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The South Big Data Innovation Hub

August 26, 2017


The South Big Data Innovation Hub builds and strengthens partnerships across industry, academia, and government that apply data science and analytics to address socio-economic and scientific challenges in priority verticals, and spur economic development in 16 states, Delaware to Texas. Our priority verticals include:


  • Health Disparities, Precision Medicine, and Healthcare Analytics - Addressing issues around the South having an increased incidence of obesity, heart disease, stoke, and some forms of infectious disease compared the rest of the country.

  • Natural Resources and Hazards - The South suffers disproportionately from hazards to coasts and biodiverse ecosystems.

  • Energy and Smart Grid - Prevention of brownouts and blackouts that commonly occur along with aging electric infrastructure.

  • Smart Cities and Communities - Including smaller cities and rural areas in smart cities initiatives Materials and Manufacturing - Highlighting major distribution lines in the south and promoting best practices.The South Hub also focuses on cross-cutting challenges, including Data Science Education, Data Sharing, Infrastructure, and Big Data Community Engagement.


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Highlighted Activities


We facilitate research and coordination across a diverse Hub community through workshops, roundtables, working groups, and new programs. See more information about activities at our wiki:


  • The Data Science Education and Workforce Working Group is engaged in developing the education pipeline, including: (1) Launched national online course for youth using White House Opportunity Project data (released 3/2016); (2) Data Science eXtension: Incorporating data science fundamentals in computing curriculum at Spelman and Morehouse Colleges (NSF EHR 1623362, 2017); (3) BDHub4Good Internship: Building Data Science Workforce Skills Through Social Good, Grand Challenges, and Local Engagement (NSF CISE 1550305, 2017).

  • The South Hub also launched (1) PEPI: Program to Empower Partnerships with Industry, which pairs early career faculty throughout the south with Industry Partners and funds their visits to begin collaborations; and (2) DataStart: Southern Startup Internship Program in Data Science, which funds internships for graduate students to work at startup companies on data science business challenges.

  • The Data Sharing and Infrastructure Working Group aims to (1) map existing cyber infrastructure collaborations, services, and resources and future needs; and (2) facilitate federated data sharing, computing and analysis across institutions and partners. We organized a series of Data Infrastructure Demos, leveraging the DataNet Federation, iRODs, XCEDE, NDS, and cloud providers.

  • The Community Engagement Working Group identified use cases to help new entrants to data science or High Performance Computing evaluate cyberinfrastructure tools. The WG launched the VITAL (Video, Image, Text, Audio, and Machine Learning) Data Series as a monthly webinar to connect tangible use cases from different domains, forms of cyber-infrastructure, and software tools to analyze of VITAL Data.




All-hands South Big Data Hub MeetingData Infrastructure for Materials and Advanced Manufacturing WorkshopApplications of Analytics and Machine Learning in Energy Industry-Academia WorkshopHigh Impact Applications of Data Science in Precision Medicine, Health Analytics, and Health DisparitiesSouthern Startup Internship Program in Data Science Workshop Monthly webcast Data Science Roundtables, prioritizing data science research challenges and identifying solutionsTo get more information about Big Data events and opportunities sign-up for our monthly newsletter at: and visit our blog:



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