Cao Selected to Attend NSF Chemistry/Mathematical Sciences Innovation Lab

Posted on 11/13/2018 8:47:46 AM

Yongtao CaoYongtao Cao of the Department of Mathematics has been selected to attend the National Science Foundation Chemistry/Mathematical Sciences Innovation Lab, Learning the Power of Data in Chemistry, to be held December 17–21, 2018, in Washington, DC.

From the press release:

“An Innovation Lab is a deliberate, creative, process of generating novel research ideas. Applicants with a variety of expertise are brought together, with professional facilitators and senior scientists to assist the participants throughout the experience. Working with the assistance of these mentors, participants attend a mini-bootcamp centered on data sources and data tools, frame new research questions, generate novel—and risky—research ideas, form interdisciplinary teams around these ideas, prototype the ideas, and finally develop them into interdisciplinary proposals to address the challenge at hand.  Ultimately, this Innovation Lab will form a strong foundation for continued interdisciplinary research at the interface between data science and chemical sciences.”

Cao has been at IUP since fall 2014. He received his BA and MA degrees in economics from universities in China. He then received his master’s degree in statistics from the University of North Florida in 2009. In 2014, Cao completed his studies at the University of Wyoming and received his PhD in statistics. His research interests lie in the area of statistical science, ranging from multi-objective optimization to optimal experimental design to statistical computing and to data visualization and analysis.

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