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Northwestern Computational Research Day 2018

The annual Computational Research Day will take place on April 10, 2018, in the Norris University Center on the Evanston Campus. Registration/Check-In will be in the Louis Lobby from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Please check back often for changes and updates to the agenda.


Time Event
8:00-9:00 a.m. Registration/Check-In and Continental Breakfast—Louis Lobby
8:30—9:45 a.m.


Serverless Cloud Computing with AWS S3 and Lambda—Northwestern A Room
Ryan Nix, Senior Systems Administrator; School of Education and Social Policy

Bayesian model fitting in Python with emcee—Northwestern Room B
Aaron Geller, Research Assistant Professor, CIERA; Senior Interactive Visualization Specialist, Northwestern IT Research Computing Services

Intro to Web GL for Visualization—Arch Room
Mike Cronin, Senior Visualization Specialist, NUIT Research Computing Services

Python: Intro to Numpy and SciPy—Lake Room
Marco Alsina, Post Doctoral Fellow, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
10:00—10:15 a.m.

Opening Address—Louis Room 
Adrian Randolph,  Dean of Weinberg College, WCAS Administration

10:15—11:15 a.m.

Keynote: At Home in a Storm of Stars: Observing, Simulating, and Pondering the Milky Way Galaxy—Louis Room

Shane Larson, Associate Director of CIERA (Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics) and WCAS Research Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy

11:15—11:30  a.m.


Poster Set-up and Judging

11:30 a.m. —12:15 p.m.

Learning Probabilistic Models for Graph Partitioning and Community Detection—Northwestern Room A
Aravindan Vijayaraghavan, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Analysis Animation: A New Paradigm for Exploring Population Omics Data—Lake Room 
Denise ScholtensChief of Biostatistics in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Professor of Preventive Medicine (Biostatistics) and Neurological Surgery

Mechanistic Modeling of the (Bio)Conversion of (Bio)Macromolecules—Arch Room
Linda Broadbelt, Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering; Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Poster Contest Judging—Louis Room 

Visualization Competition Winners' Presentations—Northwestern Room B

12:15 p.m.—1:30 p.m.

Lunch Provided for Registered Attendees—Louis Room

Poster Session and Competition —Louis Room 

1:30—2:30 p.m.

Guest Keynote in Computational Research: Code, Data, Statistics, and Implementation—Louis Lobby

Dr. Victoria Stodden, Associate Professor of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2:30—3:15 p.m.

Lightning Talks—Louis Room

Balloon-borne Observations of the Birth of Stars and Planets in Magnetized Galactic Clouds —Northwestern Room A
Giles Novak, Professor, Physics and Astronomy, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Leveraging computational processes and neuroimaging data to understand the developing human brain—Northwestern Room B
Elizabeth Norton, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Director of the Language, Education and Reading Neuroscience (LEARN) Lab

Using data to understand the social and systemic drivers of HIV—Lake Room
Michelle Birkett, Assistant Professor of Medical Social Sciences and Preventive Medicine

Birds of a Feather discussion:  Overcoming Data Management Challenge —Arch Room

3:15—3:30 p.m.


3:30—4:15 p.m.

Vision Science in Visualization—Northwestern Room B
Christie Nothelfer, PhD candidate, Brain, Behavior & Cognition program in the Department of Psychology

Good, Fast, Cheap: Applying the Iron Triangle to Big Data
—Lake Room
Justin Starren, Chief of Preventive medicine-health and Biomedical Informatics in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Professor of Preventive Medicine (Health and Biomedical Informatics) and Medical Social Sciences

Building Big Data to Measure Legal Bias—Arch Room
Kat Albrecht, PhD candidate, Department of Sociology; Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Statistical Signals Underlying Repeated Attempts That Lead to Success—Arch Room
Yian Yin, PhD candidate, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences; Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Birds of a Feather discussion:  Communicating Your Research Effectively—Northwestern Room A

4:15—5:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks, Awards Presentation and Researchers' Reception—Louis Room

Last Updated: 20 December 2018

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