Fall 2018 Newsletter | Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute
Greetings from the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2).
I am pleased to share the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute Newsletter - Fall 2018 edition, featuring highlights of our accomplishments from the past several months, alongside future goals with which we continue our mission to accelerate discovery and drive innovation through advanced computing and data.
Great institutes have traditionally been built on core disciplinary strengths. What differentiates RDI2 from these institutes is its ability to bridge across traditional disciplinary boundaries and enable truly cross-disciplinary research, education and outreach programs that fundamentally integrate computation, data with science, engineering, medicine and business to address important grand challenges.
This is an exciting time for RDI2, particularly in the areas of Advanced Computing and Data Cyberinfrastructure (ACI). RDI2 is enabling computational and data-enabled research across a broad range of disciplines that would not be possible otherwise by providing access to state-of-the-art supercomputing resources and services to the broader New Jersey academic community. Active research projects using RDI2’s advanced research cyberinfrastructure span biochemical engineering, finance, economics, physics and cosmology. Our resources are open to all students and researchers, and we invite applications for the allocation of computing resources on Caliburn, New Jersey's largest academic supercomputing facility. We are also striving to make sure that our resources are broadly accessible by students and researchers across the state. For example, we organize information and training sessions at various campuses and have regularly scheduled “office hours”.
Research in computational and data-enabled science and engineering remains central to our mission at RDI2 as we ad-dress the grand challenges in science and society. Researchers and students at RDI2 continue to explore novel computational and data abstractions, methodologies, and infrastructure, bringing novel extreme scale and data-driven approaches to a range of applications. This research is leading new grants, prestigious publications, software deployments, and new collaborations. For example, in 2018, we received over $1 Million in new federal research funding.
Education and community outreach the other central component of RDI2’s mission. RDI2 welcomes the 2018-2019 student awardees of the RDI2 Fellowship for Excellence in Computation and Data Science. Through this award, the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute supports students working on multi-disciplinary, collaborative, computational and data-enabled research projects in science and engineering, with a specific research focus on Big Data and Extreme Scale computing. We are also pleased to launch the first RDI2 high school internship program and welcome our this first high-school intern this fall.
It is no secret that our successes at RDI2 are due to our outstanding: the extraordinary researchers, faculty, staff, and students who, with great dedication, bring their intellectual curiosity, academic rigor and collaborative spirit to addressing complex challenges. They are joined by a worldwide network of alumni and partners who share great pride in RDI2 and its achievements.
Our goal for 2018-2019 is to continue to address emerging opportunities and challenges as we navigate rapidly changing technology landscapes in this era of extreme compute and big data. Our mission at RDI2 remains to fundamentally integrate research, education and outreach and advanced cyberinfrastructure towards addressing the most important challenges for science and society.
Come learn about how RDI2 is helping researchers tackle and solve the world’s most pressing problems.
Manish Parashar | Founding Director of RDI2 | Distinguished Professor of Computer Science