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2020-09-17: IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration for Data Science (IRI) 2020 Trip Report

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The 21st International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration for Data Science (IRI 2020) was held virtually (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) instead of Las Vegas as originally planned. IRI 2020 was hosted by the University of Cincinnati, USA, between August 11 - 13, 2020. This conference explores three major tracks: (1) information reuse, (2) information integration, and (3) reusable systems. This conference serves as a forum for researchers and practitioners from academia, industry, and government to present, discuss, and exchange ideas that address real-world problems with real-world solutions. Both theoretical and applied papers are included in IRI 2020. Similar to last year's conference (IRI 2019), IRI 2020 program included paper sessions, workshops, panels and keynote speeches. Most of them were held in parallel sessions. Day 1Welcome Following Stuart Rubin's welcome note, Chengcui Zhang from University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA (@UofAlabama) i…

2020-09-14: International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIME) 2020 Report

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The 2020 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIME 2020), hosted by the University of Minnesota, was held virtually 25-28 August 2020.  The first two days were dedicated to tutorials, workshops and the doctoral consortium.  The main conference was held during the last two days. The conference focused on significant theoretical, methodological, and applied results related to the application of artificial intelligence (AI) in medicine.  Although it was held virtually, discussion boards attached to each presentation permitted interactions and networking opportunities with authors.
Day 1 TutorialsThree tutorials were offered on the first day of the conference:  Methods and Applications of Natural Language Processing in MedicineLarge Scale Ensembled NLP Systems with Docker and KubernetesThe Overview Effect: Clinical Medicine and Healthcare Concepts for the Data Scientist.The first tutorial was held in the morning and the other two were held simultaneously in the …

2020-09-09: Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries 2020 (TPDL 2020) Non-Trip Report

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The 2020 Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL 2020) was planned to take place in Lyon, France, but was virtually hosted via Big Blue Button. It was a joint conference with ADBIS 2020 and EDA 2020. TPDL was a fascinating look into the various projects and research efforts undertaken by members of the digital library community. Due to the time zone differences and technical issues, I could not attend all sessions. As usual, I will summarize some of those I have attended here.On the Persistence of Persistent Identifiers of the Scholarly WebMartin Klein and Lyudmila Balakireva, my teammates from the Los Alamos Laboratory Research Library Prototyping Team, won the best paper award at TPDL 2020 for "On the Persistence of Persistent Identifiers of the Scholarly Web." On the Persistence of Persistent Identifiers of the Scholarly Web from Martin Klein In their paper, Martin and Luda investigated how consistently scholarly publishers respond to common HTTP requests against Di…

2020-09-04 Student ThinSat Research Summer Camp for Hampton Roads High School Students

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The Student ThinSat Research Summer (STRS) Camp was held virtually from August 3 – August 14, 2020. The event was sponsored by a Virginia Space Grant Consortium Innovate Program grant with faculty and student instructors from Computer Science and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Old Dominion University. 

The STRS camp focused on providing opportunities for integration of coding skills with engineering Standards of Learning for students in a project-based learning environment using ThinSat. The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (Virginia Space), as a part of their commitment to K- 12 STEM outreach, has initiated a program called ThinSat, inserting batches of approximately 60 picosatellites into extremely low Earth orbits up to twice a year. ThinSats are launched utilizing the second stage orbit insertion capabilities of their Antares launch system as part of regularly scheduled International Space Station resupply flights.



This program was conducted by Dr. Sampath Jayarat…