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Recent Advances at UM Level Up South Florida’s Technology Sector

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Recent Advances at UM Level Up South Florida’s Technology Sector

Excerpt from an article in the South Florida Business Journal (by Emon Reiser)   University of Miami's $3.7 million investment in a new supercomputer combined with AT&T's soon-to-be-installed, campus-wide 5G+ technology will propel the Coral Gables institution forward in solving highly complex problems. With the IBM-built "Triton" supercomputer installed earlier this year, UM can calculate long-term climate predictions for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weekly instead of monthly. That's among the 120 to 160 projects the supercomputer is being tapped to calculate. Read the full article here . ....

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Digital Trends interviews Dr. Tsinoremas on Cutting-Edge Supercomputing

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Digital Trends interviews Dr. Tsinoremas on Cutting-Edge Supercomputing

CCS Center Director Nick Tsinoremas appeared on the Digital Trends LIVE YouTube channel, and spoke about how cutting-edge supercomputing  will revolutionize research and accelerate innovation (starts at 56 min.).   About Digital Trends Digital Trends is a website, YouTube channel, and the largest independent premium technology publisher in the world. It is an award-winning multimedia brand that guides consumers to the best products and services available today—and uncovers the innovations that will shape their lives tomorrow. With more than 6 million social followers and a website that reaches 30 million worldwide, the brand interacts with more than 100 million people per month. They cover tech for the way you live: not just gadgets, but the powers they unlock in your life, the story of the people who made them, and the way they’re reshaping the world outside our window. Digital Trends filters the torrent of devices and innovation that surround us through a human lens that elevates experience above specs, hype, and marketing. The rapid pace of change creates a conversation that’s always engaging, entertaining, and challenging. You don’t have time to become an expert. But Digital Trends' goal is to help you feel like one. The publisher behind Digital Trends is Designtechnica Corp.  They also publish Digital Trends Español, and TheManual.com, and speak to a millennial audience about people, innovation, and the tech that’s changing their...

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UM will be first to Adopt AT&T’s 5G+ Service & Edge Technology

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UM will be first to Adopt AT&T’s 5G+ Service & Edge Technology

Imagine a magnified, computer-generated strand of DNA that could be viewed and manipulated by several students wearing spatial computing headsets; imagine sensors that can detect the slightest change in weather and send that information to phones and tablets to be processed in near real-time; imagine History students viewing some of the most iconic artworks from museums around the world at unprecedented fidelity with experts at their home institutions providing instruction, and, instead of it taking several minutes for a feature film or video game to load on students’ phones and tablets, that time would be shaved to seconds. These are some of the capabilities of 5G and Edge technology. “In collaboration with AT&T, the University of Miami will be able to support 5G using millimeter wave spectrum (“5G+”) and Edge technology on its Coral Gables campus, placing the University at the forefront of digital transformation impacting every field,” said Ernie Fernandez, Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for the University (pictured at right). “It will allow students, faculty, and staff to develop, test, and use the next generation of digital apps, including Magic Leap’s spatial computing platform, in new and exciting ways. “ The University recently signed an agreement with AT&T to become the company’s first college campus to adopt AT&T 5G+ and AT&T Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) technology. The term 5G refers to a larger cellular bandwidth that will deliver more data from the internet to wireless devices at a faster pace. This would help large data files like videos and graphics load quicker on phones and tablets, said Nick Tsinoremas, CCS Center Director. Jeffrey Duerk, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost (pictured below), said that the University's ability to pioneer this technology demonstrates its commitment to explorative pedagogies, digital scholarship, creative endeavors, science, technology, engineering, and math as part of the University’s Roadmap to Our New Century. “The computing power of your handheld device will increase tremendously by allowing really complicated applications and analyses to be performed at the edge and answers or solutions returned to your device as part of the 5G+ and Edge environment. The beautiful part also is the extension beyond to the arts and humanities. We are proud to be the pioneering University in this new arena,” Duerk added. In the next few months, AT&T will begin installing the infrastructure needed for 5G and Edge technology at the University of Miami, and a full installation should be complete by the spring. Access to the 5G+ network will be most optimal in high-traffic computing locations, such as at the College of Engineering and in the Ungar Building, at the Otto G. Richter Library, and in the School of Architecture, with plans to add more locations in the future, Fernandez said. “Combining 5G and edge technology at the University of Miami powers a new category of educational experiences that we haven’t seen before. Then when paired with Magic Leap, we can ultimately provide unprecedented digital learning and development opportunities,” said Anne Chow, CEO of AT&T Business (pictured at left). “These powerful next-generation networking solutions will help change how students learn, research and interact with the world around them. And, it will impact the way administrators conduct everything from campus operations to the safety of students.” The collaboration with AT&T came...

