Robeson Center. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Read more


Hurricane Dorian devastates Bahamas; scientists explain storm’s unique evolution

Posted on September 6, 2019

by Matthew Carroll (Originally published on Penn State News) On Sunday, Sept. 3, Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the northern Bahamas as a powerful Category 5 hurricane and stalled there for days, devastating the island nation with deadly flooding and lashing winds that reached 185 mph. While reports of damage are unfolding, it is likely […] Read more


Clickbait Secrets Exposed! Humans and AI team up to improve clickbait detection

Posted on August 28, 2019

Humans and machines worked together to help train an artificial intelligence — AI — model that outperformed other clickbait detectors, according to researchers at Penn State and Arizona State University. In addition, the new AI-based solution was also able to tell the difference between clickbait headlines that were generated by machines — or bots — and ones written by people, they said. Read more


Penn State professors create nationwide cyber law and policy course for NSA

Posted on August 27, 2019

CARLISLE, Pa. — Carrying a smartphone, using a wearable device, opening an app, entering a search query, or checking the weather — things many people do throughout the day — potentially may open the user’s data to collection and cybersecurity risks. The National Security Agency (NSA), recognizing an urgent need for nationwide education about cyber […] Read more


Focusing computational power for more accurate, efficient weather forecasts

Posted on August 23, 2019

Now, Penn State researchers are using artificial intelligence to pinpoint those swift-changing weather areas to help meteorologists produce more accurate weather forecasts without wasting valuable computational power. Read more


How many Earth-like planets are around sun-like stars?

Posted on August 15, 2019

A new study provides the most accurate estimate of the frequency that planets that are similar to Earth in size and in distance from their host star occur around stars similar to our Sun. Knowing the rate that these potentially habitable planets occur will be important for designing future astronomical missions to characterize nearby rocky planets around sun-like stars that could support life. Read more


Professor receives NSF grant to model cell disorder in heart

Posted on August 13, 2019

Hui Yang, Harold and Inge Marcus Career Associate Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State, was awarded a $320,625 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study exactly how a process called glycosylation can cause proteins to disrupt the harmony of cell activity. Read more


SMH! Brains trained on e-devices may struggle to understand scientific info

Posted on August 12, 2019

researchers, who suggest that excessive interaction with e-devices may be related to weaker activity in areas of the brain that are key to understanding scientific texts. Read more


Penn State names Georgia Tech’s Lora Weiss senior vice president for research

Posted on August 8, 2019

Lora G. Weiss, interim senior vice president of the Georgia Institute of Technology and interim director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), has been named senior vice president for research at Penn State, beginning Sept. 16. Weiss also serves as a Regents’ Researcher for the University System of Georgia. Weiss, an accomplished scientist and educator with more than 30 […] Read more


Whole genome sequencing may help officials get a handle on disease outbreaks

Posted on August 6, 2019

In a study, researchers found that both international and domestic sources of Shigella sonnei, which is the fourth most common cause of bacterial foodborne illnesses in the U.S., were from a related group of the bacteria, called Lineage II. Experts originally proposed that the international and domestic strains of Shigella were likely from different sources, according to the researchers, who published their findings in a recent issue of Microbial Genomics. Read more


New tool could reduce security analysts’ workloads by automating data triage

Posted on August 1, 2019

researchers at Penn State and the U.S. Army Research Office have developed a technique that could significantly improve the performance of security analysts. Read more


Careful analysis of volcano’s plumbing system may give tips on pending eruptions

Posted on July 25, 2019

In a study of Hawaii's Kīlauea volcano, the researchers reported that pressure changes in the volcano’s summit reservoirs helped explain the number of earthquakes — or seismicity — in the upper East Rift Zone. This zone is a highly active region where several eruptions have occurred over the last few decades, including a spectacular one in 2018. Read more


Reducing farm greenhouse gas emissions may plant the seed for a cooler planet

Posted on July 24, 2019

By adopting a few beneficial management practices, farms — and particularly dairy farms — can play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet, according to a team of researchers. Read more


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Mourning the loss of associate Mark Ballora

Posted on July 23, 2019

Mark Ballora, a devoted and dynamic professor of Music Technology in the Penn State School of Music, ICDS associate, and newly appointed director of the Arts & Design Research Incubator, unexpectedly passed on Thursday, July 18, 2019. He was 57 years old. Ballora, whose research focused on the sonification of data, regularly collaborated with ICDS […] Read more


Using artificial intelligence to detect discrimination

Posted on July 16, 2019

A new artificial intelligence (AI) tool for detecting unfair discrimination — such as on the basis of race or gender — has been created by researchers at Penn State and Columbia University. Read more


Four ways scholars say we can cut the chances of nasty satellite data surprises

Posted on July 11, 2019

A team of Penn State researchers are reminding policy makers, industry, and citizens that satellite data, left unchecked, can be as dangerous as it is useful and as threatening to national security and civil liberties as it is helpful to the national economy. Read more


Game theory shows why stigmatization may not make sense in modern society

Posted on June 28, 2019

In a study that used game theory to understand how stigmatizing infected people affects the spread of the disease, the researchers found that the availability to modern healthcare now makes stigmatization a less effective strategy for dealing with disease spread. Read more


Older adults can serve communities as engines of everyday innovation

Posted on June 27, 2019

Researchers found that older adults are often leaders in innovation, coupling their knowledge and creativity to, among other things, revitalize communities, improve the environment, and pass on skills and hobbies. Read more


Pig-Pen effect: Mixing skin oil and ozone can produce a personal pollution cloud

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When ozone and skin oils meet, the resulting reaction may help remove ozone from an indoor environment, but it can also produce a personal cloud of pollutants that affects indoor air quality, Read more


Researchers find genes that could help create more resilient chickens

Posted on June 17, 2019

An international team of scientists, led by Penn State researchers, have identified genes that may help farmers, especially ones in low- and middle-income countries, breed chickens that can resist one of the biggest disease threats facing poultry today. In the study, the researchers found that a set of genes differentially expressed in two breeds of chickens can fight off, in varying degrees, Newcastle disease, a virus that hampers poultry production worldwide. Read more


Despite dire predictions, levels of social support remain steady in the U.S.

