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Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs and Spokes Workshop #BDHubs

Held in conjunction with the 31st IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium

Buena Vista Palace Hotel
Orlando, Florida USA
June 2, 2017

The ability to access, analyze, and extract insight from vast amounts of data has driven innovation in several areas of science, medicine, and industry. However, an ongoing challenge has been how to apply insights gained from data-intensive research in one sector (be it academia, industry, government, etc.) to other sectors and wider audiences. In addition, there are several challenges specific to certain regions of the country, which could benefit from frequent face-to-face collaboration.

To address these issues, the National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded $6 million to establish four regional Hubs across the nation [1] which focus on data science innovation and partnership building. The consortia are coordinated from: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Midwest Hub) [2]; Columbia University (Northeast Hub) [3]; Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of North Carolina (South Hub) [4]; and the University of California, San Diego, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Washington (West Hub) [5]. These Hubs consist of over 250 partners from all 50 states. Collaborators include researchers from academia, industry, non-profits, and various local, tribal, state, and federal government groups.

During the fall of 2015, NSF released a solicitation [6] calling for Big Data Spoke projects (BD Spokes) and planning grants that will work in concert with the BD Hubs to achieve a specific mission. The activities by the BD Spokes will be guided by the themes of: (1) accelerating progress towards addressing societal grand challenges relevant to regional and national priority areas; (2) helping automate the Big Data lifecycle; and (3) enabling access to and increasing use of important and valuable available data assets. In September 2016, NSF awarded ten Big Data spokes projects and ten planning grants through this solicitation, totaling $10 million in funding.

This full-day event will allow interested parties to learn more about the BD Hubs and Spokes, especially how to become involved in their activities. During the opening panel, the executive directors for each BD Hub will introduce the activities and opportunities for their region. The main attraction of the workshop will consist of presentations from select BD Spoke and planning grant investigators, which will highlight the current research related activities facilitated by the BD Hubs.


[1] "Establishing A Brain Trust For Data Science (National Science Foundation)"., 2016

[2] "Midwest Big Data Hub"., 2016.

[3] "North East Big Data Hub"., 2016.

[4] "South Big Data Hub"., 2016.

[5] "West Big Data Innovation Hub"., 2016.

[6] "Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes To Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes)"., 2016

Workshop Co-chairs

Chaitan Baru
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)
National Science Foundation
Arlington, Virginia, USA

Fen Zhao
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)
National Science Foundation
Arlington, Virginia, USA

Joanna Chan
AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow
On assignment to the National Science Foundation CISE

Organizing Committee

Melissa Cragin
Midwest Big Data Hub

René Bastón
Northeast Big Data Hub

Renata Rawlings-Goss
South Big Data Hub

Lea Shanley
South Big Data Hub

Meredith Lee
West Big Data Hub

About this Workshop

Each BD Hub has fostered stakeholders engagement in a variety of themes, allowing for broad appeal to IPDPS attendees. Each Hub supports multiple projects via Letters of Collaboration on thematic areas. Information on these projects (BD Spokes and Planning projects) are listed below:

Midwest BD Hub

SPOKE: Advanced Computational Neuroscience Network (ACNN)
Richard Gonzalez, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Dhabaleswar Panda, Ohio State University
Satya Sahoo, Case Western Reserve University
Franco Pestilli, Indiana University
SPOKE: Digital Agriculture - Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Plant Sciences and Education
Grant McGimpsey, University of North Dakota Main Campus
PLANNING: Big Data Innovations for Bridge Health
Robin Gandhi, University of Nebraska at Omaha
PLANNING: Cyberinfrastructure to Enhance Data Quality and Support Reproducible Results in Sensor Originated Big Data
Elisa Bertino, Purdue University
PLANNING: Networked Resilience of Communities Facing Natural and Social Emergencies
Marshall Poole, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Northeast BD Hub

SPOKE: A Licensing Model and Ecosystem for Data Sharing
Samuel Madden, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tim Kraska, Brown University
Jane Greenberg, Drexel University
SPOKE: Grand Challenges for Data-Driven Education
Beverly Woolf, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Ivon Arroyo; Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Ryan Baker, Columbia University Teachers College
SPOKE: Integration of environmental factors and causal reasoning approaches for large-scale observational health research
Chirag Patel, Harvard University
Gregory Cooper, University of Pittsburgh
Vasant Honavar, Pennsylvania State University at University Park
Noemie Elhadad, Columbia University
PLANNING: Big Data Literacy: Building Capacity for Regional Collaboration in Closing the Big Data Divide
Stephen Uzzo, New York Hall of Science
PLANNING: Cross-organization Big Data Cyber Attack Awareness
John Yen, Pennsylvania State University at University Park
PLANNING: Planning for Privacy and Security in Big Data
Rebecca Wright, Rutgers University
Adam Smith, Pennsylvania State University
PLANNING: Partnerships for Energy Cycle Innovation through Big Data (PPEID)
Abani Patra, State University of New York at Buffalo

South BD Hub

SPOKE: Large-scale Medical Informatics for Patient Care Coordination and Engagement
Gari Clifford, Emory University
SPOKE: Smart Grids Big Data
Mladen Kezunovic, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
Zoran Obradovic, Temple University
Santiago Grijalva, Georgia Tech Research Corporation
SPOKE: Using Big Data for Environmental Sustainability: Big Data + AI Technology = Accessible, Usable, Useful Knowledge!
Ashok Goel, Georgia Tech Research Corporation
Jennifer Hammock, Smithsonian Institution
PLANNING: Rare Disease Observatory
Rada Chirkova, North Carolina State University
Bruce Cairns, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

West BD Hub

SPOKE: Accelerating and Catalyzing Reproducibility in Scientific Computation and Data Synthesis
Michael Barton, Arizona State University
SPOKE: MetroInsight: Knowledge Discovery and Real-time Interventions from Sensory Data Flows in Urban Spaces
Rajesh Gupta, University of California at San Diego
Mani Srivastava, University of California at Los Angeles
Shade Shutters, Arizona State University
PLANNING: BD for Policing in the western United States
Eric Lindquist, Boise State University
PLANNING: Increasing collaborations in proteogenomics applications of genetic data
Eric Deutsch, Institute for Systems Biology
Andreas Prlic, University of California at San Diego

Meeting Agenda

Start time End time Item
8:15 AM 8:30 AM Welcome by workshop chairs
8:30 AM 9:00 AM Introductory remarks
9:00 AM 10:30 AM Keynotes
10:30 AM 10:45 AM Coffee break
10:45 AM 12:00 PM Panel of BD Hub Executive Directors (brief presentations followed by Q&A)
12:00 PM 1:00 PM Lunch Break and networking session
1:00 PM 2:40 PM BD Spoke and planning grant presentations (five @ 20 min each, 10 for talk, 10 for Q&A)
2:40 PM 3:00 PM Coffee break
3:00 PM 4:20 PM BD Spoke and planning grant presentations (five @ 20 min each, 10 for talk, 10 for Q&A)
4:20 PM 4:50 PM Socio-technical presentation
4:50 PM 5:00 PM Closing remarks
5:00 PM 6:00 PM Free-form discussion and networking