BIDS supports faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate/undergraduate research across a variety of fields in the life, social, and physical sciences, the humanities, and in computer science, statistics, and applied mathematics. Browse a list of projects currently active at BIDS, below, or see the project archive for a list of retired/archived projects.

Comp Sci / Stats / Math

BIDS Machine Shop

As more scientific fields move to intersect with computation, a need arises for software tools that can bridge the gap between the matter under investigation and computational principles/software engineering. Many scientists are specialists trained in their respective domains, so finding... more
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Computational imaging and microscopy

Participants in this project are building new microscopes that use computation to do things that microscopes normally can't, like 3D imaging, gigapixel imaging or phase imaging. This undergraduate internship project is seeking motivated interns with either (or both) of the following... more

Earth Sciences

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Detecting change in global biodiversity through large scale network analysis

Global ecosystems that support life are undergoing dramatic pressure and rapid, unprecedented changes. Currently, there are a variety of separate scientific models, each with separate data sources, that can model the activities of diverse parts in an ecosystem, such as soil, bacteria-root... more

Hydrological forecasting and the water/energy nexus

Clean, available water is a critical and often-overlooked resource for human activity, food production, biological diversity and all aspects of life on our planet. Drawing on data streams from a national network of research collaborators and water sensor networks, the research team is creating and... more

Health & Life Sciences

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COVID-19 Response: ​BIDS Data Science Services and Consulting

BIDS is convening researchers and resources to address COVID-19. As the demand for data science and data analysis expertise takes on new urgency with the COVID-19 pandemic, BIDS is working with multiple units at UC Berkeley to determine how best to bring our community’s expertise to... more
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Cryptography of the unknown regions of genomes

As sequencing genomes becomes faster and cheaper, more sophisticated informatics tools are needed to answer more intractable questions about the intricacies of genetic regulation. Currently, scientists are able to determine which regions of the genomes are coding regions, or genes, by their easily... more
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Deep Learning in Medical Imaging

BIDS and the UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging are excited to offer a combined educational and research opportunity for motivated undergraduate students in the medical imaging research team.  Eligible undergraduate students may register via UC Berkeley's... more
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Innovate For Health

The Innovate For Health program was initiated in June 2019 as a collaboration between BIDS at UC Berkeley, the Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute (BCHSI) at UCSF, and Janssen Research & Development, LLC (part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson),... more

Physical Sciences

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Enabling future gamma-ray space missions

The next generation of gamma-ray space telescopes aims to open a new window into gamma-ray astronomy with unprecedented angular resolution, energy resolution, and sensitivity. The goals of these new telescopes range from achieving a better understanding of the element formation in our Galaxy, to... more
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Learning fundamental properties of physical systems with machine learning

Using data-driven methods and statistical modeling to uncover, unguided by existing theory, the fundamental properties of observed physical systems, this team is using software and data to provide a new pathway to develop a theoretical understanding of the physical world. The data for this project... more

Social Sciences

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Demo Watch: Discovering Patterns of Peace and Violence between Police and Protesters

Demo Watch invites the public to participate in the world’s largest and most sophisticated project researching the dynamics of political contestation and violence. With vast and intricate data, the project is identifying common sequences of interaction between protesters and governments and key... more
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Liberating Archives: Opening up Public Data for Open Research

Liberating Archives, formerly known as CapitolQuery, is a project converting the static, difficult-to-research Congressional Record into a well-organized, easy-to-query database linking floor speeches and committee hearing minutes to data describing Members of Congress and their constituencies.... more
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Online Hate Index

BIDS co-invests in this project with the D-Lab, UC Berkeley’s home for data science training in the humanities and social sciences, to support the development of natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning (ML) tools for the scalable detection of online hate speech.  Proactive... more
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Public Editor

Public Editor is a collaborative news assessment platform that brings the public together to improve their own media literacy, evaluate the quality of information circulating on the Internet, and share their results with the broader public. The Public Editor project is now operated in partnership... more