RDI2 Annual Open House
Join us at the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2) Research Expo and Networking event, our 3rd annual Open House event at the Institute. With a focus on computational and data-enabled discovery, this event showcases the Large Scale Computing and Data Science capabilities and expertise at RDI2 as well as provides updates on the exciting new initiatives of the Institute. Light refreshments and lunch will be served.
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Busch Campus - Student Center, Center Hall
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3 RDI2 Papers Accepted for Publication at SBAC-PAD Conference
Congratulations to some of our RDI2 staff and researchers for the acceptance of 3 new papers for publication at the SCBAC-PAD Conference, which will be hosted this year at the École Normale Supérieure of Lyon, France.
SBAC-PAD is an international symposium which has continuously presented an overview of new developments in parallel and distributed computing technologies, and is open to faculty members, researchers, specialists and graduate students worldwide. One of the four keynote speeches at the event will be given by RDI2's founding Director Manish Parashar, who will be presenting the talk Big Data at Extreme-Scales: Addressing Computational Challenges in the 21st Century.
The papers that will be featured at the conference are as follows:
Exploring the Potential of Next Generation Software-Defined In-Memory Frameworks
Shouwei Chen and Ivan Rodero
Exploring Power Budget Scheduling Opportunities and Trade-offs for AMR-based Applications
Yubo Qin, Ivan Rodero, Pradeep Subedi, Manish Parashar and Sandro Rigo
Runtime Management of Data Quality for Scientific Observatories Using Edge and In-Transit Resources
Ali Reza Zamani, Daniel Balouek-Thomert, J. J. Villalobos, Ivan Rodero and Manish Parashar
Caliburn & ACI Information Sessions: Rutgers—Newark
Please join us on August 21, 2018 at a series of information sessions regarding Caliburn Supercomputer and the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute, which will include a discussion of the 2018-2019 operations calendar and a call for proposals for the Caliburn Supercomputer at Rutgers—Newark.
During these sessions, we will provide an introduction to RDI2's Advanced Cyber Infrastructure and address questions and consultations on the call for proposals for January 2019 through June 31st, 2019. The tentative agenda for these sessions includes:
- An overview of RDI2’s Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) and Caliburn infrastructure
- Announcements of upcoming meetings and workshops
- Development of proposals for 2019
- Follow up Q/A session
Date: Tuesday Aug 21, 2018
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Q&A session from 11:00am – 11:30am
Location: Paul Robeson Campus Center
350 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd - Multi-purpose Room - Newark, NJ 07102
To register for the event, please fill out and submit this form:
We look forward to seeing you there!
Congratulations to Dr. Ivan Rodero: CC * Integration, DyNamo
Congratulations to Dr. Ivan Rodero, Associate Director for Technical Operations and Associate Research Professor, on being awarded the CC* Integration: Delivering a Dynamic Network-centric Platform for Data-driven Science (DyNamo)! In collaborative effort with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Southern California, and University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Dr. Rodero represents RDI2 in support of programmable, on-demand access to high-bandwidth, configurable network paths from community data repositories to national CI facilities. This will help satisfy data, computational and storage requirements of CASA and OOI workflows.
Dr. Rodero, along with J. J. Villalobos (Assistant Director of Research Computing and Cybersecurity and Research Associate), will work to enable researchers to test new algorithms and models in real time with live streaming data. These efforts, referred to as DyNamo, will allow atmospheric scientists and hydrologist to improve short and long-term weather forecasts and aid the oceanographic community. DyNamo’s workflows will allow for adaptability by other CI facilities, as well as management systems and middleware.
Congratulations to Dr. Rodero!
Congratulations to Dr. Thu Nguyen: RET Supplement from the NSF
Congratulations to Dr. Thu Nguyen, Professor and Chair of Computer Science, and research collaborator at Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute, on being awarded a RET supplement from the National Science Foundation! This supplement will be added to his existing award, II-EN: Collaborative Research: Enhancing the Parasol Experimental Testbed for Sustainable Computing. The RET supports local schoolteachers who work on projects related to enhancing the Parasol experimental testbed for sustainable computing; these educators are encouraged and supported to publish or present this curriculum at the regional or national level.
