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March, 2017
Research Associate Professor Ankit Agrawal was awarded Northwestern Data Science Initiative Grant: Social Media mining of caregiver experiences: Opportunity for preventing caregiver burnout.

December 12, 2016
CEE Associate Professor Auroop Ganguly gave media coverage of Science & Technology in an interview titled "3Qs: What sparked the Tennessee wildfires?"

December 8, 2016
CEE Associate Professor Auroop Ganguly was featured in EOS's article about "AGU's Thriving Earth Exchange Links Science with Small Towns". Their TEX project on Building Community Resilience to Extreme Heat in Brookline, MA explores the effects that extreme temperatures can have on the town.

November 13-18, 2016
Vipin Kumar was the 2016 recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award, which was presented at the SC16 Conference in Salt Lake City in November.

August 23, 2016
The National Science Foundation highlighted the accomplishments from the expedition project Understanding Climate Change: A Data Driven Approach in an article titled "Using data to better understand climate change".

August 14, 2016
Expeditions researchers Vipin Kumar (PI) and Shashi Shekhar (Co-I) were organizers for the Workshop on Data Science for Food, Energy and Water at KDD2016.

July 20, 2016
Expeditions researcher Vipin Kumar (PI) was a keynote speaker, presenting Big Data in Climate: Opportunities and Challenges for Machine Learning at the 39th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval in Pisa, Italy.

July, 2016
Research Associate Professor Ankit Agrawal was awarded Northwestern Data Science Initiative Grant: Data-driven analytics for understanding processing-structure-property-performance relationships in steel alloys.

July, 2016
Research Associate Professor Ankit Agrawal was co-awarded Northwestern Data Science Initiative Grant: Scaling up the screening of molecular networks in the rational design of optically active materials.

June 21, 2016
The report from the Boston Research Advisory Group on Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Projections for Boston was recently released where CEE Associate Professor Auroop Ganguly lead the Extreme Temperatures team, which included alumni Evan Kodra.

June 9, 2016
CEE Associate Professor Auroop Ganguly led a group of students in Summer 1 as part of a Dialogue of Civilizations to study Climate Change Science and Policy in India.

May, 2016
Research Associate Professor Ankit Agrawal was featured in the introductory video to the APL Materials special issue on Materials Genome Initiative. Northwestern news article available here.

April 27, 2016
CEE Associate Professor Auroop Ganguly's article on Changes in observed climate extremes in global urban areas was selected by Environmental Research Letters(ERL) as a feature in their Highlights of 2015 collection. The featured articles in the collection were chosen on the basis of referee endorsement, scientific impact, advance made within the field, novelty and broad appeal, and collectively they showcase the quality and diversity of ERL's broad coverage.

April 26, 2016
The Sustainability and Data Sciences (SDS) Lab led by CEE Associate Professor Auroop Ganguly has created risQ as a start-up company. risQ will develop products and analytics for helping public and private stakeholders enhance their resilience to climate change, weather extremes, and natural/man-made hazards. These stakeholders reside in the insurance and critical infrastructure sectors (i.e. transportation, water, energy). In addition, risQ offers in-depth analytics and statistical modeling consulting services for challenging, data-centric problems.

March 31, 2016
Research Associate Professor Ankit Agrawal gave media coverage of APL Materials article in an interview with Next Platform on the future of materials science titled "Emphasis on Data Wrangling Brings Materials Science up to Speed.

February 1, 2016
CEE Associate Professor Auroop Ganguly has been selected as a co-chair of the Societal Dimensions Working Group (SDWG) for the Community Earth System Model (CESM) by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). CESM is a fully-coupled, community, global climate model that provides state-of-the-art computer simulations of the Earth's past, present, and future climate states. The Societal Dimensions Working Group (SDWG) seeks to improve understanding of the interactions between human and earth systems by enhancing NCAR's Community Earth System Model (CESM) and its application through studies of climate change impacts, adaptation, and mitigation that use CESM output in their analyses.

December, 2015
Expeditions researchers Vipin Kumar (PI), Shashi Shekhar (Co-I), and James Faghmous (PhD) are guest editors for the Computing in Science and Engineering Special Issue, Computing in Climate, which focuses on data-driven research and climate.

October 29-November 1, 2015
Regent Professor Vipin Kumar was appointed as a conference Co-Chair for the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Big Data.

June 17, 2015
The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has named Expeditions PI and William Norris Professor, Vipin Kumar, a Regent Professor. The designation is the highest level of recognition given to faculty by the University. More details can be found here.

