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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Peter Wang

Continuum Analytics
CTO and Co-Founder

PETER WANG is the Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Continuum Analytics.  He has been developing commercial scientific computing and visualization software for over 15 years, across a broad variety of areas, including 3D graphics, geophysics, financial risk modeling, large data simulation and visualization, and medical imaging. 


Peter's interests in the fundamentals of vector computing and interactive visualization led him to found Continuum Analytics, where he primarily works on product engineering and software architecture for Bokeh, Blaze, and the Anaconda platform. As a creator of the PyData conference, he devotes time and energy to growing the Python data community, and advocating and teaching Python at conferences worldwide.  Peter has a B.A. in Physics from Cornell University.  Before co-founding Continuum Analytics in 2011, Peter spent seven years at Enthought designing and developing applications for a variety of companies, including investment bankers, high-frequency trading firms, oil companies, and others. In 2007, Peter was named Director of Technical Architecture and served as client liaison on high-profile projects. Peter also developed Chaco, an open-source, Python-based toolkit for interactive data visualization.  

My Speakers Sessions

Friday, March 24