Results for: Big Data

virginia tech students participate in simulated cyberattack exercise

June 08, 2018

Virginia State Budget Includes $25 million for Virginia Tech-led Commonwealth Cyber Initiative

The newly funded program will leverage Virginia Tech's Data Analytics Center and the Biocomplexity Institute to bring together computer scientists, engineers, and statisticians to meet the research and talent needs of a data-intensive world. As the lead organization of this initiative, Virginia Tech will issue a report to the General Assembly by December 1 to outline next steps for the program. 

January 30, 2018

From A-bombs to Zika: Guiding Government Planning for Major Disasters

What would happen if a nuclear device were detonated in downtown Washington, D.C.? Biocomplexity Institute researchers have developed simulation systems to help the government prepare for "worst-case" scenarios, with support from the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency. 

December 11, 2017

How to Put Data to Work in Your Neighborhood: Institute Experts Featured on The Conversation

Data can be an invaluable resource in our communities, improving quality of life and stimulating economic growth. Experts from the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech share their advice for helping local governments make the most of this information.

September 15, 2017

Biocomplexity Institute Launches Effort to Help Government Embrace Data Science

A growing number of government agencies seeking to expand the role big data plays in their day-to-day operations. Since launching Data Science for the Public Good in 2015, the Biocomplexity Institute has expanded this program to serve five Virginia counties, regional agencies like the Washington Metropolitian Area Transit Authority, and national organizations like the US Army Research Institute.

August 14, 2017

Using Big Data to Stop an Epidemic: Director Chris Barrett Interviewed by Healthcare Informatics

Leaders at the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), in Blacksburg, Virginia, have been busy working on an exciting initiative: they have been developing an analytic modeling platform and simulation environment that make it possible to prepare for and prevent the spread of common infectious diseases such flu as well as rare diseases like Ebola and Zika.

July 27, 2017

Saving the U.S. Census: Biocomplexity Institute’s Sallie Keller Featured in Science Magazine

As a lead researcher on the JASON report, Sallie Keller's team was tasked with finding ways to make the census more cost-effective without sacrificing data quality. Their findings chart a path forward for 2030.

June 28, 2017

Artificial Intelligence Aids Research to Find Best Treatment for Stroke Patients

Biocomplexity Institute researchers have teamed up with data experts at Geisinger Health to develop an artificial intelligence system that will help stroke victims receive treatment that suits their specific needs.

June 20, 2017

Biocomplexity Institute’s Ebola-tested Tools Help Set New Standard for Federal Disease Control

Biocomplexity Institute researchers are building an online network designed to help disease experts share information, identify warning signs of impending epidemics, and coordinate effective response strategies for ongoing outbreaks.

May 15, 2017

Top Students Selected for Summer Program that Will Help Shape Government Policy

An intensive summer program pulls together undergraduate, graduate and postdoc students from multiple disciplines to find solutions to some of the most pressing social issues of our time. The Data Science for Public Good (DSPG) program is a joint effort of the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech and the Honors College.

May 09, 2017

Undergraduates Assist Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory in Economic Impact Study

A new effort to assess the cost-efficiency of open-source software, led by the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech’s Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory, was carried out with assistance from undergraduate students at the university’s Blacksburg campus.

April 27, 2017

Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory, Arlington County Team Up

Data analytics can help save lives. Case in point: Biocomplexity Institute researchers and local officials in Arlington County, Virginia, joined forces to increase fire safety and improve emergency 911 response times.

April 05, 2017

“Color-blind” Sentencing Can’t Cure Racial Bias in US Criminal Justice System, New Study Suggests

By re-creating real-world incarceration trends within a computational model, Virginia Tech researchers have created a toolset that can estimate how a set of criminal justice reforms will impact overall rates of imprisonment.

February 09, 2017

New Mathematical Model Sheds Light on HIV-HPV Co-Infection

In addition to being difficult to treat, HIV leaves the body open to many other co-infections, including HPV, the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. Biocomplexity Institute researchers have developed a first-of-its-kind computational model to study how these two diseases impact each other's treatment and persistence.

July 21, 2016

Virginia County Pilots Data Analytics Project That Could Serve as a National Model

Data scholars from Virginia Tech are working with Arlington County, Virginia, to help make leaders make smarter, data-driven decisions.

July 05, 2016

Community Learning Project Added to Partnership in MetroLab Network

The Biocomplexity Institute’s Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory is working with government leaders in Arlington County to plan and demonstrate the feasibility of a scalable “community learning” framework throughout the state of Virginia.

June 15, 2016

Uncharted Territory: How Big Data is Helping to Map an Emerging Zika Epidemic

The Biocomplexity Institute's newly developed simulation system uses information on people's movements through infected regions to predict where the virus will spread next.

May 10, 2016

Data, Decision Sciences Key Ingredients for Virginia Tech to Solve Global Problems

Faculty members gathered to discuss Virginia Tech's development as a global destination for the data and decision sciences during a recent Beyond Boundaries meeting.

October 08, 2015

Grant Supports New Interdisciplinary PhD Program Focused on Big Data and Urbanization

Virginia Tech will create a new Ph.D. certificate program focused on big data and urbanization with a grant of nearly $3 million over a five-year period from the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program.