Research

 

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

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Computational imaging and microscopy

BIDS Faculty Affiliate Laura Waller offers this project through UC Berkeley's Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP).  Waller's Computational Imaging Lab at UC Berkeley is building new microscopes that use computation to do things that microscopes... more

Earth Sciences

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California Ecosystem Dynamics

For this project, BIDS-Accenture Global Environmental Change Research Fellow R.J. Cody Markelz focuses on the intersection between invasive species, climate change, and wildfire in California ecosystems. Using his background in functional genomics and physiological ecology, Markelz applies these... more
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FAIR Island Project

The FAIR Island Project is building a model research data management system that feeds data across stakeholders, linking metadata, repositories and institutions, and allowing for notifications and verification, real-time reporting, automated compliance, and guaranteed provenance. This system will... more
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iSamples: Internet of Samples

BIDS Research Affiliate Neil Davies (NSF 2004642) and colleagues at Columbia University (NSF 2004839), the University of Arizona (NSF 2004562), and the University of Kansas (NSF 2004815) have just published a new paper introducing the Internet of Samples (iSamples), a... more
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Moorea Biocode Project, Gump Station

The Moorea Biocode Project built the first comprehensive inventory of all non-microbial life in a complex tropical ecosystem.  Supported by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Moorea Biocode Project sent researchers climbing up jagged peaks, trekking through lush forests... more
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Sampling Nature: A Network to Enhance the Natural History Value Chain for Sustainability Science

BIDS Research Affiliate Neil Davies is co-PI for a new NSF grant (NSF 2129268), starting in 2021, entitled Sampling Nature: A Network to Enhance the Natural History Value Chain for Sustainability Science. Through a series of thematic workshops and regular virtual events, Sampling Nature... more
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Understanding physical processes and making environmental predictions using LSTM Neural Networks

BIDS Senior Fellow Lauel Larsen and ESDL Project Scientist Dino Bellugi are offering this project (#4) through UC Berkeley's Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP). The Environmental Systems Dynamics Laboratory (ESDL) focuses on the interplay between biological... more

Health & Life Sciences

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Center for Recognition and Inspection of Cells (CRIC)

CRIC - the Center for Recognition and Inspection of Cells - uses massive databases of Pap smear images for the analysis and pre-screening of cervical cells. Our team is dedicated to research and development of software tools and organized cell image catalogues through automated cell... more
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Computational Precision Health

The joint UC Berkeley-UCSF Program in Computational Precision Health (CPH) will bridge medicine, statistics, and computation to improve the quality, efficiency, and equity of medicine and population health. BIDS Faculty Affiliate Maya Petersen is a CPH Co-Director, and CPH Core... more
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CRIC Cervix Collection

The CRIC Cervix Collection is a searchable image database — currently with 400 images (1,376 × 1,020 pixels) curated from conventional Pap smears, with manual classification of 11,534 cells —  that makes digital cell image collections available for reproducible research and... more
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Medical Imaging Research Using Deep Learning

Drs. Maryam Vareth and Akram Bayat offer this project (#1) through UC Berkeley's Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP). One of the fastest growing fields of research in medical imaging during the last several years is the use of machine learning methods for image... more
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Open-source software for generating synthetic electronic health records

BIDS Health and Life Sciences Lead Maryam Vareth offers this project (#2) through UC Berkeley's Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP). Research access to electronic health record (EHR) data is limited due to patient privacy concerns. Creating synthetic EHR data (data... more
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Situational awareness dashboards for primary care clinicians

BIDS Health and Life Sciences Lead Maryam Vareth offers this project (#4) through UC Berkeley's Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP). Situational awareness for primary care physicians plays an important role in providing proactive care for patients with complex health... more
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United in Health / Unidos en Salud

BIDS Faculty Affiliate Maya Petersen is part of this collaboration of healthcare providers, infectious disease experts, community mobilizers, and people who are helping vulnerable populations through COVID-19. COVID-19 disproportionately effects communities of color across the nation.... more

Humanities

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Sumerian Networks JupyterBook

The goal of the Sumerian Network project has been to build reproducible models of socio-economic networks from the Ur III archives, and to further refine these models to more accurately reflect the actors and entities active in these unprovenanced archives over the c. 80 year period in the 21st... more

Physical Sciences

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Deep Learning Methods for High Energy Physics

BIDS Research Affiliate Benjamin Nachman offers this project through UC Berkeley's Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP). Project Description: This is an exciting time in high energy physics: there are many experimental and theoretical hints for new phenomena (such... more

Social Sciences

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Demo Watch Government Archives

BIDS Director Saul Perlmutter and BIDS Alumni Nick Adams offer this project (#4) through UC Berkeley's Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP). Project Description DemoWatch is a project identifying common sequences of interaction between protesters and... more
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EPIC Lab: Effective Programming, Interaction, and Computation with Data

A group of UC Berkeley researchers – including BIDS Faculty Affiliates Aditya Parameswaran, Sarah Chasins and Joseph Hellerstein (Berkeley EECS), Erin Kerrison (Berkeley School of Social Welfare), and Senior Research Data Scientist Stéfan van der Walt – have received a... more
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Estimated Displacement Risk (EDR) Model

In June 2022, BIDS’ Tim Thomas (Research Training Lead for Berkeley Computational Social Science Program) and his team at Berkeley’s Urban Displacement Project (UDP) released a first-of-its-kind machine learning model that predicts the risk of low-income renter displacement at the neighborhood... more
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Evictions Study

The Evictions Study is an affiliate of the Urban Displacement Project that combines theory and data science to understand demographic disparities and neighborhood drivers of eviction.  This interdisciplinary team – a collaboration between researchers at the University of... more
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Housing Precarity Risk Model (HPRM)

BIDS staff member Tim Thomas and a team from the Urban Displacement Project (UDP) have just released the Housing Precarity Risk Model (HPRM), an interactive mapping tool to help understand the extent of eviction and displacement risk across 53 US metro areas.  The HPRM... more
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Public Editor: The Citizen Science Solution to Media Misinformation

BIDS Director Saul Perlmutter and BIDS Alumni Nick Adams offer this project (#4) through UC Berkeley's Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP). Public Editor is a collaborative news assessment platform that brings the public together to improve their own media literacy,... more
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Subnational Brazilian Everyday and Pandemic Politics

BIDS Faculty Affiliate Alison Post offers this project (#1) through UC Berkeley's Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP).  Despite historical experience and health state capacity, Brazil has struggled to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Whereas past administrations have proactively... more
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Understanding Urban Politics in Argentina and Brazil

BIDS Faculty Affiliate Alison Post offers this project (#2) through UC Berkeley's Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP). What are the main types of concerns that citizens bring to mayors and city councilors in Latin America? What sorts of incentives do public officials have to... more
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Using Data Science to Improve COVID-19 Response in Developing Countries

BIDS Senior Fellow Josh Blumenstock is offering these four data science projects through UC Berkeley's Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP). The Data-Intensive Development Lab at UC Berkeley is providing data science support to the governments of several Low... more