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Texas A&M Institute of Data Science

The Texas A&M Institute of Data Science pursues new approaches to Data Science research, education, operations and partnership. These approaches cross college boundaries to connect elements of Data Science from engineering, technology, science and the humanities, and inform wider social challenges.

Thematic Data Science Labs Program

The Texas A&M Institute of Data Science (TAMIDS) solicits proposals to establish Labs operating under the auspices of TAMIDS in emerging areas of Data Science (DS), here understood as including the foundations and applications of the associated fields of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. The mission of each Lab will be to develop knowledge, resources, and community around a thematic area of DS, encompassing research, education, and outreach. TAMIDS will support each Lab through a combination of seed funding for new research, effort from TAMIDS personnel, preferred access to existing TAMIDS programs, and organizational and logistical support.

Data Science Course Development Grant Program

The Texas A&M Institute of Data Science (TAMIDS), in association with the Texas A&M Center for Teaching Excellence, solicits proposals for enhancing data science education at Texas A&M. The aim of the TAMIDS Course Development Grant Program is to support faculty to develop new Data Science courses or revamp existing courses to include Data Science components. The program supports development of for-credit courses for graduate and/or undergraduate TAMU students, and of similar components within summer programs or for broader outreach.

Data Science Career Initiation Fellow Program

TAMIDS invites nominations of early career faculty for the Texas A&M Institute of Data Science Career Initiation Fellow program. Each Fellow will receive a one-time $10,000 award in the form of a bursary to be transferred to a research account of the Fellow recipient. While the funds are unrestricted in use, candidate Fellows must propose engagements with TAMIDS activities, programs or broader mission that are expected to be undertaken within one year following the award. TAMIDS plans to award six fellowships in 2022.

Transportation Data Science Seminar Series: Rebecca Sanders: Insights from a Multi-Pronged Exploration of Pedestrian Fatalities

Rebecca Sanders, Founder and Lead Investigator at Safe Streets Research & Consulting, LLC, will present an online seminar in the Transportation Data Science Seminar Series on “Insights from a Multi-Pronged Exploration of Pedestrian Fatalities” on Thursday December 2nd, 2021, 8-9pm CT.

Biomedical Data Science Online Training Sessions

TAMIDS, in association with with the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and the Graduate and Professional School, has received a grant from the
NIH-National Institute of General Medical Science to provide a series of monthly online training sessions in Data Science. The series feature Texas A&M experts in Data Science. The primary audience is graduate students in the biomedical sciences, but the series is open to all with interests in this area.

TAMIDS 2021 Research Conference

To showcase the research that TAMIDS has supported through various programs, including the Thematic Labs, TAMIDS is holding a one-day research conference on Thursday Dec 9, 2021.  The conference features talks from the Thematic Labs in the morning and presentations from the Data Resource Development program and the Post-doc Project Program in the afternoon.

Fall 2021 Data Science Seminar Series: R. Srikant: The Role of Lookahead and Approximate Policy Evaluation in Policy Iteration with Linear Value Function Approximation

Dr. R. Srikant, a Fredric G. and Elizabeth H. Nearing Endowed Professor in the Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present an online seminar on “The Role of Lookahead and Approximate Policy Evaluation in Policy Iteration with Linear Value Function Approximation” on Monday, November 22nd, 2021, at 1:50pm.

Transportation Data Science Seminar Series: Ralph Buehler, John Pucher: Cycling for Sustainable Cities

Ralph Buehler, Professor and Chair of Urban Affairs and Planning with Rutgers University, together with John Pucher, Professor Emeritus, School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, will present an online seminar in the Transportation Data Science Seminar Series on “Cycling for Sustainable Cities” on Thursday November 18th, 2021, 8-9pm CT.

Fall 2021 Data Science Seminar Series: Maytal Saar-Tsechansky: Leveraging Online Labor Markets to Learn from Imperfect and Biased Humans

Dr. Maytal Saar-Tsechansky, a Mary John and Ralph Spence Professor with McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, will present an online seminar on “Leveraging Online Labor Markets to Learn from Imperfect and Biased Humans” on Monday, November 15th, 2021, at 1:50pm.

TAMIDS Establishes Two New Thematic Data Science Labs

TAMIDS announces the establishment of two new Labs through its competitive Thematic Data Science Labs program: the Data Justice Lab, and the VIVID Lab for Visceral Inter­sensory Visualization & Information Design. The Thematic Labs program aims to develop ecosystems encompassing research, education, and community building
in emerging areas of Data Science that will strengthen TAMU’s prominence and competitiveness. 

