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Keynote Speakers Announce Topics for RMACC’s High Performance Computing Symposium

     BOULDER, CO – Applications of high performance computing in cancer and other medical research, and overcoming gender bias in the HPC field are the topics for keynote speakers at the Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium’s 8th annual HPC Symposium August 7-9 in Boulder.

     Dr. Rick Stevens, a director of Argonne National Laboratory’s Exascale Computing Project, and Lorna Rivera, one of the nation’s rising young voices on diversity in the high performance computing field, will keynote the symposium, Aug. 7-9 at the Wolf Law Building on the campus of the University of Colorado Boulder.                                                                                      

     Stevens, who also is a professor at the University of Chicago, will speak on the 5 National Laboratories’ collaborative effort known as the Joint Design of Advanced Computing Solutions for Cancer.  His talk is titled,  “The Exascale Deep Learning and Simulation Enabled Precision Medicine for Cancer.”   Deep learning, he said, is finding applications in feature detection of key protein interactions at the molecular scale in predicting cancer response to treatments at the cellular level.

      Internationally known for his work in high-performance computing, collaboration and visualization technology, and for building computational tools and web infrastructures to support large-scale genome and metagenome analysis for basic science and infectious disease research, Stevens is the recipient of an HPCwire 2017 Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Award for developing and using deep learning tools to accelerate cancer research.

       Rivera has been a leader of and frequent presenter on an international study of gender-based selection bias. She will speak on the topic, “Breaking the Glass Ceiling:  Successfully Identifying and Addressing Selection Bias in a Student Program.”  She also plans to include preliminary findings from the study’s expansion to include members of underrepresented minorities in the HPC field.

       Rivera is a Research Scientist at the Georgia Tech Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC).   

       In addition to the keynoters, the HPC Symposium includes presentations from industry and educational leaders, and a wide array of panel discussions and tutorial sessions.  Several sessions are designed specifically for students and newcomers to high performance computing, providing the opportunity to learn about careers in the field.

      Registration (which includes parking) is $175 for all sessions, materials and meals.  Support from industry sponsors reduces registration fees for all students (graduate and undergraduate) to just $35.  Postdocs can register for $95, and a special “tutorials only” fee is $110.  All registrations include a Reception sponsored by HPE.

     The RMACC also sponsors a poster competition for students to showcase their research.  The winners receive all-expenses paid trips to the national Super Computing conference – SC18 – in Dallas, TX, in November.

To learn more about the HPC Symposium, how to enter the poster competition, or to register, visit the website at www.rmacc.org/hpcsymposium.