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The Art of Research Workshop Series: Current Workshops

The Art of Research Workshop Series

The Art of Research Workshop Series

 

You may begin your research with Google or Wikipedia, but if you need to be thorough, it can't end there. You need respected information from strong, credible sources.

How do you pull together the best of the best, for research that has the most impact?  Whether it’s research you’re doing for a class, or research assigned to you in the workplace, you will want to make sure you use verified, trusted sources of information and do research efficiently, without sacrificing quality for convenience.

This workshop series, The Art of Research, will enable you to recognize and use important research from select, authoritative sources that carry more weight than those which you may find are freely available online.

 

Current Workshops: Inside the Black Box Series

“The Black Box” is a STEM metaphor for systems in which one sees inputs and outputs, but not the inner workings. In many ways, the modern research process is one such “Black Box.” In this special series of The Art of Research, we examine the hidden computational processes behind common research tools and techniques. We focus on, to the degree possible, the algorithms and AI principles underlying relevance ranking, automated evaluation, and even publishing practices.  

Inside the Black Box: Relevance Ranking and "Smart" Searching

Date, Time, & Location:
Friday, February 2, 3-3:45pm
Goldstein Electronic Classroom, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, Room 114

Description: 

We’ve all seen it: the “Sort by: Relevance” option. But what does it actually mean to sort by relevance? How does a website come to suggest recommendations or related works? Join us for a conversation on the orchestration of search results using machine learning. 

Register for Inside the Black Box: Relevance Ranking and "Smart" Searching

Inside the Black Box: Plagiarism Detection

Date, Time, & Location:
Friday, February 23, 3-3:45pm
Goldstein Electronic Classroom, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, Room 114

Description: 

Software like TurnItIniThenticate, and Plagiarism Checker allow instructors to upload student papers and, with the click of a button, determine whether or not students have outright copied from another source. What happens in between the upload and the output designation? How do these tools, used by the academic and publishing industries alike, compare papers in progress to innumerable potential sources, and what makes the difference between inspiration and plagiarism? Join us for a conversation on the inner workings of plagiarism detection. 

Register for Inside the Black Box: Plagiarism Detection

Inside the Black Box: Influence and Impact Designations

Date, Time, & Location:
Friday, March 16, 3-3:45pm
Goldstein Electronic Classroom, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, Room 114

Description: 

Web of Science designates them: “Hot Papers”; PubMed calls them “Trending Articles”. Increasingly, websites and databases are relying on automation to pinpoint influential works. What factors go into determining a work’s influence and impact, and how are those factors weighed differently in human decision-making versus a machine-driven algorithm? Join us for a lively discussion about automated designation of popularity and influence. 

Register for Inside the Black Box: Influence and Impact Designations

Inside the Black Box: Automated Credibility Evaluation

Date, Time, & Location:
Friday, April 6, 3-3:45pm
Weigle Information Commons Seminar Room, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, Room 124

Description: 

When it comes to evaluating credibility, people are notoriously biased. But can artificial intelligence reliably pinpoint suspicious, misleading, or false speech online? In this session, we’ll discuss the techniques companies like Facebook and Google are using to combat fake and misleading content, as well as the ramifications of those techniques. 

Register for Inside the Black Box: Automated Credibility Evaluation

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