Data Science in the News

LLNL Center for Applied Scientific Computing: accelerating scientific discovery (VIDEO)

July 12, 2019- 
The Center for Applied Scientific Computing (CASC) serves as LLNL’s window to the broader computer science, computational physics, applied mathematics, and data science research communities. Major thrust areas in CASC research include: (1) Increasing simulation fidelity by integrating multi-physics and multi-scale models, increasing resolution through advanced numerical methods and more...

Small brain-on-a-chip promises big payoffs

July 10, 2019- 
Livermore’s brain-on-a-chip may offer a faster, less expensive, and more effective way to evaluate the organ’s response to human-made and natural threats. The device is the newest embodiment of an integrated system designed to accurately evaluate the effects of potentially harmful chemicals, viruses, and drugs on humans without relying on animal or human test subjects. Computational models...

Protecting image classification in artificial intelligence

July 8, 2019- 
To address vulnerability concerns in image classification, a new subfield of machine learning has emerged called adversarial machine learning, which focuses on the security of machine learning algorithms. Thomas Hogan, a doctoral student of mathematics at UC Davis, spent his summer investigating this new area of research during the National Science Foundation’s Mathematical Sciences Graduate...

Hyperion Research announces new winners of HPC Innovation Excellence Awards

June 18, 2019- 
Hyperion Research  announced the 14th round of recipients of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award at the ISC19 supercomputer industry conference in Frankfurt, Germany. Led by Brian Spears, an LLNL team used the Trinity supercomputer to seek out successful modes of laser-driven fusion implosions by building an enormous database for supervised training of a machine learned surrogate...

Two-week workshop lets UC Merced students step into shoes of Lab computer scientists

June 12, 2019- 
From May 20-31, 21 undergraduate and graduate students, many of them first-generation college students, interned at the Lab. While they were on site, the students, along with their Lab mentors, were tasked with using machine learning and other computational methods to tackle real-world problems in computational immunology. Read more at LLNL News.

NFL comes to Lab to hear latest on TBI research

June 5, 2019- 
Officials from the National Football League visited LLNL to hear how the Department of Energy’s national laboratories are using high-performance computing and artificial intelligence to advance scientific understanding of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Read more at LLNL News.

Speech generation: siblings collaborate on machine learning hackathon project

May 28, 2019- 
The first recording that brothers Sam and Joe Eklund, along with their colleague Travis Chambers, played for the audience was a validation. “I endorse Travis as president of the United States of America,” the audio clip played, in a voice resembling Barack Obama’s. The second, in the same voice, was a declaration: “Ice is back, our brand new invention” (from the song “Ice Ice Baby” by...

How machine learning could change science

April 29, 2019- 
Artificial intelligence tools are revolutionizing scientific research and changing the needs of high-performance computing. LLNL has been exploiting the relationship between simulation and experiments to build predictive codes using machine learning and data analytics techniques. Read more at Data Center Dynamics.

Researchers explore machine learning to automate sorting of microcapsules in real-time

April 16, 2019- 
Micro-Encapsulated CO2 Sorbents (MECS) — tiny, reusable capsules full of a sodium carbonate solution that can absorb carbon dioxide from the air — are a promising technology for capturing carbon from the atmosphere. To create the caviar-like objects, scientists run three fluids through a series of microfluidic components to create drops that turn into capsules when exposed to ultraviolet...

Machine learning on a mission

April 11, 2019- 
Machine learning uses computers to learn from data and make predictions about the environment. As the world generates more data, interpretation becomes more difficult. A smart machine—one that adapts to new information on the fly—can speed up processing and analysis times and improve its accuracy in identification and prediction tasks. Although commercial and consumer applications of ML are...

DOE fueled AI is transforming the world as we know it (VIDEO)

April 5, 2019- 
National Labs are home to some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. These powerful machines they have the potential to unlock artificial intelligence, providing scientists and researchers the ability to quickly analyze massive datasets for answers to the world's most complex problems. Watch on YouTube.

International collective of scientists seeks refined understanding of climate system

March 25, 2019- 
LLNL climate scientists announced the release of new data sets that will provide fresh insights into past and future climate change. Some of these data sets come from model simulations performed at LLNL, one of the more than 40 climate research centers and consortia engaged in next-generation climate change simulations. These results have been produced as part of an international effort to...

Multi-institutional meeting centers on making the 'impossible' possible in cancer research

March 22, 2019- 
Computer scientists, biomedical engineers, cancer biologists and bioinformaticians from eight Department of Energy national laboratories, health-related government agencies and universities converged at LLNL March 6-7 to discuss ongoing efforts to advance cancer research through computation, identify existing challenges and brainstorm future multidisciplinary projects. Read more at LLNL News...

CASC research showcased at major data science venues

March 20, 2019- 
Researchers from LLNL’s Center for Applied Scientific Computing (CASC) are among the Lab’s employees making waves in the data science community, with many prominent accolades, publications, and acceptances in 2018. Data science encompasses some of the hottest technology topics, and the Center’s computer scientists eagerly embrace the challenges of this rapidly growing domain. Read more at...

Making connections, career development highlight Women in Data Science regional event

March 11, 2019- 
For the second straight year, the HPC Innovation Center at LLNL played host to a Women in Data Science WiDS) regional event on March 4, drawing in dozens of attendees from LLNL, local universities and other Bay Area national laboratories. Livermore was one of more than 150 regional events held at sites across the globe in conjunction with the Global WiDS conference at Stanford University. Rea...

ESGF conference caps a productive year

Feb. 12, 2019- 
Members of the Earth System Grid Federation (ESGF) gathered in Washington, DC, on December 3–7 for the 8th annual conference. The event packed 40 presentations, several plenary sessions, a poster session, guest speakers, an awards ceremony, and an executive committee meeting into the week. Born at LLNL to address “big data” challenges in Earth system research, ESGF is an international...

Going deep: Lab employees get an introduction to world of machine learning, neural networks

Feb. 1, 2019- 
Deep learning is one of the most popular and widely used machine learning methods due to its success with autonomous vehicles, speech recognition and image classification, to name a few emergent technologies. But what exactly is deep learning, and how can it best be applied to Lab projects? LLNL employees discovered the answers during a recent "Deep Learning 101" course, which introduced the...

Dispatches from the fall hackathon

Dec. 18, 2018- 
This recap of LLNL's seasonal hackathon was provided by the web team that manages several LLNL websites. Mike Goldman, director of the Data Science Institute (DSI), stopped by the team's table during the hackathon to discuss the Open Data Initiative. Read more at LLNL Computing.

DSI seminar: data for social good (VIDEO)

Dec. 18, 2018- 
In this video from a DSI seminar, Dr. Lisa Garcia Bedolla, director of the Institute of Governmental Studies and a professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, explores the new possibilities big data has opened up within the social sciences – with tools such as social network analyses and geospatial information systems, among others. Watch on LLNL's...

Playing video games may help researchers find personalized medical treatment for sepsis

Dec. 18, 2018- 
A deep learning approach originally designed to teach computers how to play video games better than humans could aid in developing personalized medical treatment for sepsis, a disease that causes about 300,000 deaths per year and for which there is no known cure. LLNL, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Vermont, is exploring how deep reinforcement learning can discover...