Data Science Institute – Research Projects
Data Science has an impact on nearly every discipline. From our environment, to our food and health habits, from weather forecasting to predicting financial markets, from smart phone use to advertising strategies, Data Science has been a fast-evolving and ever-widening field. At Saint Peter’s, interdisciplinary research in data science and data analytics involves cutting edge topics, novel technology and data from industry, government and academic partners.
Research is an integral part of the Data Science graduate program. M.S. students engage in an interdisciplinary research project under the guidance of a faculty member for their Research Capstone Project.
Faculty research interests include big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence, quantitative methods, biomedical engineering, data visualization, consumer analytics, operational research, data mining, parallel computing, optimization, predictive modeling, informatics and health outcome research.
Analytics topics include business, health, finance, social media, marketing, consumer, politics, road safety, crime, manufacturing, geographic imaging, clinical and biomedical data to name just a few.
Below are some examples of current student and faculty research projects.
Business and Insurance Fraud Detection
In collaboration with a leading analytics company, we are analyzing a large body of transactional records and news articles to identify names and locations involved in insurance frauds. We use machine learning and natural language processing to perform efficient text mining tasks that self-learn information about crimes and fraud and aid in their detection.
We are working with multiple partners in this rapidly developing field. In one project, we analyze 24/7 recordings of heart pulse and breath rhythm to detect abnormal patterns such as sleep apnea. We are also investigating the application of using personal monitoring data to support large-scale clinical trials for pharmaceutical companies.
Business and Marketing Analytics
How to use data to formulate marketing, consumer and business strategy is becoming increasingly important for organizations. In this area several projects are being undertaken in a wide range of existing and emerging areas. For example, we are analyzing usage patterns of cell phone subscribers to predict churn between cell phone vendors. We are also investigating large-scale claim data to perform market research on self-driving cars in both the US and the EU. In addition, students are analyzing the effects of economic indicators on consumer equity using data from multiple sources.
Geographic Data and Road Safety
In collaboration with our industry partners, we identify in real-time the traffic patterns and probability of road accidents to present a route of maximum safety for the vehicle operator. We use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software such as QGIS and ArcGIS, and high performance computing for real-time prediction.
Big Data and Social Media
Big data associated with social media and blog posts offers unprecedented opportunities to understand the public mood in politics, consumer preference and user sentiment. In one project, students are analyzing keywords from Twitter pages to conduct sentiment analysis for opinion mining and Internet marketing campaigns. We are also investigating algorithms to mine patterns from large-scale social media data.
Data Science and Financial Markets
Real-time visualization and analysis of stock prices or market data is critical for optimizing a portfolio. In this project we use Tableau Software and Python scripting to analyze market prices at opening and closing of NYC Stock Exchange. This project involves several collaboration partners.
Higher Education Data & Analytics
In this project, we analyze the flow of college applicants across States. Students selected features such as distance from home, tuition rates and local job demand to identify the potential reasons behind a brain drain between States.
Real Time Monitoring and Crime Analytics
Big data and crime has been an emerging topic. Students and faculty have been analyzing crime rate and prediction using statistical learning methods and crime data from Bogota, Colombia as well as cities in U.S. Working with industry, we also develop predictive methods for crime prevention in other cities and regions.
Data Mining and Visualization
Mining and visualizing patent data is important for business intelligence. In this project, students work with industry partners to explore leading-edge techniques for automating patent analysis and visualization using US Patent and Trademark Office data.
Data Science and Distributed Computing
In this project, we explore the development of novel technology and application of cloud computing to help process large amounts of data. Different technological platforms are compared based on their functionalities, offerings and accessibility for small and medium businesses. Students work in close collaboration with a corporate partner.
Biomedical Imaging and Clinical Informatics
Collecting, processing and visualizing hospital imaging data in real time has important benefits for medicine. In this project, students are exposed to real time analytics and clinical informatics used by hospital partners and clinicians.
Students are encouraged to publish in peer-reviewed journals and present their research at academic conferences.
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