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IAD Days

March 28 - 31, 2023
Student presenting a poster during IAD Days 2022.

Celebrating artificial intelligence, big data, and high-performance computing at the University at Buffalo. 

IAD Days (formerly CDSE Days) is a signature annual event hosted by the Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science. The event brings some of the nation's most prominent data science and AI scholars to Buffalo for a week of workshops, lectures, and networking. The initiative increases educational opportunities and employability for students, attracts new graduate students to UB, and boosts research opportunities for aligned faculty members.

Photos from IAD Days 2023


Keynote Speakers

Marcelo Barros.

International student career expert and author of The International Advantage: Get Noticed. Get Hired!  

Joga Gobburu.

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
Pumas-AI, Inc.

Henry Huang.

Laboratory Fellow, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Research Professor at Washington State University

Speakers & Panelists


Associate Professor, Associate Chair, Department of Mathematics, University at Buffalo


Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University at Buffalo


Director of Community Translational Research, Department of Family Medicine, University at Buffalo


Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Associate Director for Education, Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, University at Buffalo


Former Head of Customer Success and Pre-Sales Engineering, OpenLegacy.


Lisa Draper

Speech-Language Pathologist at Royalton Hartland Central School


Ling-Yu Guo

Associate Professor, Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, University at Buffalo


Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Department of Art, University at Buffalo


Lead Data Scientist, USAA


PhD Student, University at Buffalo


Vice President, IDD, Certara


Liga Savicka

Speech and Language Therapist at Riga East University Hospital


Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University at Buffalo


Professor, Management Science and Systems, School of Management, University at Buffalo


Associate Professor, Department of Media Study, University at Buffalo


Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University at Buffalo


President & CEO, Tech Buffalo


SUNY Empire Innovation Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University at Buffalo

People among servers in the UB CCR.

Various high-performance computing specialists will present including Jon BednaszAndrew BrunoSam GuercioMatt Jones, and Dori Sajdak


Abstracts will be linked to each presentation topic below. Click on the speaker's name to learn more about each presenter.
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Tuesday, March 28

Time Session Type Topic Speaker Location
9:30am - 12:00pm
Skills Workshop A Introduction Bayesian Networks with Applications in R
Rachael Hageman Blair
Student Union 145 A&F
11:00am - 12:00pm
Skills Workshop B
Introduction to NoSQL Databases Using MongoDB
(Virtual Workshop)
Shawn Crowley
Student Union 145 C&D
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Skills Workshop A Pandas for Non-Programmers
Bernard Badzioch
Student Union 145 A&F
1:00pm - 3:00pm Skills Workshop B Deep Learning for Computer Vision
Deen Mohan
Student Union 145 C&D
3:00pm - 3:30pm Coffee Break     Student Union Theater
3:30pm - 4:00pm Research Talk Development of Physiologically-Based Pharmacokinetic Models for Biologics
Dhaval K. Shah
Student Union Theater
4:00pm - 5:00pm Keynote Speaker Leveraging Scientific ML to Revolutionize Predictive Healthcare Analytics
Joga Gobburu
Student Union Theater

Wednesday, March 29

Time Session Type Topic Speaker Location
9:30am - 10:15am
Research Talk Detecting Misinformation in Online Healthcare Social Networks
Raj Sharman
Student Union Theater
10:15am - 11:00am
Research Talk Looking for a Signature of Infection in Wastewater
Jennifer Surtees and Laurene Tumiel-Berhalter
Student Union Theater
11:00am - 11:30 am Research Talk Tardigotchi: Embodied Artificial Intelligence
Matt Kenyon
Student Union Theater
11:30am - 12:00pm
Research Talk There Are No Facts: AI and Everyday Life
Mark Shepard
Student Union Theater
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Faculty Research Talks National AI Institute for Exceptional Education
Jinjun XiongLisa Draper, Liga Savicka, and Ling-Yu Guo
Student Union Theater
3:00pm - 3:30pm Coffee Break     Student Union Theater
3:30pm - 4:00pm Student Research Talks   Student Union Theater
4:00pm - 5:00pm Keynote Speaker How to Use Your Network to Get Job Referrals
Marcelo Barros
Student Union Theater

Thursday, March 30

Time Session Type Topic Speaker Location
9:30am - 12:00pm
Skills Workshop A Research Computing with CCR
UB Center for Computational Research
Student Union Theater
  Skills Workshop B
pyDarwin Workbench for Machine Learning Enhanced Nonlinear Mixed Effects Modeling*

*Separate Registration Required
Mark Sale
Pharmacy Building
Room 183
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Panel Discussion Tech Layoffs vs. Worker Shortage: Reading Between the Lines with Marcelo BarrosSarah Tanbakuchi
and Vi Ly
Moderated by Caitlin Hoekstra
Student Union Theater
3:00pm - 3:30pm Coffee Break     Student Union Theater
3:30pm - 4:00pm Research Talk Lessons Learned from Perfectly Imperfect Layered Materials
Luis R. De Jesús Báez
Student Union Theater
4:00pm - 5:00pm Keynote Speaker Grid Modernization in Clean Energy Transition 
Henry Huang
Student Union Theater
5:30pm - 7:30pm Research Poster Session & Reception   Student Union Flag Room

Friday, March 31

Time Event Location
9:00am - 1:30pm

Innovation Sprint: How can AI and Data Science be used to predict, prevent, or respond to natural disasters?

(Students in data science and AI degree programs will be given priority registration. Participation limited to 60 students.)

Student Union 145

Abstracts & Session Details

About the Innovation Sprint

Wildfire spreading.

  How can AI and Data Science be used to predict, prevent, or respond to natural disasters?

As part of IAD Days, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, Blackstone Launchpad, and the AI Club at UB are challenging students to find a new and innovative way to use data science and AI to change the future of natural disasters, disaster preparedness, and post-disaster response.


Teams will compete for Campus Cash with $750 for the first place team, $500 for the second place team, and $250 for the third place team, and a panel of judges will award prizes. Please note that you will sign up as an individual and will be randomly assigned a team the day of the innovation sprint. 

To be eligible to participate, students must be studying data science or AI and commit to attending the entire event from 9:00 am -1:30 pm. Participation is limited to 60 students and you can register for the Innovation Sprint at the same time you register to attend IAD Days.

Campus Cash Prizes

1st Place = $750
2nd Place = $500 
3rd Place = $250

Poster Session

As part of IAD Days, CDSE students will be expected to participate in a poster session at the reception on Thursday, March 30th from 5:30-7:30 pm. Poster abstracts should be submitted by Wednesday, March 15th at 5:00 pm.

IAD will cover the cost of poster printing. When you submit an abstract, you will also be eligible to participate in the student talk competition. IAD will choose the top three abstracts that have been submitted to additionally present their work in the form of a 10-minute research talk on Wednesday, March 29th from 3:30-4:00 pm. Students selected for talks will be notified by March 17th.

Posters must be submitted by Thursday, March 23rd to ensure they are printed in time for IAD Days. Students can submit both their poster files and abstracts via the link below.

IAD Days Poster Session and Networking Event.


Registration is now closed. 
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