Northeast Big Data Hub Newsletter | September 4, 2020
  • COVID-19 Research Lightning Talks: Sept. 16, 2-3pm ET
  • UC San Diego COVID-19 Data Challenge: Navigating Life and Work in Border Communities
  • Call for Participation: Connected Healthcare Cybersecurity Workshop
  • Round 2: Seed Grant Proposals; Northeast Student Data Corps Applications
  • Call for Participation: Urban to Rural Communities Working Group
  • IEEE Call for Papers: Special Issue on Intelligent Optimization Algorithms in Genomics and Precision Medicine
  • Let's Make It Count: National Census Data Competition for High School Students
  • 5 Questions with COVID Researchers
  • Innovation Insight: The Post-Pandemic Future of Cybersecurity
  • DEF CON Panel Recap: Advancing Medical Device Security
  • KINBER Webinar Recording:
    Northeast Big Data Hub Overview and Resources


COVID-19 Research Lightning Talks: Webinar and Q&A
Starting in September, we're hosting a monthly series of lightning talks by researchers studying wide-ranging aspects of the current pandemic, to share their research and answer questions from our community. Learn more about their ongoing efforts in the fight against COVID-19, including opportunities for collaboration, and join us at our next event on Wednesday, September 16, at 2-3PM ETClick here to learn more and register.

September 2020 Featured Speakers:

Erick Jones, University of Texas at Arlington: EAGER: AI-Enabled Optimization of the COVID-19 Therapeutics Supply Chain to Support Community Public Health.

Howard Stone, Princeton University: RAPID: Flow Asymmetry in Human Breathing and the Asymptomatic Spreader.
Michael Pazzani, University of California San Diego: RAPID: Explainable Machine Learning for Analysis of COVID-19 Chest CT.
Ashok Srinivasan, University of West Florida: Collaborative: RAPID: Leveraging New Data Sources to Analyze the Risk of COVID-19 in Crowded Locations.
Dominique Duncan, University of Southern California: RAPID: COVID-ARC (COVID-19 Data Archive).
Debbie Kim, University of Chicago: RAPID: Pandemic Learning Loss in U.S. High Schools: A National Examination of Student Experiences.
Nora Garza, Laredo College: RAPID: Using real life COVID-19 Data to teach quantitative reasoning skills to undergraduate Hispanic STEM students.
Ajitesh Srivastava, University of Southern California: RAPID: ReCOVER: Accurate Predictions and Resource Allocation for COVID-19 Epidemic Response.


Deadline: September 13, 2020
Please join us to develop and participate in a Connected Healthcare Cybersecurity virtual workshop, sponsored by the Northeast Big Data Hub in partnership with IEEE/UL working group P2933. P2933 is developing a standard for clinical IoT data and device interoperability with TIPPSS - Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety and Security. The goal of the workshop is to identify cybersecurity and privacy risks and potential mitigation strategies for connected healthcare and clinical IoT data and device interoperability use cases. This workshop supports the Northeast Big Data Hub's Focus Areas in Health and Responsible Data Science: Security + Privacy + Ethics

Please fill in this Google form by September 30 if you are interested in being on the program committee or participating in the workshop. Alternatively, you can send an email to with "Connected Healthcare Cybersecurity Workshop" in the subject line and let us know if you want to join the program committee and/or participate in the workshop. We expect to convene the program committee in October 2020 and deploy the workshop in the November 2020-January 2021 timeframe.
Round 2 of Northeast Big Data Hub Seed Grant Proposals and Northeast Student Data Corps Applications
Deadline: October 1, 2020

The Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub is excited to put out a Call for Participation in a new Urban to Rural Communities Working Group. The working group will consist of a team of community members working in collaboration to determine how we might leverage data in new ways to address scientific and societal challenges of interest to the Northeast Big Data Hub community. We expect the working group would convene virtually on a monthly basis, with additional collaboration on specific projects as participant interest indicates.

Please visit our website to learn more about the working group and complete the form indicating your interest by Friday, October 16. The Hub will follow up with interested parties in the second half of October 2020 on next steps.
IEEE Call for Papers: Special Issue on Intelligent Optimization Algorithms in Genomics and Precision Medicine
Deadline: December 1, 2020


Researchers throughout the Northeast are using data to mitigate the widespread impacts of COVID-19. In a new interview series on the Northeast Big Data Hub blog, learn about their ongoing work and new insights, including opportunities for collaboration that could enable further progress in the fight against the pandemic.

Our series launches this month with conversations with the following 11 researchers.
Look for more stories to come! Are you a researcher in the Northeast studying COVID-19? Email us to learn how to be featured in this series.
Innovation Insights: The Post-Pandemic Future of Cybersecurity

We are excited to share another new series on our website, Innovation Insights, which will highlight new developments in the field of data science. Read an excerpt from the first story below and email to share future Innovation Insights.
"Digital security — like so many aspects of life — will be meaningfully and perhaps radically different on the other side of the 2020 pandemic crisis. How can we start to prepare now for the emerging challenges and opportunities this new world will present?"

In a Medium essay on August 24, Charles Kalpeke of the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Long Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) explores the ripple effects of the pandemic, and its aftermath, on cybersecurity.

Click here to read more.
DEF CON Panel Recap: Advancing Medical Device Security
Watch our Executive Director Florence Hudson participate on a panel discussion at DEF CON Biohacking Village on how collaboration between providers, manufacturers, and pen testers is advancing what’s possible with medical security. Click here to watch the recording.
KINBER Webinar:
Northeast Big Data Hub Overview and Resources
Our Executive Director Florence Hudson and operations manager Katie Naum spoke with KINBER community members on Tuesday, September 1st, giving an overview on our mission and focus areas and highlighting new programs such as the COVID Information Commons, Seed Fund and Northeast Student Data Corps. Click here to watch the recording.
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Thank you, and be well — Katie Naum, Operations Manager
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