Annual Meeting to Focus on Big Data

April 23, 2018

Because of advances in technology, data can be collected and aggregated at an ever-increasing pace, but the resulting data load can be too large to handle by standard methods.

The Sigma Xi 2018 Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference will explore big data—the concept of too much data to handle in a traditional way—and how it will affect the future of research. We will address the challenges, opportunities, and ethics of big data and how researchers can work with machines to pinpoint the most important pieces. 

The meeting will feature three symposia:

  • Big Data in Biology and Medicine

  • Big Data in Physics and Astronomy

  • Big Data in Energy, Climate, and the Environment

The symposia will follow Sigma Xi’s Assembly of Delegates, where representatives from the Society’s chapters will gather for meetings about Society business. After the symposia is the Student Research Conference, where graduate, undergraduate, and high school students will compete for research poster presentation awards, network, and attend sessions about critical issues in research. Members are encouraged to volunteer as judges for the Student Research Conference.  

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2018 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference

Big Data and the Future of Research
October 25–28, 2018
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
Burlingame, California



More About Sigma Xi: Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers. Its mission is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition. Sigma Xi chapters can be found at colleges and universities, government laboratories, and industry research centers around the world. More than 200 Nobel Prize winners have been members. The Society is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. On Twitter: @SigmaXiSociety