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August updates: Transportation Data Challenge (Community Call today with Google), Spokes Office Hour

  1. Thursday Aug 17 at 12pm PT / 3pm ET

  2. Join the call: or dial: +1 361 360 8463PIN: 2764# . Backup if the Google Hangout reaches capacity: 510-925-0403

  3. Special guests including

  4. Alicia Johnson, Resilience & Recovery Manager, San Francisco Emergency Management and West Hub Steering Committee Member

  5. Stephen Dennis, Director, Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) Data Analytics Engine

  6. Google Cloud Public Datasets Program 

  7. Hear about projects, open questions, use cases, and opportunities for collaboration. Amy will also give an overview of some of Google’s public data sets and tools that might be useful for this Challenge topic, and share some short demos if time permits. A document listing some of the resources we’ll talk about in the call is at To hear more about upcoming Transportation Challenge opportunities, sign up for email announcements at and follow #BDHubs. Find us at the inaugural JupyterCon Join us at the inaugural JupyterCon conference in New York, NY for two opportunities to connect about ongoing initiatives: Wednesday Aug 23 “Driving Jupyter: Hands-On Jupyter Demos and the National Transportation Data Challenge” Demonstration stations will feature donated cloud computing resources from, Amazon Web Services, GoogleCloud, Satori, and other partners in live executable Jupyter-based notebooks. Come by the posters/demo stations from 5-7pm ET to chat with us about:

  8. How to leverage cloud computing resources and Waze data to analyze the impact of traffic safety interventions

  9. Examples for using U.S. Department of Transportation crash statistics to create predictive models of risk factors

  10. Projects using tensor flow and neural networks to evaluate video information for early warnings of distracted driving

  11. How to get involved in the National Transportation Data Challenge — a series of community problem-solving sessions, hackathons, and activities across the U.S. aiming to reduce traffic fatalities.Thursday Lunch Roundtable Aug 24: Regional Big Data Innovation Hubs: opportunities for partnerships across industry, government, academia, and nonprofits Join us to discuss regional, national, and global initiatives in areas including smart cities, health, and data science education. Meet with Hub leadership and partners including:

  12. Rene Baston, Executive Director, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, Columbia University

  13. Eddie Fuller, Category Chair, National Transportation Data Challenge, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

  14. Dave Goodsmith, Director of Strategic Partnerships, DataScience Inc

  15. Florence Hudson, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Internet2

  16. Meredith Lee, Executive Director, West Big Data Innovation Hub, UC Berkeley

  17. Andreas Mueller, Columbia University

  18. Amen Ra Mashariki, former Chief Analytics Officer of NYC, now at ESRI

  19. Renata Rawlings-Goss, Co-Executive Director, South Big Data Innovation Hub, Georgia Tech Not at the conference? Follow #BDHubs and stay tuned for online sharing of the demos via and future community calls. Feedback from the All Hands Meeting + Planning for 2018 We were excited to convene over 100 stakeholders at our first event in Boulder, CO, with representation from all of the 13 West Region states, and over 600 people joining via livestream. The Organizing Committee will be posting slides, additional photos, and video from the event at themeeting website.  If you participated or have input for next year’s annual meeting, please fill out the Post-Event Survey and Continue the Conversation with #WestData17.   Data Science Storytelling Workshop Content Online Can data storytelling be taught? What makes a great data visualization? Building upon on our 2016 West Big Data Innovation Hub and DataScience Inc event held in partnership with the Computing Community Consortium, the West Hub was excited to co-host a workshop with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellows (STPF) Big Data Affinity Group, the South Hub, and the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS).  The community event featured insights from the The Washington Post, DC Mayor’s Office, Science Magazine, and more.  View the Schedule HERE, rewatch the YouTube recording from last month and the videos from the first workshop, and read the recap Guest Blogpost by AAAS STPF Mark Schroeder. Looking for more content? Join the conversation on Twitter using #DataSciStories and #BDHubs​, and share your perspectives and resources on the #datascistories channel on Find our leadership team at the MetroLab Network Annual Summit Join us in Atlanta from September 13-15 in partnership with the City of Atlanta and Georgia Tech. The Summit will bring together leaders from local government, universities, industry and non-profit and is an opportunity to share, discuss, and present on the impact of data, analytics, and technology on local government. Free registration is available for government representatives and discounted registration is available for attendees from non-profits. Questions can be directed to Student Paper Competition now open: SHRP 2 Safety Data Bonanza 2017-2018 The SHRP 2 Safety Data Program and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Oversight Committee for Use and Oversight of SHRP 2 Safety Data, Phase 1 are sponsoring the 2017-2018 cycle of the Student Paper Competition: SHRP 2 Safety Data Bonanza. Masters and doctoral students are invited to propose innovative ideas for utilizing the SHRP 2 Safety Data- the Naturalistic Driving Study and Roadway Information Database. The data elements that can be made available to participants are the following: reusable datasets in the SHRP 2 Naturalistic Driving Study Dataverse, InSight data, and the Roadway Information Database. The submission window is now open. Abstract submissions are due October 29, 2017. Selected students will conduct their proposed analysis and develop a research paper. They will also be invited to present their research at a special poster session at the Transportation Research Board 98th Annual Meeting the week of January 13–17, 2019 in Washington, DC. The TRB Annual Meeting program is expected to attract 12,000 transportation professionals from around the world. The selected students will be awarded the opportunity to write a paper for consideration of inclusion in a special edition of TRB’s Transportation Research Circular. In addition, the top two paper authors will receive TRB Student Affiliate membership for one year.

