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Primeur weekly 2014-10-27

Special

European research prominently addressed in ISC Big Data'14 Conference ...

Focus

CloudFlow to leverage HPC and Cloud-based simulation services to manufacturing and engineering SMEs  ...

The Cloud

NIST's Cloud Computing Roadmap details research requirements and action plans ...

IBM and Microsoft to offer greater choice in the hybrid Cloud ...

IBM expands global Cloud footprint with first SoftLayer Cloud centre in France ...

German Public Transportation Co. adopts IBM Software Defined Storage to tackle Big Data ...

Desktop Grids

Crowd computing Project seeks better understanding of DNA and improved quality of life ...

World Community Grid to launch 'Uncovering Genome Mysteries' Project ...

Crowd computing power to solve microbe mysteries ...

EuroFlash

SysFera and Kitware integrate HPC products for improved scientific data analysis ...

ADVA Optical Networking and BT show real value of transport SDN at SDN and OpenFlow World Congress ...

Major oil and gas software providers integrate with Altair PBS Professional ...

New computational method allows the identification of genetic alterations in cancer patients within hours ...

DANTE and TERENA join forces to become the GÉANT Association ...

ISC High Performance'15 team to issue Call for Workshops ...

Mellanox InfiniBand powers top European high performance computing centres ...

'CT scan' of distant universe reveals cosmic web in 3D ...

Brain simulation raises questions ...

PRACE in search of two Peer-review Officers ...

USFlash

ESnet extends 100G connectivity across Atlantic ...

Mellanox Ethernet solutions selected for new HP 64-bit ARM data centre platform ...

Take a tour of high performance computing with "Optimizing HPC Applications with Intel Cluster Tools" ...

SGI supercomputer places DownUnder GeoSolutions at the forefront of oil and gas exploration ...

Supercomputers link proteins to drug side effects ...

HP supercomputer at NREL garners top honour ...

UTA engineer uses advanced sensing, crowdsourcing to predict urban water flow, city needs ...

GLOBALFOUNDRIES to acquire IBM's Microelectronics business ...

Mellanox Technologies announces third quarter 2014 financial results ...

UTA engineer uses advanced sensing, crowdsourcing to predict urban water flow, city needs


UT Arlington
20 Oct 2014 Arlington - A UT Arlington water resources engineer has been awarded a four-year, $1.2 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to improve sustainability of large urban areas from extreme weather, urbanization and climate change.

D.J. Seo, associate professor of water resources engineering in the Civil Engineering Department, will lead a team of researchers who will integrate data from advanced weather radar systems, innovative wireless sensors and crowdsourcing of data via cell phone applications to create high-resolution modelling of urban water systems.

The resulting urban water prediction system will use Cloud computing to produce a suite of products for flash flood forecasting, inundation mapping, water quality forecasting, storm water management, urbanization impact assessment, climate change impact assessment and adaptation, and other applications. The project also will eventually aid local governments in determining infrastructure needs to minimize flooding.

Khosrow Behbehani, dean of the College of Engineering, said D.J. Seo's work creates a more sustainable environment in urban areas.

"Urban areas are of high importance as they are particularly susceptible to flooding and drought due to population growth and climate fluctuations", Khosrow Behbehani stated. "This project will look at not only water quantity but water quality as well through the use of sensors. It will advance our understanding of urban sustainability and the associated challenges through environmental, social and economic needs of a large city."

The UT Arlington-led team includes Zheng Fang and Xinbao Yu, assistant professors in civil engineering; Jean Gao, professor in computer science & engineering; Michael Zink, assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst; and Branko Kerkez, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Michigan.

D.J. Seo's grant was one of the largest grants awarded this fall through the NSF's Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering, or CyberSEES, programme. The awards aim to advance the science of sustainability in tandem with advances in computing and communication technologies.

The two- to four-year grants ranged from $100,000 to $1.2 million and are designed to bring together teams of researchers from computer science and other disciplines to develop new tools, technologies and models that advance sustainability science.

D.J. Seo's project builds on his previous work to help establish the Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere, or CASA, radar system in North Texas. UT Arlington installed the first radar station in North Texas atop of Carlyle Hall in 2012 as part of D.J. Seo's research.

The CASA system provides weather data every minute compared to every five to six minutes with previous weather radar systems. CASA can adapt to focus on smaller areas, giving the users more detailed information to better monitor and track storms and precipitation.

Since 2012, CASA radar systems also have been installed in Denton, Midlothian, Addison and Cleburne with other installations planned.

Through the new CyberSEES project, D.J. Seo's team will depend on North Texas weather spotters for ubiquitous water observation, which will be used to improve the quality of model predictions.

"We want to develop a cell phone app that anyone can use to tell us how deep the water is and how fast the water may be ponding at numerous locations throughout the area", D.J. Seo stated.
Source: University of Texas at Arlington

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2014-10-27

Special

European research prominently addressed in ISC Big Data'14 Conference ...

Focus

CloudFlow to leverage HPC and Cloud-based simulation services to manufacturing and engineering SMEs  ...

The Cloud

NIST's Cloud Computing Roadmap details research requirements and action plans ...

IBM and Microsoft to offer greater choice in the hybrid Cloud ...

IBM expands global Cloud footprint with first SoftLayer Cloud centre in France ...

German Public Transportation Co. adopts IBM Software Defined Storage to tackle Big Data ...

Desktop Grids

Crowd computing Project seeks better understanding of DNA and improved quality of life ...

World Community Grid to launch 'Uncovering Genome Mysteries' Project ...

Crowd computing power to solve microbe mysteries ...

EuroFlash

SysFera and Kitware integrate HPC products for improved scientific data analysis ...

ADVA Optical Networking and BT show real value of transport SDN at SDN and OpenFlow World Congress ...

Major oil and gas software providers integrate with Altair PBS Professional ...

New computational method allows the identification of genetic alterations in cancer patients within hours ...

DANTE and TERENA join forces to become the GÉANT Association ...

ISC High Performance'15 team to issue Call for Workshops ...

Mellanox InfiniBand powers top European high performance computing centres ...

'CT scan' of distant universe reveals cosmic web in 3D ...

Brain simulation raises questions ...

PRACE in search of two Peer-review Officers ...

USFlash

ESnet extends 100G connectivity across Atlantic ...

Mellanox Ethernet solutions selected for new HP 64-bit ARM data centre platform ...

Take a tour of high performance computing with "Optimizing HPC Applications with Intel Cluster Tools" ...

SGI supercomputer places DownUnder GeoSolutions at the forefront of oil and gas exploration ...

Supercomputers link proteins to drug side effects ...

HP supercomputer at NREL garners top honour ...

UTA engineer uses advanced sensing, crowdsourcing to predict urban water flow, city needs ...

GLOBALFOUNDRIES to acquire IBM's Microelectronics business ...

Mellanox Technologies announces third quarter 2014 financial results ...