The Information Initiative at Duke Stories

  • Revolutionizing Health Care

    Revolutionizing Health Care

    Electrical and computer engineering professor Lawrence Carin is working with Geoffrey Ginsburg, M.D., professor of medicine, biomedical engineering, and pathology, on a tool that can scan a patient’s bloodwork for genetic information and quickly determine the cause of their illness. This means patients can be treated earlier and more accurately, speeding up their recovery and even preventing pandemic flu and other serious disease outbreaks.

  • Measuring Solar’s True Power

    Measuring Solar’s True Power

    Solar power is gaining traction in the United States, but by how much? One group of iiD students has created a sophisticated dataset that can train machines to identify rooftop solar panels in satellite images. In preliminary results, a machine-learning algorithm they developed was able to identify rooftop panels with 90 percent accuracy.

  • Improving Children’s Chances

    Improving Children’s Chances

    Guillermo Sapiro is an engineering and computer science professor, and Helen Egger, M.D., is a faculty member at the Duke School of Medicine. Together with a group of colleagues and students, they have developed technology to detect autism and other disorders early in a child’s life, when intervention is most effective.

Overview

BIG DATA IS A BIG DEAL AT DUKE

50+FACULTY MEMBERS ARE

transforming research and education by infusing data-based expertise into projects spanning the humanities, social sciences, and life sciences.

1,482STUDENTS ARE

collaborating with faculty, outside experts, and other students to inform policies that combat unemployment and wage stagnation, increase public access to government information, and create other outcomes that make a difference.

MORE THAN 85 PROJECTS ARE

changing the world through Big Data.

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