Posted on June 14, 2019

Despite predictions that Americans might face a loss of social support, researchers suggest Read more


For many, friends and family, not doctors, serve as a gateway to opioid misuse

Posted on June 3, 2019

Nonmedical opioid users were more likely to say they began abusing opioids after friends and family members offered them the drugs, not after being subscribed the pills by doctors, according to researchers. Read more


New algorithm may help people store more pictures, share videos faster

Posted on May 30, 2019

Using artificial intelligence, a Penn State team designed a system that could compress and restore files, such as images. Often there is a loss of quality when images are restored. However, when the algorithm restored sample images, the image quality was better than benchmarks. Read more


Head named for Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering

Posted on May 29, 2019

Jean Paul Allain has been named the inaugural head of the recently established Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State, effective July 1. Read more


Scientific evidence boosts action for activists, decreases action for scientists

Posted on May 23, 2019

When a proposed policy has the backing of scientific evidence, it may boost the likelihood that activists will get involved with the issue. However, references to scientific evidence seem to dampen the activism of scientific experts, according to researchers. Read more


People explore options, then selectively represent good options to make difficult decisions

Posted on May 21, 2019

The researchers found that when participants faced complex choices, they often showed a burst of exploration before settling into preferred options of higher value. This strategy may be one way that people can conserve their cognitive resources and solve problems that exceed their working memory capacity. Read more


Penn State, Monash University joint collaboration announces call for proposals

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Proposals on the topic of the intersection of health and the environment are due by June 15 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The partnership between Penn State and Monash University in Australia began just over a year ago, and yet it seems as if the two have been working together for much longer. “It’s a great […] Read more


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Map reveals that lynching extended far beyond the deep South

Posted on May 15, 2019

Although often thought of as unique to states in the southern U.S., lynching was practiced across the country and, although Southern blacks were by far the most common victim, the violence left few races and ethnic groups unscathed. Read more


Gravitational forces in protoplanetary disks push super-Earths close to stars

Posted on May 10, 2019

A team of Penn State-led astronomers found that as planets form, the orbits of these planets eventually get in synch, causing them to slide — follow-the-leader style — toward the star. Read more


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Supercomputer cluster donation helps turn high school class into climate science research lab

Posted on May 9, 2019

A group of Bald Eagle Area High School physics students are using supercomputer equipment to explore the world as real climate scientists. Read more


Believing machines can out-do people may fuel acceptance of self-driving cars

Posted on May 8, 2019

In a survey, people who had no trouble believing that machines can outperform humans – also called posthuman ability -- were more likely to accept the presence of driverless cars on the highway. Read more


People more likely to trust machines than humans with their private info

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When it comes to private information and access to financial data, people tend to trust machines more than people, which could lead to both positive and negative online behaviors. Read more


LIGO and Virgo observatories detect neutron star smash-ups

Posted on May 2, 2019

Story originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — On April 25, the National Science Foundation’s Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the European-based Virgo detector registered gravitational waves from what appears likely to be a crash between two neutron stars — the dense remnants of massive stars that previously exploded. One day […] Read more


NIH grant funds research to pinpoint natural selection’s influence on genomes

Posted on May 1, 2019

Story originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The human genome — roughly 20,000 genes embedded in our DNA — is the result of millions of years of evolutionary forces as humans and humans’ ancestors struggled to survive. But scientists are unsure exactly how much influence natural selection, one of those evolutionary […] Read more


Hack event gives students a chance to battle back against simulated cyberattack

Posted on April 25, 2019

by Matt Swayne. Originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Malicious cyber activities — or hacks — cost the United States’ economy more than $100 billion a year, or about .64 percent of the nation’s GDP, according to the most recent figures from the White House. Training the next generation of cybersecurity experts is […] Read more


Privacy settings can help ease suspicion of recommendation-making sites and apps

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — When people see that they can control their privacy settings on websites and apps that offer entertainment or product recommendations, they tend to be more trusting of those sites, according to researchers. In a study, a mock-up of an online movie recommendation system that merely suggested that users could customize privacy […] Read more


IBM donates system to Penn State to advance AI research

Posted on April 24, 2019

IBM will donate a system based on the technology that is used in the world’s most powerful supercomputer to Penn State. The system will give researchers a chance to work with the same computing architecture that handles research studies at the government’s national laboratories. Read more


ICS Seed Grants to power projects that use AI, machine learning for common good

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ICS's 2019 seed grant awards, which total $367,632.20, will fund projects that promote uses of and research into machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI). The projects include research utilizing AI to: explore the human-technology frontier, understand human behavior, benefit the social good and also probe the limitations of AI and machine learning. Read more


Penn State’s Leadership in AI Research

Posted on April 18, 2019

Once the fodder of science fiction books and movies, Artificial intelligence — AI — and machine learning are making an impact on nearly every facet of society. Penn State’s Institute for Computational and Data Sciences are among Penn State’s research leaders who are both using AI in their work and studying ways to make sure […] Read more


Adding human touch to unchatty chatbots may lead to bigger letdown

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By Matt Swayne Article originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Sorry, Siri, but just giving a chatbot a human name or adding humanlike features to its avatar might not be enough to win over a user if the device fails to maintain a conversational back-and-forth with that person, according to researchers. […] Read more


First-ever open public alerts are received from LIGO

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Two probable black-hole mergers spotted in first weeks after gravitational-wave detector is updated Two new probable gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of spacetime caused by cataclysmic cosmic events and first predicted by Albert Einstein over 100 years ago — have been detected by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the Virgo observatory […] Read more


North Atlantic warming hole impacts jet stream

Posted on April 16, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The North Atlantic warming hole (NAWH), a region of reduced warming located in the North Atlantic Ocean, significantly affects the North Atlantic jet stream in climate simulations of the future, according to a team of researchers. Sea surface temperatures (SST) are projected to increase in most of the world’s oceans as […] Read more


