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Category: Data-Driven Science


Data mining brings new clarity to plant breeding, according to new Iowa State University study

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

Data mining methods that draw on computer science and statistics can bring new clarity for plant scientists trying to design better crop varieties, according to newly published research from Jianming Yu, professor of agronomy and Pioneer Distinguished Chair in Maize Breeding at Iowa State. The study outlines several data management approaches that can help plant…


Iowa State engineers use big data tools to assist Iowa DOT, improve highway safety

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Researchers with Iowa State’s Institute for Transportation (InTrans) are using artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to manage, sort and analyze the traffic data collected by the Iowa Department of Transportation. The idea is for researchers to use the latest computing tools to mine the huge data sets for useful information that could lead to…


Engineers use game theory to quantify threats of cyberattacks on power grid

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Iowa State’s Manimaran Govindarasu and Sourabh Bhattacharya are turning to game theory to help quantify threats of cyberattacks on the power grid. They’re also developing cybersecurity tools that could help protect the grid and could be adapted to other cyber-physical infrastructure such as oil, natural gas and transportation systems. Their research is supported by a…

Empty big box store

Iowa State researchers say closing of department, big box stores ushers in new opportunities for retail

By Angie Hunt, Iowa State University News Service

The demise of several big box and department stores was inevitable given the changing retail landscape, but a team of Iowa State University researchers says not all retailers are destined for a similar fate. Overexpansion and competition from online retailers forced the closure of many stores, but researchers say there is opportunity for retailers willing…