E&O: Interdisciplinary Workshop for Undergraduate Students: May 14-19, 2017


Location

This workshop will take place at the NC State University Campus, Raleigh, NC.

Description

This week long workshop will provide an introduction to applied mathematical and statistical research in the area of astronomy and optimization. Talks will be presented by statisticians and applied mathematicians who work with analyzing data arise in modern astronomical and space sciences research as well as on optimization methods with applications to energy and environment. For a good part of the week, students, in teams of 3 or 4, will use data from different sources to investigate a variety of questions related to several exciting and emerging area of research ranging from the data produced by both ground-based and space-based astronomical surveys at many wave-bands to cosmology, exoplanets, gravitational waves and synoptic surveys. The students will also explore the recent developments in optimization including semidefinite programming, Bayesian optimization and decision analysis, Mixed-integer PDE-constrained optimization etc. Finally, student teams will be prepared to make short presentations on the last day of the workshop, and have the option of having their final presentations reside on the SAMSI website.

While students from universities not in the U.S. are welcome to apply, please be aware that priority is given to students who are enrolled at U.S. schools. Applications received by Monday, March 27th, 2017 will receive full consideration.

SAMSI will reimburse pre-approved and appropriate travel expenses as well as provide food and lodging.


Supporting Media

Printable Schedule
Speaker Titles/Abstracts

NOTE: All participants must download R-software before arriving in order to participate in this workshop. Please CLICK HERE for instructions to download software. To download the “R-cheat sheet,” CLICK HERE.

Campus Information

Local Walking map
Centennial Campus Visitor Information
Campus Safety Escort Services
N.C. State Emergency Services (WolfAlert)

Sunday, May 14, 2017
N.C. State University – Centennial Campus – Valley Hall Wolf Ridge Apartments; NCSU Centennial Campus Food Court

Welcome Reception at On the Oval Culinary Creations on NCSU Centennial Campus.

Description Speaker Slides Videos
Check-in at Valley Hall Wolf Ridge Apartments

Monday, May 15, 2017
N.C. State University, Centennial Campus – Institute for Advanced Analytics, Suite 130, Brodie Auditorium

Description Speaker Slides Videos
Introduction and overview of SAMSI Sujit Ghosh, Deputy Director, SAMSI
Plenary Talk:Communities in Networks Peter Mucha, UNC-CH
Project I Overview: Lightcurve classification for periodically varying stars David Jones, SAMSI
Project II Overview: Distributionally Robust Stochastic Programming for Financial Applications Peter Diao, SAMSI
Project III Overview: Finding Exoplanets Using Radial Velocity Data David Stenning, SAMSI
Project IV Overview: Automatic Genre Classification of Music Pieces
Sercan Yildiz, SAMSI
Project V Overview: Time Delay Estimation for Gravitationally Lensed Light Curves
Hyungsuk Tak , SAMSI
Project VI Overview: Data Assimilation for Numerical Weather Prediction
Ahmed Attita , SAMSI

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
N.C. State University, Centennial Campus – Institute for Advanced Analytics, Suite 130, Brodie Auditorium

Description Speaker Slides Videos
Recap and announcements from Day 1 David Jones, SAMSI
Hands-on Introduction to R David Stenning, David Jones, and Hyungsuk Tak (SAMSI) and Graduate Fellows
Hands-on Introduction to Python: Ahmed Attita , SAMSI
CLICK HERE for Installation instructions for Python software
CLICK HERE for Installation instructions for DATeS software
Panel of Graduate Programs Directors Donald Martin (NCSU, Stat), Pierre Gremaud (NCSU, Math), Surya Tokdar (Duke, Stat), Shu Lu (UNC, STOR)
Opportunities in Analytics Michael Rappa, Institute of Advanced Analytics (NCSU)
Panel Members: Opportunities in Analytics Rob Chew, RTI International Research Data Scientist
Melissa Nyeswander, Director of Data Science, Fidelity Investments
Diego Malaver, MSA, NCSU Institute of Advanced Analytics
Kaili Stevens, MSA, NCSU Institute of Advanced Analytics

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
N.C. State University, Centennial Campus – Institute for Advanced Analytics, Suite 130, Brodie Auditorium

Description Speaker Slides Videos
Recap and announcements from Day 2 Peter Diao , SAMSI
How to give effective presentation: creating slides and posters Peter Diao , SAMSI

Thursday, May 18, 2017
N.C. State University, Centennial Campus – Institute for Advanced Analytics, Suite 130, Brodie Auditorium

Description Speaker Slides Videos
Updates from Student Group Leaders
Continue Group Work with Postdocs/Grads
Group presentation practice with Postdocs/Grads
Open Group Work time at each group’s discretion

Friday, May 19, 2017
N.C. State University, Centennial Campus – Institute for Advanced Analytics, Suite 130, Brodie Auditorium

Description Speaker Slides Videos
Announcements Sujit Ghosh, SAMSI Deputy Director
Group presentations and discussions
Lightcurves Group Presentation (Mentor: David Jones) Brooke Leverton, Kevin Multani, Rachel DeGardner, Rachel Zilinskas, and Yao Shi
Stochastic Programming for Financial Applications Group Presentation (Mentor: Peter Diao) Adam Schmidt, Andrew Hutchins, Hanah Adams, Hao Wang, Nathan Miller, and William Pfeiffer
Finding Exoplanets Using Radial Velocity Data Group Presentation (Mentor: David Stenning) Colleen Chan, Amrit Dhillon, Alyssa Farmer, Jennifer Soter, and Andrew Stuhr
Data Assimilation for Numerical Weather Prediction Group Presentation (Mentor: Ahmed Attia) Diego Calderon, Maria Cesarini, Chris DeFiglia, Shuchi Goyal, Danielle Sykes, Qi Zhan, and Mingjun Zhou
Time Delay Estimation for Gravitationally Lensed Light Curves Group Presentation (Mentor: Hyungsuk Tak) Luna Bozeman, Nicholas Christoffersen, Anthony Coniglio, Katia Lélé Lagmago, and Shenghao Wu
Automatic Music Genre Classification Group Presentation (Mentor: Sercan Yildiz) Nathan Yonghoon Kwon, Ingrid Tchakoua, Matthew Pietrosanu, Freya Fu, Yue Wang, and Victoria Sabo
Adjourn

Questions: email ugmay@samsi.info