Professor honored with IBM award

first_imgEarlier this month, IBM awarded its Watson Solutions Faculty Award to Notre Dame computer science professor Nitesh Chawla. The IBM award recognizes the work of faculty on the forefront of big data and analytics and applying that work to social problems as well as incorporating it into curriculum, according to a University press release. Chawla, who currently serves as director of both the Interdisciplinary Center of Network Science and Applications and the Data, Interference, Analytic and Learning Lab, was honored for his work with the research of big data and healthcare innovation to examine possible solutions for the future of the healthcare field. “Big data is becoming a cornerstone of the modern economy,” he said. “A lot of my research has been around data, data mining, machine learning, network science and applications, and so my Watson Faculty Award was a recognition of that work and a recognition of the curriculum.” Chawla created a multidisciplinary course at Notre Dame called Healthcare Analytics, which uses his research ideas in part as a basis for the curriculum and includes majors from multiple colleges, he said. “It may be one of the more multidisciplinary courses on campus,” Chawla said. “Students from each discipline then are focused on how we can think about data and healthcare, how data in healthcare can lead to more personalized healthcare, more cost-effective healthcare.” The South Bend healthcare community has been responsive to the research and the class, Chawla said, and many local leaders in the industry have worked with the class, including executives from Michiana Health Information Network and the chief information officer of Beacon Health System. Chawla said this kind of outside interest and involvement is important to the class as well as demonstrating why IBM was so interested in his work, especially with the creation of its new initiative, the artificial intelligence machine known as Watson. IBM popularized its Watson machine by pitting it against top human competitors on the television game show “Jeopardy!”, but its capabilities are much greater than that, Chawla said. “[The class] is sort of emblematic of the work that Watson is doing. The machine is a cognitive system which brings in data and information from a variety of sources, processes it and delivers it in a viable form,” Chawla said. “That’s what we are trying to create in the classroom environment, where you have people from different disciplines, different backgrounds, different expertise working on projects together and then delivering it in a way that would make a difference to healthcare.” The class is split up into several groups that work on semester-long projects with the goal of operating at the intersection of medicine and big data research, Chawla said. Project topics include studying patient scheduling issues, readmission rates and global health partnerships. Contact Kevin Noonan at knoonan2@nd.edulast_img read more

ORVC Weekly Report (May 19-24)

first_imgThe ORVC Weekly Report for May 19-24.This is the final one for the Spring Sports season.ORVC Weekly Report (May 19-24)Congratulations to Jac-Cen-Del on their ORVC Baseball title!Congratulations to Rising Sun on their ORVC Softball title!Congratulations to Rising Sun on their ORVC Boys Golf title!Thanks to ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert as well as the Athletic Director’s, Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and Athletic Secreteries for all of their hard work in sending in their sports results.last_img read more

Syracuse squeezes out 68-66 win at Virginia Tech after near collapse in 2nd half

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 3, 2015 at 2:22 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ BLACKSBURG, Va. — The game ended the way it started with Virginia Tech chucking hopeful 3s at, and mostly off, the rim.But it should have effectively ended much earlier. Because while the Hokies started the game with the 6-foot-8 Shane Henry and later the 7-foot Satchel Pierce, who were able to at least stand in front of Syracuse’s big men, they were largely reduced to spectators by foul trouble. And with VT’s leading rebounder Joey van Zegeren suspended, the Orange could play its greatest strength against the Hokies’ glaring weakness.SU did in the first half — leading by 19 at the break — only to all but give the game back afterward. The Orange failed to get the Rakeem Christmas the ball against Virginia Tech’s bigs, who were both weakened by foul trouble. Only their inevitable fouling out slowed the Hokies’ comeback as SU (10-4, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) held on to beat VT (8-6, 0-1) 68-66 on Saturday afternoon in front of 6,838 at Cassell Coliseum.“If our offense had been any good at all then it would’ve been a — they would’ve gotten back in the game but it would’ve been a 10-point game,” Jim Boeheim said. “That’s pretty good on the road, if you can get out with a 10-point win. But our offense was not good.”For the final 2:43 of the game, Virginia Tech played with no one taller than the 6-foot-5 Ahmed Hill on the floor. It led to situations like the 6-foot-3 Malik Muller trying and failing to post up Christmas.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Going into the half we had a big advantage, we had a big lead, we was confident in ourselves and we should’ve just continued what we did in the first half in the second half,” SU forward Michael Gbinije said.Boeheim said he thought his team should’ve scored “50-something” points before the break. Henry and Pierce played a combined 17 minutes in the first half. Pierce took the floor for the second half with three fouls. Henry picked up his third with 18:18 to playChristmas already had 10 points, a well-rested McCullough had 6 rebounds and with Tyler Roberson snaring 10 of his own rebounds before halftime, Virginia Tech was there for the taking — the closer to the hoop, the better.Instead, Syracuse only got Christmas three shots in the first 15 minutes of the second half. The Hokies closed the gap to 55-50 in that time. And while the hosts were dropping extra helpside defense onto the Orange big man, SU still wasn’t getting enough from its drives to the basket.Loose balls around the rim slipped out of Syracuse hands. Syracuse picked up only 16 second half rebounds compared to 26 in the first half. VT had 20 in the latter stanza compared to 14 in the first 20 minutes.“It should’ve never been close,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said. “When you’re up 20 you got to finish it off.”Still with little semblance of an offense, nearly no discretion shooting the ball and no one taller than 6 feet, 5 inches on the court in the game’s final two-plus minutes, the Hokies found themselves one final optimistic 3 away from a win.The Orange going 5-for-12 from the free-throw line in the game’s final 1:03, invigorating a previously tame VT crowd, let the Hokies get there.With the game’s final shot, Muller threw up a left-corner 3 over two SU defenders. It missed, and the Orange escaped with a win to start conference play.“I think we’ll get better,” Boeheim said. “I hope we’ll get better.” Commentslast_img read more