The Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS) drives the computational and data science conversation at SEAS, and throughout Harvard, with a wide array of events, including a seminar series, ComputeFest, and various symposia and conferences.  Interdisciplinary in nature, IACS frequently collaborates with the departments of Computer Science and Statistics, as well as Harvard's Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS).

Seminar Series

The IACS seminar series is a forum for thought leaders from academia, industry, and government to share their research on innovative computational and data science topics and methodologies.  Topics for this year's seminars include, but are not limited to, large data sets and AI, precision medicine, data visualization, opportunities and perils in data science, and socially assistive robots.  Previous topics include smart city design, data science for social good, data privacy and security, applications in machine learning, and data-driven algorithmics.

Seminars are generally held every other Friday during the academic year and are free and open to the public. Lunch is served at 12:30pm on a first-come, first served basis, with the seminar beginning promptly at 1pm. Unless otherwise indicated, all seminars will be held in Maxwell Dworkin G115.

ComputeFest //Computational & Data Science Workshops

Organized by the Institute for Applied Computational Science, ComputeFest is an annual two week program of knowledge- and skill-building activities in computational and data science.  This year's workshop topics include Tableau/Data Viz, MATLAB, Deep Learning, R, SQL, and Python (data science track).  All activities are free and open to the public.

Annual Symposium on the Future of Computation in Science and Engineering

Title: "Data, Dollars, and Algorithms: The Computational Economy"
Our most recent symposium was held on Thursday, January 19, 2017 and explored how access to copious streams of data and powerful computing resources are transforming our understanding of economic activity—and how these same tools are changing the nature of the economy itself.  Free and open to the public.

For future sponsorship opportunities, please contact Cathy Chute.