May 7, 2015
Expeditions PI and William Norris Professor, Vipin Kumar, was awarded the 2015 "Outstanding Faculty Award" from the Council of Graduate Students as well as the "Outstanding Mentor Award" from the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly. Prof. Kumar was the only faculty to win both of these university-wide awards given to faculty who show unmatched dedication to their students' professional and personal success.

March 16, 2015
Former Ph.D. student and current Research Associate Dr. James Faghmous. received an inaugural NSF CISE Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) Award. Dubbed the "Mini CAREER Award", the NSF CRII award supports untenured junior faculty to build enough preliminary results to successfully apply for an NSF CAREER award. Dr. Faghmous' two-year project will focus on addressing one of the biggest challenges in Big Data research: learning from multiple noisy, uncertain, and incomplete spatio-temporal datasets.

February 20, 2015
Auroop Ganguly was featured in a recent NSF highlight, More upwelling expected in critical parts of future oceans, along with other researchers from Northeastern University and OSU. This highlight references their recent Nature paper, Intensification and spatial homogenization of coastal upwelling under climate change.

July 30, 2014
Evan Kodra and Auroop Ganguly were featured in an NSF highlight, Climate change research goes to the extremes, which referenced their recent paper, Asymmetry of projected increases in extreme temperature distributions, that was published in the journal Scientific Reports, published by Nature.

June 30-July 2, 2014
The Fourth Annual Workshop on Understanding Climate Change from Data took place June 30th-July 2nd, at NCAR in Boulder, CO. The workshop featured several speakers, a panel comprised of leading experts in the field, and a poster session. Keynote speakers were NCAR director James Hurrell, National Medal of Science recpient Warren Washington, and NCAR Distinguished Acievement Award recipient Kevin Trenberth.

April 7, 2014
Alok Choudhary has been quoted in a recent HPCWire article titled, DOE Exascale Roadmap Highlights Big Data. Parallel netCDF was used in petascale simulation of Hurricane Sandy, running on 437,760 computer cores of the Cray XE6 Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

May, 2014
Evan Kodra received the College of Engineering outstanding graduate research award from Northeastern University for his Expedition funded dissertation, “Addressing gaps in climate science: hypothesis and physics guided statistical approaches,” under the direction of Auroop Ganguly.

May 27, 2014
James Faghmous' thesis, "Climate change and variability: A spatio-temporal data mining perspective," won the 2014 University of Minnesota's Best Dissertation Award in Physical Sciences and Engineering. The thesis was further nominated for the Council of Graduate School's Outstanding Dissertation Award and the winner will be announced in December 2014.

December 2013
Muhammed Uluyol received an honorable mention for the Computing Research Association (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Awards. In 2013, Muhammed was an undergraduate research assistant in Expeditions PI Vipin Kumar's group working on novel data mining algorithms to monitor ocean phenomena. Despite being a first year student, Muhammed was a co-author in two top-tier computer science conferences: AAAI-13 and ICDM-13. Muhammed was mentored by Dr. James Faghmous, a CSE postdoctoral researcher on the Expeditions project. The CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Award program recognizes undergraduate students in North American colleges who show outstanding research potential in an area of computing research.

November 5, 2013
Xun Zhou won the best paper award at the Second ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Analytics for Big Geospatial Data (BigSpatial-2013), Xun Zhou, Shashi Shekhar, Dev Oliver, Discovering Persistent Change Windows in Spatiotemporal Datasets: A Summary of Results

August 15-16, 2013
The Third Annual Workshop on Understanding Climate Change from Data took place August 15th-16th, 2013, at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. The workshop featured several speakers, a panel comprised of leading experts in the field, and a poster session.

July 23, 2013
Fred Semazzi and Nagiza Samatova's Expeditions Research Groups have had two abstracts accepted at the 2013 OWSD Africa Regional Conference "Climate Change and its Impact on Africa" in Ghana on October 15-18, 2013. These two abstracts involve the following researchers from NCSU's expeditions group: Gonzalez, Harlalka, Pendse, Samatova, Semazzi, Smith, and Tetteh. These abstracts will be presented under the theme “Climate Change and its Impact on Africa: the Role of Science and Engineering for Combat.”

June 22, 2013
Sriram Lakshminarasimhan et al. won the Best Paper Award at the 22nd International ACM Symposium on High-Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing (HPDC13) for their paper, titled: "Scalable In Situ Scientific Data Encoding for Analytical Query Processing".

May 2, 2013
Karthik Subbian and Arindam Banerjee won the Best Application Paper Award at the 2013 SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM13) for their paper, titled: Climate Multi-Model Regression Using Spatial Smoothing.

