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Primeur weekly 2016-01-11

Quantum computing

Grant targets quantum computing's error control challenge ...

Focus on Europe

Major European bioinformatics initiative ELIXIR embraces Open Science publishing ...

PRACE Summer of HPC 2016 opens for applications ...

European computing systems scale new heights at HiPEAC16 ...

MESA+ researchers discover new fundamental quantum mechanical property ...

Hardware

DDN announces winners of the 2015 Pioneer Awards, recognizing innovation that is delivering world changing results ...

NVIDIA accelerates race to autonomous driving at CES ...

New material for detecting photons captures more quantum information ...

Imagination announces that 2016 will be 'the year of MIPS' ...

OpenPOWER Foundation names new board leadership to propel POWER architecture ...

Applications

Harnessing computers to create a sustainable future ...

NSF commits $30 million to expand the frontiers of computing ...

Computing and Information Science at Cornell University receives $10 million grant ...

IBM Watson to power SoftBank Robotics' Pepper ...

SDSC's Gordon supercomputer used to test compounds for uncoupler activities ...

Fighting fire with FireFOAM ...

National Center for Atmospheric Research selects SGI supercomputer to focus on climate and Earth sciences for advanced modelling and research ...

Barbara Chapman named head of Brookhaven Lab's Computer Science and Mathematics Group ...

The Cloud

ViiMed and E-Medicus announce international digital health partnership ...

High Performance Cloud provider Nimbix selects Infomart Data Centers' Dallas facility ...

Harnessing computers to create a sustainable future


8 Jan 2016 Nashville - Harnessing the power of computers to help create an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable future - that is the purpose of a major new grant issued by the National Science Foundation. The five-year, $10 million grant is part of NSF's Expeditions in Computing programme and will provide funding to establish a national and international research network, called CompSustNet, that will explore new research dimensions in "computational sustainability", a new field devoted to developing computational solutions to the challenges involved in creating a sustainable future.

CompSusNet will be directed by computer scientists at Cornell University. A Vanderbilt University team headed by Douglas Fisher, associate professor of computer science and computer engineering, will be part of the network, along with teams from Bowdoin College, California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Howard University, Oregon State University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and the University of Southern California. It will also include key organizations in the areas of conservation, poverty mitigation and renewable energy.

The new sustainability network will allow computer scientists, environmental and social scientists, biologists, physicists, material scientists to collaborate on these complex issues. It also includes a role for citizen science.

According to Douglas Fisher, who is the network's Director of Outreach, Education, Diversity, and Synthesis, Vanderbilt's role will involve research that applies machine learning and other computational approaches to sustainability challenges, like management of smart electrical grids. But Vanderbilt's major role will be to promote CompSustNet's broader impacts by monitoring and synthesizing research across network institutions and then translating it into sustainability-themed online educational materials.

These materials will be made available to computer science faculty around the world so they can incorporate them into their courses. It will also be offered independently to students as global, open, online courses.

"In short, we want to train a new generation of computer scientists who think of themselves as at the forefront of long-term sustainability research, policy, and practice", Douglas Fisher stated.

Source: Vanderbilt University

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2016-01-11

Quantum computing

Grant targets quantum computing's error control challenge ...

Focus on Europe

Major European bioinformatics initiative ELIXIR embraces Open Science publishing ...

PRACE Summer of HPC 2016 opens for applications ...

European computing systems scale new heights at HiPEAC16 ...

MESA+ researchers discover new fundamental quantum mechanical property ...

Hardware

DDN announces winners of the 2015 Pioneer Awards, recognizing innovation that is delivering world changing results ...

NVIDIA accelerates race to autonomous driving at CES ...

New material for detecting photons captures more quantum information ...

Imagination announces that 2016 will be 'the year of MIPS' ...

OpenPOWER Foundation names new board leadership to propel POWER architecture ...

Applications

Harnessing computers to create a sustainable future ...

NSF commits $30 million to expand the frontiers of computing ...

Computing and Information Science at Cornell University receives $10 million grant ...

IBM Watson to power SoftBank Robotics' Pepper ...

SDSC's Gordon supercomputer used to test compounds for uncoupler activities ...

Fighting fire with FireFOAM ...

National Center for Atmospheric Research selects SGI supercomputer to focus on climate and Earth sciences for advanced modelling and research ...

Barbara Chapman named head of Brookhaven Lab's Computer Science and Mathematics Group ...

The Cloud

ViiMed and E-Medicus announce international digital health partnership ...

High Performance Cloud provider Nimbix selects Infomart Data Centers' Dallas facility ...