Predictability limit: Scientists find bounds of weather forecasting

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Fuqing Zhang, an Institute for CyberScience affiliate, is the lead author of the study into the limits of weather predictability. Read more


Researchers to compare Twitter opinions on climate change with real-world views

Posted on April 12, 2019

How do regional opinions on Twitter represent real-world attitudes toward climate change? A team of researchers will work to find out, thanks to recent funding from the Institute for CyberScience, the Social Science Research Institute, and the College of Information Sciences and Technology. Read the full story on Penn State News. Read more


Penn State Berks team advances to MVP Phase of Nittany AI Challenge

Posted on April 11, 2019

The Penn State Berks Resilient Resumes team was one of 10 finalists in the Prototype Phase of the Nittany AI Challenge. Backed by an ICS seed grant, the project is now moving onto the last phase of the competition. Read more


Creepy computers or people partners? Working to make AI that enhances humanity

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Technology can be used as a tool... or a weapon. Penn State researchers are working to make sure AI, a powerful technology, is used as a tool to enhance humanity. Read more


Sky is clearing for using AI to probe weather variability

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Machine learning and other AI tools are increasingly being used to help understand weather and climate variability. That information may help people and policy makers be better prepared for emergencies and opportunities. Read more


Researchers to study genetic roots of Parkinson’s Disease with NSF grant

Posted on April 10, 2019

by Miranda Buckheit. Story originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A pair of Penn State professors will be conducting research in a study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to combine different sources of information to more efficiently identify genes involved in disease progression. Ultimately, discovering genetic modifiers of disease in the […] Read more


‘AI will see you now’: Panel to discuss the AI revolution in health and medicine

Posted on April 3, 2019

This month’s CyberScience Seminar, organized by the Institute for CyberScience (ICS), will be held from 1:30–3 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, in 233B HUB-Robeson Center and will feature a panel of Penn State experts who will discuss the benefits — and the risks — of using AI in the healthcare industry. Read more


Privacy law scholars must address potential for nasty satellite data surprises

Posted on March 26, 2019

In a session at the Penn State Law Review annual symposium held today (March 22), the researchers and Dickinson Law professors said that immediate focus is needed on how vast quantities of data, collected from sensors embedded in smart devices combined with both government-owned and privately owned satellite mapping technologies, is aggregated, used, disseminated, and bought and sold. Read more


Researchers take aim at hackers trying to attack high-value AI models

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Because machine learning creates such valuable models, that also makes those models targets of hackers and malicious attackers, according to Patrick McDaniel, William L. Weiss Professor of Information and Communications Technology in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Penn State and an Institute for CyberScience associate. Read more


Girls, economically disadvantaged less likely to get parental urging to study computers

Posted on March 21, 2019

While perceptions of computing majors among high school students suggest that the geek stereotype is on the way out, a Penn State Lehigh Valley researcher said that universities may want to reach out to parents, particularly parents of female students and ones from lower-income households, to boost support of computer majors. Read more


Seed grants awarded to projects using Twitter data

Posted on March 8, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State’s  Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), in collaboration with the Institute for CyberScience (ICS) and the College of Information Sciences and Technology, has awarded over $100,000 in funding to support six new interdisciplinary teams of Penn State researchers whose work is aimed at developing innovative research programs using Twitter data. […] Read more


Researchers find features that shape mechanical force during protein synthesis

Posted on March 4, 2019

Like any assembly line, the body’s protein-building process generates a mechanical force as it produces these important cellular building blocks. Now, a team of researchers suggest they are one step closer to understanding that force. Read more


New website will help researchers navigate cyberinfrastructure resources

Posted on March 1, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Office of the Vice President for Research has launched to help faculty and staff find data, cyber, programming and IT resources available to researchers at Penn State. The site covers broad categories that include, but are not limited to, data storage, cloud computing, networking, research instrumentation software and much more. “This […] Read more


Penn State competitive event simulates large-scale hack and system breach

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CARLISLE, Pa. — Data breaches and cyber hacks are a major concern for businesses, organizations, and governments. Hacks disrupt operations, put sensitive information at risk, harm an organization’s reputation, jeopardize national security and cost the economy billions of dollars each year. If your organization was hacked, would you know what to do? Register today to participate […] Read more


Coda waves reveal carbon dioxide storage plume

Posted on February 27, 2019

"We usually don't look at coda waves, we usually throw them out," said Tieyuan Zhu, Penn State professor of geophysics and Institute for CyberScience (ICS) associate. "If we look at a carbon dioxide plume underground with P waves we don't see any change in shape, but if we use the late-arriving waves, the coda waves, we see a change." Read more


Graduate student receives AMS award for hurricane research

Posted on February 18, 2019

Kelly Nunez Ocasio had the chance to escape the cold Happy Valley winter for sunny Arizona to showcase her hurricane research alongside long-time professionals and the brightest aspiring minds of meteorology. Read more


Kraft awarded NSF CAREER Award focused on brain mechanics

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The CAREER Award is the most prestigious award offered by NSF in support of early-career faculty. Read more


A peek at living room decor suggests how decorations vary around the world

Posted on February 11, 2019

Using artificial intelligence to analyze design elements, such as artwork and wall colors, in pictures of living rooms posted to Airbnb, a popular home rental website, a team of researchers found that people tended to follow cultural trends when they decorated their interiors. In the United States, where the researchers had economic data from the U.S. Census, they also found that people across socioeconomic lines put similar efforts into interior decoration. Read more


Interactive websites may cause antismoking messages to backfire

Posted on February 6, 2019

Health communicators should be careful selecting interactive features -- like sliders and zooming tools -- because they may interfere with their message among some users. Read more


Changing how government assesses risk may ease fallout from extreme financial events

Posted on January 30, 2019

Changing the way government loan programs assess risk may ease taxpayer burden and better prepare the country for extreme economic events. Read more


White mortgage agents may charge minority borrowers higher mortgage fees

Posted on January 28, 2019

White mortgage brokers may pay minorities who are looking for a home loan more in mortgage fees. Read more


