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Computational Science is widely recognized as a critical means to solving many of today’s most challenging problems.  The analysis and knowledge gained from working with the incredible data explosion produced by massive experiments, observations and computer generated models is leading to solutions at an unimagined pace. Data-Intensive discovery (the fourth paradigm of scientific research), and Multi Scale Interdisciplinary  approaches are becoming more prevalent in the way that Science and Engineering is generating...

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Lunch & Learn: Computational Modeling of Brain Networks 1/22/2020

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Lunch & Learn: Computational Modeling of Brain Networks 1/22/2020

RSVP now Wednesday, January 22, 2020  |  12:00-1:30 PM Shalala Student Center, Vista Room 308 Speaker:  Michael Mannino, PhD  |  CCS Director of Programs In this session, Dr. Michael Mannino will describe and show how  “The Virtual Brain,” a neuroinformatics package, simulates the human brain, using a computational model that explores the dynamics of large-scale brain networks, and information flow between different brain regions underpinning cognitive processes like working memory, attention, and perception. He will also discuss other conceptual issues about the use of simulation and computation in neuroscience. This lecture is free to UM Faculty/Staff/Students.   Light Lunch will be provided.  Speaker Bio: Dr. Michael Mannino joined the CCS in April 2019 as Director of Programs. He has his PhD in complex systems and brain sciences, and his research was in computational neuroscience, specifically computational modeling of large-scale brain networks using nonlinear dynamical systems and neural time series analysis. Michael also has his Masters in philosophy, focusing on the philosophy of science, and philosophy of mind, and has been a professor of philosophy at Miami Dade College, teaching several courses. He is passionate about the topics of science communication, complexity science, and all things brain.   Please RSVP if you plan to attend.    ...

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Meet the 2019-2020 CCS Fellows on Thursday 1/23/2020

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Meet the 2019-2020 CCS Fellows on Thursday 1/23/2020

Please RSVP The vision of the CCS Fellows Program is to inspire a new generation of leaders in computational science to cross the traditional boundaries between disciplines, by equipping them with new cross-disciplinary skills and experience. The Program does this by offering mentorship outside the students’ area of expertise. “CCS Fellow” is a prestigious designation awarded to two undergraduate students and two graduate students per year.  Join us on Thursday, January 23, 2:00-4:00 PM, for the 2019-2020 CCS Fellows' project launch presentations. This event is free and open to interested UM Faculty/Staff/Students.  Refreshments will be served. Location Newman Alumni Center, Executive Conference Room, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146   Map | Directions Parking Complimentary parking for attendees without a UM parking permit is available. Just click here and enter your vehicle license plate number. Parking for this event is valid from 1:30 to 4:30 pm in gray lots only:...

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Magic Leap Grants Awarded for Projects Ideas to Bolster Learning & Research

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Magic Leap Grants Awarded for Projects Ideas to Bolster Learning & Research

