Berkeley Research Computing

Improving campus services for working with sensitive data

Strands of DNA

Increasingly, researchers in a wide range of fields at UC Berkeley are applying novel data science approaches to very large sensitive and restricted data sets. Working closely with Berkeley Research Computing (BRC), the Research Data Management (RDM) Program has been helping dozens of faculty, students, and postdocs working with sensitive data by providing consulting expertise in a number of disciplines, including the biological sciences, public health, social welfare, demography, computer science, and more. The combined approach of providing data management and computation support helps researchers integrate data management and curation best practices into their larger research workflows while protecting their data. 

BRC is recruiting again: Research Computing Support internships and Domain Consultant position

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It’s the start of Fall semester, and the Berkeley Research Computing (BRC) Program is once again recruiting for undergraduate and graduate student positions! These positions have proven to be a great way for students to contribute to the research mission of the campus, and to learn a good deal along the way.

How the Materials Project connects computational and experimental materials science

The Materials Explorer app interface in the online Materials Project database. (Credit: Materials Project)

To invent the first commercially viable electric light bulb, Thomas Edison and his assistants tested thousands of materials to use for the filament until they found one that lasted long enough. This traditional “Edisonian” trial-and-error process of materials discovery is still fundamentally how we design materials almost 150 years later. However, through a method called “materials by design,” researchers can now avoid many of the expensive dead ends that slowed Edison down.

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Enabling cars to see at Berkeley DeepDrive

Lazar Supic

How computers see is the through-line running from Lazar Supic’s Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Belgrade, to his UC Berkeley PhD in Nuclear Engineering, to his current work as a Postdoc in UC Berkeley’s DeepDrive Industry Consortium (BDD). His work has taken a path that began with computer vision in robots, moved to gamma-ray tracking in atomic reactions, and now focuses on machine learning for automotive perception.

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Legal scholars mining millions of bankruptcy case pages

Professors Ken Ayotte (Berkeley Law) and Jared Ellias (UC Hastings School of Law)

Large corporate bankruptcy cases don’t easily lend themselves to empirical research, according to UC Berkeley Law Professor Ken Ayotte, because “sample sizes are small, and the financial data that’s available on the company leading up to bankruptcy is usually sparse and unreliable. We know when the company files, we have some basic background information about it, and we see whether the company reorganizes or liquidates at the end of the case, but we know very little about what happens during the case to drive those outcomes.”

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Climate Impact Lab: measuring the social cost of climate change

Floodplain for Miami, FL (map); Hsiang, Kopp, Jina, Rising, et al. (2017)

How might one measure the social cost of carbon? This is the question that brought more than 20 climate scientists, economists, data analysts, engineers, and researchers together at the Climate Impact Lab (CIL). With members from UC Berkeley, the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, the Rhodium Group, and Rutgers University, the Lab formed out of an assessment that it is critically necessary to understand how climate change affects the United States in social and economic terms.

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