2018 Internet2 Global Summit

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General Session: Realizing a Cyberinfrastructure Ecosystem that Transforms Science and A Win-Win Approach to Supporting the Shared Missions of Research and Education Communities

Time 05/08/18 03:15PM-04:30PM

Room Grand 5-9

Sponsored by Fortinet

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Session Abstract

Tuesday's two-part general session kicks off with a talk by the National Science Foundation's Dr. Manish Parashar from the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, followed by a distinguished panel to explore and discuss real world applications of the challenges, opportunities, and intersections in supporting the academy and researchers.

PART ONE: Realizing a Cyberinfrastructure Ecosystem that Transforms Science

Dr. Manish Parashar is the Office Director for the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation (NSF).

NSF’s Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) seeks to foster the advanced cyberinfrastructure that is critical to the advancement of all areas of science and engineering research and education. For over a decade, OAC's (and ACI and OCI before it) investments have consistently enabled new innovations and discoveries. However, recent years are witnessing dramatic changes in nature and requirements of science applications, in the scale and pervasiveness of data, and in the landscape of technologies and resources. It is essential that the research cyberinfrastructure ecosystem evolve in response to these changes, and the Internet2 community, its campus leaders, researchers and professional experts all have important roles to play.

PART TWO: Immediately following Parashar's talk, join Internet2 President and CEO Howard Pfeffer as he facilitates the panel discussion A Win-Win Approach to Supporting the Shared Missions of Research and Education Communities with Dr. Deborah Dent, Chief Information Officer, Jackson State University, Tracy Schroeder, Vice President for Information Services & Technology, Boston University and Dr. Larry Smarr, Founding Director of Calit2.

With Internet2 at a key inflection point in its history, with the rapid changes in technological advancements, and with the need for continued global collaboration, Internet2 is moving from being a collection of individual services and functions to a more holistic approach to providing cyberinfrastructure and services for the member community - including both academic collaboration and scientific and research collaboration domains.


Speaker Deborah Dent Jackson State University

Speaker Tracy Schroeder Boston University

Speaker Larry Smarr University of California - San Diego

Keynote Speaker Manish Parashar

Manish is joining NSF from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where he is currently a Distinguished Professor and the founding Director of the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute and the Applied Software Systems Laboratory. He also serves as Full Member of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Business, Computing, and Law at the University of Derby (United Kingdom). Most recently, at Rutgers, he co-led strategic planning efforts in Research Computing and served as the Interim Associate Vice President of Research Computing between 2015 and 2016 to oversee the establishment of the Rutgers Office of Advanced Research Computing.

As many of you will recall, Manish served as Program Director in the then-Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI) at NSF between 2009 and 2011, managing a research portfolio that spanned software sustainability, computational and data-enabled science and engineering, and cloud computing. Among his accomplishments was leading the establishment of the crosscutting Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) program.

Manish holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in computer engineering from Syracuse University and a B.E. degree in electronics and telecommunications from Bombay University (India). He has received numerous honors throughout his career, including a 2013 R&D 100 Award (with ORNL and the Georgia Institute of Technology), the Peter D. Cherasia Faculty Scholar Award from the Rutgers School of Engineering (2014-2017), IBM Faculty Awards in 2008 and 2010, the Tewkesbury Fellowship from the University of Melbourne (Australia; 2006), and the Rutgers Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research (2004-2005). He was elected to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society’s Golden Core in 2016; is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and IEEE; and is an Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Distinguished Scientist.

Manish has co-authored hundreds of technical publications, conference proceedings, journal special issues, and textbooks throughout his career. He is the founding chair of the IEEE Technical Consortium on High-Performance Computing, current Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions of Parallel and Distributed Systems, and serves on the editorial boards and organizing committees of several other journals and international conferences and workshops.