Three Magic Leap/mixed realty project ideas have been approved by the Magic Leap Leadership Council. The Office of the Provost has awarded the teams $10,000 each for projects that will harness Magic Leap technology to bolster learning or research. Beginning on January 1st, the proposed projects must be completed by April 30, 2020. The grant money may be used only to support students, purchase materials and supplies, and/or get technical support from mixed-reality software experts. Software support systems available to the project teams are (a) their own,  (b) Center for Computational Science, (c) IT Innovate, or (d) Gordon Center. Teams must present midpoint and final results at two Magic Leap events: (1) A grantee meeting at the beginning of March 2020 (2) A showcase event at the end of April, where teams will present their demos on Magic Leap headsets. These events will give the Magic Leap Leadership Council the opportunity to provide feedback to the Provost about the progress of the Magic Leap Initiative. Also, a series of Magic Leap workshops will be held in January-February 2020. Project team members attend at least one of these workshops. Congratulations to all the Grant Winners! "Tiling the Magicverse" Tim Norris CCS/Richter Library; Amin Sarafraz and Chris Mader CCS Software Engineering; Kim Grinfeder, Associate Professor and Director, Interactive Media, School of Communication "Mixed Reality Simulated 'Escape OR' for Teaching in Anesthesia" Greta Mitzova-Vladinov, DNP, APRN, CRNA, CHSE, Associate Program Director Nurse Anesthesia Program and Assistant Professor of Clinical, School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS) "Peri-Operational Experience (POE)" Lee Kaplan MD, Chief, UHealth Sports Medicine; Petra and Stephen Levin Endowed Chair in Sports Medicine, Medical Director and Head Team Physician / Miami Hurricanes and Miami Marlins Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Mariel Boatlift—Concurrent Exhibits: "Radical Conventions: Cuban American Art from the 1980s" at the Lowe + an as-yet-untitled smaller-scale exhibit at the Richter Cuban Heritage Collection Elizabeth Cerejido, Esperanza Bravo de Varona Chair of the Cuban Heritage Collection; Jill Deupi, Beaux Arts Director and Chief Curator, Lowe Art Museum; Mark Osterman, Digital Experience Manager, Lowe Art Museum; Charles Eckman, Dean and University Librarian; Vanessa Rodriguez, Head, Creative Studio "ARtXP: Experiencing Historic Architecture with Magic Leap" Karen Mathews, PhD, Associate Professor of Art History, College of Arts & Sciences; Amin Sarafraz, PhD and Chris Mader CCS Software Engineering "South Florida Mixed Reality Field Trips" Art Gleason, Physics; Amin Sarafraz, CCS; and Sam Purkis, PhD and Frederick  Hanselmann, PhD, RSMAS -MES “We are looking for clever ideas that will bring digital worlds from the arts, humanities, sciences, and medicine into our physical world and enhance discovery and learning in our community,” said Jeffrey Duerk, UM Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. Founded by UM alumnus Rony Abovitz, Magic Leap’s mixed reality technology allows users to blend digital content with their own physical environment. Last fall (2018), Magic Leap and UM entered into a collaboration where the University would serve as a pilot location for the company to experiment with its first-generation headsets, called "Magic Leap One".     As part of the collaboration, each college was given some of the headsets for faculty and students to use with the goal that the UM community would develop Magic Leap applications. So far, several ideas have been developed, but the Provost hopes this latest round of grants will generate more. “Faculty have responded enthusiastically to the information sessions,” said Jean-Pierre Bardet, Vice Provost for Strategic Projects and...

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Need Help with Advanced Computing? Stop by during Office Hours

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Need Help with Advanced Computing? Stop by during Office Hours

The Advanced Computing core has a mission to provide the University of Miami’s academic community with comprehensive advanced computing resources ranging from hardware infrastructure to expertise in designing and implementing high-performance solutions. Office Hours The Advanced Computing Team offers office assistance with usage issues on the new TRITON supercomputer and/or the Pegasus cluster.  During the office hours below, the team can provide assistance with queuing inquiries,  software installation, and technical troubleshooting. The team is ready to answer questions regarding grant proposals, and can provide resource information about the Advanced Computing environment. Coral Gables Campus:  Thursdays 2-4:30 PM  |  Ungar 330E  |  Kalan Dawson, Systems Administrator [NOTE: No Medical Office Hours on 1/16 or 2/20/2020.] RSMAS Campus:  Wednesdays  9-11  AM  |  MSC 223  |  Warner Baringer, Senior Analyst/Systems Engineer Medical Campus: Wednesdays  10 AM-2 PM  |  Soffer CRC 7th Floor  |  Pedro Davila, Systems Administrator [NOTE: No Medical Office Hours on 1/9/2020.]...

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Notification: Storage System Maintenance Begins 1/4 at 7AM

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Notification: Storage System Maintenance Begins 1/4 at 7AM

Start time: 14 January 2020 07:00am EST End time:  14 January 2020 11:59pm EST   /projects2 on the Pegasus cluster will be offline from 7AM to 11:59 PM EST, Tuesday, 01/14/2020. During this period, we will be working on the future expansion of our system. The rest of the system will be functioning as usual. Please plan accordingly. CCS HPC Team As always, if you have any questions or problems, please contact us by sending email to: hpc@ccs.miami.edu....