Researcher studies mobile money system to help developing world’s entrepreneurs

Posted on January 15, 2019

Chris Parker's recent work, based on the study of mobile money operators in Tanzania, focuses on the effect recommendations and training have on outcomes in business, based off research. Read more


Differences in genes’ geographic origin influence mitochondrial function

Posted on January 14, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Differences in the geographic origin of genes may affect the function of human mitochondria — energy-generating organelles inside of cells — according to a new study. Mitochondria have their own genome, separate from the nuclear genome contained in the nucleus of the cell, and both genomes harbor genes integral to energy […] Read more


Searching the stars: Penn State is growing the global SETI community, looking for intelligent life across the cosmos

Posted on January 4, 2019

Penn State's first graduate-level course in SETI — one of only two in the country — is one way the University is helping discover whether there are signs of extraterrestrial life. program is, itself, one of the few in the world. Read more


National experts collaborate at Penn State to address election security

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Experts from across the country met at Penn State to discuss election security. The experts came from a range of disciplines as diverse as public policy and cybersecurity to collaborate on solutions to election security threats. Read more


People acquainted with gays and lesbians tend to support same-sex marriage later

Posted on December 12, 2018

People who make friendships with gays and lesbian people tend to support issues that are important to the LGBTQ community. This study lends support to the 'contact theory,' which suggests that developing diverse friendships can spark social transformations. Read more


ICS associate helped discover structure of perovskite crystal in NSF and ICS funded study

Posted on December 6, 2018

ICS associate Susan Sinnott, department head and professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and a team of materials scientists from Penn State, Cornel, and Argonne National Laboratory have visualized the 3D atomic and electron density structure of the most complex perovskite crystal structure system. Perovskites are minerals that are of interest as electrical insulators, semiconductors, […] Read more


LIGO supercomputer upgrade will speed up groundbreaking astrophysics research

Posted on December 5, 2018

Penn State recently invested in an upgrade to its portion of the LIGO Data Grid, which was part of a network of supercomputer clusters that helped discover evidence for the existence of gravitational waves. The upgrade will roughly quadruple the cluster’s capacity for conducting cutting-edge astronomy and astrophysics research. Read more


ICS Affiliate named AGU fellow

Posted on December 3, 2018

Professor Fuqing Zhang in Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and ICS affiliate has been elected as a 2018 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). AGU elects as Fellows members whose visionary leadership and scientific excellence have fundamentally advanced research in their respective fields. Zhang, a professor in Penn State’s Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric […] Read more


AI, machine learning focus of Institute for CyberScience seed grant initiative

Posted on November 28, 2018

Now through Jan. 14, 2019, the Penn State Institute for CyberScience (ICS) is accepting applications for seed grant projects focused on artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, projects relating to the National Science Foundation’s 10 Big Ideas or other compute-intensive exploratory research projects. “Artificial intelligence has the potential to be a game-changer for research across all disciplines, […] Read more


ICS associate director named AAAS Fellow

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Vasant G. Honavar, professor and Edward Frymoyer Chair of Information Sciences and Technology, and associate director of the Institute for CyberScience, is one of the three Penn State faculty members who have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Read more


Professor uses statistics to better assess California wildfire risks

Posted on November 26, 2018

Ben Shaby, a Penn State statistics professor and ICS co-hire, is working to help mitigate the effects of these natural disasters by applying complex statistical models to better understand the likeliness that extreme forest fires will develop. Read more


Associate director named 2018 distinguished member of Association for Computing Machinery

Posted on November 9, 2018

Vasant G. Honavar, professor and Edward Frymoyer Chair of Information Sciences and Technology, and associate director of the Institute for CyberScience, has been named a distinguished member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest and most prestigious association of computing professionals. Honavar, who is one of 49 distinguished members named for 2018, was recognized […] Read more


ICS co-hire Eric Ford weighs in on report by National Academies of Sciences

Posted on November 8, 2018

Eric Ford, professor of astronomy and astrophysics, Institute for CyberScience co-hire and director of the Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds (CEHW) at Penn State spoke on the report created by the National Academies of Sciences, which was released in early September. The report said in order to answer significant questions about planetary systems, such as […] Read more


Panel highlights legal, business side of using human health data in research

Posted on November 2, 2018

In today’s world where information moves at a rapid pace, how do researchers make sure they are following the proper rules, especially when their studies pertain to sensitive information such as health data? Four panelists and one moderator joined together on Oct. 11 to discuss matters of cyber security, privacy and health data for an […] Read more


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States that heavily invest in legislature more influential in public policy

Posted on October 31, 2018

Using more than 100 years of public policy data to pinpoint patterns between any states adopting similar policies, Bruce Desmarais, associate professor of political science and an Institute for CyberScience co-hired faculty member, found that sizable states, such as California, New York or Florida with the income to invest in creating full-time legislative positions, are […] Read more


ICS Associate given $10 million grant from NSF for machine learning

Posted on October 29, 2018

ICS associate Patrick McDaniel, distinguished professor of computer science and engineering and the William L. Weiss Chair in Information and Communications Technology in the Penn State College of Engineering, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Frontier grant to establish and lead the Center for Trustworthy Machine Learning. This five year grant was awarded through the NSF’s Secure […] Read more


Bruce Desmarais named DeGrandis-McCourtney Early Career Professor

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Bruce Desmarais, Penn State associate professor of political science, has been named the inaugural William and Monica DeGrandis-McCourtney Early Career Professor of Political Science by the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts. Read more


SSRI to use Twitter data to create new innovative research programs

Posted on October 17, 2018

Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute(SSRI) is seeking teams to develop innovative research programs using Twitter data. Researchers are encouraged to submit pilot projects using Twitter data in social science research. Learn more about this competition and its goals on Penn State News. Read more


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Former White House National Security Council (NSC) staff joins CSRE

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Herbert O. Wolfe has joined the Center for Security Research and Education(CSRE) at Penn State as its inaugural associate director. Wofle will also serve as a professor of practice in the School of International Affairs. He will work with Director James W. Houck and representatives of CSRE’s member units in planning and executing the center’s strategic mission, […] Read more


