The Division of Biostatistics and Data Science in the Department of Population Health Sciences in the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) and the new School of Computer and Cyber Sciences at Augusta University (AU) is organizing this third annual workshop on "Emerging Data Science Methods for Complex Biomedical and Cyber Data".  The goal of this two-day data science workshop is to foster collaborative research among data science, statistics and other related disciplines for the purpose of addressing the very hardest and most important data- and model-driven scientific challenges, and for developing the much-needed skills for the next generation STEM workforce.

We have witnessed the explosion of complex and big data from various disciplines, social media, cyber traffic, and environment surrounding us in the recent decade.  Data scientists and statisticians are blessed with such variety of data that they have never seen before, yet are also facing many challenges because of the complexity and massiveness of such data.  The goal of this workshop fits into the society’s demand of fostering collaborative research between data science/statistics and other disciplines in science for the purpose of meeting the very hardest and most important data and model-driven scientific challenges.

The Workshop participants will learn statistical and data science methods to handle the enormously complex biomedical and cyber science data, and help them develop analytical thinking, statistical reasoning, communication skills and creativity.

The workshop will be in the form of specific research overviews and lectures provided by leading experts who have done prominent work in the respective topic areas. At the end of each of the two days, a panel discussion will be held, led by an expert panelist and all speakers of the day, for assimilating the various topics presented on the day and for addressing questions and comments from the audience.

The workshop is financially supported by the National Science Foundation, Augusta University Office of SVP for Research, Augusta University Department of Population Health Sciences, Augusta University School of Computer and Cyber Sciences, and co-sponsored by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) & the Southern Regional Council on Statistics (SRCOS).

We will be able to support a limited number of undergraduate, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to attend the workshop and to present posters on their respective research closely related to the theme of this workshop.  Those seeking financial support to attend the workshop are also encouraged to apply for the IMS Travel Award.