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Notification: Storage System Maintenance Begins 11/16 at 7AM

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Notification: Storage System Maintenance Begins 11/16 at 7AM

Start time: 16 Nov 2019 07:00 am EST End time: 16 Nov 2019 11:59 pm EST CCS systems including the Pegasus cluster, login nodes and storage systems will be under maintenance 7:00 am-11:59 pm EST,  Saturday,  11/16/2019. During this period we will be working on the integration of the Pegasus and Triton filesystems.  Any jobs running at the start of the maintenance period will be terminated. Jobs queued will run after the maintenance is completed. 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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Data Intersections: Ethics of Data, Technology, and Design 2/13/2020

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Data Intersections: Ethics of Data, Technology, and Design 2/13/2020

Register Now CCS is pleased to announce the guest speakers for Data Intersections 2020. Join us on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at the Newman Alumni Center 3:00-7:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Registration opens at 2:30 PM. Data Intersections is an annual symposium featuring speakers from the fields of data science, statistics, data journalism, and the digital humanities. The 2020 session theme is "Conversations About the Ethics of Data, Technology, and Design." Speakers include: Mike Monteiro @monteiro on the design of technologies, and Heather Krause @datassist on the ethics of data analysis and gender.     Speakers Otávio Bueno Professor and Chair, Philosophy Department, University of Miami Cooper Senior Scholar in Arts and Science Editor-in-Chief, Synthese Editor-in-Chief, Synthese Library Book Series Most of my work focuses on philosophy of science, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophy of logic. I have been trying to develop an empiricist view about science that is compatible with a nominalist view about mathematics and logic. Not an easy task, but one that has led me to explore also a number of fascinating and interrelated issues in metaphysics, epistemology and logic. Read more . . . Talk Title:  Data: Big and Small Data need to be obtained, stored, displayed, analyzed, interpreted, and shared. At each stage, ethical and epistemological issues emerge, often in intertwined ways. In some cases, the data that is needed cannot be obtained because it is ethically unacceptable to do so; and what can be obtained does not settle a number of pressing issues. Once obtained, some data contain sensitive information that needs to be safely stored. But how can this be done responsibly and effectively? There are often different ways of displaying and analyzing the same data, which opens up different interpretations. How can the accuracy of such interpretations be assessed and determined? Finally, data need to be shared in responsible ways, but often there are distinct mechanisms of disseminating the data, and misleading ways of doing so. In this talk, I will develop a framework to think about data, whether big or small, and consider these issues.     Heather Krause Founder of Datassist and We All Count Heather Krause, PStat, is a data scientist with over a decade of experience building tools that improve practices and systems. Heather is a statistician with years of experience working on complex data problems and producing real world knowledge. She has a strong love of finding data, analyzing it in creative ways and using cutting edge visualization methods to visualize the results. Her emphasis is on combining strong statistical analysis with clear and meaningful communication. She is currently working on implementing tools for equity and ethics in data. As the founder of two successful data science companies, she attacks the largest questions facing societies today, working with both civic and corporate organizations to improve outcomes and lives. Her relentless pursuit of clarity and realism in these projects pushed her beyond pure analysis to mastering the entire data ecosystem including award winning work in data sourcing, modelling, and data storytelling, each incorporating bleeding edge theory and technologies. Her work proves that data narratives can be meaningful to any audience from a boardroom to the front page. Heather is the founder of We All Count, a project for equity in data working with teams...