ICS co-hire Reuben Kraft recognized with Outstanding Teaching Award

Posted on October 9, 2018

Reuben Kraft, assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering and co-hire with the Penn State Institute of CyberScience, is being recognized with the 2018 Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Outstanding Teaching Award. This award distinguishes an outstanding engineering educator for excellence in teaching and for their contributions to the art of teaching. These teaching awards […] Read more


NSF funds three-year study of virtual-reality engineering simulations

Posted on October 8, 2018

Researchers at the Data-Driven Decisions lab at Penn State Behrend and the Design Analysis Technology Advancement lab at University Park are developing a virtual-reality simulation that will place industrial engineering students in an interactive and immersive manufacturing environment. Read more


New weather model could increase tornado-warning times

Posted on October 2, 2018

A team of Penn State researchers are first to use satellite data from the newly online GOES-16 satellite in numerical models designed to forecast tornadic thunderstorms, which cause 17 percent of all severe weather deaths in the United States. Read more


Professor expands scope of data science techniques in new book

Posted on September 24, 2018

John Harlim’s "Data-Driven Computational Methods: Parameter and Operator Estimations" describes data science from the classic mathematical perspective and provides rigorous understanding of many existing new techniques that have been successfully used to analyze data. Read more


Putting answers to the test

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Penn State researchers have developed a machine-learning method to automatically generate "distractor" responses in a multiple-choice question, making exams easier for instructors to create yet more intellectually challenging for the test-takers. Read more


ICS affiliate uses 3D electron microscopy to study wastewater recycling

Posted on September 19, 2018

 Enrique Gomez, professor of chemical engineering and ICS affiliate, used electron tomography and quantitative analysis of 3D models to study the structure of reverse osmosis membranes widely used for salt water desalination wastewater recycling. Gomez stated that these reverse osmosis membranes are layers of material that screen out 99 to 99.9 percent of salt while allowing water […] Read more


Python coding workshops to fill gap for research community

Posted on September 12, 2018

Patrick Dudas and Adam Lavely co-host a workshop series that will focus on the Python programming with hopes of benefitting researchers who are eager to improve their computer programming skills. Read more


Parallel computing boot camp: hundreds learn together, miles apart

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The XSEDE Summer Boot Camp brought 400 students, faculty and staff together for a fast-paced, in-depth online program on parallel computing. Read more


Researchers can build supercomputing skills in fall training series

Posted on September 6, 2018

Penn State researchers looking to build their high-performance computing (HPC) skills can get both basic and intermediate training through a series of workshops hosted by the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) this fall. Each session is free but requires registration as seating is limited. The four-part series is designed to give an overview of […] Read more


Survival on water planets may be possible according to new study

Posted on August 31, 2018

Eric Ford, an ICS co-hire and professor of astronomy and astrophysics, coauthored a study with Edwin Kite, assistant professor of geophysical sciences at the University of Chicago. Through thousands of simulations on the Institute for CyberScience-Advanced CyberInfrastructure and the University of Chicago’s Research Computing Center, the duo determined that life on water planets may be possible. Learn more […] Read more


Using social media to solve social problems- study funded by ICS seed grant

Posted on August 20, 2018

Guangqing Chi, an ICS associate and associate professor of rural sociology and demography and public health sciences in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education, used his ICS seed grant to help fund his National Science Foundation-funded study on social media and social problems. Chi used geotagged tweets from 2014 to 2017 to compare data to […] Read more


Self-control develops gradually in adolescent brain

Posted on August 14, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA — Different parts of the brain mature at different times, which may help to explain impulsive behaviors in adolescence, suggest researchers from Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh. The team discovered that the brain’s salience network, a group of regions that work together to help people assess the importance of stimuli […] Read more


ICS-ACI used to study ancient macaw breeding

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Richard George, a graduate student in anthropology at Penn State, utilized the ICS- Advanced CyberInfrastructure to sequence the mitochondrial DNA of bird remains found in the Chaco Canyon and Mimbres areas of New Mexico. Their studies discovered that macaw’s hadn’t been taken from their natural habitats and transported, but there is evidence that the macaws were […] Read more


ICS Co-Hire discusses gravitational wave detection and collaboration

Posted on August 7, 2018

Chad Hanna, a Penn State astrophysicist, ICS co-hired faculty, and member of the international research team that studies gravitational waves, reflected on the group’s achievements, “multi-messenger astronomy,” and the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in an article titled “Listening to the Universe.” The LIGO Scientific Collaboration includes more than 1,000 researchers from various institutions across […] Read more


ICS associate collaborates on research to study interactive media engagement

Posted on August 6, 2018

Shyam Sundar, an ICS associate, distinguished professor of communications and co-director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory, has suggested, through two studies, that online engagement is a sequence of assessments and interactions. The two studies researched four factors such as physical interaction, interface assessment, absorption and digital outreach. Sundar worked with Jeeyun Oh from the University […] Read more


Vice President for Research discusses impact of fundamental science

Posted on July 24, 2018

Penn State Vice President for Research Neil Sharkey visited Washington D.C. on July 18 for the “2018 University Senior Research Officer Roundtable: The Economic Impact of Fundamental Scientific Research” that was hosted by the Science Coalition and the Association of American Universities. The event discussed the state of commercialization of innovations derived from fundamental university research; federal investment to support this […] Read more


Fantastic plastics: Research collaboration could reshape injection molding

Posted on July 18, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. — As Ralph Colby peers at the microscope image in front of him, he thinks he can make them out — “shish kebabs,” as polymer scientists call them. Nobody knows for sure what they are, but these shapes that appear at seemingly unpredictable times when certain plastics cool have a big impact […] Read more


Faculty wins NSF CAREER Award to model structure of extreme weather events

Posted on July 17, 2018

University Park, PA– One Penn State professor is seeking to create spatial statistical models for extreme events such as large forest fires, floods and heavy rainstorms to help make better decisions on infrastructure, preparation and mitigation. Benjamin Shaby, assistant professor of statistics and Penn State Institute for CyberScience faculty co-hire, has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award for […] Read more


