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OSU hosts inaugural CADRE conference for advanced digital research

Fri, April 07, 2017
The CADRE conference April 11-12 will cover a variety of computational research tools including data visualization. OSU students work in the McCasland Foundation Data Visualization Studio in Edmon Low Library.

The Coalition for Advancing Digital Research and Education (CADRE) will hold its inaugural conference at the Wes Watkins Center on the campus of Oklahoma State University April 11-12. Admission is free for all computational and data-driven researchers, aspiring researchers, faculty, students and staff in higher educational institutions throughout the region as well as K-12 educational facilitators.

The conference is the product of an ongoing collaboration between the OSU High Performance Computing Center (HPCC), a division of the OSU Vice President for Research, and OSU Libraries’ Research Data Services to bring additional research computing resources and training to the OSU campus. This successful partnership inspired the formation of CADRE, a multidisciplinary, campus-wide initiative to build a comprehensive and collaborative environment for OSU’s computational and data-intensive researchers.

“In the academic research environment, there is a growing reliance on advanced computing and digital resources, but researchers sometimes have difficulty locating these resources, if they even learn of them at all,” said Dr. Dana Brunson, OSU assistant vice president for research cyberinfrastructure and OSU HPCC director. “The CADRE conference provides a prime opportunity for researchers, librarians and cyberinfrastructure professionals to come together and discuss these resources, which can result in better, faster and more thorough research as well as produce new and exciting collaborations.”

A networking reception and poster session is set for April 11, with the conference’s main activities on April 12 from 8 a.m.--4:30 p.m. at Wes Watkins Center. John Towns, executive director for science and technology at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), will be the featured speaker on April 12. The plenary speaker, Kelly Gaither, serves as director of visualization at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas in Austin. 

Other conference events include a series of afternoon breakout sessions from researchers and educational facilitators throughout the region. A breakout session for K-12 facilitators will include two of Oklahoma’s regional STEM alliances and the 2017 National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing awards ceremony for the Oklahoma region, which recognizes high school girls with an interest in computing.

The conference also features a vendor exposition to connect regional researchers with industry leaders and resource providers, including Intel, the conference’s Gold sponsor, which has a long history of contributing to community and open-source initiatives benefitting research computing.