The Coast to Coast Seminar is an hour-long presentation given on a scientific topic and made accessible to audiences at a number of remote sites through collaboration technology. C2C seminars are held every two weeks throughout the academic year alternating between the West Coast and the East Coast of Canada.
The topic of the Fall 2013 C2C seminar series is "The Science and Technology of Interdisciplinary Collaboration". The focus of the series will be a discussion of the barriers and opportunities of interdisciplinary research.
The speakers in the series will speak from two perspectives:
This seminar series will be of interest to both researchers and tool builders who are either carrying out and/or about to embark on interdisciplinary research projects.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to attend one of these seminars.
The first lecture in the series will be broadcast on October 1, 2013
Details can be found at http://www.irmacs.sfu.ca/events/coast-coast-seminars.
Ian Foster is Director of the Computation Institute, a joint institute of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. He is also an Argonne Senior Scientist and Distinguished Fellow and the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Science.
Ian received a BSc (Hons I) degree from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a PhD from Imperial College, United Kingdom, both in computer science. His research deals with distributed, parallel, and data-intensive computing technologies, and innovative applications of those technologies to scientific problems in such domains as climate change and biomedicine. Methods and software developed under his leadership underpin many large national and international cyberinfrastructures.
Dr. Foster is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the British Computer Society. His awards include the Global Information Infrastructure (GII) Next Generation award, the British Computer Society's Lovelace Medal, R&D Magazine's Innovator of the Year, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He was a co-founder of Univa UD, Inc., a company established to deliver grid and cloud computing solutions.
Professor Ryan D'Arcy obtained his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. His research is driven by the interface between neuroscience and non-invasive biomedical imaging. The work blends basic studies of complex neural systems with clinical work that uses functional imaging to improve the treatment of brain diseases and disorders. Currently, as the Head of Health Sciences and Innovation, Dr. D'Arcy is helping Surrey Memorial Hospital develop advanced ways of treating patients with traumatic brain injuries, through a $5.2 million research endowment.
In Professor D'Arcey's own words: "We have vital signs like blood pressure and pulse but, despite having the technology, we still haven’t developed a vital sign for determining if your brain is working as it should be or if you’ve got a concussion. We want to create something as easy to use as a home blood pressure cuff to take a quick reading of your brain’s functional status, so you know if you’ve got a concussion.”
The United States National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Plant Science Cyberinfrastructure Collaborative (PSCIC) program is intended to create a new type of organization – a cyberinfrastructure collaborative for the plant sciences - that enables new conceptual advances through integrative, computational thinking. To achieve this, the iPlant Collaborative (iPlant,http://www.iplantcollaborative.org) was developed. iPlant is a 5 year project to develop and support cyberinfrastructure for the plant biology community. It is community-driven, involving plant biologists, computer and information scientists and engineers, and experts from other disciplines, all working in integrated teams. The iPlant Collaborative brings together strengths in plant biology, bioinformatics, computational science and high performance computing, as well as innovative approaches to education, outreach, and the study of social networks. The cyberinfrastructure created by iPlant provides the community with two main capabilities: access to world-class physical cyberinfrastructure, and services that promote interactions, communications, and collaborations that advance the understanding and use of computational thinking in plant biology. In this talk we will review the major components of the iPlant cyberinfrastructure developed over the past 5 years, discuss several challenges faced in building the iPlant community, and highlight key challenges facing the project going forward.
As the complexity in the needs of older adults continues to increase, so do the requirements from the technologies that we are designing. No longer can we take a unidimensional approach in the design approach that has often been used in the past, but research and development in this field requires input from a multitude of stakeholders, who must all play a greater role in our traditional design methodologies. The talk will discuss how collaboration across different technical and clinical disciplines is needed to design technologies that can effectively support and help older adults. It will discuss different approaches that are currently being used to include end users in the design process, and will present examples of technologies that have been developed.