April 30, 2013
Graduate student Ph.D. James H. Faghmous successfully defended his doctoral thesis entitled "Climate change and variability: A spatio-temporal data mining approach". James' doctoral research focused on developing novel spatio-temporal data mining techniques to address the unique challenges associated with mining large climate datasets. In addition to the Expeditions in Computing grant, James' doctoral research was funded by an NIH-Neuro-Physical-Computational Graduate Fellowship, an NSF graduate research fellowship, an NSF Nordic Research Opportunity Fellowship, the Norwegian National Research Council, and a University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.

April 23, 2013
Graduate student Ph.D. Jennifer Corcoran successfully defended her doctoral thesis entitled "Integrating Data from Several Remotely Sensed Platforms to Accurately Map Wetlands".

April 9, 2013
Shashi Shekhar has been appointed a member of the National Research Council Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (NRC/CSTB) committee on Geotargeted Disaster Alerts and Warnings (GDAW). The NRC is the operating arm of the National Academies, which provides science, technology and health policy advice under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln that was originally granted in 1863.

April 2013
Devashish Kumar has been selected for a summer school in the Netherlands organized by the LINC (Learning about Interacting Networks in Climate) program held in April 2013. Kumar is a Ph.D. student at Northeastern University funded by the Expedition; he is advised by Auroop Ganguly and co-advised by Karsten Steinhaeuser.

November 8, 2012
James Faghmous, Varun Mithal and Luke Styles won the Best Student Paper Award at the 2012 IEEE Conference on Intelligent Data Understanding (CIDU 2012) for their paper "EddyScan: A Physically Consistent Global Ocean Eddy Monitoring Application". In their work, Faghmous and colleagues were able to track ocean eddies (the oceanic analog of hurricanes in the atmosphere) on a global scale much more efficiently and accurately than existing methods. Monitoring global ocean eddy activity is crucial to understanding how salt, heat and nutrients are transported across the ocean as well as future marine biodiversity. James, Varun and Luke are advised by Prof. Vipin Kumar and all work on an NSF Expeditions in Computing project on Understanding Climate Change.

October 6, 2012
Jaya Kawale won the Best Graduate Student Research Award in the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) at the 2012 Grace Hopper Conference. The award carries a medal presented at the conference and a cash prize of $500. By winning the award, Jaya has also advanced to the Grand Finals of the 2013 ACM Student Research Competition. Jaya is advised by Prof. Vipin Kumar and works on an NSF Expeditions in Computing project on Understanding Climate Change.

October 1, 2012
Auroop Ganguly and his Sustainability and Data Sciences (SDS) Lab were highlighted as Faces of NSF Research in the NSF Current monthly newsletter.

September 12, 2012
Research on developing more accurate predictions of hurricane activity, led by Nagiza Samatova and Frederick Semazzi, was highlighted by the NSF Science360 News Service. An extended press release is available.

August 6-7, 2012
The Second Annual Workshop on Understanding Climate Change from Data took place August 6th-7th, 2012, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. The workshop featured several speakers, a panel comprised of leading experts in the field, and a poster session.

August 12, 2012
Vipin Kumar received the 2012 ACM SIGKDD Innovation Award for technical excellenct and contributions that have had a lasting impact on the field of Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. The award was presented during the opening plenary session of the 2012 ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining in Beijing, China.

June 20, 2012
Research on refining hurricane forecasts by Nagiza Samatova, Alok Choudhary, and colleagues was highlighted by the DOE ASCR Discovery web-magazine.

June 14, 2012
Karsten Steinhaeuser was selected as one of the 2012 DIssertation initiative for the advancement of Climate Change ReSearch (DISCCRS) Scholars and will attend the DISCCRS VII Symposium in Colorado Springs this fall. The initative, which is co-sponsored by NSF and NASA, aims to foster interdisciplinary research on problems relating to climate change.

May 25, 2012
Karsten Steinhaeuser received an invitation and travel grant to attend the NSF EarthCube Charrette in Arlington, VA next month. EarthCube is an effort to transform the conduct of geoscience research by supporting a community-guided cyberinfrastructure for integrating data and knowledge management.

April 26, 2012
PhD student Soumyadeep Chatterjee won the Best Student Paper Award at the SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM) 2012 for his paper titled "Sparse Group Lasso: Consistency and Climate Applications" co-authored by Karsten Steinhaeuser, Arindam Banerjee, Snigdhansu Chatterjee and Auroop Ganguly. The paper proves statistical consistency bounds for estimators with hierarchical sparse regularizors and shows utility of using such estimators for high dimensional regression problems in climate science.