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Mapping the Vernacular Symposium 3/6/2020

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Mapping the Vernacular Symposium 3/6/2020

"Mapping the Vernacular" Symposium  Friday, March 6, 2020| 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM  Register Now Mapping the Vernacular: CCS Symposium in new approaches for community driven sustainable development in urban informal environments. In collaboration with the UM School of Architecture, the University of Miami Center for Computational Science (CCS) will host a half-day symposium on the application of new technologies to facilitate community driven sustainable development in urban informal environments. Through a recent pilot project—located in the community of Las Flores, an informal settlement in Barranquilla Colombia, and funded by the National Geographic Society, with additional support from Tecnoglass SA and the CCS—the symposium explores how new drone survey technologies can be used in conjunction with established participatory data gathering methods to rapidly gather and produce community prioritized information. The combined methodology encourages storytelling from both physical—the built and natural environment—and cultural perspectives in the communities. Products include digital 3D models, high-resolution scaled aerial imagery, maps, oral histories, a census style survey, a public participatory GIS system (P/PGIS), a novel urban design concept, and a model document for data sharing agreements and a data governance board. The project is based on the assumption that the cooperative collection, review and discussion of data combined with dissemination through stories and maps leads to opportunities for a more just and sustainable society. The Symposium will be held on Friday, March 6, 2020, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Watsco Center Multipurpose Room/Field House, 1245 Dauer Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33146. Light breakfast, lunch, and complimentary parking will be provided.  Directions   Who Should Attend Anyone interested in sustainable development, urban design, drone survey technologies, photogrammetry, geographic information systems (GIS), and community engagement with mapping and data collection projects.     Background By 2050 the United Nations estimates that 66 percent of the world population will be urban, and a large part of this urban population will join, or create new, informal communities in conditions of poverty. Nearly one billion people within this urban population currently live in such communities which are generally undocumented, lack land tenure, are comprised of non-durable or overcrowded housing, and are beyond the reach of government services and infrastructure. Challenges faced by residents include; lack of personal security, insufficient public health measures, and limited access to potable water sources. Additionally, residents of informal communities also face increased exposure to environmental hazards resulting in a greater risk for adverse health effects, particularly in children, as well as being in locations that are “highly vulnerable to natural disasters and are expected to experience the greatest impact of climate change” (UN 2014). Addressing such unplanned urban expansion is a principle challenge for sustainable development for the foreseeable future. During an approximate ten-month period from October 2018 to July 2019, the team worked to facilitate participatory data collection and mapping in Las Flores, Barranquilla Colombia. This informal settlement located at the mouth of the Magdalena River, and adjacent to the Ciénaga de Mallorquin (a lagoon on the Caribbean Sea), was established approximately 70 years ago. Initially founded as a worker’s camp and fishing community, it is largely built on landfill that continually extends further into the Ciénaga. Two-thirds surrounded by water, and otherwise adjacent to factories and industrial spaces, Las Flores is a residential island, separate by kilometers from other...

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Joseph Brancato to Keynote Smart Cities MIAMI Conference 3/26/2020

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Joseph Brancato to Keynote Smart Cities MIAMI Conference 3/26/2020

