Virtual symposium experts offer insights on big data issues, opportunities

August 31, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Registration is now open for Penn State’s Institute of Computational and Data Sciences’ (ICDS) 2020 Symposium. The two-day symposium will be held virtually Oct. 21-22 and will feature an interdisciplinary group of speakers and experts who will focus on both the challenges — and opportunities — of big data and data science.

Because the symposium was rescheduled due to the pandemic, those who registered for the spring 2020 event will need to re-register to attend the upcoming event.

The symposium will feature two keynote presentations and four expert-led panel discussions. The two keynote presentations include: “ZettaScale Computing on Exascale Platforms,” presented by Shantenu Jha, chair of Computation and Data Driven Discovery (C3D) Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory and associate professor of computer engineering at Rutgers University, and “The Landscape of Data Science: Basic Research to Impact,” presented by Chaitan Baru, senior science adviser, Convergence Accelerator, Office of the Director, National Science Foundation.

Jha has collaborated with scientists from multiple domains, including molecular and earth sciences and high-energy physics. His research interests are at the intersection of high-performance and distributed computing, computational science and cyberinfrastructure.

Baru has led or has co-led a number of data cyberinfrastructure initiatives, including work as the principal investigator (PI) of the OpenTopography project; cyberinfrastructure lead, Tropical Ecology, Assessment and Monitoring network; and a co-investigator of the Cyberinfrastructure for Comparative Effectiveness Research project.

Topic for the four panel discussions include:

  • "Big Data, Agriculture and Food Supply," organized by Asad Azemi, associate professor of engineering, Penn State Brandywine
  • "Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Manufacturing," organized by Soundar Kumara, Allen E. Pearce and Allen M. Pearce Professor of Industrial Engineering
  • "Social Engineering with Data: Disinformation and Destabilization of Geo-Political Order," organized by Anne Toomey McKenna, Distinguished Scholar of Cyber Law & Policy, Penn State Dickinson Law, and co-hire, Institute for Computational and Data Sciences
  • "Data & Genetics/DNA: Value, Ethics and Risks," organized and moderated by Aleksandra (Sesa) Slavkovic, professor and associate dean for graduate education, Eberly College of Science

Faculty, students, staff and industry and funding agency representatives are welcome to attend. The full agenda is available online.

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Last Updated September 04, 2020