Center Networking / Strategic Planning Series


Identifying data science grand challenges that Columbia University is well positioned to address.


This series is open to Columbia University faculty and researchers. RSVP's are appreciated but not required: <RSVP HERE>


Group discussion, led by the Data Science Institute Center Chairs, will focus on specific problems that illustrate the power of data science in a concrete way and how a solution to these problems can dramatically impact society. Preceding the discussion, select faculty will present lightning talks on research that can stimulate ideas on grand challenges, as well as potential solutions. Light refreshments will be served.

This site will be updated as rooms and faculty presenters are confirmed.


Frontiers in Computing Systems: Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Time: 1:15pm-3:30pm
Room: 311 William & June Warren Hall, 1125 Amsterdam (Entrance @ 115th/Amsterdam)
Faculty Presenters: Stefano Fusi (Neuroscience), Sitharthan Kamalakaran (Institute for Genomic Medicine), Kyle Mandli (Applied Physics/Applied Mathematics), Bob Mawhinney (Physics), Steve Nowick (Computer Science), Mingoo Seok    (Electrical Engineering), Cliff Stein (Industrial Engineering & Operations Research), Eugene Wu (Computer Science)

Moderator: Steve Nowick (Computer Science)


Center for Foundations of Data Science: Thursday, December 8, 2016

Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Room: 750 CEPSR
Faculty Presenters: Andrew Gelman (Statistics), Elizabeth Tipton (Applied Statistics, Teacher’s College), Alex Andoni (Computer Science), Shih-Fu Chang (Electrical Engineering), John Wright (Electrical Engineering)
Moderator: Tian Zheng (Statistics)


Center for Financial and Business Analytics: Monday, November 28, 2016

Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Room: 333 URIS
Faculty Presenters: Eva Ascarza (Business School--Marketing), Agostino Capponi (IEOR), Harry Mamaysky (Business School--Finance and Economics), Serena Ng (Economics), Andrea Prat (Business School--Finance and Economics), Stefan Wager (Business School--DRO), Xunyu Zhou (Industrial Engineering and Operations Research), Omar Besbes (Business School--DRO)

Center for Sense, Collect and Move Data: Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Room: Davis Auditorium, 412 CEPSR (530 West 120th Street)
Faculty Presenters: Sunil Agrawal (Mechanical Engineering), Vijay Modi (Mechanical Engineering), Maria Feng (Civil Engineering), Dan Rubenstein (Computer Science), Eugene Wu (Computer Science), Sabine Marx (Earth Institute), John Kymissis (Electrical Engineering), Mingoo Seok (Electrical Engineering)

Center for Health Analytics: Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm
Room: Davis Auditorium
Faculty Presenters: David Albert (Dental Medicine, Community Health), Andrea Califano (Systems Biology), Adam Ciarleglio (Biostatistics), Keith Diaz (Medicine), Yaniv Erlich (Computer Science), Olena Mamykina (Biomedical Informatics), Peter Muenning (Public Health), Sid Kamalakaran (Institute for Genomic Medicine)

Center for Cybersecurity: Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm
Room: 1406 Northwest Corner Building
Faculty Presenters: Daniel Richman (Law), Shivaram Rajgopal (Business), Susan McGregor (Journalism), Suman Jana (Computer Science)

Center for Smart Cities: Thursday, October 20, 2016

Time: 2:30pm-4:30pm
Room: Davis Auditorium
Faculty Presenters:
Andrew Smyth (Civil Engineering), Fred Jiang (Electrical Engineering), Richard Plunz (Architecture, Planning and Preservation), Patricia Culligan (Civil Engineering), Sharon Di (Civil Engineering), Ester Fuchs (International and Public Affairs)

Center for New Media: Friday, October 14, 2016

Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Room: 1406 Northwest Corner Building
Faculty Presenters: Mark Hansen (Journalism), Alex Gil (Digital Libraries), Juan Saldarriaga (Architecture, Planning and Preservation), Elisabeth Gawthrop (International Research Institute for Climate & Society), Dennis Tenen (English), Kathleen McKeown (Computer Science)
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