Training Session & Seminars

WestGrid and Coast to Coast Wrap Up Another Successful Seminar Season

HPC Training

Thank you to all the organizers, speakers, and attendees of this season's WestGrid / Compute Canada and Coast to Coast Seminar Series programs.

Talks presented through these two seminar streams reached more than 600 researchers through WestGrid's partner institution videoconferencing facilities.

A full archive of each of the series' programs can be found here:

Planning has already begun for both series' Fall 2013 sessions.

WestGrid is accepting suggestions for topics and speakers for tutorials, application demonstrations, and discipline-specific talks by researchers using WestGrid / Compute Canada resources. Send your ideas and suggestions to info@westgrid.ca. Also, if you missed contributing your feedback on the Spring 2013 WestGrid Seminar Series sessions, please complete our short online survey and you will be entered into a draw for priority access to computing cycles on WestGrid systems for one month.

WestGrid Seminar March 20 - Using MATLAB on WestGrid Systems

Do you have MATLAB code you would like to run on WestGrid, but are unsure of how to get started? Join Doug Phillips, a Senior Computational Science Consultant at the University of Calgary, on Wednesday, March 20 at 11:30 PDT / 12:30 MDT / 13:30 CDT for a videoconferenced tutorial on the various ways MATLAB can be run in WestGrid's batch-oriented environment, in particular the use of the MATLAB compiler to create standalone applications.

Please note, the talk is not a tutorial for MATLAB programming. Instead, it is intended for researchers who would like to run their own MATLAB code on WestGrid, but are unsure of how to get started.

This talk is being videoconferenced to participating WestGrid partner institutions, and WestGrid Support staff will be on-hand at each site to answer questions and meet with attendees one-on-one. For a list of locations, click here. More details on this session can be found here.

Coast to Coast Seminar Mar. 26 - "Visual Analytics as a Cognitive Science"

The next Coast to Coast Seminar Series session is Tuesday, March 26 at 11:30 PDT / 12:30 MDT / 13:30 CDT with guest speaker Brian Fisher, an Associate Professor in the SFU School of Interactive Arts and Technology. Fisher's work is focused on advancing new theories and research methods for understanding how highly interactive visual information systems can support “close-coupling” of human and computational processes. This can be used to improve performance in cognitive tasks such as situation analysis, decision-making, creativity, and collaboration in situations ranging from emergency management to aircraft safety, computer-aided design, and computer-supported learning. Fisher's talk will be videoconferenced to WestGrid partner institutions. For a list of locations, click here. For more details on Fisher's presentation, click here.

Coast to Coast Seminar Mar. 12 - "Text Mining, Dreams, and Elections"

The next 2013 Coast to Coast Semiar Series session is Tuesday, March 12 at 11:30 PDT / 12:30 MDT / 13:30 CDT and will feature a presentation from Stan Matwin, a Professor and Canada Research Chair at Dalhousie University.

His talk will review some of the recent applied text mining work at Dalhousie and will argue the need for a text representation that would be more linguistically informed than the standard vector model. He will present one such proposal and will show how this representation is successfully applied in the task of categorizing dream descriptions by their emotional valuation (joint work with J. De Koninck and A. Razavi, Ottawa). The talk will wrap up with a review of other text mining techniques used in the analysis of the twitter traffic in the 2012 presidential elections in France and in the US (joint work with LIRMM, France).

This talk will be videoconferenced to WestGrid partner institutions. For a list of locations, click here. For more details on this and other upcoming Coast to Coast presentations, click here.

WestGrid Seminar Series Mar. 6 - "A Closer Look at the HPC Behind Multiscale Theory and Modeling"

The next WestGrid Seminar Series is on Wednesday, March 6 at 11:30 PST / 12:30 PST / 13:30 CST and will feature a presentation from Andriy Kovalenko, Adjunct Professor, University of Alberta, and Senior Research Officer at the National Institute for Nanotechnology. 

Kovalenko's research focuses on (i) developing fundamental methodology of multiscale theory, modeling and simulation, capable of predicting the behaviour of complex nanomaterials and nanosystems, and (ii) applying this predictive methodology to provide understanding and rational design of realistic systems and processes of crucial importance in nanoscience and nanotechnology. An essential part of this multiscale methodology is statistical-mechanical, integral equation theory of molecular liquids, in particular, the three-dimensional (3D) molecular theory of solvation, also known as the three-dimensional reference interaction site model with the Kovalenko-Hirata closure relation (3D-RISM-KH).

