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 Senior Fellow Laura Waller is again offering this project through UC Berkeley's Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) for the Fall 2020 academic semester. Eligible undergraduates may apply online August 19-31, 2020. Participants in this project are building... 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
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Moorea Biocode, Gump Station

The IDEA Consortium is an open science initiative in systems ecology, conducting the basic scientific research needed to build use-oriented simulations (avatars) of entire social-ecological systems. Islands are the most scientifically tractable places for this, and we begin with one of the best... more
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Understanding physical processes and making environmental predictions using Deep Learning

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) for the Fall 2020 academic semester. Eligible undergraduates may apply online August 19-31, 2020... 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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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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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 undergraduates may apply online August 19-31, 2020. Towards... 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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Anomaly Detection using Deep Learning for Fundamental Physics Discovery

BIDS Research Affiliate Ben Nachman is offering this project (#3) through UC Berkeley's Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) for the Fall 2020 academic semester. Eligible undergraduates may apply online August 19-31, 2020. This is an exciting time in fundamental... 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

This project is being offered through UC Berkeley's Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP). For the Fall 2020 semester, this project is seeking 5 students with experience & interest in data modeling and supervised ML. Eligible undergraduates may apply online August 19-31,... 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

This project is being offered through UC Berkeley's Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP). For the Fall 2020 semester, this project is seeking 6 students with experience analyzing data in Python and interest in using Amazon’s Cloud Computing tools like AWS Lambda. Eligible... more
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Research Ready Government Archives

This project is being offered through UC Berkeley's Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP). For the Fall 2020 semester, this project is seeking 2 students with experience in text analysis and data visualization. Eligible undergraduates may apply online August 19-31, 2020. The... more
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Using Data Science to Improve COVID-19 Response in Developing Countries

BIDS Senior Fellow Josh Blumenstock is offering this set of three data science projects through UC Berkeley's Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) for the Fall 2020 academic semester. Eligible undergraduates may apply online August 19-31, 2020. The Data-... more