Big Data workshop


A report on a workshop I attended in May 2013:


So many incredible insights to share from my recent attendance at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology’s recent workshop, Promises of Big Data Across Disciplines. Some interesting science snippets I came across while in Okinawa:

Research explaining how the dimensionality that consumers encounter their food influences their consumption rate!


The folks who published this work also made an extensive database of biological traits available here. Tremendous resource.

-The visual-feast was unending. Want to track flies walking on a small dish of medium? You probably will want to even more when you realize the data can be tracked for individual flies and thus can be analyzed as a behavioral (possibly heritable!) trait.


-Discovered a sweet software platform for visualizing molecular interaction networks and biological pathways: Cytoscape! For example, here is part of a taxonomic tree:


-This post doesn’t cover the half of the great science and nature I encountered in Okinawa. I’ll leave you with this picture of the sun setting over the East China Sea.