TAMIDS Visiting Researcher Program

Summary: The Visiting Researcher Program of the Texas A&M Institute of Data Science (TAMIDS) solicits nominations by prospective TAMU hosts for external researchers to engage with activities in TAMIDS and the wider TAMU Data Science community during long-term full-time visits. Visitors will normally hold full-time positions in their home institution that provides full or partial …

TAMIDS Welcomes First Cohort of MS Data Science Students

This week, the Texas A&M Institute of Data Science (TAMIDS) welcomed its first cohort of students into the Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) program. We look forward to having this exceptional group of students studying at Texas A&M University!

Bring-Your-Own-Data (BYOD) Online Workshops

The Bring-Your-Own-Data (BYOD) workshops are one-on-one consultancy sessions with a TAMIDS Data Scientist who can help with formulating approaches to your Data Science research project, and assist with code development to take advantage of the latest data analytics methods and high-performance computing facilities. The workshops are available Wednesdays 2:00-3:30pm from August 25 until December 22, 2021

ConocoPhillips Gives Texas A&M $1 Million To Support Data Science Certificate Program

Texas A&M University has created an Undergraduate Certificate in Data Analytics for the Petroleum Industry (CERT-DAPI), supported by a $1 million gift from ConocoPhillips. The five-year gift is part of ConocoPhillips’ commitment to help meet the growing demand for data science coursework in universities. The program resulted from a collaboration between Texas A&M’s colleges of engineering, science, geosciences and Mays Business School. TAMIDS and the Department of Petroleum Engineering in the College of Engineering are managing the program.

TAMIDS & College of Architecture Receive Microsoft Grant on AI for Humanitarian Action

Funded by Microsoft, the grant will support high performance computing through $150,000 in Azure computing credits. The collaboration between the Texas A&M Institute of Data Science (TAMIDS) and the College of Architecture will use AI to leverage social media big data, such as text, images, and videos to enable rapid damage assessment for disasters.

Fall 2021 Seminar & Tutorial Series

TAMIDS announces its program for the Fall 2021 Data Science seminar and tutorial series, running from September 6 until November 23, 2021, starting Mondays at 1:50pm, online or in person in ETB 1034.

Transportation Data Science Seminar Series

The Transportation Data Science seminar series invites research that sheds light on the opportunities, challenges and solutions of using big mobility data for transportation science and smart cities. The series is jointly sponsored by the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and the Texas A&M Institute of Data Science. The talks take place biweekly though end August 2021.

Data Science Coffee Connections

The Data Science Coffee Connections program aims to facilitate cross-departmental interaction among researchers and university personnel with an interest in Data Science. Through this program, TAMIDS provides a platform that each month randomly pairs participants, who can then arrange a 30-min meeting to exchange ideas. While we expect people connecting through Data Science Coffee Connections will be drawn by a shared interest in Data Science, it’s entirely up to you where you take the conversation.

TAMIDS Graduate Travel Grants Program

The Texas A&M Institute of Data Science Graduate Travel Grants Program supports graduate students to attend and talk at conferences in any domain of Data Science. Awards of up to $500 will be made under the program. All support travel must conform to current TAMU policies including those related to COVID-19.

TAMIDS Data Science Traineeship Program

The Texas A&M Institute of Data Science (TAMIDS) has established its Data Science Traineeship Program to help faculty and researchers develop Data Science projects, draw on the skills and interests of our students to work with them, and provide Data Science consultancy and mentorship during the projects

TAMIDS Workshop Grants Program

The Texas A&M Institute of Data Science (TAMIDS) solicits proposals for one-day workshops in any area of Data Science. The aim of the TAMIDS Workshop Grants Program is to support community building, stimulate collaboration, and foster interdisciplinary growth in Data Science amongst researchers at Texas A&M.

TAMIDS Research Affiliates

TAMIDS Research Affiliates are Texas A&M’s Data Science experts, with over 200 members drawn from 32 Texas A&M Colleges, Agencies and other major organizational units. The TAMIDS Research Affiliates Program is open to all Texas A&M faculty (including tenure, professional, instructional and research tracks), other researchers (including research scientists and postdoctoral researchers), and operations and administration staff and professionals, whose role and interests include Data Science.

TAMIDS Collaboration and Proposal Support in Data Science

TAMIDS has developed “building blocks” for Data Science education, training, consultancy and project development that can support proposals for extramural funding.