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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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Yipeng Huang

Columbia University
Graduate Research Assistant
Greater New York City Area
I am a PhD student at Columbia University doing research in computer architecture.

I currently conduct research in hybrid continuous-discrete computing. I am part of a team that is working to develop an architecture that would process real-world sensory input and solve systems of differential equations at higher speed and lower energy cost. Applications of such an architecture abound in computational robotics and simulations of physical models.