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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Paolo Mantovani

Columbia Engineering
PhD Candidate in Computer Science
Paolo is a PhD student at Columbia University working with the System-Level-Design group under the supervision of Professor Luca Carloni. He  completed his M.S. degree in Electronic Engineering at "Politecnico di Torino" in 2010 and earned his  piano diploma at the Conservatory of Music L. Campiani in Mantova in 2007.As a master student in Torino Paolo focused on VLSI and process-variation-awaredesign. At Columbia University his research interests evolved to architectures for energy-efficient heterogeneous System-on-Chip and design methodologies,i ncluding high-level synthesis techniques and both FPGA and ASIC design flows.