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Cyberinfrastructure and Data-Intensive Analytics Training and Research Workshop

September 27, 2018
Physics Research Center, room 201
933 E 56th Street
Chicago IL 60637


Please join us for a workshop with the aim of identifying the existing training resources and key weaknesses for Cyberinfrastructure and Data-Intensive Analytics Training and Research at the University of Chicago.

By bringing together experts from across the University and its closely associated national laboratories and industry partners, we hope to identify the infrastructure and team necessary to provide the flagship training and research activities for graduate students in both the physical sciences and beyond.

Organizers: Aaron Elmore, Rob Gardner, David Miller, Young-Kee Kim, Dave Schmitz
Interested parties: Physics Department, Computer Science Department, Argonne National Lab, Fermilab, Research Computing Center, Udacity

9:00 - 9:30am Coffee and Light Breakfast
9:30 - 9:50am Welcome and Overview
9:50 - 10:50am Expert Presentations, Part 1 (~20 min per topic):
  • Current data analytics curricula in the sciences
  • Cyberinfrastructure in research
  • Existing academic partnerships
10:50 - 11:10am Break
11:10 - 11:50am Presentations, Part 2 (~20-25 min per topic):
  • Industry leaders in analytics and CI training
  • Laboratory partners and activities
11:50 - 12:50pm Lunch (boxed lunch provided), Networking
1:00 - 1:40pm Breakout Session 1 (30 min breakout, 10 min reporting):
Evolution of current grad student training
  • What are the gaps identified in the current curricular and research training programs?
  • How are the gaps affecting graduate students in their chosen research fields?
  • Are these students restricted in their job placement in careers beyond their research fields because of a lack of similar or related analytics and CI training?
1:50 - 2:30pm Breakout Session 2 (30 min breakout, 10 min reporting):
What exactly is missing in terms of technical and professional skills?
  • What have PI’s identified as critical missing skills for research?
  • What programs are necessary to effectively train students? Who exactly is the audience for this training?
2:40 - 3:20pm Breakout Session 3 (30 min breakout, 10 min reporting):
New partnerships to address gaps in training and preparation
  • What new resources and partnerships might help address these gaps?
  • Can industry partners directly benefit the students via training programs, and vice versa?
  • Who is interested in getting involved in training?
3:30 - 4:00pm Address and Next Steps