Big Data Health
Science Center

A University of South Carolina Excellence Initiative, the UofSC Big Data Health Science
Center (BDHSC) serves as a campus-wide interdisciplinary enterprise that conducts
cutting-edge research and discovery, offers professional development and academic
training, and provides service to the community and industry.

Recent News

UofSC BDHSC wins NIH Award to Launch R25 Big Data Fellowship Program

TheNational Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has awarded $1.75 million to the UofSC Big Data Health Science Center to train junior faculty to conduct infectious disease research using vast amounts of data. Through the Big Data Health Science Fellow program, the Center will provide training, mentorship and 25 percent salary support to five, one-year cohorts of early-career researchers from across the university.

2021 Pilot Project Recipients Announced

In its second year, the BDHSC Pilot Project Program awarded nearly $250,000 to 8 faculty across the UofSC system. Investigators are leading work that will use Big Data to advance our understanding of important issues related to health behavior, patient care, healthcare delivery, and population health. This year’s recipients are focusing on a range of topics including COVID-19, rural and racial disparities in maternal health care access, end-of-life care among the elderly in SC, substance use disorder, and gamified vaccine promotion.

AIDS Supplement: Harnessing Big Data to Halt HIV

BDHSC MPIs Dr. Xiaoming Li and Dr. Bankole Olatosi served as supplement editors for the AIDS special issue “Harnessing Big Data to Halt HIV”. The special issue draws attention to the power of Big Data in ending HIV. It features a wealth of BDHSC authors including; Dr. Sharon Wiessman, Dr. Xueying Yang, Shujie Chen, Dr. Banky Olatosi, Dr. Xiaoming Li, Xiaowen Sun, Dr. Jiajia Zhang, Dr. Chen Liang, Dr. Chengbo Zeng, Dr. Zhenlong Li, and Dr. Shan Qiao.

New App: Origin-Destination-Time Flow Explorer Tutorial

The ODT Flow Explorer is an interactive geospatial web portal that lets you extract, query, and visualize human mobility and worldwide population flows using billions of geotagged Tweets and Safe Graph mobility data. At the core of the explorer is an origin destination time data cube coupled with big data computer cluster to manage, query, and aggregate billions of origin destination flows at different spatial and temporal scales. This app can benefit a wide range of domains that need timely access to fine-grained human mobility records.

Second Annual Big Data Health Science Conference Held Virtually February 5-6, 2021

The second annual Big Data Health Science Conference, “Unlocking the Power of Big Data in Health: Bringing Innovation into Improved Care and Prevention” was held virtually from February 5-6, 2021. The conference hosted over 40 speakers from government, industry, and academia. It offered a combined 12 plenary sessions, 9 breakout sessions and workshops, virtual poster presentations, and other various virtual galleries.

2021 Big Data Health Science Student Case Competition Winners

As part of the University of South Carolina’s 2021 National Big Data Health Science Conference, UofSC Big Data Health Science Center (BDHSC) held the 2nd Annual Big Data Health Science Case Competition virtually on January 29 – 31, 2021. A team from Georgia Institute of Technology won the top prize in the 2021 BDHS Student Case Competition that focused on solving inappropriate hospitalizations.

Recent & Upcoming Events

Integrating Simulation Modeling with Big Data in Oncology

September 22, 2021

Final BDHSC 2020 Pilot Project Showcase

April 28, 2021

Seminar Series: Knowledge-Aware Suicide Risk Prevention

April 21, 2021

Tales from the Botanical Crypt: How Digitized Herbarium Collections Can Provide New Avenues for Salient Research

March 18, 2021

Twitter-derived measures of sentiment towards minorities & associations with adverse birth outcomes & cardiovascular disease

March 24, 2021

Canceled: Dr. Sayan Mukherjee, Duke University

February 24, 2021

COVID 19 Response

The UofSC BDHSC has responded quickly to create a comprehensive response in the fight against COVID-19. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, BDHSC has achieved notable results at coordinating existing research efforts and integrating dozens of fields of expertise to find solutions. To date, approximately 25 BDHSC faculty members is working on 19 different research projects. These projects are aiming to provide the framework and resources such as a state-wide data-driven system to fight COVID-19 in South Carolina, the use of social media data to help predict future pandemics and so on.

The scopes of the projects range from investigating the different ways that COVID-19 impacts people; making better predictions of COVID-19; designing telehealth services and technology innovations for the future; and engaging cutting-edge methods through artificial intelligence, data science, computational methods and statistical modeling.

NIH Grant to Develop Data-driven Strategies in Fighting COVID-19

This two-year grant will support the team’s efforts to develop a database system via REDCap and a mobile application for collating surveillance, clinical, multi-omics and geospatial data on both COVID-19 patients and health workers treating COVID-19 patients in South Carolina.

NSF Award for “Monitoring the Spatial Spread of COVID-19 through the Lens of Human Movement using Big Social Media Data”

Three members of the BDHSC have been awarded $108,717 by the National Science Foundation for their project titled “Monitoring the Spatial Spread of COVID-19 through the Lens of Human Movement using Big Social Media Data.

Internal COVID-19 Research Grants

The UofSC Office of the Vice President for Research recently announced the recipients of its special internal funding initiative to support COVID-19 research and scholarship. BDHSC is pleased to announce that of the 42 projects funded, BDHSC faculty serve as PI for 10 projects and Co-I for 7 different projects.

As part of the University of South Carolina’s 2021 National Big Data Health Science Conference, UofSC Big Data Health Science Center (BDHSC) held the 2nd Annual Big Data Health Science Case Competition virtually on January 29 – 31, 2021. In its second year, the competition attracted 22 teams from 14 major universities in the U.S. including University of South Carolina, Columbia University, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Indiana University Bloomington (IU Bloomington), Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), James Madison University, Medical University of South Carolina, Oklahoma State University, University of Connecticut, University of Georgia, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Missouri and University of Rochester.

Keynote Speakers

Robert L. Caslen Jr.

President, University of South Carolina
Robert L. Caslen Jr. will deliver the Welcome and Opening Remarks.

G. Thomas Chandler, Ph.D., M.Sc

Dean, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
Dean Chandler will chair the Opening Session and announce the winners of Student Big Data Case Competition.

Stephen J. Culter, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Pharmacy, University of South Carolina
Dean Culter will deliver the Closing Remarks.

Sean Young, Ph.D., M.S.

The Executive Director of the University of California Institute for Prediction Technology, the Center for Digital Behavior

Cui Tao, Ph.D.

Professor at the School of Biomedical Informatics, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Dolores Albarracin, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology, Business, and Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Susan Gregurick, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Data Science and Director of the Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS) at the National Institutes of Health

Bankole Olatosi, M.S., M.P.H., Ph.D., FACHE

Program Director for the MHA program in the Department of Health Services Policy and Management, at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina

Sultan Haider

Head of Innovation Think Tank, Siemens Healthineers; Program Director and Adjunct Professor at Innovation Think Tank Lab at University of South Carolina

Wenbin Lu, Ph.D.

Professor of Statistics at North Carolina State University

Steve Bennett, Ph.D.

Director, Global Government Practice, SAS

Hugh Welch

Management Analyst
Office of the Director, Columbia VA HCS