ICPSR summer workshop on exploratory data mining — April 30 application deadline

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The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is putting on a workshop titled Exploratory Data Mining via SEARCH Strategies. Admission to the course is competitive and seating is limited. Apply through the ICPSR Summer Program Portal.

DESCRIPTION: This workshop provides an overview of current techniques in exploratory data mining for quantitative research in the social and behavioral sciences. Exploratory data mining uses computational methods on large amounts of data in order to construct predictive models of behavior, in contrast to the standard hypothesis testing of many standard statistical techniques. These data mining techniques can be used to model categorical choices, to classify groups, to discover patterns, and to model longitudinal data. Exploratory data mining techniques can be fruitful in most situations where categorical regression or many multivariate analytic techniques are used.

DATES AND TIME: June 8 – 12, 2015, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

LOCATION: Ann Arbor, Michigan

INSTRUCTOR: John J. McArdle, University of Southern California

FEES: There are no registration fees for accepted participants. The first ten (10) admitted workshop participants will receive a travel stipend of $500.

SPECIAL AWARDS: Those completing the course will be eligible to compete for two (2) $15,000 awards for innovative uses of SEARCH.

DEADLINE:The application deadline is April 30, 2015.

QUESTIONS?: Contact the ICPSR Summer Program at sumprog@icpsr.umich.edu or (734) 763-7400.

TACC Summer Supercomputing Institute application deadline — April 17

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The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) will host the ninth annual, five-day Summer Supercomputing Institute in Austin, Texas, from July 6 – July 10, 2015.

The deadline to apply for acceptance into the institute is April 17th. Visit the institute website for details on how to apply.

For more information about the TACC Summer Supercomputing Institute, please contact ssi@tacc.utexas.edu

The TACC Summer Supercomputing Institute will provide researchers with an intensive introduction to TACC’s computing resources. The Institute is appropriate for all levels of researchers, faculty, staff, and graduate students, from new users of advanced computing technologies to those who have research projects requiring powerful computing, visualization, storage, or software.

  • Applications Seminars: Leading computational researchers will discuss their work, including examples of how they are applying TACC’s resources.
  • One-on-one Consulting: During the Institute, TACC staff will assist participants in applying the techniques and technologies covered in the Institute to their own applications.
  • Researchers across Disciplines: Users across multiple disciplines are encouraged to apply, including Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biosciences, Computer Sciences, Cosmology, Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Mathematics, Nanosciences, and Physics
  • MSI Participation: TACC encourages participation from all Minority Serving Institutions, including Hispanic Serving Institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

TACC staff will deliver presentations and lead interactive labs focused on using TACC’s resources and technologies, including Stampede, Maverick and Lonestar.

XSEDE new user training — April 24

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The XSEDE new user training is a 90 minute webinar providing general overview and reference information for first-time users of XSEDE resources at any of XSEDE’s service providers. This session is particularly targeted at users who have just received their first allocation on XSEDE. It is not intended to teach programming, numerical methods, or computational science, but rather to provide a quick tour of what XSEDE has to offer.

Topics covered will include:

  • Overview of XSEDE resources and services
  • How to sign on to / access XSEDE systems and the Common User Environment
  • Moving data in and out of XSEDE
  • Basics of running jobs
  • XSEDE User Portal training and documentation resources
  • How to get help
  • Extended and Collaborative support
  • Software availability
  • Allocations

Significant time will be allotted for Q&A. This webcast is free, and open to all users or prospective users of XSEDE resources. Participants will receive instructions via email on how to access the webcast.

This session will begin at 1 p.m. Eastern time Friday, April 24th. XSEDE will provide certification through Moodle for course participation. Information related to certification will be provided during the training.

Visit the XSEDE User Portal to register.

Applications open for Open Science Grid workshops on high-throughput computing — May 1 deadline

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If you could access thousands, maybe millions of hours of computing, how would it transform your research? What discoveries might you make?

