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Daphne Siefert-Herron
Information Manager, Pervasive Technology Labs at Indiana University

IU partners with IEEE and Microsoft to host international science technology conference and workshop


December 5, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—The future of scientific research lands in Indianapolis this week as some of the world's leading experts in scientific computing assemble at IUPUI for two international e-Science events.

The Microsoft e-Science workshop, "Accelerating Time to Scientific Discovery," will take place December 7-9, while the 4th International Conference on e-Science, e-Science 2008, takes place December 7-12. The international conference is sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Technical Committee on Scalable Computing. Both events are being held at University Place Conference Center at IUPUI.

Indiana University was selected to host the events in part due to the growing reputation of IU and Indianapolis as a hub for life sciences research and development of the advanced technology that supports it.

E-Science refers to scientific research that requires massive computing power, relies on networks of very powerful computers, and yields extremely large data sets. E-Science researchers represent a variety of fields including physics, chemistry, earth sciences, and the medical and life sciences.

IU Chair of Informatics Geoffrey Fox, director of the Pervasive Technology Institute Digital Science Center, serves as the general chair of this year's IEEE conference.

"Though these events are truly international in scope, the location of Indianapolis was a natural fit," said Fox. "Our sessions feature the newest and most exciting technology in support of disciplines such as cloud computing, cheminformatics, bioinformatics, life sciences, and drug discovery that will be relevant to scientific and medical researchers working both in academia and industry. Leaders from organizations such as the National Science Foundation will also speak about upcoming national science and technology initiatives in the US."

With support of technologists from IU's Pervasive Technology Institute and University Information Technology Services, the IEEE e-Science conference will also offer for the first time live streaming and archived video of all conference sessions along with blog sites and session chat rooms that participants can use to communicate with each other and with session presenters. To watch the video and participate in the discussions, visit

"This conference assembles some of the world's foremost leaders at the intersection of advanced information technology and scientific frontiers. It is a perfect extension of IU's and the state of Indiana's growing role in both IT and advanced scientific research that are transforming the Indiana economy," said IU Vice President for Information Technology and CIO Brad Wheeler.

Highlights of the Microsoft e-Science Workshop, December 7-9, include:

  • Sunday, December 7 - Tuesday, December 9: The Microsoft e-Science Workshop will focus on data-centric computing and the facilitation of time to discovery for science-from cloud computing, semantics, genomics and virtual research environments.
  • Paul Watson, professor of computer science at Newcastle University, director of the Informatics Research Institute, and director of the North East Regional e-Science Centre, will present the opening keynote on cloud computing, Monday December 10, 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • The first winner of the Jim Gray e-Science Award, an award recognizing the achievements of scientific innovation will be presented, remembering the huge commitment and contribution Gray made to the field, Tuesday, December 9, 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Tony Hey, corporate vice president of Microsoft External Research, will present the closing keynote address, "e-Science and the Fourth Paradigm: Supporting Data-Intensive Science," Tuesday, December 9, 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Presentations, posters, and open discussions will look at the transformation taking place in the scientific community as a result of the deluge of data generated across disciplines, boundaries and borders.

Highlights of the IEEE e-Science Conference December 7-12 include:

  • Three keynote sessions related to cloud computing in industry, technology development, and applications.
  • Tutorial for K-12 teachers and educators on technology to support geological and environmental science, "Riding the Geoscience Cyberinfrastructure Wave of Data: Real Time Data Use in Education," takes place Monday, December 8, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Rich Wolski, professor of computer science from University of California, Santa Barbara keynote presentation on current advances in cloud computing using open source software, Wednesday, December 10, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Panel discussion of top e-Science researchers moderated by Dennis Gannon of Microsoft Research. Panel will explore topics related to the future of cloud computing for use in scientific research, "Assessing the Potential Impact and Challenges of ManyCore Processors on e-Science," Thursday, December 11, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Daniel Reed, Microsoft's Multicore Computing Strategist keynote presentation, "Cloud Seeding: Watering Research Flowers," Thursday, December 11, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
  • Alexander Szalay, Alumni Centennial Professor of Astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University keynote presentation, "Science in the Cloud," Friday, December 12 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • Keynote presentation by internationally recognized physicist Edward Seidel, currently serving as the National Science Foundation director for the Office of Cyberinfrastructure, Friday, December 12, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

See the agenda for the Microsoft eScience Workshop at

View the complete IEEE eScience 2008 conference program at