Gant Participates in “Year of Cyberinfrastructure Opening Symposium”

Dr. Jon Gant, Director at the Center for Digital Inclusion, will participate in a lightning round panel session at the Year of Cyberinfrastructure Opening Symposium. See the full agenda and RSVP information below.


Year of Cyberinfrastructure
Opening Symposium

September 30, 2014
8:30am – 12:00pm
Alice Campbell Hall Ballroom


Cyberinfrastructure (CI) is a difficult term to define and understand, and even more difficult to build.  But we know it is critical to the future of our research and scholarly success and that we have to continually get it right.  CI is often described as including computational systems, data/storage, data management, instrumentation, advanced networking, and communications.  However, it also includes human expertise and communities working in collaboration across institutional boundaries to produce breakthrough knowledge and discoveries.

This symposium will kick off a campus conversation focused on developing a common understanding of what resources are part of CI and highlighting the use of CI to support research and education across all disciplines.  This symposium is the first of a series of events that will be scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.  The series will focus on providing examples of the use of CI across a wide range of disciplines.

Symposium Agenda:

8:30-8:35 AM Welcome
John Towns, Executive Director for Science and Technology, NCSA, University of Illinois
8:35-8:45 AM Year of Cyberinfrastructure
Ilesanmi Adesida, Provost, University of Illinois
8:45-9:05 AM Overview of Year of Cyberinfrastructure / Cyberinfrastructure Master Plan
John Towns, Executive Director for Science and Technology, NCSA, University of Illinois
9:05-10:00 AM
Keynote – “The Social Side of Cyberinfrastructure”
Sally Jackson, Professor, Department of Communication, University of Illinois
10:00-10:30 AM
Break and Refreshments
10:30-11:15 AM
Lightning Round: Challenges and Opportunities in the Use of CI to Support Research
Introduction and Remarks by Mark Henderson, Chief Information Officer, University of Illinois
Moderated by Eric Shaffer, Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, University of IllinoisSpeakers:

  • Heidi Imker, Director, Research Data Service, University of Illinois
  • Eurydice Bauer, Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education, University of Illinois
  • Mark Neubauer, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, College of Engineering, University of Illinois
  • Jon Gant, Research Associate Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois
11:15-11:45 AM
Closing Address – “Cyberinfrastructure and Education”
Roy Campbell, Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois
11:45-12:00 PM
Closing Remarks
Peter Schiffer, Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Illinois
John Towns, Executive Director for Science and Technology, NCSA, University of Illinois
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