The new Frontiers in Computing Systems group,  part of Columbia’s Data Science Institute, is hosting an inaugural full-day symposium, with leading speakers and panelists, to highlight the advances and grand challenges in Big Data infrastructure:  extreme-scale computing systems (hardware, parallel computing, software, databases) and their application to solve diverse cutting-edge problems in climate and ocean science, population-scale biomedical informatics, genomics, materials science, neuroscience, astrophysics and engineering.

The symposium includes an exciting keynote by Ruchir Puri, the chief architect of IBM’s Watson system, on "Engineering the Future of Cognitive Systems."  Other speakers include those developing state-of-art high-performance parallel computers and large-scale Python-based software platforms, as well as experts on computational problems in climate science, astrophysics, and protein folding simulation.

The event will include a keynote talk, lunch, two talk presentation sessions, a networking and poster session, and a panel of experts with audience participation.


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Ryan Abernathey

Columbia University
Associate Professor
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Eran Agmon

Columbia University Biological Sciences
Postdoctoral Research Scientist
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Emilio Cota

Columbia Engineering
PhD Candidate in Computer Science
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Marc Gameroff

Columbia University
Assistant Professor
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Yipeng Huang

Columbia Engineering
PhD Candidate in Computer Science
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Yipeng Huang

Columbia University
Graduate Research Assistant
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Amirhos Imani

Columbia University
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Data Science Institute

Columbia University
Data Science Institute
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Weiwei Jiang

Columbia University, Computer Science Dept.
PhD student
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Ronald LaFleur

Clarkson University & CertainError
Associate Professor & Founder
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Rebecca Latto

Student Research Assistant
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Pierre-David Letourneau

Reservoir Labs
Senior Engineer
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Mordecai-Mark Mac Low

American Museum of Natural History
Curator & Professor
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Paolo Mantovani

Columbia Engineering
PhD Candidate in Computer Science


Rutgers University
Postdoctoral Fellow
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Fernanda Polubriaginof

Columbia University
PhD Candidate in Biomedical Informatics
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Iñigo Urteaga

Columbia Data Science Institute
Postdoctoral Research Scientist