This project will enhance an experimental datacenter for sustainable computing. While most datacenters consume vast amounts of energy, totaling about 1.8% of the US electricity usage in 2014, the Parasol is an experimental green datacenter, which has previously demonstrated that the combination of green design and intelligent software management systems can lead to significant reductions in energy consumption, carbon emission, and cost.
Part of the results of this grant will be used in the development of a future wireless research testbed called COSMOS, a unique infrastructure that consists of heterogeneous wired and wireless resources that can be reserved by researchers for running experiments in the area of next generation wireless networks and applications. Rutgers, Columbia, and NYU take part in the design of the testbed. The teachers, who will be recruited out of NJ and NYC, will use the testbed to build research experiments suitable for students in technology classrooms. Dr. Nguyen’s efforts will allow for innovative educational research in the field of wireless networks to occur.
Congratulations again to Dr. Nguyen and future RET educators!
Congratulations Forough Ghahramani: Article “Gender data gap: Baseline of US academic institutions” Published
Congratulations to our Associate Director of Administration and Partnerships, Forough Ghahramani, on the publication of her article “Gender data gap: Baseline of US academic institutions” in the National Academy of Inventors Journal.
Along with other 4 other members of the AUTM Women Inventors Committee (AUTM WIC), for which Forough is the metrics subcommittee chair, she conducted research regarding the invention gender gap at multiple U.S. academic institutions. This research will help establish a baseline for measuring U.S. academic institutions' tracking of inventors by gender, while raising national and global awareness of the disparate representation of women in STEM+ fields. Amazing work!
Spring 2018 Newsletter Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute
As we wrap up the 5th anniversary of RDI2, I am pleased to share the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute Newsletter - Spring 2018 edition, featuring some highlights of our accomplishments from the past year, while we continue our mission to accelerate discovery and drive innovation through advanced computing and data at Rutgers and beyond.
Education and community outreach are central to our mission at RDI2 as we address the grand challenges in science, engineering and society on a global scale. Last September, RDI2 led the organization of the NSF Large Facilities Cyberinfrastructure (CI) workshop bringing together experts to share insights on CI models, challenges, and best practices to increasing the efficiency and impact of shared-use facilities, which represent some of NSF’s largest investments in science and engineering. RDI2 hosted Paul Messina, as the Fall Distinguished Seminar Speaker, Project Director for the U.S. Department of Energy Exascale Computing Project who talked about the “Challenges of Exascale Computing”. RDI2 hosted the University of Derby (UK) to explore joint projects and collaboration opportunities.
RDI2 had another active year of education and training activities. During National Engineers week, we launched its Diving into Big Data: Large Scale Computing workshop for high school students. We also welcomed undergraduate students into the newly launched Research Internship program that provides students with opportunities to conduct research in computational and data-enabled science and engineering. We launched a new initiative on 2018, the Data Science Practitioner Roundtable series, with the goal of introducing data science career paths and insights to graduate and undergraduate students by exposing them to industry professionals. We also hosted the Introduction to Data Management workshop for early career researchers.
RDI2 has continued its research activities and leadership in across computational and data-enabled science engineering. This includes new and existing research projects, collaborations and grants, as well as research publications, keynotes, presentations and awards. RDI2 also continues its leadership in research CI through its computational and data services to researchers in Rutgers and across NJ, through its roles as CI lead for the NSF Oceans Observatories Initiative (OOI) and through the NSF-funded Virtual Data Collaboratory (VDC) project.
On a personal note, I am excited to announce my recent appointment at the National Science Foundation as the Office Director for the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC). I am excited to be part of the CI leadership at NSF at a time when computation and data are transforming science and society, and I look forward to bringing my experiences and insights back to RDI2 and Rutgers.
Founding Director of RDI2
Distinguished Professor of Computer Science
Diving Into Big Data and Large Scale Computing High School Workshop
On Thursday May 17, the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2) welcomed students from the National Center for Girls Leadership Stuart at Stuart Country Day School to experience the Diving Into Big Data and Large Scale Computing Workshop.
