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New Frontiers Initiative Webinar and Training Series

The New Frontiers Initiative in cooperation with the Blue Waters Project at the University of Illinois offers a variety of webinars and training sessions throughout the year to assist our partners in learning about the range of research, software development, and workforce development activities among our partners and the University of Illinois.

There is NO COST to attend these events.

The upcoming and past events follow:

Date Title Slides Video
December 7, 2021 Towards Lifelong Learning from Images and Text
by Svetlana Lazebnik, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois
October 26, 2021 Information Lattices for Interpretable Knowledge Discovery and Nearest-Neighbor Classification
by Lav R Varshney, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois
October 12, 2021 Computer Vision-Based Vehicle Classification Framework
by Ramez Hajj, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois
September 28, 2021 Temporal Logic for Automated (Geospatial) Intelligence Analysis
by Melkior Ornik, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois
September 14, 2021 Curation, Analysis, and Provisioning of Extreme-Scale Textual Data
by Scott Althaus, Merriam Professor of Political Science, Professor of Communication, and
Director of the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research, University of Illinois
upon request
upon request
June 7-18, 2021 Introduction to Parallel Programming with CUDA
by Volodymyr Kindratenko, NCSA, University of Illinois
Materials posted
with agenda

Video posted
with agenda
June 1, 2021 Using Performance Analysis Tools to Speed Up Your Codes and Workflows
by John Stone (Beckman Institute) and Galen Arnold (NCSA), University of Illinois
Sample lorenz code
Performance Analysis
Python Profiling
Tool Examples
May 25, 2021
A Deep Dive Into Deep Convolutional Neural Networks and Their Applications to Satellite Imagery
by Aaron Saxton, Blue Waters, NCSA, University of Illinois
Slides Video
May 4, 2021 Introduction to Accelerated Computing
by Galen Arnold, NCSA, University of Illinois
Slides Video
April 27, 2021 Hands-on Introduction to Deep Learning and Computer Vision
by Asad Khan, University of Illinois
Part 1 Video
Part 2 Video
Part 3 Video
March 16, 2021 Python in an HPC Environment
by Ryan Mokos, Roland Haas, and Maxim Belkin, University of Illinois
Slides Video
March 2, 2021 Introduction to HPC and Blue Waters
by Bill Kramer, Brett Bode, and Greg Bauer, University of Illinois
Slides Video
January 19, 2021 HDF technologies and Resources for Geospatial Data
by The HDF Group
Slides Video
December 15, 2020 The 50 cm Quest for the Land Carbon Sink
by Compton Tucker, NASA/GSFC; Martin Brandt, University of Copenhagen;
Ankit Kariryaa, University of Bremen; and 21 other coauthors
Slides video to be
posted after the
findings are
December 1, 2020 CyberGISX for Reproducible and Scalable Geospatial Research and Education
by Anand Padmanabhan, University of Illinois
Slides Video
November 17, 2020 Advancing Crop Monitoring and Modeling From Field to Regional Scales

to Assess Agroecosystem Productivity, Sustainability, and Climate Adaptations
by Kaiyu Guan, University of Illinois

upon request* upon request*
November 10, 2020 Open Source Scientific Gateways for Geospatial Data
by Luigi Marini, University of Illinois
Slides Video
October 6, 2020 The Geometry of Data: Tackling the Challenges of Machine Learning at Scale
by Aaron Saxton, Blue Waters, University of Illinois
Slides Video

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