Intelligent Informatics @ Bloustein Workshop and Seminar Series

About the Series

Intelligent Informatics @ Bloustein is a series of interactive informatics seminars and workshops on the use of data science and artificial intelligence for urban, public policy, healthcare, and organizational analytics.


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April 8, 2022

Data Visualization with Python Jupyter Notebooks – A Hands-on Introduction   

The session consisted of brief presentations, with around 100 minutes of interactive work-along demo of data visualization with Jupyter Notebooks, and ended with Q&A. Participants learned to create data visualizations and can opt to either access Rutgers University’s high-performance computing (HPC) platform/cloud* or to run the code locally on their own computers.

  • Dr. Bala Desinghu, Senior Scientist from OARC, Rutgers University provided an interactive introduction to data visualization with insights on the use of high-performance computing.
  • Dr. Abhishek Tripathi, Associate Professor, School of Business, TCNJ, introduced the use of Python libraries such as Seaborn, Plotly and Cufflinks for creating advanced and interactive data visualizations.
  • Dr. Jim Samuel, Associate Professor, Rutgers Bloustein School, concluded the session with insights on the use of Artificial Intelligence for visualizations and language data visualizations.

*Note to participants: If you want to use Rutgers high-performance computing (HPC) platform you do not have an active computing account on the Amarel cluster, please follow these instructions.

  1. Request an account by filling out this form:
  2. You will need to establish a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to access the Amarel cluster when connecting outside the campus network. You can find more information here
  3. Registration deadline to establish Amaral HPC account is Thursday, April 7, 10 AM EST.

This workshop was hosted by the Rutgers Urban and Civic Informatics Lab (RUCI Lab) at the Bloustein School and the Rutgers Office of Advanced Research Computing and sponsored by the Bloustein School Master of Public Informatics program. It was organized by Dr. Bala Desinghu and Dr. Jim Samuel in collaboration with our partners, the Eastern Regional Network (ERN), the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub (NEBDI Hub), and the New Jersey Big Data Alliance (NJBDA).

March 31, 2022

Introduction to the Power of GitHub for Analytics

This workshop instructed participants in how to get started with GitHub from scratch, including the basics of GitHub (account creation, organization use, permissions, and more); using GitHub to manage code and projects for academic research and teaching; best practices for data science workflows in GitHub; GitHub Actions for automated web scraping, data acquisition and dynamic data visualizations via RMarkdown; and publishing static websites and hosting them via GitHub pages.

This workshop was led by Gavin Rozzi, Research Computing Specialist at the Rutgers Urban and Civic Informatics Lab (RUCI Lab). Gavin also teaches graduate courses in the Bloustein School’s Master of Public Informatics Program

Public Informatics for a Better Future: Textual Analytics with R and Social Media Data

November 2021

In this virtual workshop, Dr. Jim Samuel, Executive Director of the Bloustein School’s Master of Public Informatics, provides an interactive introduction to textual analytics and natural language processing. The session includes a presentation and an approximate 30-minute interactive work-along demonstration for textual analytics using R-Studio. Participants will learn to generate insights from social media data related to current events or issues of public importance.