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Save the Date 9/28/17 for the 2nd annual BIG DATA Conference

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Save the Date 9/28/17 for the 2nd annual BIG DATA Conference

Save the Date Tuesday, September 28, 2017, for the 2nd annual BIG DATA Conference. Check out last year's event . . .     LOCATION  UM Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 Big data, advanced computing, and algorithms are rapidly and profoundly changing every sphere of human activity; Airbnb, Uber, and Fitbit are just a few examples. Today, over 3.6 billion people worldwide are deeply engaged with smartphone devices, wearables, and Internet-of-things technologies while artificial intelligence also promises to create a wave of new products.  Advanced computing gives us the ability to reliably and cost effectively store petabytes of data; and machine learning algorithms can crunch through massive datasets in real time to extract business intelligence and socially relevant information, giving firms new marketing tools, like mobile geo-social targeting. These tools have also empowered customers, making them more savvy in their interactions with business. The businesses, nonprofits, health care providers, government agencies, entrepreneurs, and educational institutions that harness these trends have a historic opportunity to gain an advantage over their competitors. To address the challenges and opportunities these changes spawn, UM Center for Computational Science invites you to network with South Florida private- and public-sector employees, healthcare providers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, educators and researchers, for a panel discussion on: • State-of-the Art Applications of Big Data • Big Data Resources in South Florida   Stay tuned for further details . ....

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Mapping Informal Cities mixes Activism and Architecture

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Mapping Informal Cities mixes Activism and Architecture

Children play soccer barefoot on a dirt field, and when they aren’t imitating the flamboyant striking and passing skills of their country’s greatest footballers, they roam neighborhood streets, playing other games or sometimes just looking for something to eat.  If not for the efforts of a woman named Julia, many of them would go hungry. A 50-something community elder with an energetic spirit, Julia helps keep their bellies full, working with a group of other women to prepare meals that feed as many as 100 kids a day. Life in some parts of Las Flores (Google aerial view at left)—a 5-square-mile shantytown near Barranquilla, Colombia,—often presents a multitude of challenges. Food can be hard to come by; sewage, water, and electrical systems are nonexistent in most areas; and residents build shotgun-style homes with whatever materials they can find—in this case, mostly wood. The local governments where slums like Las Flores are located see these places as eyesores, electing to leave them off official maps. But two University of Miami School of Architecture professors, Carie Penabad and Adib Cure, believe slums should not only be recognized, but also given the assistance they need. So with tools as simple and archaic as pencil and paper, and as advanced and high-tech as camera-equipped drones, the husband-and-wife team has made its mission to map some of the poorest and most vulnerable places in the world.   They started in 2006, using traditional surveying techniques to map the slum of Shakha near Mumbai, India. The following year, they traveled to the Cape Town, South Africa township of Langa to map the informal settlement of Joe Slovo, one of the largest slums in that country. “Then we realized something,” recalls Penabad.   “We’re based in Miami, and we’re traveling to the other side of the world to study these informal settlements, when, in fact, we have at our doorstep Latin America and the Caribbean, where an urban population is growing. So why not turn our focus closer to home.”   And they did, beginning with Las Flores. For every spring semester between 2008 and 2015, Penabad and Cure have taken students from their School of Architecture upper-level design studio, and starting two years ago, software engineers from UM’s Center for Computational Science, to this 60-year-old settlement to map its 75 neighborhood blocks and seven barrios. While CCS engineers operated the drones that produced highly detailed aerial maps of Las Flores, Penabad, Cure, and their students walked the streets, studying the slum’s building and construction patterns, peering into its simple wood and clay brick homes, observing neighborhood social interactions, and talking with some of the 10,000 residents who live there—all as part of an extensive effort to better understand the settlement’s structure and inner workings and, perhaps, help cure what ails it. “When these cities that are literally off the map are documented and studied, you begin to not only understand them but get a much bigger picture of their problems,” said Penabad. “Where would it make the most sense to bring in water and sewer lines? Where are they disconnected in terms of transportation? Where would it make the most sense to build a medical clinic? The potential for progress becomes more tangible and possible when you can see everything mapped out.” Penabad compares the maps to...