Conference Thursday 3/26 + Workshop Friday 3/27 Registration Now Open | $50 The 4th Annual Smart Cities MIAMI Conference + Workshop is at the forefront of smart cities concepts that involve the built environment, infrastructure, embedded technology, responsive landscapes, autonomous vehicles, traffic and transportation, and promotes well-being at a city scale.  Join the conversation and be a part of Miami’s leading smart cities event. Day 1 Conference registration opens at 9:00 AM. Event Times:  9:30 AM - 6:00 PM. Keynote Speaker CCS and the School of Architecture are pleased to announce the Smart Cities MIAMI 2020 Keynote Speaker is Joseph Brancato, FAIA, NCARB, Vice Chairman, Gensler. Joe is a Managing Principal for Gensler’s Northeast and Latin America Regions, with offices in: New York; Morristown, NJ; Boston; Toronto; San José, Costa Rica; São Paulo; Mexico City; and Bogotá consisting of over 1,300 professionals. He is Vice Chairman of the firm’s Board of Directors, for which he sits on the Executive & Governance Committee and the Global Practice Committee. With vision and focus, Joe has led Gensler into new markets, providing leadership to the architecture, urban planning and design studios. He provides thought leadership and regularly speaks on topics such as the impact of driverless cars and ride-sharing on urban planning and development, designing future cities, experience-driven design, and the urbanization of suburbia. Joe is also active in talent development and mentoring, having shaped Gensler’s gconnect program, which focuses on professional development for next-generation leaders in the firm. Engaged in professional outreach, he is an active member of the AIA (American Institute of Architects), NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Properties), ULI (Urban Land Institute), Urban Design Forum, and CoreNet Global. He is a registered architect in 23 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. Joe holds Bachelor Degrees in Architecture and Urban Studies from the University of Maryland. Join us on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus at the Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center, 1223 Theo Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146.   Exhibitor Spaces Apply now to be an exhibitor. Exhibitor spaces are free, but limited. Exhibitor benefits include: • Two (2) complimentary passes Free tickets to Smart Cities Conference • Feature in the Program Booklet (distributed to all Conference attendees) to include photo, logo, exhibit description, website, and contact information . • Exposure to leading smart cities experts, academics, researchers, local policy makers, inventors, and enthusiasts   Sponsorship Opportunities Smart Cities Miami 2020 also offers Sponsorship Opportunities with varying benefit packages. Benefits are based on sponsorship level and may include: • Recognition in all collateral, electronic communications, and signage • Recognition on smartcities.miami.edu, on event signage, and in program booklet • Free passes to Smart Cities Miami 2020 2020 Sponsorship Packet + Opportunities  | Questions may be directed to 305.243.4976.   Program Booklet Ads Program Booklet ads are full-color, and come in 2 sizes.  Complimentary ad design is available if needed. • FULL (single) page (8.5” x 8.5”) $250 • DOUBLE page spread (17.0” x 8.5”) $500 Program Booklet Showcase Flyer + Opportunities  | See the Smart Cities MIAMI 2019 booklet for ad samples.   Day 2 Workshop Day 2 of Smart Cities Miami (3/27/2019) is a Workshop (by invitation only). The Workshop "Adapting Traditional Principles with New Technologies" will be led by Mike Sarasti, CIO and Director of Innovation and Technology for the City...

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Major Update to LINCS Data Portal 2.0 with New Functionalities

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Major Update to LINCS Data Portal 2.0 with New Functionalities

The Library of Integrated Network-Based Cellular Signatures (LINCS) is an NIH Common Fund program with the goal of generating a large-scale and comprehensive catalogue of perturbation-response signatures by utilizing a diverse collection of: Perturbations (e.g. chemical, genetic, disease state) Model Systems (e.g. cell lines, differentiated cells, embryonic stem cells) and Sssay Types (e.g. gene expression, protein expression, epigenetic modification, imaging) Currently in Phase 2, LINCS consists of six Data and Signature Generation Centers (DSGCs) and one Data Coordination and Integration Center (DCIC) that together have produced over 400 datasets and over 50 analytical tools focusing on the deeper understanding of complex diseases and the development of novel and effective therapies. In this first major update of the portal (available at http://lincsportal.ccs.miami.edu/signatures), substantial changes in both the data architecture, and the user interface, are being introduced to enable a deeper exploration of the LINCS data, and to support new integrative and analytical capabilities for both computational and non-computational researchers. The cornerstone of this update has been the decision to reprocess all high-level LINCS datasets and make them accessible at the data-point level enabling users to directly access and download any subset of signatures across the entire library independent from the originating source, project or assay. Access to the individual signatures also enables the newly implemented signature search functionality, which utilizes the iLINCS platform to identify conditions that mimic or reverse gene set queries. And a newly designed query interface enables global metadata search with autosuggest across all annotations associated with perturbations, model systems, and signatures. LINCS is a project by CCS Drug Discovery Program Director Dr. Stephen Schürer and his team.  Read the whole update at Oxford Academic's Nucleic Acids Research Journal (NAR).   About NAR Nucleic Acids Research ( NAR ) publishes the results of leading edge research into physical, chemical, biochemical and biological aspects of nucleic acids and proteins involved in nucleic acid metabolism and/or interactions. It enables the rapid publication of papers under the following categories: Chemistry and synthetic biology; Computational biology; Gene regulation, chromatin and epigenetics; Genome integrity, repair and replication; Genomics; Molecular biology; Nucleic acid enzymes; RNA and Structural biology. A Survey and Summary section provides a format for brief reviews. The first issue of each year is devoted to biological databases, and an issue in July is devoted to papers describing web-based software resources of value to the biological community. CITE:  Vasileios Stathias, John Turner, Amar Koleti, Dusica Vidovic, Daniel Cooper, Mehdi Fazel-Najafabadi, Marcin Pilarczyk, Raymond Terryn, Caty Chung, Afoma Umeano, Daniel J B Clarke, Alexander Lachmann, John Erol Evangelista, Avi Ma’ayan, Mario Medvedovic, Stephan C Schürer, LINCS Data Portal 2.0: next generation access point for perturbation-response signatures, Nucleic Acids Research, 11/08/2019, gkz1023, https://doi.org/10.1093/nar/gkz1023...

