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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Rachel Somerville

Downsbrough Chair in Astrophysics, Rutgers University
Co-Lead, Galaxy Formation Group, Center for Computational Astrophysics, Simons Foundation

RACHEL SOMERVILLE is a Distinguished Professor and holds the George A. and Margaret M. Downsbrough Chair in Astrophysics in the Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy. She is jointly co-leading the Galaxy Simulations group at the Center for Computational Astrophysics in the Flatiron Institute of the Simons Foundation (NY). She was awarded the 2013 Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics for providing fundamental insights into galaxy formation and evolution using semi-analytic modeling, simulations and observations."  Her research interests are in galaxy formation, supermassive black holes, large scale structure of the universe, cosmology, and multi-wavelength surveys.