March 28, 2012
Auroop Ganguly was quoted in an Associated Press article on the impact of extreme climate events, which highlights the IPCC Special Report on Extremes (SREX).

February 25, 2012
PhD student Jaya Kawale won the Best Graduate Student Poster Award at the Midwest Women in Computing Celebration for her work on "A Graph Based Approach to Find Teleconnections in Climate Data." As a winner of this regional prize, Jaya will receive funding to attend the national 2012 Grace Hopper Celebration.

December 18, 2011
A paper on precipitation extremes funded by the NSF Expeditions will appear in the February 2012 issue of Nature Climate Change. Read More...

November 7, 2011
Expeditions researcher Peter Snyder is working on a project funded by the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment to examine urban heat with dozens of sensors, possibly leading to ways to reduce it.

October 31, 2011
The Expeditions project was highlighted as having "huge potential" for influencing climate science methods by Reinhard Budich of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in a recent interview with HPCWire.

October 20, 2011
Expeditions member Jonathan Foley co-authored an article in Nature which identified and considered possible solutions to the grand challenge of "meeting society’s growing food needs while simultaneously reducing agriculture’s environmental harm."

October 19, 2011
PhD student Jaya Kawale won the Best Student Paper award for her paper titled "Data Guided Discovery of Dynamic Climate Dipoles" at the NASA Conference on Intelligent Data Understanding (CIDU 2011). The paper was a joint work with authors from the University of Minnesota, North Carolina State University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The paper shows the utility of a graph-based approach to find teleconnections in climate data and uses the method as an alternate way for analyzing the performance of the various climate models used to study the global climate system.

September 27, 2011
The Expeditions project was highlighted in a guest posting, "Data Mining for Global Change: Furthering Science, Knowledge", by Karsten Steinhaeuser on The Computing Community Consortium Blog.

September 19, 2011
Auroop Ganguly was nominated to the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Committee on Artificial Intelligence Applications to Environmental Science and was named an Associate Editor of the journal Water Resources Research published by the American Gephysical Union (AGU).

September 8, 2011
Shashi Shekhar was named a Resident Fellow of the Institute on the Environment, an award given annually to faculty who pursue interdisciplinary research, teaching and collaborations to provide environmental solutions.

September 7, 2011
PhD student Jaya Kawale is featured in The Minnesota Daily.

August 18, 2011
PhD student Jaya Kawale won the 2011 Explorations in Science through Computation Student Award for her work on Discovering Teleconnections in Climate Data through Data Mining. The award will be presented at the 2011 Supercomputing Conference (SC11) awards ceremony.

August 15-16, 2011
The First Annual Workshop on Understanding Climate Change from Data took place August 15th-16th, 2011, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. The workshop featured several speakers, two panel discussions comprised of leading experts in the field, and a poster session.

June 27, 2011
Knoxville News Sentinel features an interview with Auroop Ganguly.

June 2, 2011
Newswise highlights work of Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers Shih-Chieh Kao and Auroop Ganguly.

May 6, 2011
Nature Climate Change Research highlights Auroop Ganguly and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's publication in Geophysical Research Letters: "Persisting cold extremes under 21st-century warming scenarios."

April 21, 2011
USA Today article Global Warming Doesn't Mean the End of Winter, featuring work done by Auroop Ganguly.

April 13, 2011
Nature Research Highlights "Climate Change: Cold Spells in a Warm World", featuring work done by Auroop Ganguly.

April 12 - 13, 2011
MSNBC, Yahoo News and Our Amazing Planet feature: "Chilling: Cold Snaps Will Persist in Warming World", featuring work done by Auroop Ganguly.

April 2011
Auroop Ganguly received the award for Outstanding Joint / Adjunct / Research Faculty, presented at the Annual Awards Banquet, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Tennessee at Knoxville

December 18, 2010
The Economist featured the research on the monitoring of global forest cover being done by Vipin Kumar and his team in collaboration with the Planetary Skin Institute and NASA. The article highlights the University of Minnesota's data mining work as a key enabler for low-cost monitoring of global forest cover.

November 29 - December 10, 2010
Vipin Kumar, Shyam Boriah, and a team of students attended the 16th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP16) in Cancun, Mexico. The team unveiled the beta version of its Tropical Forest ALERTS 1.0 platform on monitoring global land change that is being developed in collaboration with the Planetary Skin Institute and NASA.

September 3, 2010
Vipin Kumar was interviewed on the September 3, 2010 episode of Almanac on Twin Cities Public Television.