Data Science for Climate and Environmental Sciences


Climate and Environmental Sciences are presenting exciting challenges for data sciences community to not only innovate on algorithms and computational frameworks, but also make a significant impact for the common good. In this presentation, I will outline some of the challenges in mobilizing data, information, networks, and knowledge to drive climate change adaptation and present our recent work in this space. I will also introduce the problem of invasive species management, and present our work on integrating diverse sources of data and innovations in network and data sciences to help take the important and critical steps in this direction.

About the lecturer

Nitesh Chawla is the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and  director of the research center on network and data sciences (iCeNSA) at the University of Notre Dame. He started his tenure-track career at Notre Dame in 2007, and quickly advanced from assistant professor to chaired full professor position in 2016. He has brought in over $18.5M dollars in research funding to the university.  He has received numerous awards for research, scholarship and teaching. He is the recipient of the 2015 IEEE CISOutstanding Early Career Award; the IBM Watson Faculty Award, the IBM Big Data and Analytics Faculty Award, National Academy of Engineering New Faculty Fellowship, and his PhD dissertation also received the Outstanding Dissertation Award. In recognition of the societal and community driven impact of his research, he was recognized with the Rodney Ganey Award  and Michiana 40 Under 40. He is a two-time recipient of Outstanding Teaching Award  at Notre Dame. He is a Fellow of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values;, Fellow of the Institute of Asia and Asian Studies; and Fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at  Notre Dame. He is the founder of Aunalytics, a data science company.


Nitesh Chawla (USA)