ATLANTA — Researchers, students, faculty and experts from inside and outside Georgia State University gathered Sept. 28 and 29 for Scientific Computing Day, a symposium hosted by the staff behind the university’s Advanced Research Computing Technology and Innovation Core (ARCTIC).
The event gave researchers a chance to present their groundbreaking work, brainstorm new ideas with colleagues and learn about the latest developments in computing. It also served as an arena for fostering collaboration among people at Georgia State and its affiliates.
“Our goal is not only to show people new research happening at Georgia State, but to engage them to think about how they can use computational science to enhance their research,” said Suranga Edirisinghe, ARCTIC’s founder and associate director. “We want to give scientists a new toolset —scientific simulations — so they can explore phenomena that are otherwise not yet possible to observe using theory or experiment, as well as connect them with colleagues who may have expertise doing so and who can help them think in new ways.”
The two-day event began with a hands-on workshop on the fundamentals of the Internet of Things (IoT) and a course on how to program simple websites to display charts and datasets. The second day brought presentations, a poster session and awards.
Speakers on Sept. 29 came from institutions across the country as well as from a host of disciplines. They included Ashwin Ashok, associate professor in Georgia State’s Department of Computer Science; Sergey Plis, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at the TReNDs Center; Nathan Kutz, the Robert Bolles and Yasuko Endo professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Washington; and Dror Walter, assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Georgia State. Mark Thomas from DELL-EMC and Kurt Schmidt from NVIDIA also gave overviews of emerging technologies.
A panel discussion on advancements in image analysis techniques also brought together a range of perspectives from university experts, including Berkay Aydin, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science; Jeffrey Glover, associate professor in the Department of Anthropology; Ming Luo, professor in the Department of Chemistry; Jingyu Liu, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science; and moderator Jordan Hamm, assistant professor in Neuroscience.
More than 20 researchers also gave lighting talks and presented posters on their unique work. At the end of the day, three were honored as winners in the poster competition.
“We are glad to be back in person for this event,” Edirisinghe said. “And we are grateful to all who helped make it such a success.”
To learn more about this year’s Scientific Computing Day and see previous event agendas, visit arctic.gsu.edu/training/scd. For more information about ARCTIC, visit arctic.gsu.edu or email firstname.lastname@example.org.