2015 News Archive

Data mining Instagram feeds can point to teenage drinking patterns

October 29, 2015

Drinking Habits

Using photos and text from Instagram, a team of researchers from the University of Rochester has shown that this data can not only expose patterns of underage drinking more cheaply and faster than conventional surveys, but also find new patterns, such as what alcohol brands or types are favored by different demographic groups. 

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Search for Faculty in Data Science

October 23, 2015


The University of Rochester is seeking applicants for tenure track or tenured positions in interdisciplinary research areas within data science. This search complements department-specific searches in data science currently underway.

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November 14: Rochester Healthcare Deep Data Dive!

October 15, 2015

Healthcare Deep Data Dive

The Rochester Center for Health Informatics and the Goergen Institute for Data Science will host its inaugural Rochester Healthcare Deep Data Dive (ROCHD3) unconference in the Saunders Research Building from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 14. The event is free to attend, though registration is required.

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Dancing with Computers

September 11, 2015

Graphic showing laptop at table

Go into any public space and look at the people around you. Odds are, some if not most of them will have their neck craned downward, their eyes lowered, and one hand cradling their phone. You’re looking at one of the primary relationships in the lives of many people today.

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UR takes deep dive into big data

May 22, 2015

Solomon Abiola

Rochester's Democrat and Chronicle featured a story on UR's big data initiatives highlighting research, the new building, and academic programs. Solomon Abiola, Henry Kautz, and Rob Clark were all featured and quoted.

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Wearable technology can help with public speaking

March 30, 2015

Google Glass

Speaking in public is the top fear for many people. Now, researchers from the Human-Computer Interaction Group at the University of Rochester have developed an intelligent user interface for “smart glasses” that gives real-time feedback to the speaker on volume modulation and speaking rate, while being minimally distracting.

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Meliora Challenge Surpasses $1.2 Billion Initial Goal

March 25, 2015

university leaders standing around sign that reads $1,206,508,910

The University of Rochester’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, has surpassed its initial $1.2 billion goal. The campaign’s primary objective was achieved thanks in part to an $11 million commitment from Robert and Pamela Goergen to the University’s Institute for Data Science.

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Renowned expert gave presentation on breakthroughs in data science

March 11, 2015

Eric Horvitz

Eric Horvitz, director of Microsoft Research and member of the Institute for Data Science's external advisory committee, was on campus on March 3, 2015 to discuss how data science can help solve previously intractable problems in clinical medicine, public health, transportation, disaster recovery, and many other areas. 

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Apple Highlights Parkinson'sApp with URMC Ties

March 9, 2015

Parkinson's Disease

A new iPhone mobile app which allows patients with Parkinson’s disease to track their symptoms in real time and share this information with researchers was featured by Apple executives today during the company’s semi-annual product launch event.  

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A picture is worth 1000 words, but how many emotions?

February 5, 2015

Political campaigning

Jiebo Luo, professor of computer science at the University of Rochester, in collaboration with researchers at Adobe Research has come up with a more accurate way than currently possible to train computers to be able to digest data that comes in the form of images.

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Video Spotlight: Tracking Flu Via Twitter

January 26, 2015

aerial view of New York with twitter balloon captions

Researchers at the University of Rochester showed last year how Twitter can be used to predict how likely it is for a Twitter user to become sick. They have now used Twitter to model how other factors -- social status, exposure to pollution, interpersonal interaction and others -- influence health.

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