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Notification: Pegasus Upgrades & Maintenance 12/16-19

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Notification: Pegasus Upgrades & Maintenance 12/16-19

CCS storage systems are scheduled for maintenance from Friday, December 16, 2016 through Monday, December 19, 2016.   During this time we will be completing the installation of additional storage controllers.   CCS systems and services will be unavailable for this duration, including:   Pegasus | Pegasus compute cluster Visx | RSMAS visualization systems Apollo |  RSMAS compute cluster CCS CIFS | Windows network shares on //sx1.ccs.miami.edu, //cifs.ccs.miami.edu CCS NFS | NFS shares on pilot, sailor, sweng backups  CCS Gateway | File transfer service on gw.ccs.miami.edu:  globus, lincsportal, sftp Please plan your work accordingly, and thank you for your patience. hpc@ccs.miami.edu...

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CCS presents poster at San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium 12/6-10/16

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CCS presents poster at San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium 12/6-10/16

This Symposium is designed to provide state-of-the-art information on the experimental biology, etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of breast cancer and premalignant breast disease, to an international audience of academic and private physicians and researchers involved in breast cancer in medical, surgical, gynecologic, and radiation oncology, as well as to other appropriate health care professionals. The scientific program consists of plenary lectures and mini-symposia by experts in clinical and basic research; selected slide and poster presentations chosen from the submitted abstracts; educational sessions, award lectures, panel and case discussions and forums.  One of the poster presentations will be "Genome-wide identification of transcripts regulated by estrogen in MCF-7 cells using BrU-seq." by J. Sun, Marc E. Lippman, and CCS's Camilo Valdes, Enrico Capobianco, and Nicholas Tsinoremas.   Citation:  Sun, C. Valdes, E. Capobianco, N. Tsinoremas, M.E. Lippman. Genome-wide identification of transcripts regulated by estrogen in MCF-7 cells using BrU-seq. San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Poster. Dec 6-10,...

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Pizza Seminar Series on Using Data Ensembles Wednesday 11/30/2016

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Pizza Seminar Series on Using Data Ensembles Wednesday 11/30/2016

This is another in the Department of Computer Science Pizza Seminar Series.   "Exploring the Potential of Data Depth for Uncertainty Characterization and Visualization of Ensembles"   Wednesday, November 30th 2016, 5:00 p.m., UB230 by Dr. Mahsa Mirzargar, Department of Computer Science, University of Miami.   When computational models or predictive simulations are used, researchers, analysts and decision makers are not only interested in understanding the data but also interested in understanding the uncertainty present in the data as well. In such situations, using ensembles is a common approach to account for the uncertainty, and explore the possible outcomes of a model. Visualization as an integral component of data-analysis task can significantly facilitate the communication of the characteristics of an ensemble including uncertainty information. In this talk, I will introduce novel ensemble visualization paradigms based on the generalization of conventional univariate boxplots and the concept of data depth. Generalizations of boxplot provide an intuitive yet rigorous approach to studying variability and descriptive features of an ensemble. The nonparametric nature of this type of analysis makes it an advantageous approach to study uncertainty in various applications ranging from image analysis to fluid simulation to weather and climate modeling. Refreshments will be served beforehand at 4:30 p.m. in the reception area of the 3rd floor of the Ungar building, 1365 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 ( map/directions...

