2011 Data Sciences Summer Institute

The 2011 Data Sciences Summer Institute (DSSI) was a 6-week long program in Data Science areas. This summer program consists of an intensive class in the mathematical foundations of Data Sciences, tutorials on advanced Data Science topics, expert speakers, and collaborative research projects. 

View DSSI Director Dan Roth's welcome presentation here. Demos and presentation materials for the two research projects appear below:

Expert Search: This system takes text as input (a paper abstract, for example) and automatically generates a list of experts on the topic of that text.
     -- demo
     -- presentation slides

Crime/Event Detection on Twitter: This system searches and analyzes tweets to detect crimes and other important events before traditional news outlets.
     -- demo
     -- presentation slides
     -- ICDE 2012 demo paper

generously sponsored an award for the best 2011 DSSI project. The high quality of the above projects prompted the judging committee to double the award amount and declare both projects to be winners of the award.


To learn more about the DSSI program, watch this series of videos posted on YouTube about the 2010 DSSI featuring commentary from professors and past participants.

Introduction to DSSI
What did students take away?
DSSI Tutorials
Foundations in DSSI class
DSSI Projects


Summer 2011 -- May 22 to July 2, 2011

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

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: An 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.

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 Institute 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 center, where participants at all levels of expertise come together in an enriched environment of collaboration and discovery.

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Past Programs
2010 Summer Institute
2007 Summer Institute