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Application Deadline for CCS Fellows Program is TODAY! 10/15/2019

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Application Deadline for CCS Fellows Program is TODAY! 10/15/2019

CCS Fellows Program 2019-2020 PLEASE NOTE: The application deadline has been extended to Tuesday, October 15, 2019.    Collaborate, Grow, Stand Out 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.  This is a prestigious designation awarded to selected students. It is offered to two undergraduate students and two graduate students per year. Students from any of UM’s Schools and Colleges may apply. CCS Fellows develop their computational skills and expand their research experience under the guidance of two mentors. Both mentors are faculty members: The first is the student’s research adviser, and the second is identified by the CCS Fellows program and provides the computational research expertise. All Fellows have the opportunity to use CCS’s Advanced Computing facilities for their research, and to work closely with CCS faculty and staff. No stipend is offered, but there is a cash prize at the end. Competitive applicants have some experience in a computational setting, and are able to outline a cross-disciplinary project that they would like to pursue. The project details do not need to be clearly defined at the time of application, however, the disciplines that would come together in the project should be clearly stated.   Application Process, Materials, and Timeline Applicants are required to submit a completed Application Form, accompanied by: a transcript a CV, and in the case of graduate students, a support letter from their academic mentor. Applications for 2019-2020 session are open.  The Steering Committee will meet within one week of the closing of applications to choose the CCS Fellows. The announcement will be emailed to offices of Undergraduate Research, Graduate Office (UM, Med Sch, RSMAS, CoE, CAS), and to student groups at CoE, CAS, Med School, and RSMAS. Media Relations will help publicize it internally (NEWS@TheU, etc.), and via student media. Submit a completed application with all supporting documents via email to ccsengagement@miami.edu.  Click here for Program Guidelines. REMINDER: The deadline for applications has been extended to Tuesday, October 15, 2019.    Selection Criteria Student must have computational skills sufficient to get started on the proposed The proposed project integrates ideas from more than two disciplines, one of which must be new to the student. Graduate students should have a well-formulated, achievable research question that is in line with their academic mentor’s letter of support. Graduate students need a support letter from their academic advisor or PI. Application must be complete, and must be well written, well organized, and thoroughly thought out. Previous research experience is not requisite, but is an advantage. Student must be in good standing with the...

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SSI Lecture Series presents “Gigabytes for Good” 11/1/2019

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SSI Lecture Series presents “Gigabytes for Good” 11/1/2019

Gigabytes for Good Friday, 11/1/2019, 3-4:30 PM | Otto G. Richter Library 3rd Floor Conference Room, 1300 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 Can data science promote opportunity, equality, and equity? Hear from three distinguished speakers focused on research that addresses these issues. Please RSVP This event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.   Nick Petersen Assistant Professor, Sociology, College of Arts & Sciences Nick and his team are working to improved facial-recognition technology by making it more demographically inclusive. Robert Latham Associate Director, School of Law’s Children & Youth Law Clinic Robert utilizes data science to uncover disturbing and promising patterns of use in Florida’s foster care System. Lynn K. Perry Assistant Professor, Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences Lynn uses automated measures of speech in social contact to facilitate the language development of bilingual children with disabilities.   This lecture is part of a series presented by the Center for Computational Science Social Systems Informatics (SSI) group. SSI focuses on understanding of the nature of social interaction using the techniques and methods of data science.  For more information, visit ccs.miami.edu/ssi, email ccs@miami.edu, or call 305.243.4962.   Richter Library Visitor Parking in...

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