Volume 2, Issue 6, June 4, 2015
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GIS Expert Studies Flow of Energy in Urban Ecosystems
Rob GrahamSince earning a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of North Carolina and a master’s degree in Geographic information Science (GIS) from the University of Denver, Robert Graham has been lending his knowledge and expertise in these areas to the Urban Metabolism Baselines Project. Initiated by the California Center for Sustainable Communities (CCSC) at UCLA, this project aims to describe and analyze the flows of materials, energy and waste within the Los Angeles County, but it plans to extend to other urban environments in the future.

Prior to joining the CCSC as a Web GIS Programmer, Graham worked for several years in spatial data production and GIS consulting. He helped non-profits and public interest groups develop websites, build data architectures and use geospatial data, like land parcels, street address and postal codes, to create interactive maps.  Read the full story here.

News & Publications

UCLA Code For the Mission Contest - Deadline Extended to June 15th!

The Office of Intellectual Property and the Office of Information Technology announce the Second Annual UCLA “Code for the Mission” App Competition. The goal of the competition is to encourage the UCLA community (Faculty, Staff and Students) to develop mobile apps (both native and web-based) that further UCLA’s mission of Research, Education and Service. Each year we will have three contest categories that will match our three tiered mission.

UCCSC Proposal Submissions Now Open!

The University of California Computing Services Conference (UCCSC) 2015 will be held in Riverside, the City of Arts and Innovation. The conference will run from August 16th, opening with a Sunday welcome reception event and closing on Tuesday August 18th.

Proposal submissions are now open! UC Riverside will be accepting proposals April 28th to June 5th. Our theme is “In a Cloud of Our Own”. Proposed focus tracks include “web”, “research & data” “IT service management”, instructional design”, and “cloud computing”. Presenters are not limited to these tracks and we understand a proposal may span multiple tracks.


Now Accepting Applications for SDSC Summer Institute (SI) 2015: HPC for the Long Tail of Science

The Summer Institute will provide a week long education and training program in High Performance and Data Intensive Computing. The program will deploy a flexible format designed to help attendees get the most out of their week.

The first half of the Summer Institute will consist of plenary sessions covering essential skills including data management, running jobs on SDSC resources, reproducibility, database systems, characteristics of big data, and techniques for turning data into knowledge, software version control and making effective use of hardware. This will be followed by a series of parallel sessions that allow attendees to dive deeper into specialized material that is relevant to their research projects and covering topics in SPARK, Parallel Computing, Performance Optimization, Predictive Analytics, Scalable Data Management, Visualization, Workflow Management, GPUs/CUDA and Python for Scientific Computing.

A limited number of room and board scholarships are available. Participants are encouraged to apply early.


2016 INCITE Call for Proposals

INCITE issues an annual call for proposals of high-impact, computationally intensive research campaigns in a broad array of science, engineering, and computer science domains. Individuals and teams of researchers from academia, national laboratories, and industry are eligible to apply, and awards of one, two, or three years are granted. If you answer "yes" to the following questions, INCITE may be right for you:
  • Is your science campaign outpacing the computing resources available to you?
  • Do you have a long-term vision for your research campaign, over a period of years rather than months?
  • Can your workflow and data management strategies allow you to effectively use an INCITE-sized award?
INCITE awards are large-often one hundred times greater than more generally available allocation programs-and a limited number of projects are selected each year. Campaigns chosen by the INCITE program typically cannot be performed anywhere else and require extremely large high-performance computing (HPC) systems, large awards of time, very large memory, or other unique LCF architectural infrastructure to succeed.

INCITE supports research that answers high-impact, key scientific or technical questions or points to new areas of research. Accomplishments by INCITE researchers are frequently seen in Nature, Science, and other highly visible journals.


IDRE-related Lectures, Seminars & Colloquia

NASKO 2015

The fifth North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization (NASKO 2015) will be held June 18-19, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. Royce Hall, Room 314, University of California, Los Angeles.   RSVP Here

IDRE-related Workshops & Events

Radcor 2015 and LoopFestXIV

This symposium combines the 12th International Symposium on Radiative Corrections (Radcor 2015) with LoopFest XIV (Radiative Corrections for the LHC and Future Colliders). This workshop provides a forum to coordinate activities focused on the theoretical challenges from current and future colliders. June 15 at 8:00 am and June 17 at 5:00 pm. Physics and Astronomy Bldg. Room 1425.   RSVP Here

Esri User Conference

The Esri UC is your event to meet Esri’s software developers, technical and training staff, and customer service support teams. Learn tips and tricks from other Esri users who are located all over the world, in more industries than you can imagine. View maps. Play with apps, listen to presentations, visit solution providers, network with your peers and meet new friends. July 20-24, 2015. San Diego Convention Center.   RSVP Here

Supercomputing for Everyone Series: Performance Tuning Summer School

From a user perspective, supercomputers are more complicated to program and handle than an ordinary desktop workstation. Unfortunately this leads to parallel programs that do not necessarily satisfy the performance expectations of the users. Such unexpected performance results can have many reasons. Basic knowledge on performance modeling, prediction and verification, as taught in this summer school, is needed by users to formulate and verify their performance expectation. August 17 @ 8:00 am - August 21 @ 2:00 pm. 5628 Math Science Building, UCLA.   RSVP Here

Science Visualization

This two-day training covers all aspects of visualizing data from a broad variety of domains. The training kicks off with an introduction to visualization followed by best practices when dealing with diverse data (abstract and spatial), demonstrating a variety of methods and techniques on those data sets and demonstrating a range of freely available software. Real world problems for which visualization is needed will be demonstrated and attendees will be taken through the process of visualizing this data and gaining insight. August 24 @ 8:00 am - August 25 @ 2:00 pm. 5628 Math Science Building, UCLA.   RSVP Here

Grant & Funding Opportunities

Open Funding Opportunities
Google Doc highlighting open grant and funding opportunities applicable to the IDRE community.
Archived Funding Opportunities
Google Doc of archived grant and funding opportunities applicable to the IDRE community.
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