Colloquia Series

The NCSA Colloquia series was launched in fall 2014 to bring leaders in big data, big computing, and big research to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to enlighten and spark innovation among researchers and students of all disciplines. These events are free and the entire campus community is welcome to attend. Video is available after each talk.

Please join us for a brief reception at 10:15am in the NCSA atrium followed by the colloquium in the auditorium.

Please join us for a brief reception at 10:15am in the NCSA atrium followed by the colloquium in the auditorium.

We live in times of increasing pressure on the federal government and—in general—decreasing public confidence in the value of scientific research. And, to top it off, many college and university CFOs believe that computing is a utility, a cost center, and something best outsourced to the lowest cost provider. Thus, it is important to justify the value of advanced cyberinfrastructure on the basis of scientific benefits (including number of publications), quality of life, the inherent value of understanding our world, and the many potential benefits that happen years to decades after a discovery in basic science. But, what do we do when someone demands that we explain the value of scientific research or scientific cyberinfrastructure in dollars and cents. Well, in that case, we explain the value of what we do in terms of dollars and cents. The most obvious accounting metric—Return on Investment (ROI)—is the amount of return on an investment relative to the cost. In this talk we will discuss the following topics: 1) ROI for the federal government on its investment in the eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE); 2) ROI for campus investments in campus infrastructure, using data from IU; 3) an explanation of the new XDMoD Value Analytics module being developed to aid any campus in assessing the ROI of its investments in cyberinfrastructure; 4) some thoughts about the appropriate mix of use of national and local resources by researchers in the U.S.

Please join us for a brief reception at 10:15am in the NCSA atrium followed by the colloquium in the auditorium.


Past Speakers

  1. watch the video presentation

    What We Have Learned about using Software Engineering Practices in Scientific Software

    Jeffrey Carver, University of Alabama

    presented December 9, 2016

  2. watch the video presentation

    Big Data Visual Analysis

    Chris Johnson, University of Utah

    presented November 4, 2016

  3. watch the video presentation

    The Role of Emerging Technology in Reducing Windstorm Impacts

    Forrest Masters, University of Florida

    presented October 28, 2016

  4. watch the video presentation

    Archiving Capacity and Data Infrastructure: Holes, Goals, Roles and Responsibility

    Margaret Hedstrom, University of Michigan

    presented October 14, 2016

  5. watch the video presentation

    Not on the Shelves: What Nonexistent Books, Tools, and Courses Can Tell Us about Ourselves

    Greg Wilson, Software Carpentry

    presented September 23, 2016

  6. watch the video presentation

    Future of Architectures and Artificial Intelligence

    Larry Smarr, Calit2

    presented September 16, 2016

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