The Open Science Grid (OSG) User School 2015 is looking for  looking for students to apply for and attend the School, which will take place July 27-31 at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Students will learn to use high throughput computing (HTC) to harness vast amounts of computing power for research.

Through lectures, discussions, roleplays, and lots of hands-on work with OSG experts in HTC, students will learn how HTC systems work, how to run and manage many jobs and huge datasets to implement a full scientific computing workflow, and where to turn for help and more info.

Successful applicants will get financial support to attend the OSG School, covering all basic travel, hotel, and food costs.

Ideal candidates are science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduate students whose research demands large-scale computing. Applications from post-doctoral students, faculty, staff, and advanced undergraduates will also be considered


Application Period – OPEN NOW: 1 April – 1 May 2015
OSG User School: 27-31 July 2015


Web: http://www.opensciencegrid.org/UserSchool
Email: user-school@opensciencegrid.org

MICDE Seminar: B. Shanker, Michigan State University, on “Electromagnetics on subdivision surfaces” — April 8

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Computation of electromagnetic scattering from complex objects is typically accomplished as follows: (i) obtain a discrete representation of the geometry using standard meshing tools, (ii) define a basis set on the discrete geometry, and (iii) solve the resulting system of equations. Meshes used in the analysis are typically piecewise flat or locally higher order and continuous only interior to patches. This stands in stark contrast to powerful surface descriptions developed in the computer graphics community which entail higher order geometry processing that results in surfaces that are C2 everywhere or almost everywhere. In this talk, we will explore the exploitation of these features with the context of electromagnetic solver. Specifically, we will explore the use of subdivision surfaces within (a) isogeometric framework, (ii) classical higher order RWG basis functions, and (iii) generalized method of moments framework.

Electromagnetics on subdivision surfaces

2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 8
Cooley G906

Balasubramaniam Shanker is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University. Before coming to MSU in 2002, he was an assistant professor at Iowa State University from 1999-2002, and a visiting assistant professor at University of Illinois at Urbana from 1996-1999. He did postdoctorial research at Iowa State University, and has an M.S. and Ph.D from Pennsylvania State University. H also holds a B.S. from the Indian Institute of Technology.

U-M seeks data-science collaborators with Shanghai Jiao Tong University — April 20 deadline

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The U-M Office of Research is taking requests for proposals for collaborative research in applications of nanotechnology and data science as part of the University’s ongoing partnership with Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Details on the Call for Proposals, application form and additional information are available on the U-M Office of Research website.

Proposals are due by April 20, 2015, 5:00pm EST and must clearly demonstrate a synergistic collaborative program of UM and SJTU investigators.

Funding decisions will be announced in June 2015.  For questions or additional information, please contact: UMSJTU2015@umich.edu

Deadline nearing for XSEDE research allocation requests — April 15

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The deadline is April 15 for submitting requests for XSEDE allocations that would begin on June 1.

There have been several policy changes for this round of submissions, as well as new resources available, all of which are summarized on the XSEDE website.

XSEDE (the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) is an NSF-funded project offering compute resources to researchers across the country.

The XSEDE website also contains an overview of the allocation process.

INCITE webinars on proposal writing: April 9, May 27 — Call for proposals for INCITE allocations: April 15 – June 10

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The 2016 INCITE Call for Proposals opens April 15 and closes June 26. Through an annual call for proposals, the 2016 INCITE program will deliver more than five billion core hours of compute time on two of the nation’s most powerful high-performance supercomputers for fundamental research: the IBM Blue Gene/Q (Mira) systems at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), and the Cray XK7 (Titan) system at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF). Typical awards average around 75 million core-hours.

In preparation for the open call for proposals, the INCITE program invites you to participate in an INCITE Proposal Writing Webinar, offered on April 9, 2015, and repeated on May 27, 2015. Free and open to the public, the webinars will provide both prospective and returning users the opportunity to get specific answers to questions about how to write an effective INCITE proposal.

For more information, visit the INCITE website.