  20. View full details of the competition, instructions, and terms.

  21. On Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 9am PT, the SHRP 2 Safety Data Program will hold a webinar to review the competition terms and instructions and to answer questions. View instructions to join the webinar.

  22. Submit an application by Sunday, October 29, 2017. Questions can be directed to Dear Colleague Letter: NSF – Japan Science & Technology Agency Collaborative Research Letter of Interest due Aug. 25 | Funding requests due Oct. 15  NSF has released a Dear Colleague Letter on supplemental funding opportunities for awardees of the NSF Hubs and Spokes, BIGDATA, CPS, and S&CC programs to collaborate with Japanese PIs funded by JST. Find more information on the website. As always, we greatly appreciate your help spreading the word to increase participation across each West Region state (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming). To help us grow our community, please forward this note widely and tell your colleagues to join our mailing list! On behalf of the WBDIH leadership team and our growing network of collaborators, thank you for your continued interest, support, and enthusiasm. Hope to see or hear from you soon! Best, Meredith Meredith M. Lee, Ph.D. | Executive Director, West Big Data Innovation Hub | mmlee@berkeley.eduSave the Date: Deadlines + Opportunities to Connect Aug 17 Challenge Community Call focused on Weather / Emergency Response (online, open to all) Aug 23  “Driving Jupyter: Hands-On Jupyter Demos and the National Transportation Data Challenge” and Aug 24 Big Data Hubs Roundtable at JupyterCon, New York, NY Aug 29-30  West Hub Spoke Letters of Collaboration Office Hours as noted at (online, open to all) Sept 13-15  Find our leadership team at the MetroLab Network Annual Summit Atlanta, GA Sept 18   Proposals for NSF Spoke Solicitation due to NSF: more info on our website Oct 4-6 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Orlando, FL Nov. 9 Save the Date for our National Transporation Data Challenge Finale Event, Washington DCBig Data Spokes FY2018 Solicitation Reminder As mentioned in previous newsletters, the NSF Big Data Spokes Solicitation for FY2018 is now online, with a deadline of Sept. 18 for proposals. The Big Data activities of a BD Spoke will be guided by the following broad themes:

  23. Accelerating progress towards addressing societal grand challenges relevant to the regional and national priority areas defined by the BD Hubs (see our thematic and cross-cutting areas on our website and captured in our West Hub At-a-Glance summary, and look to our website for additional guidance soon about other hubs’ areas and NSF FAQs);

  24. Helping automate the Big Data lifecycle; and

  25. Enabling access to and spurring the use of important and valuable available data assets, including international data sets where relevant. NSF’s overall Big Data R&D portfolio includes fundamental research, infrastructure development and provisioning, education and workforce development, and community engagement.  Not all of these aspects of the overall portfolio are covered by this solicitation. In particular, this solicitation is not meant to fund proposals in which fundamental research is the primary activity. As was the case for the first BD Spoke solicitation, NSF notes that all proposals submitted in response to this solicitation must include a Letter of Collaboration from a regional BD Hub. We look forward to assisting Big Data Spoke proposal development by helping coordinate our region’s response and by identifying potential partnerships to strengthen our region’s proposals. More details about the Form to Request Letters of Collaboration in advance of the NSF Sept. 18, 2017 deadline is at, and please feel free to contact us at


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