Research and education technologies conference presentations now available online

January 11, 2011

Video of and PowerPoint slides from presentations at Purdue CI Days 2010—a two-day event focused on technology to enhance research, teaching and program funding—are now available online.

The presentations, which covered topics ranging from supercomputing for research to classroom tools making use of Facebook and Twitter feeds, are freely accessible at the CI Days website. The presentations can be accessed by clicking the Schedule and Presenters links atop the main CI Days 2010 Web page.

An Oscar-nominated visualization expert who helped animate a virtual tour of the universe and the former head of the nation’s chief science agency headlined the event, held in December on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus. Purdue CI Days 2010 highlighted how just about any faculty member, research staffer, or graduate student can benefit from cyberinfrastructure, or CI. In all, 242 people registered for the sessions, which were open to participants from any field.

The Web video and slides include panel discussions by cyberinfrastructure experts and by faculty CI users from a variety of fields covering such topics as:

  • Data intensive computation and storage with resources such as cutting-edge Community Cluster supercomputers and DiaGrid, a distributed computing pool of more than 30,000 processors available to any Purdue researcher.

  • Research and classroom visualization services at Purdue with facilities for creating 3-D images and animations, virtual worlds, motion capture, real-time satellite data acquisition for GIS applications, and more.

  • Tools for using CI in the classroom such as Hotseat, Mixable and Signals, which integrate student Facebook and Twitter posts into class discussions and project and track a student’s progress in a class to automatically offer assistance to those who need it before they reach a point of no return.

  • HUBzero, an easy way to build online research and teaching collaboration spaces with real computational tools useable in any Web browser. It’s like Facebook and YouTube for university researchers in one.

    Purdue CI Days 2010 was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and sponsored by ITaP and the Rosen Center for Advanced Computing, ITaP’s research computing arm.

    Writer: Greg Kline, science and technology writer, Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), 765-494-8167, gkline@purdue.edu

Originally posted: January 11, 2011