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iNeuro: Preparing a workforce for the Big Data Tsunami, Will Grisham TALK 1/6/17

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iNeuro: Preparing a workforce for the Big Data Tsunami, Will Grisham TALK 1/6/17

Computational data analysis skills have crossed over from niche to mainstream. Join us Friday, January 6, 2017,  from 12:00 to 1:00 PM in the Lois Pope 7th floor auditorium, for a seminar by William Grisham, formerly at NSF and currently at UCLA, who developed the iNeuro Project, an effort to prepare a workforce to meet the challenge of large-scale data in neuroscience. LOCATION Lois Pope Life Center, 1095 NW 14th Terrace (map), Miami, FL 33136.  Click here for directions & parking. If you are interested in lunch with the speaker, please email CCS Director of Engagement, Athina Hadjixenofontos at ahadjixenofontos@miami.edu by January 3rd with “Grisham Seminar” in the subject line.   This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Neuroscience and the Center for Computational Science.          ...

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BIG DATA Lunch & Learn with Zongjun Hu, PhD, Thursday 12/01/16

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BIG DATA Lunch & Learn with Zongjun Hu, PhD, Thursday 12/01/16

Process Big Data on Bigfoot Hadoop Cluster: Load and Query Speaker  Zongjun Hu, PhD, Lead, Big Data, UM CCS Advanced Computing Thursday, 12/01/2016, 12:00-1:00 PM  |  Light lunch will be provided:  Please RSVP to ccsadministration@miami.edu. Location  Coral Gables Campus MEA202, McArthur Engineering Annex, 1251 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 (map/directions). Abstract   Relational Database Manage System (RDBMS) had been a perfect solution for data warehouse and analytics. However the skyrocketing big data is changing the market significantly. The traditional technologies cannot keep up with the big data. Majority of the data is generated from wide range of sources and it is no longer structured data only. Its volume has gone way beyond the capability of RDBMS. It also has been generated in very high velocity, which basically cannot be handled by traditional technologies.   CCS Advanced Computing has developed a new big data platform ready for university faculty, staff, and students. The Bigfoot Hadoop cluster has made big data collection and processing possible. It provides user friendly interfaces to allow users to load, process, and query big data easily and efficiently. In this lunch-and-learn session, Dr. Zongjun Hu will first introduce several big data technologies behind the interfaces, and then demonstrate the general procedures to communicate with the cluster and utilize it for big data discovery research.   This event is open to: UM Faculty, Staff, and Students.  ...

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CCS Member Ge-Cheng Zha receives DARPA award for Aviation Transports

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CCS Member Ge-Cheng Zha receives DARPA award for Aviation Transports

A research grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) could help a University of Miami College of Engineering professor transform the aviation industry. Dr. Ge-Cheng Zha, a professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with the CoE, and a CCS Member, received a DARPA grant to conduct research including numerical simulation, design, and wind tunnel testing to further demonstrate the superior co-flow jet (CFJ) airfoil performance for extremely short takeoffs and landings, and ultra-high-transonic cruise efficiency. The CFJ active-flow-control airfoil has an injection slot near the leading edge and a suction slot near the trailing edge on the airfoil upper surface. A small amount of mass flow is withdrawn into the airfoil slot near the trailing edge on the upper surface, pressurized and energized by a micro-compressor actuator inside the airfoil, and then injected near the LE in the direction tangent to the main flow on the upper surface. It can dramatically increase lift and generate thrust (like a bird wing) at very low energy expenditure. Dr. Zha and his team have conducted the research on CFJ airfoil at UM for the past 13 years, using wind-tunnel testing and advanced computing provided by CCS. In recent research, based on high fidelity CFD (computational fluid dynamics) simulation at low speed, the team has obtained a maximum lift coefficient of 9.6 at an angle of attack of 70º with no stall (see figure). The lift coefficient is substantially greater than the theoretical limit of the maximum lift coefficient of 7.6. It is thus named super-lift coefficient. At the same time, the team’s CFD simulation shows that the CFJ airfoil is able to increase productivity efficiency by 36% for a supercritical transonic airfoil at cruise. Most of the current active flow control technologies are aimed at suppressing airfoil-flow separation at a high angle of attack. The CFJ airfoil appears to be uniquely able to increase transonic airfoil efficiency at cruise when the flow is benign at a low angle of attack. These findings have the potential to transform the next generation of military and civil transports with extremely short takeoff/landing distances to increase airport capacity, reduce noise, and to reduce fuel consumption and emission pollution due to the ultra-high cruise efficiency. This is a joint project between UM, Texas A&M University, and Florida State University.  “We are excited about this deep collaboration, and the insight and understanding to revolutionize the aerospace industry through innovative technology and research,” Zha said. “We are researching, inventing, and testing future aerospace technology, which will, we hope, make this world better.” The one-year DARPA seeding grant totals approximately $960,000. Zha’s proposal was titled, “ESTOL (Extremely Short Takeoff and Landing) Performance for Heavy Lift Transports Using Ultra High Lift High efficiency Co Flow Jet Airfoil.”     SOURCE: College of Engineering website  Transforming Aviation Transports | DARPA Awards Research Grant to Dr. Ge-Cheng Zha for Future Aviation Transports SEE ALSO: UM eVertias article  Center for Green Aviation to Focus on Electric Planes In this video (from 2009), Dr. Zha, inventor of the flying wing, talks about the Future of Flight. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4fUMqvtBRI...

