CFP: Methods in Computation-Based Discovery, Pan American Advanced Studies Institute

CFP: Methods in Computation-Based Discovery, Pan American Advanced Studies Institute
Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 12:00am

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION - Researchers from a broad range of STEM, Social Science and Humanities disciplines are encourged to apply. 


Deadline for Application June 9, 2013

Project Description and Goals

The objective of this Pan American Advanced Studies Institute (PASI) is to introduce researchers early in their careers to Methods in Computation-Based Discovery (CBD). In the quest for solutions to major problems (e.g., biodiversity, modeling of natural systems, water ecology, digital cultural heritage, etc.), researchers across the natural and social sciences as well as the humanities and arts are generating massive and/or highly complex data sets that extend well-beyond humans’ capacities to perceive or analyze without sophisticated technological augmentation. CBD allows researchers to gather, transform and analyze data from a range of sources, including, for example, sensors, video archives, telescopes, and supercomputers. Researchers today need both access to advanced computational resources and sophisticated skills in data acquisition, management, transformation, visualization, analytics, and preservation. 

The Institute will be offered over a ten-day period at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, East of Guatemala City, from July 15 through July 26, 2013 through a joint effort of seven organizations: (1) the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE); (2) the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), including the Blue Waters Petascale Supercomputer project; (3) the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (I-CHASS) (4) the Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL); (5) the Advanced Research and Technology Collaboratory for the Americas (ARTCA); (6) the Latin American Cooperation of Advanced Networks (RedCLARA); and (7) the Organization of American States (OAS). These organizations believe research collaboration to be essential to building strong international partnerships to address grand challenges. 

The Institute will focus on CBD technical and analytical methods and assist 40 researchers/participants to apply these methods to their own research. Our key goals are to (1) expand participants’ knowledge of advanced computing and specialized tools and techniques that support CBD involving massive or complex data sets; (2) provide hands-on experience in exploring large and complex data sets using easily accessible open source tools; (3) bring researchers from underrepresented populations into CBD; and (4) foster new collegial relationships that stimulate both national and international co-operative partnerships among the presenters and attendees.

Selected participants will have their round trip airfare, accommodation, meals and workshop expenses fully covered for the length of the PASI thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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The Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Science (I-CHASS) charts new ground in high-performance computing and the human sciences. Founded at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and located at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, I-CHASS creates learning environments and spaces for digital exploration and discovery; presenting leading-edge research, computational resources, collaborative tools, and educational programming to showcase the future of the humanities, arts, and social science.

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