2010 Data Sciences Summer Institute

The 2010 Data Sciences Summer Institute (DSSI) was a 6-week long program in Data Science areas. This summer program consisted of an intensive class in the mathematical foundations of Data Sciences, tutorials on advanced Data Science topics, expert speakers from around the U.S., and advanced collaborative research projects. 

On this site are the products created as a result of the 2010 DSSI program.

• Project Summaries:

• Project presentation slides:
     -- Crime Map
     -- Computer Vision
     -- Expert Search

• Project Videos:
     -- Crime Map (from final presentation)

• Media coverage:
     -- WCIA-TV
     -- UIUC College of Engineering
     -- Daily Illini Newspaper

• Core CourseAn intensive course in the mathematical foundations of Data Science
• Advanced Tutorials on active research areas in Data Sciences given by leading researchers
• Expert Speaker Series: Represented are corporate, academic, and industrial researchers from around the country
• Research Projects: A significant group research project relating to any one of the bodies of knowledge covered in the summer institute was developed and presented to the public.

It was held May 24-July 2, 2010.

It was held on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) campus.

Who can Apply:
  • College Junior or Senior Computer Science students (majors or minors) and beginning Graduate students.
  • Students should show strong academic performance and must have sufficient mathematical and programming experience.
  • Applicants must currently be living in the United States as citizens, residents or Visa holders.

Research Areas:
Our program research interests fall into the following broad technical fields of Data Science:
  • Databases and Information Integration
  • Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Information Extraction
  • Computer Vision
  • Information Retrieval and Web Information Access
  • Knowledge Discovery in Social & Information Networks

Program Specifics:
• Core Course: The mathematical foundations course schedule is approximately three hours a day, 3 half-days a week for 4 weeks for a total of 36 instructional hours.
• Advanced Tutorials: Each tutorial was a half day, 4 days a week for 4 weeks, involving 12 hours of instruction from world-class leaders in their fields. Students were expected to enroll in three of the four tutorials.
• Expert speakers: Speakers will came from industry, academia, and national labs with presentations once or twice a week. Students had a chance to meet individually or in groups with the speakers.
• Research Project: Within the first 2 weeks of the DSSI program students chose one research project to work on from a list of provided topics. Student groups worked closely for 4 weeks with professors and teaching assistants to determine the direction of the research and explore in depth the research topic. This involved developing a software system solution to the problem. The final day of the DSSI culminated in Student Research Project presentations attended by the local media and high level campus administration.

How to Apply:
Applications for the 2011 Data Sciences Summer Institute will be accepted in Fall 2010. In the application you will need to include a Personal Statement, Resume, Transcripts, and contact information for one Letter of Recommendation from a faculty member. If necessary, you may return to the application form multiple times to complete it. Look back in October 2010 for the application.

Program Costs:

Room and board based on double-occupancy with 7 day food plan for a total of 6 weeks at approximately $1,268. 

About DSSI:
The Annual Data Sciences Summer Institute (DSSI) is a 6-week long study in Data Science areas. Our educational initiatives have been developed to encourage computer science students to pursue graduate studies at stronger institutions where they can make a bigger impact on the field, and to expose them to national lab professionals.

DSSI Mission:
The mission of the Data Sciences Summer Institute (DSSI) is to develop diverse human resources to enhance the scientific research, education, and government workforce in Data Science disciplines. This program is funded by the Department of Homeland Security’s Center of Excellence—Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA) at the UIUC’s Multimodal Information Access & Synthesis (MIAS) Center.

The purpose of the DSSI program is three-fold: 
• It provides specific and substantive training for the next generation of experts in the field.
• It serves as a tool for recruiting an experienced group of undergraduates into graduate study in one of the broad fields of Data Science.
• It is an intellectual community, where participants at all levels of expertise come together in an enriched environment of collaboration and discovery.

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Past & Future Programs:
2011 Summer Institute
2007 Summer Institute


Room, board and stipend were provided to qualified students. To apply, fill out the appropriate information in the online application form.