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HAKIZUMWAMI BIRALI RUNESHA, PH.D

Topic: Reproducibility of published scientific research in HPC: Myth or reality?


Hakizumwami Birali Runesha Associate Vice President, Research Computing Center (RCC) at The University of Chicago. He is the current President of the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation (GLCPC)-USA, member of Rwanda’s National Council of Science and Technology and founding member of Intel and Lenovo’s Project Everyscale, an exascale visionary council. Dr Runesha is a former Director of Scientific Computing and Applications at the University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, Research Associate at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Kinshasa. Dr. Runesha serves as principal investigator on multiple funded research grants and has more than 28 years of experience in high performance computing, Big data and scientific software development. His research interests are in parallel computing, sparse numerical libraries, AI/Deep learning, finite element analysis and design optimization in engineering. See more...

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PAOLA BUITRAGO

Topic: Accelerating AI for Data-Driven Scientific Discovery

Paola A. Buitrago leads the Artificial Intelligence and Big Data group at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), which is a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. Her group is focused on advancing and supporting the convergence of High Performance Computing (HPC), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data. Paola is the principal investigator (PI) for the upcoming NSF-funded ($5M) Neocortex, a specialized supercomputer that is designed to revolutionize national AI-enabled research by incorporating specialized AI-hardware (Cerebras CS-1). She is also PI for Open Compass, a new platform for AI research on emerging hardware and software technologies, enabling the development of advanced algorithms and modeling approaches, and co-PI for Bridges and Bridges-2, two large multipurpose supercomputers at PSC. Bridges-2 ($10M) will be deployed by PSC in late 2020. Paola’s diverse background includes research in deep learning, large scale data, and workflow management for high energy physics experiments at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Paola’s academic background includes a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelors in Systems and Computing Engineering. She holds a Masters from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. See more...

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NICHOLAS NYSTROM

Topic: Accelerating AI for Data-Driven Scientific Discovery

Nicholas A. Nystrom is Chief Scientist at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), which is a joint research center of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the University of Pittsburgh, and Visiting Research Physicist at CMU. He is architect and principal investigator (PI) for PSC's Bridges ($21.9M award to date) supercomputer, which pioneered the convergence of HPC, AI, and Big Data, as well as for Bridges-2 ($10M acquisition), which introduces new innovations and much greater capacity to support rapidly evolving research, particularly research involving HPC, AI, and Data. Bridges and Bridges-2 are supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and are available at no cost for research and education. Nicholas is also PI for the Human BioMolecular Atlas Program (HuBMAP) central Infrastructure and Engagement Component, which is developing a map of tissues in the human body at single-cell resolution. HuBMAP is a collaboration currently involving over 50 institutions worldwide and supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is co-PI for its upcoming Neocortex AI system and co-PI for Open Compass, which is exploring the potential of emerging AI technologies for research applications. Nicholas also leads projects to enable sharing and reproducing computer architecture simulations and for sharing data and tools relating to coastal water modeling.See more...

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ALBA CRISTINA MELO

Topic: Parallel Biological Sequence Comparison in GPU Clusters


Alba Cristina Magalhaes Alves de Melo obtained her PhD in Computer Science from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG), France, in 1996. Since 1997, she works at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Brasilia, Brazil, where she is now Full Professor and Vice-Head of the Department. She is also a CNPq Research Fellow level 1C. Prof. Melo is Senior Member of the IEEE Computer Society and the Chair of the IEEE Professional Chapter - Computer Society - in IEEE Center-North Region, Brazil. From 2015 to 2019, she was member of the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions of Parallel and Distributed Systems and she is currently member of the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Computers. She was Vice Program Chair of IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS) 2019 and she is co-General Chair of the IEEE International Workshop on High Performance Computational Biology (HiCOMB). She has served as Program Committee Member in many prestigious conferences such as IPDPS, Supercomputing, ICPP, ICS, Euro-Par, CCGrid, ISC, SBAC-PAD and HiPC. See more...