Prof. Alfred Hero Distinguished Professor Lecture

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This lecture is presented by Alfred O. Hero in honor of being named the John H. Holland Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

 “Locating the nodes: from sensor arrays to genomic networks”

 Reception following


Spatially distributed measurements have been used for hundreds of years to perform geolocation, geodesy and triangulation.  In WW1 acoustic sensor arrays were used to locate the direction of cannon fire based on correlation between sensor readings. Sensors in the Internet-of-Things (IoT) auto-locate their nodes  based on correlation between received pilot signals. In genomics influential nodes are located in transcriptional or lineage networks based on correlation between omic profiles. Whether the node is a target, a sensor, or a nucleotide sequence, the problem of node localization is of central interest in many disciplines of science and technology.  In this talk  I will provide perspectives on the general node localization problem, discuss solutions and algorithms,  and address future opportunities and challenges.


Alfred O. Hero III is the John H. Holland Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Engineering. He is also the Co-Director of the University’s Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS). He is also a professor of Biomedical Engineering and Statistics.

Hero’s recent research interests are in high dimensional spatio-temporal data, multi-modal data integration, statistical signal processing, and machine learning. Of particular interest are applications to social networks, network security and forensics, computer vision, and personalized health.

Hero received a B.S. (summa cum laude) from Boston University (1980) and a Ph.D from Princeton University (1984), both in Electrical Engineering. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1984. He received the University of Michigan Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award (2011), the Stephen S. Attwood Excellence in Engineering Award (2017), the IEEE Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service Award (1998), the IEEE Third Millenium Medal (2000), and the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award (2014). In 2015 he received the IEEE Signal Processing Society Award, which is the highest career award bestowed by this Society. Hero was President of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2006-2008) and was on the Board of Directors of the IEEE (2009-2011) where he served as Director of Division IX (Signals and Applications). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is chair of the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics (CATS) of the US National Academies of Science.

2017 Single-Cell Genomic Data Analytics Symposium

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Please join us for the Single-cell Genomic Data Analytics Symposium. The day long symposium will highlight U-M researchers whose work is on the leading edge of innovation and discovery. This symposium is organized by the Michigan Center for Single-Cell Genomic Data Analytics and sponsored by the Michigan Institute for Data Science.

For more information, see the symposium webpage.

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Institute for the Humanities Lecture: Jay Clayton

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Jay Clayton, PhD

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English
Director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy


“A Humanist in the World of Genomics:

Privacy, Big Data, and Science Policy”


Abstract: How can humanists successfully compete for NIH and NSF funding? What roles can the humanities play in the public sphere? How can we influence public policy around a host of issues ranging from genomics, neuroscience, and medicine to the environment, economic inequality, racial disparities, digital media, and big data? Drawing on his experience as a Co-PI and researcher on two collaborative NIH grants totaling more than $4-million, as director of a center focused on the role of the arts in shaping public policy, and as a participant in projects with the Institute of Medicine, Personal Genome Project, Broad Institute, and several Medical schools, Jay Clayton will outline answers that have worked at his institution and other universities.

Bio: Jay Clayton is author or editor of seven books and more than 35 articles and chapters, and he has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and elsewhere. His published scholarship has ranged from Romantic poetry and the Victorian novel to contemporary American literature, film and digital media, science and literature, and medicine, health, and society. His book, Charles Dickens in Cyberspace: The Afterlife of the Nineteenth Century in Postmodern Culture, focused on the depiction of computers, information technology, and cyborgs from the Victorian era to the twenty-first century. This study won the Suzanne M. Glasscock Humanities Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship. His recent work has concentrated on the ethical, social, and cultural issues raised by genomics.