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Category: Data-Driven Science

10.22.2019

ECpE professors receive $1 million NSF grant for data-driven vision of future power grids

By Sarah Hays, Iowa State University College of Engineering

Driving along the highway, most people have seen parts of the U.S. power grid in the form of tall, metal towers carrying power lines. These power lines are transmitting much of the electricity we use daily to power microwaves, refrigerators, washers, dryers and more. But with this vast amount of electricity and power, many components…

07.17.2019

Connecting silos: Iowa State scientists call for unconventional collaboration in agriculture

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

Iowa State University scientists have issued a call to action for researchers in a wide range of disciplines to turn their attention to some of the most pressing challenges facing agriculture. The unorthodox approach to collaboration could spark innovative new approaches to how farmers produce commodities and interact with the environment. Carolyn Lawrence-Dill, professor of genetics,…

07.15.2019

Iowa State sets new record for external research funding in FY2019

By Dan Kirkpatrick, Office of the Vice President for Research

$260.9 million tops previous record of $252.5 million in FY2016 Iowa State University closed the 2019 fiscal year achieving a new record for external research funding – $260.9 million. This surpasses the previous milestone of $252.5 million established in FY2016, reaffirming the university’s long-standing position as a leading land-grant research institution. Iowa State set new…

07.01.2019

Iowa State physicists use light waves to accelerate supercurrents, enable ultrafast quantum computing

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Jigang Wang, professor of physics and astronomy at Iowa State University, and a team of collaborators have discovered that terahertz light –light at trillions of cycles per second — can act as a control knob to accelerate supercurrents. That can help open up the quantum world of matter and energy at atomic and subatomic scales…

02.08.2019

Data mining brings new clarity to plant breeding, according to new Iowa State University study

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

Data mining methods that draw on computer science and statistics can bring new clarity for plant scientists trying to design better crop varieties, according to newly published research from Jianming Yu, professor of agronomy and Pioneer Distinguished Chair in Maize Breeding at Iowa State. The study outlines several data management approaches that can help plant…

01.25.2019

Iowa State engineers use big data tools to assist Iowa DOT, improve highway safety

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Researchers with Iowa State’s Institute for Transportation (InTrans) are using artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to manage, sort and analyze the traffic data collected by the Iowa Department of Transportation. The idea is for researchers to use the latest computing tools to mine the huge data sets for useful information that could lead to…