TWed Talk: Minor Gordon on "A clean architecture for semantic web applications"

User expectations of modern web applications continue to outpace the productivity of the software engineering process. The semantic web application stack of RDF, SPARQL, and related technologies, provides many benefits to users and developers, at the expense of additional complexity that impedes the engineering process. I will present a new software architecture that attempts to maximize the user-visible benefits of these technologies while minimizing their impact on developer productivity.

Twed Talk: What's a Personal (Health) Knowledge Graph?

Recent years have seen a rising interest in combining the rich structured information contained in knowledge graphs with applications involving personalization. This talk will discuss insights into the emerging topic of "personal knowledge graphs", including key research challenges identified in literature and examples of proposed personal knowledge graph systems (especially in the domain of personalized health).

Student-Built App Wins Prize from HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Competition

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute team $15,000 for an app called MortalityMinder, which identifies social conditions contributing to declining life expectancy at a community level.

johnsa17 Wed, 02/12/2020 - 00:00

Fit to read: Making your figures legible in print and on the slide

Rendering your images at high resolution is only the first step towards creating legible figures. We will discuss how to render figures so that they are readable on the page, and why sometimes using the same rendering of a figure for print and PowerPoint can leave everyone dissappointed.

Experts Join Rensselaer-IBM Artificial Intelligence Research Collaboration

Four experts in diverse aspects of artificial intelligence have joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as part of the Artificial Intelligence Research Collaboration (AIRC), a recently formed joint initiative of Rensselaer and IBM Research.

johnsa17 Wed, 01/22/2020 - 00:00

RPIrates: The RPI R Users Group

Welcome to RPIrates: The RPI R Users Group! We are a growing community --- over 300 subscribers! --- of students, faculty and staff at Rensselaer who gather virtually and in person to support each others' use of the R open source analytics platform. In semi-weekly meetings we explain useful packages, share "feats of strength," and of course "air grievances!" 

MORTALITYMINDER: Enabling healthcare researchers, providers, payers, and policy makers to gain actionable insights into how, where, and why midlife mortality rates are rising in the United States

MortalityMinder (MM) is a web-based visualization tool that enables interactive exploration of social, economic and geographic factors associated with premature mortality among mid-life adults ages 25-64 across the United States. Using authoritative data from the CDC and other sources, MM is a freely available, publicly-accessible, open source, and easily maintained tool. The goal of MortalityMinder (MM) is to enable healthcare researchers, providers, payers, and policy makers to gain actionable insights into how, where, and why midlife mortality rates are rising in the United States (US). It is designed to help healthcare payers, providers and policymakers at the national, state, county and community levels identify and address unmet healthcare needs, healthcare costs, and healthcare utilization.

Introduction to Differential Privacy

This talk will be aimed at an audience unfamiliar with the literature on privacy preservation (as I was a few weeks ago).  The goal of the talk will be to first illustrate that whether or not the output of some interaction with real data is privacy preserving is not as simple of a concept as it may first seem, motivating the need for a precise definition of privacy preservation. Then I will give one possible definition, that of differential privacy, invented in 2006, for which the authors were awarded the Gödel Prize in 2017.