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A dashboard view from a vehicle taking measurements of certain types of pollutants during rush hour in Atlanta

July 21, 2017

Rush Hour Pollution May Be More Dangerous Than You Think

In-car measurements of pollutants that cause oxidative stress found exposure levels for drivers to be twice as high as previously believed.

Maiken Mikkelsen and Miroslav Pajic

March 08, 2017

Mikkelsen, Pajic Receive Naval Young Investigator Program Awards

Maiken Mikkelsen, the Nortel Networks Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and assistant professor of physics at Duke University, and Miroslav Pajic, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Duke University, have each won an Office of Naval Research Young [...]

Kyle Bradbury and Data+ students

March 07, 2017

Real Problems, Real Teamwork

Duke’s nationally recognized Data+ program brings teams of faculty and students together each summer to explore data-driven approaches to real-world problems—including many from clients such as Accenture, Fidelity Charitable and Duke Health. Impactful projects like the ones below will soon become [...]

Guglielmo Scovazzi with students

March 03, 2017

Understanding Complex Infrastructure Systems

From prospecting for fossil fuels to implanting synthetic heart valves, human engineering is fast transforming natural environments. But how are our interventions affecting these systems—and vice-versa? Duke engineers are tackling those questions in a new initiative using “heavy data” methodologies [...]

March 03, 2017

A Global Approach to Nanoinformatics

Since 2008, Duke has led an international consortium of researchers studying how industrial nanoparticles affect the environment. Other scientists are doing the same—and the global effort has produced an enormous amount of valuable data. But in such a nascent field, experimental procedures are [...]

March 03, 2017

Materials Discovery

In the search for new materials, researchers are abandoning hunches and intuition for theoretical models and pure computing power. The research is part of the White House Materials Genome Initiative, launched in 2011 to accelerate the pace of discovery and deployment of advanced material systems [...]

Henry Pfister

March 03, 2017

Demystifying Deep Neural Networks

Sometimes datasets are too small for standard analytics tools to find trends and patterns in the data.  Henry Pfister, associate professor of ECE and mathematics, designs novel graphical models and algorithms to infer answers to the questions being asked when data are sparse. For example, deep [...]

Guillermo Sapiro and Dr. Helen Egger

March 03, 2017

An App for Autism Screening

As a toddler watches videos on a new Duke-developed app, sophisticated algorithms analyze “selfie”-camera recordings of her head movements and facial expressions for small but significant signs of autistic behavior, such as a lack of emotions, social-reference, or delayed response. To date more [...]

Claudia Gunsch and PhD student Ryan Holzem

March 03, 2017

Teaming the Microbiome

If ever a match were made in scientific heaven, it’s between Big Data and Bioinformatics. Machine learning techniques have already begun to revolutionize our understanding of how bacteria influence human and environmental health and can efficiently produce a wide variety of products. Getting [...]

March 03, 2017

Data-Based Diagnosis

As overuse of antibiotics gives rise to new generations of resistant bacteria, clinicians face an important decision—hold back the drugs in case the patient turns out to have a viral infection, or prescribe them just in case? Duke engineers are working closely with genome scientists and clinicians [...]

March 03, 2017

Predicting Patient Outcomes

Less than 100 yards away from one of the Southeast’s busiest medical centers, Duke engineers Lawrence Carin and Ricardo Henao are working to keep people out of those inpatient beds. By designing algorithms to sift through reams of data in clinical records, the team is helping clinicians find better [...]

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