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Poster Presentation Winners Announced for Big Data + VizUM 2019

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Poster Presentation Winners Announced for Big Data + VizUM 2019

Students, researchers, and patrons from the University of Miami, FIU, Ransom Everglades School, and the local community gathered at Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center for the combined annual Big Data Conference and VizUM Symposium, held on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. The event began in the Bruce & Robbi Toll Library with Poster Presentations. This was the event’s first call for posters and cash prizes were at stake! Big Data Conference The Big Data Conference officially opened with a few words from CCS Center Director Nick Tsinoremas who welcomed the audience to the fourth annual Big Data Conference and the sixth annual VizUM Symposium. Nick also introduced the event’s keynote speaker, Matthew Denesuk, Senior Vice President for Data Analytics + AI for Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. Matthew took to the stage and delivered to the audience a talk on the relevance, necessity, and importance of data analytics and artificial intelligence in the business and corporate realms.  Overall, he spoke at length of the nature of data-driven transformations (including the types of data scientists involved in those transformations) at the organizational level.  (Click here for Matthew's slides) The Conference featured a panel discussion that focused on “Digital Disruption:” how big data, data analytics, and artificial intelligence are impacting various aspects of the business world, including health care, cybersecurity, and real estate. The panelists, Ashwin Kumar (Associate Vice President, Revenue Cycle Management at Jackson Health System), Roy Lowrance, PhD (Founder + CEO of Applied Data Science, LLC), Olivia Ramos (Founder + CEO of Deepblocks), and Yuda Saydun (Founder + President of CyVent), answered a variety of questions from both the moderator, Nick Tsinoremas, and from the audience. VizUM 2019 Distinguished guest speaker Jessica Hullman PhD, an Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Journalism at Northwestern University, was the opener for VizUM 2019. Her talk  entitled “Supporting Reasoning with Uncertainty Using Data” described how visualization techniques for conveying uncertainty through discrete samples can improve non-experts’ ability to understand and make decisions from distributional information. Jessica also described what’s been learned by developing visualization interfaces that encourage users to reflect on their expectations and use them to predict and improve belief updating. Jessica was followed by Alberto Cairo PhD, who addressed the audience with his talk “How Charts Lie: What You Design Isn’t What People See.” Alberto is CCS Visualization Program Director, and Associate Professor and Knight Chair in Visual Journalism in UM’s School of Communication. He explained how scientists, statisticians, designers, and journalists are often taught that “a picture is worth a thousand words”, that we should “show, don’t tell”, and that charts are “intuitive” and useful to “simplify” information. His talk explained why these ideas are myths that if taken at face value, are wrong and dangerous. Alberto went on to explain what we can do to help the public increase their visual literacy and understand charts, graphs, maps, and infographics better.  (Click here for Alberto's slides) Poster Presentations Poster Presentation winners were announced with the first-place prize ($500) awarded to Ransom Everglades student, Joseph Gross, et al. for “Machine Learning for Metal Identification in Water Samples using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS).” The poster won for originality, scientific rigor, organization, and presentation of the topic. The second-place award ($250) went to University of Miami student Chitra Banarjee, et al., for...

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UM-led Experiment Closes Critical Gap in Weather Forecasting

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UM-led Experiment Closes Critical Gap in Weather Forecasting