ICS Affiliate working in team to better understand migraine origins

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Bruce J. Gluckman, an ICS affiliate, Penn State professor and associate director of the Center for Neural Engineering, is working with fellow Penn State researchers and an international team to learn more about migraines and their origins. The team has not cured migraines yet, but they are working on understanding the mechanisms which cause these types […] Read more


Penn State researchers part of team to discover source of high-energy neutrino

Posted on July 13, 2018

Doug Cowen, ICDS affiliate and professor of physics and astronomy and astrophysics and founding member of the IceCube collaboration; Derek Fox, associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics; and Azadeh Keivani, a postdoctoral scholar have assisted the IceCube Observatory in identification of high-energy neutrinos. Together with a new analysis of the IceCube team’s full dataset, there […] Read more


ICS Affiliate Murali Haran named head of Department of Statistics

Posted on July 10, 2018

Story originally published on Penn State News. Written by Gail McCormick July 9, 2018   UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. — Murali Haran, professor of statistics, has been named the new head of the Department of Statistics at Penn State, effective July 1. Haran succeeds David Hunter, professor of statistics, who had served as head of the […] Read more


Seven ICS faculty receive promotions

Posted on June 29, 2018

ICS would like to congratulate the following co-hires receiving promotions beginning July 1: Chad R. Hanna has been promoted to associate professor. Hanna is a part of the Department of Physics in the Eberly College of Science. Hanna focuses on gravitational-wave astrophysics, black holes, and neutron stars. John Harlim has been promoted to professor. Harlim […] Read more


Mars dust storm may lead to new weather discoveries 

Posted on June 26, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA — Mars is experiencing an estimated 15.8-million–square-mile dust storm, roughly the size of North and South America. This storm may not be good news for the NASA solar-powered Opportunity rover, but one Penn State professor sees this as a chance to learn more about Martian weather. Steven Greybush, an assistant professor of meteorology […] Read more


Engineering students worldwide learn new skills using Penn State’s supercomputer

Posted on June 22, 2018

Using Penn State's supercomputer, known as the Institute for CyberScience Advanced CyberInfrastructure, engineering students are learning ways they can simulate and test car crashes, new materials and products in one Penn State World Campus course. Read more


Renowned cyber, privacy law scholar joins Dickinson Law, CyberScience Institute

Posted on June 4, 2018

CARLISLE, PA. — Penn State’s Dickinson Law and the Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) have announced the joint appointment of Anne Toomey McKenna as a distinguished scholar of cyber law and policy and professor in practice. McKenna is an attorney and author with more than 24 years of practice experience in cyber, […] Read more


CyberScience co-hire awarded ACS OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award

Posted on May 17, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. — Edward O’Brien, assistant professor of chemistry and an Institute for CyberScience faculty co-hire, has been awarded the American Chemical Society (ACS) OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in Computational Chemistry for his work “Origins of the Mechanochemical Coupling of Peptide Bond Formation to Protein Synthesis.” The ACS Computers in Chemistry Division awards […] Read more


Mechanical force controls the speed of protein synthesis

Posted on May 16, 2018

  UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. — As cells create proteins, the proteins modulate synthesis speed by exerting a mechanical force on the molecular machine that makes them, according to a team of scientists who used a combination of computational and experimental techniques to understand this force. Proteins power many of a cell’s vital functions, from providing […] Read more


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Institute for CyberScience announces 2018 ICS Seed Grant recipients

Posted on April 2, 2018

The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) has announced the recipients of the 2018 ICS Seed Grant awards. This year, 18 researchers will receive funding from ICS. More than $413,000 is being awarded through this program. Read more


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National Science Foundation Budget Update for FY18 and FY19

Posted on March 27, 2018

First and foremost, as you’ve probably read in the media, Congress passed a spending bill for FY 2018 (the current fiscal year, ending on September 30, 2018) this past week, which was signed into law on Friday by the President. Under this FY 2018 budget,  NSF’s funding will grow by approximately $300 million as compared to FY 2017, to approximately $7.8 billion. Read more


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Penn State Startup Week set for March 26-30

Posted on March 19, 2018

The University Park campus will once again play host to dozens of entrepreneurs and innovative thought leaders during Penn State Startup Week from March 26-30. The campus-wide initiative is an expansion of the College of Information Sciences and Technology’s IST Startup Week, which the college created in 2012. Throughout the week, students, faculty, staff and […] Read more


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Researchers create tool to better geographic projections in atmospheric modeling

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Open-source code developed by a Penn State graduate could improve weather forecasting and a range of other research endeavors that rely on pairing atmospheric models with satellite imagery. Read more


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Does your code stand up to scrutiny?

Posted on March 13, 2018

This article originally appeared as an editorial in Nature. Read the original here. Computer code written by scientists forms the basis of an increasing number of studies across many fields — and an increasing number of papers that report the results. So, more papers should include these executable algorithms in the peer-review process. From this […] Read more


ICS researchers explore hurricanes through sound

Posted on March 2, 2018

Written by Eli Kaberon The most recent hurricane season caused horrific devastation across Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas – flooding streets, damaging property and taking lives. For millions of people in these areas, life will never be the same. More than 1000 miles away, a pair of researchers are studying hurricanes in a new way. […] Read more


ICS Symposium 2018: March 30

Posted on February 27, 2018

  UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — In today’s society, data is being collected everywhere, all the time — from your phone, from your car, in hospitals, in the workplace. Data has the potential to solve major social problems. But to make sense of such massive quantities of data, researchers must find innovative methods to gather and […] Read more


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ICS names distinguished visiting researchers for spring 2018

Posted on January 12, 2018

The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) will bring two acclaimed researchers to Penn State in spring 2018 through the ICS Distinguished Visiting Researcher Program. The program provides funding for accomplished scholars in computational science fields to visit, deliver seminars, meet students, and discuss potential collaborations with Penn State faculty. The visitors who have been selected for […] Read more


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ICS associate director awarded Penn State seed grant

