Data Science: Opportunities to Transform Chemical Sciences & Engineering

Agenda | Speaker Bios | Organizer Bios    Presentations | Workshop in Brief

New technologies and approaches are generating large, diverse data sets, and data science offers the tools that are needed to interrogate, analyze and manage these data sets. However, data-science applications in the chemical sciences and engineering community have been relatively limited, and many opportunities for advancing the fields have gone unexplored. This workshop will highlight opportunities to integrate data science more fully into chemical sciences and engineering, discuss challenges to using data science, and tackle the question – what training is needed to enable the future generation to increase and improve integration of data science into the chemical sciences and engineering? Come join us for an informative selection of plenary talks and an opportunity for in-depth discussion in breakout sessions.

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Date – February 27, 2018
Location – NAS Building, Room 125

8:30 AM          Opening RemarksBruce Garrett, CSR Planning Committee Member, Division Director, Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences, US Department of Energy

8:40 AM          What is Data Science?Andrew Ferguson, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

9:20 AM          What Can Data Science Do for Me?Patrick Riley, Principal Engineer, Google

10:00 AM        Data Science in IndustrySalvador Garcia-Munoz, Senior Engineering Advisor, Eli Lilly and Company

11:00 AM        Untapped Data ResourcesThomas Bligaard, Deputy Director, Senior Staff Scientist, SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

11:40 AM        Panel Discussion (Moderator, Bruce Garrett; Panelists, Morning Speakers): How can data science be used to gain insights or new knowledge from data resources? What are the barriers that are preventing broader adoption of data sciences in the chemical sciences and engineering?

1:30 PM          Creating Data Science Programs in AcademiaThomas Ewing, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Virginia Tech

2:15 PM          ADJOURN TO BREAKOUT SESSIONS (See full agenda)

5:00 PM          Adjourn Day 1

Date – February 28, 2018
Location – NAS Building, Room 125

8:30 AM          Reporting from Breakout Groups



10:00 AM        Panel Discussion: Training a Future Generation of Chemists/Chemical Engineers

Moderator:    Leo Chiang, CSR Planning Committee Member, Associate Technology Director, The Dow Chemical Company


11:30 AM        Closing Remarks

12:00 PM        Workshop Concludes