Scientists working on the next frontier of weather forecasting are hoping that weather conditions 3-to-4 weeks out will soon be as readily available as seven-day forecasts. Having this type of weather information—called subseasonal forecasts—in the hands of the public and emergency managers can provide the critical lead time necessary to prepare for natural hazards like heat waves or the next polar vortex. Scientists like University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Professor Ben Kirtman and Assistant Professor Kathleen Pegion at George Mason University are leading the way to close this critical gap in the weather forecast system through the SubX project. SubX—short for The Subseasonal Experiment—is a research-to-operations project to provide better subseasonal forecasts to the National Weather Service. “Subseasonal predictions is the most difficult timeframe to predict,” said Kirtman, a professor of atmospheric sciences and director of the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS). “The hardest part is taking all the observations and putting them into the model.” SubX is filling the gap between the prediction of weather and the prediction of seasonal conditions, which is guided by slowly evolving ocean conditions like sea surface temperatures and soil moisture and variability in the climate system that work on time scales of weeks. To get to the subseasonal scale, scientists need information on conditions that affects global weather such as large-scale convective anomalies like the Madden–Julian Oscillation in the tropical Indian Ocean into their computer models. “The SubX public database makes 3-4 week forecasts available right now and provides researchers the data infrastructure to investigate how to make them even better in the future,” said Pegion. SubX has already shown great promise forecasting weather conditions. It accurately predicted the amount of rainfall from Hurricane Michael-—roughly 50 mm, the 4th of July heat wave in Alaska where temperatures reached over 90 degrees Fahrenheit—20 to 30 degrees above average in some locations —and the polar vortex that hit the midwestern U.S. and eastern Canada in late January and killed 22 people. For Kirtman and his team, the power to make these predictions requires the capacity to compute and store a large amount of data. This means they depend heavily on the UM Center for Computational Science’s computing capability to handle the complex computation needed for their models. CCS resources are critical for Kirtman and Pegion to meet the on-time, in-real-time, all-the-time deadlines required for SubX to be successful. SubX’s publicly available database contains 17 years of historical reforecasts (1999–2015) and more than 18 months of real-time forecasts for use by the research community and the National Weather Service. As Kirtman and his research team pointed out in an Oct. 2019 article in the American Meteorological Society’s journal BAMS,  “early warning of heat waves, extreme cold, flooding rains, flash drought, or other weather hazards as far as 4 weeks into the future could allow for risk reduction and disaster preparedness, potentially preserving life and resources. Less extreme, but no less important, reliable probabilistic forecasts about the potential for warmer, colder, wetter, or drier conditions at a few weeks lead are valuable for routine planning and resource management.” SOURCE:  NEWS@TheU Also appeared in . . . https://world-news-monitor.com/climate/2019/12/07/closing-critical-gap-in-weather-forecasting-subx-a-research-to-operations-project-shows-promise-for-improved-monthly-forecasts/ https://elexonic.com/2019/12/08/experiment-closes-critical-gap-in-weather-forecasting/ https://e-news.us/experiment-closes-critical-gap-in-weather-forecasting-phys-org/ https://www.longroom.com/discussion/1724969/closing-critical-gap-in-weather-forecasting https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191207073539.htm https://www.democraticunderground.com/122867118 https://www.santech360.com/2019/12/um-led-experiment-closes-critical-gap-in-weather-forecasting.html https://www.democraticunderground.com/122867118# https://www.sciencecodex.com/um-led-experiment-closes-critical-gap-weather-forecasting-636420 http://healthmedicinet.com/um-led-experiment-closes-critical-gap-in-weather-forecasting/ https://www.brightsurf.com/news/article/120619498695/um-led-experiment-closes-critical-gap-in-weather-forecasting.html https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/uomr-uec120619.php...

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Register Now for Big Data Conference + VizUM Symposium 12/11/2019

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Register Now for Big Data Conference + VizUM Symposium 12/11/2019

Register Here! (Free)   The Center for Computational Science, in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences,  Miami Herbert Business School, and the School of Communication, invites you to the 4th annual Big Data Conference, joined by the annual data visualization celebration, VizUM. Participate in panel discussions on capacity building, and cybersecurity, and network with data visualization experts, south Florida private- and public-sector policy makers, entrepreneurs, educators, and researchers, and  healthcare providers. 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 an historic opportunity to gain an advantage over their competitors. Data Visualization is a burgeoning field of study at the University of Miami and other top academic research institutions. From devising app-based tools, to organizing vast scientific datum into bite-size morsels, data visualizers often begin their career journey as computer scientists, journalists, academic researchers, coders, or graphic designers. The common thread is that they have all developed a keen interest in recasting complex data in visually appealing ways to broaden the understanding of the world in which we live. Bringing data visualization to the Big Data Conference, the VizUM portion of the program will feature distinguished guest speaker Jessica Hullman, PhD, Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Journalism at Northwestern University, and Professor Alberto Cairo, PhD, Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami School of Communication, and Program Director, CCS Visualization.   Poster Presentations Data and Computational Scientists from the south Florida research community will display their posters on topics involving Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning/Deep Learning, Data Science Ethics and Policy, Data Analytics, and Big Data from 12:00 to 7:00 PM at the Newman Alumni Center.   Tentative Agenda 12:00 Registration and Poster Session 2:00 Break | Poster Judging Process 2:30 Keynote Lecture 3:15 PANEL Session “Digital Disruption" 4:30 Break 4:45 VizUM | Jessica Hullman 5:30 VizUM | Alberto Cairo 6:10 Prize for Best Poster | Reception Begins   Keynote Speaker Matthew Denesuk Senior Vice President, Data Analytics & AI | Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Technologist, scientist, and sometimes-business guy with a great desire to apply data, business theory, physics, and math to make the world work better, Matthew loves to develop and deploy new technology, and to grow organizational capability that can do it at scale. Patents Generating Estimates of Failure Risk for a Vehicular Component in Situations of High-Dimensional and Low Sample Size Data Generating Cumulative Wear-Based Indicators for Vehicular Components Amusement articles possessing microbe-inhibiting properties Bedding articles possessing microbe-inhibiting properties Busbars for electrically powered cells Data store for knowledge-based data mining system Degradable animal chewing article possessing enhanced safety, durability and mouth-feel Degradable plastics...