Posted on January 11, 2018

Vasant Honavar, Professor and Edward Frymoyer Chair of Information Sciences and Technology and associate director of the Institute for CyberScience (ICS), has been awarded a seed grant from Penn State University. The grant will fund the Digital Collaboratory for Precision Health Research, a project focusing on the collection, security, and management of big health data. […] Read more


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New data center crunches big numbers, solves big problems

Posted on January 5, 2018

Too much of a good thing. That’s the situation many scientists face in this age of Big Data. With sophisticated sensors and surveys gathering information all the time, everywhere, the pile of data available to researchers is growing at a dizzying pace — so fast, that in many cases it has outstripped our ability to […] Read more


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ICS co-sponsors Health, Environment Seed Grant Program

Posted on December 21, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A collection of Penn State research institutes, including the Institute for CyberScience, together with  the College of Medicine have announced seed grant funding for innovative and collaborative research projects in the area of health and the environment. Penn State researchers from all campuses are invited to submit proposals for funding of […] Read more


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Flowing towards cleaner rivers

Posted on December 12, 2017

What does a river researcher look like? The question may conjure images of people in leaning over the sides of boats to gather water samples or standing in swirling currents with large nets to catch debris, chest-high waders almost entirely submerged. You’re probably not picturing someone sitting at a computer, writing code and devising complex […] Read more


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E-devices may interfere with science reading comprehension

Posted on December 6, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — People who often read on electronic devices may have a difficult time understanding scientific concepts, according to a team of researchers. They suggest that this finding, among others in the study, could also offer insights on how reading a scientific text differs from casual reading. In a study, a group of […] Read more


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ICS-ACI Training Series Spring 2018

Posted on December 1, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) will hold a series of training sessions in spring 2018 for researchers who use high-performance computing (HPC). The training will cover HPC best practices and build attendees’ capacity to use Penn State’s high-performance research cloud, the Advanced CyberInfrastructure (ICS-ACI). ICS will offer four different training seminars. […] Read more


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IceCube research near South Pole reveals how Earth blocks high-energy particles

Posted on November 29, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — For the first time, a science experiment has measured Earth’s ability to absorb neutrinos — the smaller-than-an-atom particles that zoom throughout space and through us by the trillions every second at nearly the speed of light. The experiment was achieved with the IceCube detector, an array of 5,160 basketball-sized sensors frozen […] Read more


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New fish passage will help restore migratory fish populations

Posted on November 28, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The addition of a nature-like fish passage to a Susquehanna River dam in Pennsylvania should allow migrating fish to more easily reach spawning grounds, according to Penn State researchers. “The basic idea is to open up part of the dam and then let fishes go through,” said Xiaofeng Liu, assistant professor […] Read more


ICS director is AMS president-elect

Posted on November 17, 2017

November 16, 2017—BOSTON, MA—The American Meteorological Society (AMS) announced the winners of its 2018 elections for AMS president-elect as well as five new Council members, based on AMS membership voting. Jenni Evans, professor of meteorology and director of the Institute for Cyber Science at the Pennsylvania State University, will serve as the AMS president-elect during […] Read more


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Penn State research expenditures reach all-time high

Posted on November 10, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State’s research expenditures reached a record high of $863 million for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, an increase of $27 million, according to Vice President for Research Neil Sharkey. The total included $534 million in federal funds, and $329 million from a combination of private funders, the Commonwealth, and University sources. […] Read more


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ICS supports cryo-electron microscope research

Posted on November 6, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A new cryo-electron microscope, cryo-EM, that is also a spectrometer will bring life science methods together with materials science practices together to improve both fields and share methods across disciplines. The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) supports this instrument by facilitating the transfer, offloading, and storage of the data it produces. “The […] Read more


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Using big data to stop fake news

Posted on October 20, 2017

Dongwon Lee, an associate professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, and S. Shyam Sundar, distinguished professor in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, will speak on “Big Data and Fake News: The Penn State Institute for CyberScience (ICS) is hosting the event as part of the ICS CyberScience Seminars, a series […] Read more


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ICS affiliate helps ward against cyberattacks

Posted on October 18, 2017

When a computer system is compromised by a cybercriminal, chaos ensues. Not only have attackers accessed the data they’re after, they could also bring the everyday business processes to a grinding halt. Thanks to new research from the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), there may be a new way to help […] Read more


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Oracle Labs VP to speak on novel programming language interface

Posted on October 12, 2017

Eric Sedlar, vice president and technical director of Oracle Labs, will deliver a talk entitled “Zero-cost multilingual program execution using GraalVM Language-Level Virtualization.” The talk will occur Oct. 24 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in 233A HUB-Robeson Center. This event is free and open to the public. The lecture is sponsored by the Institute for […] Read more


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ICS part of new interdisciplinary security center

Posted on October 9, 2017

The Institute for CyberScience is part of a new center at Penn State designed to bring together the University’s many strengths in all aspects of national, homeland, and global security. The new Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) incorporates 10 Penn State colleges, schools, and research units to focus a broad range of academic […] Read more


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ICS co-hire joins celebration of 2017 Nobel Prize

Posted on October 5, 2017

Penn State scientists and students on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory team (LIGO) are celebrating three LIGO leaders who have been honored with the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences selected the three — Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish, and Kip S. Thorne — “for decisive contributions to the LIGO […] Read more


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IceCube Researcher wins poster prize

Posted on September 28, 2017

A postdoctoral researcher in physics, Philipp Eller, has won a prize for research performed using the CyberLAMP HPC system operated by the Institute for CyberScience (ICS). Eller attained first prize for his poster “High-statistics and GPU-Accelerated Data Analysis” at the 18th International Workshop on Advanced Computing and Analysis Techniques in Physics Research (ACAT 2017) in Seattle, […] Read more


New gravitational wave hits Earth

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For the first time, three detectors have tracked the gravitational waves emitted by a merger of two black holes — a critical new capability that allows scientists to more closely locate a gravitational wave’s birthplace in space. Gravitational waves are ripples in space and time created when two massive, compact objects such as black holes […] Read more


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ICS co-hire receives $1 million in grants for his research

