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November 23, 2022
(Below) Day 2 panel on impact computing at the HDSI Annual Conference 2022 with Danil Mikhailov (, Milind Tambe (Harvard), Caroline Buckee (Harvard), and Nelson González (Amazon Web Services). | Photo by Hannah Rose Photography
Dear Friends, 

Thanks so much to everyone who attended our annual conference last week! If you missed the Day 2 plenary sessions, watch the livestream recording on our YouTube Channel. Make sure to subscribe to be notified when the recording of the Day 1 causal inference tutorial is posted next week!

The next HDSI Industry Seminar with Acentech takes place on Thursday, December 8 at 1:30 PM on Zoom! We are delighted to welcome Kelsey Rogers, Senior Consultant and Acoustician at Acentech, to discuss how acousticians use data to inform the design process in architecture. Register now!

Last year there were 53.4 million U.S. Thanksgiving holiday travelers. In 2022, the average price of a ten-person Thanksgiving dinner in the U.S. is $64.05. Learn more Thanksgiving statistics and facts via Statista. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

All the best,

The Harvard Data Science Initiative
Featured Event
HDSI Industry Seminar: Acentech
The Art and Science of Acoustical Data
Thursday, December 8
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST

Virtual (Zoom)
Speaker Bio:

Kelsey Rogers is an acoustician at Acentech with consulting experience in architectural acoustics, mechanical systems noise and vibration control, and environmental noise for a broad range of educational, performing arts, commercial, and residential building types.
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Acentech’s vision is to enhance human comfort, communication, artistic expression, and technical function through design and innovation in acoustics, engineering, and technology. An acoustician’s primary role on a building design team is to communicate complex acoustical information in an efficient and compelling way.

In this talk, Kelsey will discuss how acousticians measure, predict, and interpret acoustical data, and how it informs the building design process from early concept design through construction. As a case study, we will focus on the design of the recently completed and award-winning Science and Engineering Complex at Harvard, including acoustical simulation of the central atrium that allowed designers and key stakeholders to listen to what it would sound like under a variety of possible design conditions before it was built.
Upcoming Events
HDSI Causal Seminar: Elizabeth Ogburn, Johns Hopkins University
Disentangling confounding and dependence in spatial statistics
Thursday, November 17, 2022
3:30 PM  5:30 PM EST

Hawes Hall, Classroom 203, Harvard Business School
Elizabeth L. Ogburn, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Betsy Ogburn, PhD, MS, develops methods for causal inference with complex data, including social network data and data with unmeasured confounding or interference.
In the first half of the talk, I will explain how "nonsense associations" can arise when an exposure and an outcome of interest exhibit similar patterns of dependence. Nonsense associations are distinct from confounding, but this distinction has been blurred in many dependent-data application areas. In the second half of the talk I will discuss implications for understanding the literature on spatial confounding and propose a causally informed approach to spatial confounding.
Featured Fellowship Opportunity
2023 Flagship Pioneering Artificial Intelligence (AI) Fellowship
Flagship Pioneering, based in Cambridge MA, is a venture creation firm dedicated to life science innovation, with more than 100 companies founded over the past 22 years, including Moderna (COVID-19 vaccine leader). Flagship Pioneering is recruiting for its 2023 Summer Artificial Intelligence Fellowship Program. The AI Fellows Track within the Flagship Fellowship Program is designed to be a rare opportunity to be exposed to a unique approach to ML innovation and venture creation. Talented and entrepreneurial final-year graduate students and postdocs with strong ML research experience are encouraged to apply to join as AI Fellows for a 12-week paid full-time fellowship.

Come learn about Flagship Pioneering from current associates (and previous Flagship Pioneering fellows)  Dalit Engelhardt and Rahi Punjabi who will lead a case discussion of an example of the venture creation process and discuss the summer fellowship.

Information session and case discussion:
Wednesday, November 30 | 4:00 PM EST | SEC, 150 Western Ave. (2.203)

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