In addition to a tour of state-of-the-art facilities at RDI2 and an interactive workshop, students learned about fundamentals of data science and large scale computing, and the impact and application of Big Data in research, commercial environments, and every aspect of our lives. RDI2 researchers shared information about top research initiatives at the institute, such as, the Virtual Data Collaboratory and the Ocean Observatory Initiative. Students experimented with live oceanographic data, developed a web-based dashboard that continuously displayed data streaming real-time from under water sensors on the Pacific Ocean seafloor, they also visualized the results of simple data transformations.
During the lunch panel discussion, staff and researchers shared insights related to their individual education and career journey and responded to student questions. At the end of the program, students provided feedback to RDI2 on the student experience through a survey, and RDI2 used an assessment tool to gather data on student learning.
Students had the opportunity to engage with members of RDI2 admin staff, technical operations, researchers, and graduate students throughout the day.
The event was well received by Stuart teachers who accompanied the students. The following statement was provided by one of the teachers: “Everyone was excellent! Well planned. I appreciated that everyone was so enthusiastic and seemed to enjoy teaching, sharing with our students.”
Student comments indicate they found the following aspects of the program most valuable: hands-on workshop and coding in python, career advice and panel comments, touring the data center, and learning how computer science is used in research.
Introduction to data management for researchers
INTRODUCTION TO DATA MANAGEMENT FOR RESEARCHERS
May 15, 2018
12:00 p.m.—2:00 p.m.
CoRE Building, Room 701, Busch Campus
(96 Frelinghuysen Road, Piscataway)
*Note: Use 100 Brett Road for Navigation
You are invited to join RDI2 for a discussion of best practices for managing research data. The data created as part of research is important, and should be well-organized, well-preserved, accessible, understandable, and usable by the scholarly community. The discussion will include developments in data sharing, data collaboration, reproducible research, and more.
As part of the NSF funded Virtual Data Collaboratory project, RDI2 is developing educational modules to help researchers solve their data issues and increase the impact of their research. Insights and feedback resulting from the discussion will be incorporated into the educational modules.
Lunch will be provided. No registration necessary.
For additional information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manish Parashar Keynote Speaker at the 2018 Internet2 Global Summit
Congratulations to Manish Parashar, the Founding Director of Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2) and Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, and office director for the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation, who will deliver the keynote on “Realizing a Cyberinfrastructure Ecosystem that Transforms Science”during 2018 Internet2 Global Summit in San Diego.
The 2018 Internet2 Global Summit meeting will convene research and education technology leaders from May 6-9 in San Diego, and is co-hosted by CENIC, the University of California San Diego, and San Diego State University.
Internet2® is a non-profit, member-driven advanced technology community founded by the nation’s leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2’s core infrastructure components include the nation’s largest and fastest research and education network that was built to deliver advanced, customized services that are accessed and secured by the community-developed trust and identity framework
RDI2 PhD students win first place at HackRU
Congratulations to Eduard Gilbert Renart and Roger Renart, RDI2 Computer Science students, who competed in the Major League Hackathon at Rutgers (HackRU https://hackru-s18.devpost.com) last weekend (April 21-22) and won first place overall, as well as first place in the best health hacks. The project they worked on was the design of system to prevent texting and driving.
The fourteenth biannual HackRU, was hosted at Rutgers University by USACS, the Undergraduate Student Alliance of Computer Scientists.
Data Science Practitioner Roundtable
March 27, 2018
1:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m.
Tillett Hall, Room 242, Livingston Campus
(50 Joyce Kilmer Ave, Piscataway Township)
Join us for an exciting and engaging event that provides Data Science career insights for Rutgers undergraduate and graduate students. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about leveraging your Rutgers experience, data science career paths, preparing for employment and more! Networking and light refreshments will follow the formal program.
Data Science Roundtable participants include:
- Aaditya Nanduri - Celgene, Data Scientist
- Sven Serneels - BASF Corporation, Data Science Sr. Manager
- Yunlong Wang - IQVIA, Data Scientist, Advanced Analytics
- Drace Zhan - NYC Data Science Academy, Data Scientist