Posted on September 26, 2017

Gang Tan, associate professor of computer science and engineering at Penn State and an ICS co-hire, and colleagues have been awarded two research grants to help them design a software tool chain — languages compilers and runtime systems — that will allow programmers to take advantage of modern memory features, including encrypted memory, transactional memory […] Read more


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Forecasting student success with machine learning

Posted on September 20, 2017

Drew Wham, a data scientist for Penn State’s Education Technology Services, will deliver a talk entitled “Using Machine Learning to Forecast Student Outcomes.” The talk will occur Oct. 5 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in 233A HUB-Robeson Center. This event is free and open to the public. The lecture is sponsored by the Institute for […] Read more


ICS director to be featured on PBS show: SciTech Now

Posted on August 25, 2017

Jenni Evans, the director of The Pennsylvania State University’s Institute of ComputerScience (ICS), will be featured on the PBS show SciTech Now. The segment will premiere locally on WPSU-TV at 9:00 PM on August 28, 2017. UPDATED 8/30/2017: View the segment. Jenni Evans presents her research at 03:25 Evans will talk about her work on the […] Read more


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ICS launches CyberScience Seminar series

Posted on August 16, 2017

This fall a new, monthly seminar series from the Penn State Institute for CyberScience (ICS) will explore the frontiers of cyberscience research. The seminars, presented by Penn State faculty who use computational and big data methods in their research, are free and open to the public. ICS aims for the seminars to bring together researchers […] Read more


ICS faculty member wins $1.9 million NIH award

Posted on August 10, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Edward O’Brien, assistant professor of chemistry, Penn State and an associate with the University’s Institute for CyberScience (ICS), has received a grant for $1.9 million over 5 years from the National Institutes of Health. The award will support fundamental research on how proteins form. O’Brien’s study, “Modeling the influence of translation-elongation […] Read more


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ICS offers training sessions for high-performance computing

Posted on August 9, 2017

The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) announces a series of training sessions during the 2017-18 academic year for researchers who use Penn State’s high-performance research cloud, the Advanced CyberInfrastructure (ICS-ACI). The series helps beginning users of ICS-ACI get started and, for intermediate users, showcases best practices for using ICS-ACI efficiently. “ICS-ACI is a powerful and valuable […] Read more


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ICS offers training sessions for high-performance computing

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The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) announces a series of training sessions during the 2017-18 academic year for researchers who use Penn State’s high-performance research cloud, the Advanced CyberInfrastructure (ICS-ACI). The series helps beginning users of ICS-ACI get started and, for intermediate users, showcases best practices for using ICS-ACI efficiently. “ICS-ACI is a powerful and valuable […] Read more


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ICS invites faculty to collaborate on NSF “Smart and Connected Communities” (S&CC) solicitation

Posted on August 7, 2017

The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) will host a collaboration session to bring together researchers interested in an upcoming National Science Foundation (NSF) funding opportunity on “Smart and Connected Communities” (S&CC). The session will take place Friday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon in 233A HUB-Robeson Center. The collaboration session is designed to help researchers […] Read more


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Sad! Drifting word meanings may be creating two different political languages

Posted on July 31, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — If the current political discourse sounds a little like people are speaking two different languages, Penn State psychologists, who studied political rhetoric over the past three presidential elections, say that may be close to the case, semantically speaking. In a series of studies, the researchers found a split between the same […] Read more


Chuck Pavloski

Choosing the best supercomputer for your research

Posted on July 19, 2017

Free seminar to help researchers choose the best HPC resources to fit their needs. Read more


Chuck Pavloski

Choosing the best supercomputer for your research

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Dr. Chuck Pavloski, R&D engineer for earth sciences at the Institute for CyberScience (ICS), will offer a seminar entitled “Big Decision: Choosing Your HPC Resources Wisely” to the Penn State research community. The free seminar will be held August 10 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in W203 Millennium Science Complex. The seminar will help researchers […] Read more


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ICS offers graduate student travel awards

Posted on July 17, 2017

The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) is accepting applications for the SuperComputing ’17 Student Travel Awards. Through this new program, graduate students can receive funding to attend the SuperComputing 2017 (SC17) conference in Denver, Colorado, this November. Applications are due Aug. 15. Up to three awards of $1,000 will be made to cover student travel costs […] Read more


ICS offers graduate student travel awards

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The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) is accepting applications for the SuperComputing ’17 Student Travel Awards. Through this new program, graduate students can receive funding to attend the SuperComputing 2017 (SC17) conference in Denver, Colorado, this November. Applications are due Aug. 15. Up to three awards of $1,000 will be made to cover student travel costs […] Read more


Losing Net Neutrality: ‘People Will Notice’

Posted on July 12, 2017

When nearly 200 websites, including heavyweights like Amazon, Netflix, Snapchat and Twitter, as well as those of individuals and start-up companies, combine for the Net Neutrality Day of Action on July 12, a Penn State expert expects people to notice the high-stakes awareness campaign. “A variety of public interest groups and major corporations are joining […] Read more


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ICS associate thinks ‘people will notice’ Net Neutrality Day of Action

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When nearly 200 websites, including heavyweights like Amazon, Netflix, Snapchat and Twitter, as well as those of individuals and start-up companies, combine for the Net Neutrality Day of Action on July 12, a Penn State expert expects people to notice the high-stakes awareness campaign. “A variety of public interest groups and major corporations are joining […] Read more


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ICS affiliate to demonstrate July 13 at Arts Festival Booth

Posted on July 11, 2017

While data is often used to form a line on a graph describing a phenomenon — think points on a chart — what happens when it comes to life as a musical score? For Mark Ballora, a professor of music technology and an ICS affiliate, sonifying data not only makes perfect sense, it also offers […] Read more


2017 Human Health and the Environment seed grant recipients announced

Posted on July 7, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Human Health and the Environment seed grants for 2017 have been awarded to a pool of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State. These seed grants were funded by eight separate Penn State research entities and institutes which collectively contributed over $500,000. ICS Associate Director Vasant Honavar, ICS Associate Keith Cheng, and ICS Affiliate […] Read more