Talk and Panel Discussion: Multi-messenger Astrophysics - Challenges and Opportunities in Big Data and Computing

Talk and Panel Discussion: Multi-messenger Astrophysics - Challenges and Opportunities in Big Data and Computing

Event Title:   Multi-messenger Astrophysics: Challenges and Opportunities in Big data and Computing
  
Summary Sentence:  a talk...

Date

July 14, 2014 - 10:00am

Location

Klaus 1116 West
Event Title:   Multi-messenger Astrophysics: Challenges and Opportunities in Big data and Computing
  
Summary Sentence:  a talk on multi-messenger astrophysics challenges and opportunities in big data and computing followed bya panel discussion on multi-messenger astronomy and other drivers for a National Data Service
 
Event Description:  Come join us for a talk by NCSA Director Ed Seidel followed by a panel discussion
AGENDA
2:00 -3:00 Ed Seidel’s talk  title "Computing and Data Challenges for Multi-Messenger Astronomy”
3:00-3:15 Coffee Break
3:15-4:00 Panel Discussion “Big Data and the National Data Service”
Panelists: Gab Allen, David Bader, Ed Seidel, John Wise and Srinivas Aluru

TALK INFORMATION
SPEAKER:  H. Edward Seidel, NCSA Director
 
TITLE:  Computing and Data Challenges for Multi-Messenger Astronomy
 
ABSTRACT:  Multi-messenger astronomy, that is, the ability to view and understand the universe though multiple "messengers" (e.g., gravitational waves, electromagnetic (including optical, infrared and radio), neutrinos, and cosmic rays), along with models and simulations will bring a revolution in our understanding of the universe and its constituents.  Each one of these fields is itself undergoing a revolution. In isolation, each may lead to Nobel Prize caliber discoveries in the coming decade; combining them for comprehensive understanding of great mysteries is where the true Grand Challenges of the Universe lie --- to answer fundamental questions such as what is a gamma-ray burst, or what is dark energy. I will describe basic concepts of multi-messenger approaches to astronomical observation and simulation, and describe the tremendous computing challenges these approaches bring.
 
BIO:  NCSA Director, H. Edward Seidel is a distinguished researcher in high-performance computing and relativity and astrophysics, with an outstanding track record as a researcher and administrator. In addition to leading NCSA, he is also a Founder Professor in the University of Illinois, Department of Physics, and a Professor in the Department of Astronomy. His previous leadership roles include serving as the Senior Vice President of Research and Innovation at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow, directing the Office of Cyberinfrastructure, and serving as Assistant Director for Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the U.S. National Science Foundation, and leading the Center for Computation & Technology at Louisiana State University.
 
Seidel is a fellow of the American Physical Society, and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. His research has been recognized by a number of awards, including the 2006 IEEE Sidney Fernbach Award. He earned a master’s degree in physics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1983, and a doctorate in relativistic astrophysics at Yale University in 1988.

PANEL INFORMATION
PANELISTS:  Gab Allen, David Bader, Ed Seidel, John Wise and Srinivas Aluru
 
TITLE:  Big Data and National Data Center Panel

DESCRIPTION: 
A discussion about opportunities for partnering on multi-messenger astronomy, and other drivers of big data and high performance computing, including their impact on a National Data Service.
 
PANEL BIOS
Gabrielle Allen
Gabrielle Allen is a  Full Professor of Astronomy at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and the Associate Director for Computational Research and Education Programs at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.  She received her Ph.D.  in computational astrophysics from Cardiff University in 1993.
 
David Bader
David A. Bader is a Full Professor and Chair of the School of Computational Science and Engineering, College of Computing, at Georgia Institute of Technology, and Executive Director of High Performance Computing. He received his Ph.D. in 1996 from The University of Maryland, and his research is supported through highly-competitive research awards primarily from NSF, NIH, DARPA, and DOE.
 
Ed Seidel
NCSA Director, H. Edward Seidel is a distinguished researcher in high-performance computing and relativity and astrophysics with an outstanding track record as a researcher and administrator. In addition to leading NCSA, he is also a Founder Professor in the University of Illinois, Department of Physics, and a Professor in the Department of Astronomy.
 
John Wise
John Wise is an Assistant Professor in the School of Physics at Georgia Institute of Technology.  He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2007.  His research is in computational cosmology, including high performance computing to understanding the first stars and galaxies.
 
Srinivas Aluru
Srinivas Aluru is a Professor in the School of Computational Science and Engineering within the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. He conducts research in high performance computing, bioinformatics and systems biology, combinatorial scientific computing, and applied algorithms.
 

Contact Person: Della Phinisee, della@cc.gatech.edu

Invited Audience (Staff/Faculty, Student, Public):Public
Group Posting (CoC, School of…, GT): CoC, CSE, GT