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

Records of March Seminars now Available in Resource Library

Recordings for two March Seminars are now available for viewing in the Resource Library. The recordings include “Tales from the Botanical Crypt: How Digitized Herbarium Collections can Provide new Avenues for Salient Research” by Dr. Herrick Brown and “Twitter-Derived Measures of Sentiment Towards Minorities and Associations with Adverse Birth Outcomes and Cardiovascular Disease” by Dr. Quynh Nguyen. 

New App: Origin-Destination-Time Flow Explorer Tutorial Now Available

Geospatial Core member, Dr. Zhenlong Li recently released a tutorial on how to use the new ODT Flow Explorer App. 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. 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.

Inaugural Health GIS Scholars Announced

After a review of applications, the BDHSC Geospatial Core chose doctoral students Kelsey Day and Qian Huang as its inaugural Health GIS Scholars. Ms. Day is a doctoral student in the Exercise Science Program at Arnold School of Public Health and Ms. Huang is a doctoral student in the Geography program at the College of Arts and Sciences. 

2020 BDHS Pilot Project Showcase Recording now Available

The video recordings of our seminar “BDHSC Pilot Project Showcase” is now available for viewing and downloading. The January seminar featured the work of Dr. Whitney Zahnd, Dr. John Brooks, and Dr. Jiajia Zhang, who are three of twelve recipients of the 2020 BDHSC Pilot Project awards. Information about the 2021 Request for Proposals (RFP) was also discussed.

Recent & Upcoming Events

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

2021 National Big Data Health Science Conference

February 5-6, 2021

2021 Big Data Health Science Student Case Competition

January 29-31, 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