Data Science Institute Archives - State of the Planet

Data Science Institute to Host the 2019 New York Scientific Data Summit

The two-and-a-half day symposium will explore data-driven discovery and innovation in science and industry.

by |May 22, 2019
tsetse fly

Using Machine Learning to Eradicate the Tsetse Fly in Sub-Saharan Africa

A Columbia team is pioneering a machine learning-based imaging and sorting solution that would help to drastically reduce Africa’s tsetse population.

by |February 27, 2019
Plankton

Data Science Students Team Up With Marine Biologist

The students are using deep learning and neural networks to create an automated system that classifies plankton for large-scale oceanographic studies.

by |February 26, 2019
carbon catalogue

Data Visualization Tool Shows Carbon Footprint of Everyday Products

The Carbon Catalogue makes it easy to explore consumer products’ carbon emissions and the various strategies companies are employing to reduce emissions.

by |February 14, 2019

Researchers Develop an Artificial Intelligence to Analyze Birdsong in a Warming Arctic

A new algorithm quickly sifts through hours of field recordings to learn how climate change influences bird migration. The A.I. could help track other wildlife as well.

by |June 20, 2018

Artificial Intelligence—A Game Changer for Climate Change and the Environment

Artificial intelligence is helping us manage the impacts of climate change and protect the environment in many ways.

by |June 5, 2018

Machine Listening for Earthquakes

In a new study, researchers show that machine learning algorithms can pick out different types of earthquakes from three years of data at Geysers in California. The repeating patterns of earthquakes appear to match the seasonal rise and fall of water-injection flows into the hot rocks below.

by |May 23, 2018
tree guard

So Much Depends on a Tree Guard

Adding protective barriers around street trees could reduce load on city sewers, study finds.

by |January 23, 2018

Increasing Tornado Outbreaks: Is Climate Change Responsible?

In a paper published in the journal Science, researchers looked at increasing trends in the severity of tornado outbreaks, measured by the number of tornadoes per outbreak. They found that these trends are increasing fastest for the most extreme outbreaks.

by |December 1, 2016

New Group Takes On Massive Computing Needs of Big Data

The sheer number of observations now streaming from land, sea, air and space has outpaced the ability of most computers to process it. The Data Science Institute’s newest working group —Frontiers in Computing Systems—will try to address some of the bottlenecks facing scientists working with these and other massive data sets.

by |July 25, 2016