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Experts and researchers balance the scales at the NSF Conference on Data Science and Law

Data Science and Law are both disciplines that have perceived high barriers for entry. With data science, outsiders are overwhelmed by the thought of having to understand hard math and complicated computer code, as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court demonstrated when he called statistical evidence of political gerrymandering “sociological gobbledygook.” With respect to […]

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RENCI partners with CUAHSI and others to launch Critical Zone Collaborative Network Hub

Five year cooperative agreement offers opportunity to accelerate research on boundary layers of rock, soil, air, water, and living organisms.

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RENCI to help guide effort to improve the efficiency of drone applications by leveraging edge, in-network, and cloud computing

The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will collaborate on a $749,998, two-year effort to develop new architectures and tools for the safe, efficient, and economic operation of drones. The funding was awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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RENCI to develop advanced network software for AtlanticWave-SDX 2.0

RENCI scientists contributed to the development of AtlanticWave-SDX, a distributed experimental software-defined exchange (SDX) that uses cutting-edge network technology to facilitate the exchange of data between research and education networks in the U.S. with networks on other continents.

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ROBOKOP technology offers faster, easier exploration of emerging COVID-19 research

RENCI scientists have developed new tools and approaches that can help researchers make important discoveries and answer key questions about COVID-19 in record time.

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New digital laboratory helps get COVID-19 analyses up and running quickly

Data analysis and visualization are helping answer a variety of questions about COVID-19 such as who is most at risk, how is the disease spreading, and what approaches might work best for treatments. However, setting up a computer environment to analyze the large amounts of data needed to answer such questions is no easy task. […]

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Professor learns new lessons while teaching during a pandemic

When UNC students left for spring break on March 9, the COVID-19 public health crisis was just heating up. Soon after, UNC administrators made the decision to move to remote teaching and extended the break by a week to give instructors time to prepare. RENCI Deputy Director Ashok Krishnamurthy was one of many UNC professors who made the quick transition to teaching via video conferencing on Zoom.

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Beyond data: Supporting community during a pandemic

When COVID-19 cases began to appear across the country, many RENCI employees felt a call to action. While several took it upon themselves to develop new data science technologies or to adapt existing ones to process COVID-19 data, others have contributed to communities in need by creating face masks, assisting food banks, connecting researchers to projects, and supporting foster youth.

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FABRIC and iRODS events shift to virtual venues

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, many previously scheduled in-person events are moving to virtual spaces. Events associated with RENCI projects and with consortium and partner institutions are making decisions daily about whether to postpone, transition to virtual, or potentially proceed in the late summer and fall. We will keep our events calendar updated, so […]

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From the Director: RENCI responds to the COVID-19 crisis

The past few weeks have presented unique challenges to how we work, how we enjoy ourselves, and how we live our everyday lives. We are all worried about the uncertainties and about how this will affect us and our loved ones in the coming weeks.  That being said, I am proud to work at RENCI […]

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