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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Sankar Basu

National Science Foundation (CISE/CCF)
Program Director
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Mary C. Boyce

Columbia University
Dean of Engineering, Morris A. and Alma Schapiro Professor,...
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Leslie Greengard

Professor, Courant Institute, NYU
Director, Center for Computational Biology, Simons Foundation...
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Sitharthan Kamalakaran

Columbia University
Director of Bioinformatics, Institute for Genomic Medicine
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Martha Kim

Columbia University
Associate Professor of Computer Science
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Peter Kogge

McCourtney Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame
Emu Technology, Chief Scientist and Founder
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Kyle Mandli

Columbia University
Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics
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Mark Moraes

D.E. Shaw Research
Head of Engineering
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Steven Nowick

Columbia University
Professor of Computer Science; Chair, Frontiers in Computing Systems...
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G. Michael Purdy

Columbia University
Executive Vice President for Research; Professor of Earth &...
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Ruchir Puri

IBM Research
Chief Architect of IBM Watson, IBM Fellow.
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Gavin Schmidt

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
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Rachel Somerville

Downsbrough Chair in Astrophysics, Rutgers University
Co-Lead, Galaxy Formation Group, Center for Computational...
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Brad Spiers

Micron Technology
Principal Solutions Architect
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Nicholas Tatonetti

Columbia University
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics (in System Biology and...
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Peter Wang

Continuum Analytics
CTO and Co-Founder
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Renata Wentzcovitch

Columbia University
Professor of Materials Science, and Earth and Environmental Sciences