CSoI eBrief
CSoI eBrief September 2018
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September 2018

Greetings CSoI Team,

Welcome to the September 2018 edition of the Monthly CSoI Highlights eBrief.

CSoI Highlights' Headlines:

  • The Next Wave in Networking Research workshop held September 7 at U.C. Berkeley
  • New Seminar Course at Stanford
  • Introducing The Informaticists Podcast
  • New CSoI Student Project Teams Form
  • A Successful Summer School at CSoI Partner Texas A&M
  • NSF Site Visit, December 4 & 5, 2018, Purdue University

CSoI Highlights


  • Venkat Anantharam co-organized a workshop on "The Next Wave in Networking Research", held at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at U.C. Berkeley on September 7, 2018. This workshop brought together leading researchers in communication networking and was aimed at celebrating the many contributions of Jean Walrand, who has recently retired from U. C. Berkeley. The workshop was supported in part by ARO. https://simons.berkeley.edu/workshops/next-wave-networking-research

  • New Seminar Course at Stanford. A new Science of Information seminar course for first-year students is being taught by CSoI faculty Ayfer Ozgur and Tsachy Weissman, with CSoI PhD student Irena Fischer-Hwang. The course guides students through the historical, foundational, and modern aspects of the science of information where they learn how information can be measured, represented, and communicated effectively. Science of Information Seminar Course description link: https://exploreintrosems.stanford.edu/frosh/science-information

  • Introducing The Informaticists Podcast. An exciting new podcast titled 'The Informaticists' has been developed and led by CSoI PhD student Irena Fischer-Hwang, together with CSoI faculty Ayfer Ozgur and Tsachy Weissman. Catch the podcast at: https://theinformaticists.wordpress.com/project-type/podcast/

  • New CSoI Student Project Teams Form: Four new multi-institutional and interdisciplinary student research teams have formed to investigate a range of data-driven topics including the polarization of information on the web, the security of smart buildings, deciphering community ecology dynamics through new machine learning techniques, and improving disaster emergency assistance through data science. An outgrowth of the Center's annual Data Science and Interdisciplinary Teams student training, to date the Center has facilitated a total of 18 diverse teams with students representing 24 universities and 22 departments with an overall 1:1 female:male ratio. Learn more about the Center's Student Research Team program: https://soihub.org/education/research-teams/

  • A Successful Summer School at CSoI Partner Texas A&M. Friend and participant of CSoI Professor Alex Sprintson at TAMU hosted an excellent school this year, with an enthusiastic group of PhD students, postdocs, and faculty from around the U.S. and abroad. CSoI faculty members Olgica Milenkovic and Yury Polyanksiy presented tutorials. View the tutorials from the school: https://shannon.engr.tamu.edu/

  • The NSF Site Visit, December 4 & 5, 2018 will be held at Purdue University.

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  • NSF Site Visit, December 4 & 5, 2018, Purdue University.

Job Opportunities

    Postdoctoral position in Grover/Chamanzar/Barth labs at CMU in experiments on novel invasive and noninvasive neurostimulation
    A postdoc position at the intersection of experimental and computational neuroscience is available working jointly with the labs of Pulkit Grover, Maysam Chamanzar, and Alison Barth at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA). The team's goal is to develop advanced theoretical techniques, closely with experimental validation, for invasive and noninvasive neurostimulation for advancing treatment of disorders such as epilepsy, Parkinson's, and brain injuries. The research project will exploit previously unknown or unexploited biological and physical phenomena that arise from examining the neural system from a combined biological, physical, and information-theoretic/control perspective. The project spans studies on rodents, monkeys, and eventually humans. The role of the postdoc will be to conduct and lead electrophysiology experiments on rodents with novel as well as existing instruments. This is an opportunity to work on a challenging scientific problem in a highly interdisciplinary and vibrant environment. The postdoc will be affiliated with the Carnegie Mellon Neuroscience Institute, and will get the opportunity to work with a team of researchers from various disciplines ranging from Biological Sciences, ECE, BME at CMU as well as clinicians at University of Pittsburgh. Requirements: PhD in a related discipline (Neuroscience or Biomedical Engineering) with a strong experimental research record. Experience in invasive electrophysical recordings and/or stimulation in mice or non-human primates. Prior experience with patch clamp recording and slice electrophysiology. Experience with in-vivo recording and stimulation will be helpful. Experience with optical (1-photon or 2-photon) calcium imaging is also a plus. The labs are committed to the professional development of the members, making this position a valuable preparation for those interested in academic, industrial or entrepreneurial careers. The position has no mandatory teaching or administrative duties. The ideal start date is Jan 2019. The position is initially for 12 months with the possibility of renewal. Compensation will be competitive, and commensurate with relevant experience. CMU has competitive benefits (including comprehensive medical insurance) and is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates should send a CV, a statement of research experience and interests, expected date of availability, and the contact information for three references to pulkit@cmu.edu and mchamanz@andrew.cmu.edu with the subject line "Neuro-Stimulation Postdoc". Application review will proceed until the position is filled.

    Viterbi Postdoc Fellowship in Data Science
    http://www.itsoc.org/news-events/recent-news/viterbi-post-doctoral-fellowship-in-data-science

    For Financial Support in Graduate School:
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    http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/oceanscience.aspx

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