The multiscale methods he developed include the self-consistent field coupling of quantum chemistry methods (ab initio CASSCF, Kohn-Sham DFT, and Orbital-Free Embedded DFT) with 3D-RISM-KH for nanochemistry, photochemistry, electrochemistry, and nanocatalysis in solution, at solid-liquid interfaces, and in nanoporous materials; 3D-RISM-KH based protein-ligand docking algorithms; milti-time-step molecular dynamics (MTS-MD) of biomolecules steered by solvation forces obtained from 3D-RISM-KH for function-related solvation, folding, misfolding, aggregation, interaction, and bioadsorption of proteins and other biomolecular and hybrid nanosystems in solution.

In his talk, Kovalenko will discuss how WestGrid and Compute Canada resources support and advance his research investigations. For a list of seminar locations, click here. For information on this and other upcoming WestGrid seminar sessions, click here.

Coast to Coast Seminar Feb. 26 - "Data Driven Design: New Perspectives on Visual Analytics"

The next 2013 Coast to Coast Semiar Series session is Tuesday, February 26 at 11:30 am PST and will feature a presentation from Sara Diamond, President of OCAD University. Diamond, who is also a data visualization researcher, will discuss the importance of design methods and practices in approaching challenges in the representation of big data.

The talk will first reference debates regarding the role and nature of aesthetics and the importance of these to perception and insight, providing illustrations of different aesthetic approaches, at times to the same data set. It will further the discussion of insight by considering ways to work with users and data sets that draw from different practices within design. This talk will be videoconferenced to WestGrid partner institutions. For a list of locations, click here. For more details on this and other upcoming Coast to Coast presentations, click here.

CANCELLED - Coast to Coast Seminar Jan. 29 - Dr. Brian Fisher, SFU School of Interative Arts & Technology

Today's Coast to Coast Seminar has been cancelled due to illness. Dr. Fisher hopes that this session can be rescheduled later this term. For more details on other upcoming Coast to Coast sessions, click here.

 

 

The 2013 Coast to Coast Seminar Series' next session is Tuesday, January 29 at 11:30 am Pacific with guest speaker Brian Fisher, an Associate Professor in the SFU School of Interactive Arts and Technology. Fisher's work is focused on advancing new theories and research methods for understanding how highly interactive visual information systems can support “close-coupling” of human and computational processes. This can be used to improve performance in cognitive tasks such as situation analysis, decision-making, creativity, and collaboration in situations ranging from emergency management to aircraft safety, computer-aided design, and computer-supported learning. Fisher's talk will be videoconferenced to WestGrid partner institutions. For a list of locations, click here. For more details on Fisher's presentation and other upcoming Coast to Coast sessions, click here.

WestGrid Seminar Feb. 6 - Visualization Tutorial

Join us on Wednesday, February 6 at 11:30 am Pacific for a Visualization Tutorial, presented as part of the WestGrid and Compute Canada Seminar Series. The talk will provide an overview of the visualization software available on WestGrid computational resources and provide a step-by-step guide on how to use this software remotely from your desktop. In particular, the presentation will cover the use of the Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) on parallel.westgrid.ca for remote visualization of large data sets. WestGrid Support Personnel will be on-hand at each site to answer questions and meet with attendees one-on-one. This talk will be videoconferenced to WestGrid partner institutions. For a list of locations, click here. More details on this and other upcoming sessions can be found here.

How To Use WestGrid Tutorial - Wednesday, January 16

Join us on Wednesday, January 16 at 11:30 am Pacific for our first WestGrid and Compute Canada Seminar Series session of 2013: How To Use WestGrid. This tutorial will provide attendees with a step-by-step guide to using WestGrid machines, including demonstrations of how to log in, submit jobs, move data, troubleshoot, etc. This will be an introductory-level session, covering the basics of getting started and providing tips for efficient and effective use of the machines. WestGrid Support Personnel will be on-hand at each site to answer more advanced questions attendees may have. This talk will be videoconferenced to WestGrid partner institutions. For a list of locations, click here. Mark your calendars for our other 2013 sessions on Feb. 6, Mar. 6, and Mar. 20. More details on the topics and speakers for these sessions can be found here.

Coast to Coast Seminar - Tuesday, January 15

The 2013 Coast to Coast Semiar Series launches on Tuesday, January 15 at 11:30 am Pacific with guest speaker Sheelagh Carpendale, Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Calgary. As part of the series' theme, "From Data to Knowledge to Action", Carpendale will discuss how to design, develop, and evaluate interactive visualizations so that they support the everyday practices of how people view, represent, manage, and interact with information. This talk will be videoconferenced to WestGrid partner institutions. For a list of locations, click here. This semester’s Coast to Coast Series is running from January to March and is being coordinated by the Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics (VIVA). For more details on Carpendale's presentation and other upcoming sessions, click here.

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