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Introduction to TRITON Workshop-Medical campus 12/13/2019

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Introduction to TRITON Workshop-Medical campus 12/13/2019

  The University of Miami has unleashed Triton to the research community. Using the same AI-optimized architecture as the world’s most powerful supercomputer, Triton is UM’s first GPU-accelerated HPC system, representing a new approach to computational and data science. Built using IBM Power Systems AC922 servers, Triton was designed to maximize data movement between the IBM POWER9 CPU and attached accelerators, enabling students, researchers, and analysts to explore new possibilities. The CCS Advanced Computing team is offering training sessions on TRITON at all three campuses. The training session will include information on how to create a new Triton account, utilize the pre-installed software, and best practices for using the new features on Triton for Deep Learning and Data Science. TRITON SPECS IBM Power9/Nvidia Volta – 6 Racks IBM declustered storage - 2 Racks 96 IBM Power 9 servers 30TB RAM (256/node) 1.2 Petaflop Double Precision 240 Tflop Deep Learning 64 bit scalar 100 GB/sec Storage 150 TB shared flash storage 400 TB shared home 2 @ 1.99 TB ssd local storage This is a hands-on session, so please bring a LAPTOP. Free and open to UM Faculty/Staff/Students Register Now Gables Campus session – Thursday, October 10, 2019 RSMAS Campus Session – Thursday, November 7, 2019, 12:00 to 2:00 PM, in SLAB 103 Medical Campus Session – Friday, December 13, 2019, 12:00 to 2:00 PM Don Soffer Clinical Research Center, Suite 710   PHOTOS by T.J. Lievonen       TRITON in the News . . . South Florida Business Journal "University of Miami installs $3.7M Supercomputer" Inside HPC  "IBM Deploys TRITON AI Supercomputer at University of Miami" HPC Wire "University of Miami Deploys $3.7M IBM Power System for AI,...

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Govtech.com features the LAND Tool as the Innovation of the Month!

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Govtech.com features the LAND Tool as the Innovation of the Month!

In GovTech.com's "Civic Innovation" section this month they feature the LAND (Land Access for Neighborhood Development) tool, a mapping platform developed with CCS' Software Engineering team for UM's Office of Civic and Community Engagement that visualizes the distribution of Miami’s underused properties to help identify potential development opportunities for affordable housing. As part of a partnership with MetroLab, the GovTech feature is part of a segment called the "MetroLab Innovation of the Month" series, which highlights impactful tech, data, and innovation projects underway between cities and universities. MetroLab’s Ben Levine and Stefania Di Mauro-Nava spoke with Robin Bachin, assistant provost for Civic and Community Engagement, and Jorge Damian de la Paz, senior program manager, both in the UM Office of Civic and Community Engagement; Michael Liu, director of the Miami-Dade County Public Housing and Community Development Department; and Annie Lord, executive director of Miami Homes for All.org, to learn more. Read the full conversation at govtech.com:  "Mapping Tool IDs Potential Land for Affordable Housing"...

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