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MICROSOFT profiles CCS Visualization Director Alberto Cairo in “Show, don’t tell”

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MICROSOFT profiles CCS Visualization Director Alberto Cairo in “Show, don’t tell”

Thomas Kohnstamm's interview is entitled "Show, don't tell: Alberto Cairo, Power BI & the rise of data journalism" (what is Power BI).  This comes on the heels of his event (the first) Digital Humanities + Data Journalism Symposium, held September 29-October 1, 2016, here at UM. Kohnstamm's article illuminates the history of Visualization as visualizations themselves help to illuminate the rise of this fascinating approach. "Visualization no longer just complements a written story. It is the story. In our increasingly data-driven world, visualization is becoming an essential tool for journalists from national papers to blogs with a staff of one." This in-depth interview takes a look at how big data has infiltrated everyday life, Cairo's parallel career, and how he "stumbled" into infographics: "His career has tracked alongside the major technological developments in and out of the newsroom that brought us to the current point in data visualization." Prof. Cairo came to the University of Miami in January of 2012. In December 2014, he was named the "Knight Chair in Visual Journalism" for 2015, a five to seven year term that aims to "[maintain] a cutting-edge relationship to the developing professions of visual journalism by fostering projects and experiments that will incubate new techniques of visual and interactive reporting and storytelling." From the Microsoft article, Prof. Cairo says "Miami is unrivaled at teaching data visualization." "Graphics are mandatory for journalism students here and we have deep coursework in infographics, visualization, cartography, 3D modeling and advanced programming—all related to journalism." Read more at: news.microsoft.com/stories/data  |  Join us at the next CCS Visualization program event, the "VizUM 3rd Annual Symposium".   Visit  ccs.miami.edu/focus-area/visualization...

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Lunch & Learn on Internet of Things & Sensor Networks | Joel Zysman TODAY 11/9/16

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Lunch & Learn on Internet of Things & Sensor Networks | Joel Zysman TODAY 11/9/16

Internet of Things (IoT) and Sensor Networks at UM (What is IoT and what do I do with it?)   Speaker: Joel P. Zysman, Director of Advanced Computing Wednesday, 11/9/2016, 12:00-1:00 PM  |  Light lunch will be provided:  Please RSVP to ccsadministration@miami.edu. Location Gables Campus MEA220, McArthur Engineering Annex, 1251 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 (map/directions) The Internet of Things has become a buzzword in both the research community and popular parlance in recent times. From Smart Cities to internet-connected appliances, the Internet of Things has implications well beyond the technological and engineering fields. In this session of the CCS Lunch and Learn series, please join Joel P. Zysman to learn about current IoT based projects hosted at the University of Miami and the various data services available to the UM research community in support of sensor networks. This event is open to: UM Faculty, Staff, and Students.  ...

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