New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that he is appointing Columbia Engineering Professor Feniosky Peña-Mora as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC). Peña-Mora is a leading engineer with vast experience managing infrastructure and construction projects in New York, the United States, and across the globe.
In this Business Week article, read about how big data reduces the emergency room visits. "A patient walks into an emergency room as a blank slate to doctors, who must quickly gauge the likelihood of an acute problem. Were a doctor to know that the patient suffers from chronic headaches, that a recent CT scan didn’t reveal any problems, and that just a week earlier a doctor at a different ER told the patient to follow-up with a specific primary care physician, the slate wouldn’t be quite so blank."
In this Forbes article, "The rapid ascent of data mining in corporate America has garnered lots of media attention lately and not always in a flattering way. As companies seek to capture data about consumer habits, privacy concerns have flared. Every time you click on a website, post on social media, use a mobile app and comment via email or to call centers, your data is collected for future use. This has many consumers concerned, not just about targeted marketing but about what can be inferred about them every time they “like” something on Facebook or post a snarky tweet on Twitter."
In a recent Tech Crunch article, Google has launched its own Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to teach the general public how to understand surveys, research, and data. Called “Making Sense of Data” and running from March 18 to April 4, the course will be open to the public and, like most MOOCs, will be taught through a series of video lectures, interactive projects, and the support of community TAs.